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At Thrive Market, we rarely meet a nut butter we don’t like. From classic almond to crunchy macadamia nut, there’s a spread for every mood. Nut butters are nothing more than nuts that have been pulverized in a food processor until a creamy spread forms. (When you’re making it at home, nut butter can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to come together, depending on the type of nut you’re using.) As for versatility, nut butter is a real winner. You can use nut butters in sweet recipes like fudge, brownies, and cupcakes, or savory preparations like curries and sauces.
Types of Nut Butters
When you stock your pantry with a variety of nut butters, your taste buds will never be bored. Here are four to try (if you haven’t already).
- Almond butter: Almonds are nutritional powerhouses, delivering fiber, protein, and a handful of vitamins with every bite. This butter’s rich flavor pairs perfectly with apple slices, rice cakes, and it makes a mean morning smoothie.
- Cashew butter: These tree nuts are so creamy they easily make a smooth butter that can be added to cookie dough, smoothies, or even savory chicken recipes.
- Coconut butter: Coconuts can do almost anything, and we love the richness of coconut butter. It can stand in for regular butter in most recipes, or work as a delicious spread on toast or waffles.
- Macadamia nut butter: Known for its monounsaturated fats, macadamia nut butter is a paleo-friendly favorite that’s worth keeping on hand. You can snack on a spoonful as-is, or incorporate this butter into raw baking recipes.
Top Nut Butter Brands
These nut butter brands are Thrive Market member favorites.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Earth Balance is known for its line of spreads, nut butters, and snacks. No matter what you choose, they’re all plant-based, non-GMO, vegan, egg-free, and lactose-free. If you or someone in your family has allergies or special dietary requirements, this is a brand that makes it easy to feed everyone.
Artisana got its start with almond butter and has expanded to a host of products like pecan butter, tahini, walnut butter, and more. The company is committed to partnering with local farmers to support responsible farming practices, and creates its signature products in small batches.
Our extensive nut butter line is what pantry dreams are made of. Cashew butter, almond butter, peanut butter, and more—we’ve got it all. Not to mention, all the ingredients are non-GMO, and our squeeze packs make them easy to use and store.
Best Nut Butters
Announcing the best nut butters around—grab a spoon!
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.
Earth Balance Creamy Peanut Butter
This 16-ounce jar of peanut butter is made with roasted peanuts, flaxseed, and just a hint of agave syrup for sweetness. It’s a no-stir option that you can enjoy right away without having to fuss with it.
Artisana Organics Raw Vegan Cashew Butter
Made from organic raw cashews, this butter is made using a temperature-controlled process that results in a smooth and creamy spread with naturally sweet flavor.
Organic Nut Butters
These organic nut butters are sure to become MVPs in your pantry.
Artisana Organics Raw Pecan Butter With Cashews
This decadent butter will become your new BFF. Made with buttery pecans and a few cashews to ensure a creamy texture, this spread is the perfect way to elevate toasted bagels, grain bread, or rice cakes.
Thrive Market Organic Cashew Butter
Our organic cashew butter is made from only two ingredients: roasted cashews and sunflower oil. This spread is gluten-free and vegan, and makes a great accompaniment to afternoon snacks. You can also use it as a thickener in salad dressing, or warm it up and drizzle a spoonful over vanilla ice cream.
Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna
Whipped from dried coconut flesh, you’ll love enjoying this creamy spread on freshly baked bread. You can also sub it into any recipe that calls for butter or cream.
The Best Nut Butter Recipes
Expand your nut butter horizon with the best recipes to showcase their unique attributes.
Nut Butter 101
Nut butter goes far beyond peanut butter these days. Head to the blog for our scoop on how to make it, eat it, and the best recipes to try ASAP.
An Unexpected Way to Use Almond Butter
You won’t believe how simple—and delicious—this recipe is. It takes sweet potatoes to a whole new level.
A No-Bake Recipe for Coconut Butter
Let your jar of coconut butter shine in this no-bake recipe that’s the perfect after-school snack or dessert.