With so many different peanut butters on the market today, it is hard to know which variety will be best for you by just looking at the label. They all say “creamy”, “spreadable”, “smooth”, and so on, but which one will satisfy your nutty cravings while providing all of the qualities you are looking for? My post today is aimed at solving that problem for you. I taste-tested six different brands from a variety of grocery stores to provide you with an accurate description of each. Then, I ranked them according to taste, texture, and ingredients. These options are all inexpensive and easily accessible. I hope this list solves your peanut butter decision crises once and for all.
*disclaimer: I purchased all of these peanut butter varieties with my own money, none were provided to me by companies.
6. Great Value Natural No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter (16 oz/$1.43 at Walmart)
This peanut butter contains 90% peanuts, with sugar, palm oil, and salt making up the other 10%. While I am not crazy about the sugar and palm oil additions, neither of those make a very large impact overall. This peanut butter is 180 calories for two tablespoons, and has 16gF/6gC/7gP per serving. There are 3 grams of sugar per serving.
This peanut butter was easy to spread and did not have a lot of oil separation at the top of the container which was a plus. I do with that there was a stronger peanut taste, while you can definitely tell it is peanut butter the taste is not nearly as prominent as some other brands. The texture was smooth and creamy, and does thicken slightly in the fridge. This peanut butter is the perfect option if you are looking for a spreadable variety with a lighter peanut taste.
5. Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (16 oz/$2.48 at Walmart)
This peanut butter screams “childhood” to me. This was the variety that my parents always bought to make my creamy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that I ate for lunch daily. I don’t normally buy this brand, so the nostalgia rushed back when I took my first bite. This peanut butter is made of roasted peanuts, sugar, and less than 2% of molasses,hydrogenated vegetable oil, mono and diglycerides, and salt. While this peanut butter is absolutely delicious, it is #5 on my list because of all the extra ingredients that make up the last 2%. Jif Creamy Peanut Butter is 190 calories per two tablespoons, and contains 16gF/8gC/7gP. This variety contains 3 grams of sugar.
This peanut butter is definitely a thicker variety. It still spreads, but not as easily as some other brands. There is no oil separation at the top of the container, instead there is a smooth, glassy surface. This peanut butter is perfect to spread on apples and other dipping foods, and the taste is absolutely fantastic.
4. Better’n Peanut Butter Low Sodium (16 oz/$3.69 at Trader Joe’s)
While this spread is not better than peanut butter, it is very tasty. While it is a sweeter spread, it is definitely a great low-calorie option for desserts and dips. At only 100 calories per 2 tablespoons, this is definitely an option when craving peanut butter. This is #4 on my list because it is a delicious spread or dip when you are craving something sweet.
It is extremely spreadable, and does thicken in the fridge. It contains 2gF/13gC/4gP and two grams of sugar. While this is a lower calorie option with reduced fat, it does lack in protein and have a greater amount of carbs. This spread is made from a variety of ingredients, defatted peanut powder being the first. This spread is delicious, though, and serves as the perfect dessert dip or topping. This spread would be great for someone who is sensitive to large amounts of fat but still wants to enjoy the peanut butter flavor.
3. Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter (15 oz/$2.98 at Walmart)
While packing the same taste and same ingredients as traditional Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, Jif Whips only has 140 calories per two tablespoon serving and 12gF/6gC/5gP. It contains two grams of sugar per serving, and is light and fluffy.
The texture reminded me of a peanut butter frosting. It was creamy and fluffy, perfect for dipping and spreading. This peanut butter is a great option for those looking to cut calories or increase amount of peanut butter. This peanut butter was extremely spreadable, and would be a great option for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
2. Trader Joe’s Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter (16 oz/$2.49 at Trader Joe’s)
This peanut butter was DELICIOUS. The peanut taste was so strong, and there was only one ingredient: PEANUTS! At 190 calories per two tablespoons, this peanut butter has 16gF/7gC/7gP and only 1 gram of sugar per serving. This peanut butter was so good, I couldn’t stop eating it once I started.
My only complaint is that it is a bit runny, but it thickened up to my liking once I put it in the fridge. This peanut butter is so smooth and creamy, Trader Joe’s really killed it on this one. This is a great, cheap, one-ingredient option to make sure you are getting a minimally processed product that satisfies cravings.
1. Harris Teeter Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (15 oz/$2.29 at Harris Teeter)
As you can tell by the scrape marks at the top of the jar, this is my absolute favorite peanut butter. It is just perfect. I actually bought this peanut butter for a recipe I was making just because it was the cheapest natural variety (on sale for $1.50 – it’s almost always on sale!) and ended up loving it. Making up the 190 calories per two tablespoon serving is 16gF/7gC/8gP. This peanut butter has the most protein of the previous varieties, and has a mere 1g of sugar per serving.
It is thin enough to be easily spread, but thick enough to be dipped or just eaten off of a spoon. The flavor is fantastic, the only two ingredients are peanuts and salt so there is an extremely prominent peanut flavor. This delicious peanut butter is the best option in my opinion, I always make sure I have a jar handy.
I hope this post was helpful, now go on and dig into that jar of peanut butter next to you! I would love to hear your favorite peanut butters, leave a comment telling me which ones to try next!