Peanut butter used to be the bee’s knees, but that was before almond butter came on the scene. Now it’s one of the most popular butters around, and practically a non-negotiable ingredient for a healthy pantry. Turn around a pouch of Thrive Market Almond Butter, and you’ll find that each two-tablespoon serving delivers 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 69 percent of your daily recommended value of calcium. Enjoying almond butter by the spoonful is always a good idea, but one of the best things about this butter is its versatility. It ticks all the boxes for sweet desserts—swirl it on top of brownies, make chocolate almond butter cups, or use it in your cookie batter. On the savory side, you can top a baked sweet potato (snag our recipe below), enrich a vegetable curry, or make a light dressing for rice noodles or soba noodles.
How to Make Almond Butter
It’s easy enough to pick some up (and we have plenty of great options to choose from!) but it’s fun to try your hand at nut butter-making at home. Here’s a quick and easy almond butter tutorial to try. The first thing to do is toast your nuts, which lends extra flavor to the finished product. Toast raw nuts on a sheet tray at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden. Once cool, add the almonds to a food processor, and blend for 5 to 15 minutes. If you keep a close watch, you’ll notice the mixture will look pretty crumbly at first. After a few minutes, all the fibers and natural oils will start breaking down, and a creamy texture will emerge. You can refrigerate you almond butter for up to three months, but we’d be surprised if it survives that long given how delicious it is.
Top Almond Butter Brands
The best almond butter starts with the best almonds. Here are the top three brands that make jars we can’t get enough of.
Artisana has a lot to offer in the nut butter department, but the brand got its start with a raw almond butter that continues to be one of its top sellers. When you buy a jar, you can rest assured that Artisana has partnered with family farms that use responsible growing practices.
A forward-thinking husband and wife team took over Barney Butter in 2010, when it was still a tiny California company. Now it’s grown to be one of the most popular nut butter brands thanks to practices like sourcing almonds from local growers, using recyclable packaging, and choosing organic ingredients.
We’re pretty excited about our nut butter packaging, which is squeezable and resealable, making it easier than ever to store, serve, and eat your favorite butters.
Best Almond Butter
Almond butter devotees are pretty obsessed with these jars, and we think you will be to.
Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter
Enjoy 7 grams of protein per serving of this silky smooth nut butter. With no added sugar or salt, it’s the perfect ingredient for smoothies and baked goods.
Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter
Even better almond butter? It’s possible—just add cocoa butter and vanilla. You’ll be smitten with this divine flavor combination from Justin’s (and might not want to share).
Thrive Market Non-GMO Almond Butter, Sweetened
For a slightly sweeter approach to almond butter, try our paleo and gluten-free pouch. This butter is made from almonds, Himalayan pink salt, responsibly sourced palm oil, and a touch of coconut sugar.
Non-GMO Almond Butter
These three picks are made with non-GMO ingredients.
Thrive Market Non-GMO Almond Butter, Crunchy
If you’re in camp crunchy, this almond butter can’t be beat. There’s only one ingredient inside —lightly roasted almonds—and the paleo-friendly and gluten-free spread comes in a convenient pouch that’s squeezable and resealable.
Barney Butter Chocolate Almond Butter Blend
We’re fully on board with the decision to blend almonds and chocolate. Enjoy a spoonful after a workout, after dinner, or spread it on a toasted English muffin.
Yumbutter Superfood Almond Butter
You’ll love this almond butter pouch filled with a dose of added superfoods like goji berries, hemp hearts, and chia seeds. When you need a protein boost, a spoonful will deliver 6 grams to help you feel full.
Recipes Using Almond Butter
There are so many ways to enjoy almond butter throughout the day. Check out these blog posts that have some of our favorite recipes.
The Difference Between Almond Butter and Peanut Butter
Take a look at two of the world’s most popular nut butters side-by-side. We dive into the various health benefits, plus the most delicious recipes to try.
The Best Nut Butters
Almond butter and peanut butter aren’t the only spreads on the block. We’ve got ideas for even more ways to love nut butter.
Our Favorite Almond Butter Recipe
Pairing sweet potatoes with almond butter is a total slam dunk when it comes to an easy weeknight supper.