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A great nut butter can be the basis of countless delicious and easy recipes. They’re also a great way to integrate quick protein and nutrients into a plant-based diet. But the days of simply deciding between crunchy or creamy peanut butter at the store are long gone. There are now a huge variety of nut butters available, and they all have their own distinct features.

Here’s a rundown of some great nut and seed butter options for you to choose from. Some of these are beloved classics, while others you may have never even heard of. Regardless, they all certainly deserve a try. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a nut butter, there’s something here for you. We’ve also included some recipes from the Food Monster App to give you inspiration for how to use your favorite one!

1. Peanut

Spread The Love NAKED Organic Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce (Organic, All Natural, Vegan, Gluten-free, Creamy, Dry-Roasted, No added salt, No added sugar, No palm oil)

Peanut butter is a classic choice, even though you’re likely already acquainted with one another. Its presence in countless recipes and familiar flavor make this a staple purchase in the common diet. This option by Spread the Love is organic and free of added sugars or salt, giving you an authentic taste without unnecessary fillers. Use this as part of some Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats for a satisfying breakfast, or even in certain curries and flavorful soups.

2. Almond

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Almond butter, a rising household favorite, has nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, and iron to supplement a plant-based diet. This delicious option by The Philosopher’s Stoneground is also raw and sprouted, allowing for peak nutrients and digestion. Put this tasty treat to use in recipes like some Almond Butter Energy Bars or Crispy Thai Almond Butter Tofu.

3. Pecan

RAW Pecan Butter- CLEAN LABEL!

Pecans often lack appreciation as a nut. With nutrients including manganese, calcium, zinc, and selenium, pecans deserve some serious consideration if you haven’t already welcomed them into your diet. To ensure that you’re enjoying them to their fullest potential, opt for this Purely Pecans pecan butter which is as pure and simple as possible. Make this part of a classic pecan pie or enjoy it in this Pecan Turtles recipe.

4. Cashew

Dr. Fuhrman's Cashew Butter

Try out some cashew butter if you’re looking for a versatile option with a mild flavor. This raw cashew butter made by Dr. Fuhrman is a perfect pick, comprised of 100% cashews. Just keep in mind that many raw nut butters often require refrigeration to keep fresh because they aren’t packed with stabilizers or emulsifiers. Aside from snacking and spreading, try using this in some No-Bake Cookie Butter Cashew Cheesecakes as your next easy dessert.

5. Pumpkin Seed

Gopal's Raw Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Butter 16oz

Pumpkin seeds are an incredible nutrient source, with high antioxidant levels as well as zinc, manganese, and healthy fats. They’re also a perfect option for those looking to add extra protein to their diet. Gopal’s makes this amazing organic and sprouted version worth checking out. This is a great way to add in some nutrients into tasty dishes like Fudgy Chocolate, Pistachio, and Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies for a recipe that provides satisfying comfort while nourishing the body.

6. Pistachio

Pistachio Butter - Raw Unsalted

If you have an affinity for pistachios, you’re in luck. Specialty companies like The Pistachio Factory focus on this type of nut butter specifically, so you can feel confident that the quality and focus of the product is top notch. Scoop this into a treat with some Chocolate Pistachio Cups that you can enjoy as a tasty midday pick-me-up.

7. Hazelnut

Rawmio Hazelnut Chocolate Butter 6 oz Jar

Nutella lovers rejoice! You can still enjoy the distinct flavor of hazelnuts in a healthier spread. If you’re in the mood for a pure hazelnut taste with no other flavors added, this one by Nature’s Energy is a great option. However, for those craving that nostalgic sweet cocoa-hazelnut fusion, try out this delicious spread by Rawmio for a way to treat yourself with feel-good ingredients. You can also include it in a Guilt-Free Pretzel Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge to take this spread to another culinary level.

8. Hempseed

Dastony Hemp Seed Butter 8 oz (227 grams) Jar

For those aware of the benefits of hemp seeds, consider trying them out in the form of a spread. Hemp seeds are a great source of protein, and they’re full of beneficial nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium, and essential fatty acids. Luckily, Dastony makes this tasty option with organic raw hemp seeds which are as clean and unrefined as can be. Add a spoonful into smoothies or substitute for your usual nut butter as a nutritious and filling alternative.

9. Macadamia

Wilderness Poets Raw Macadamia Butter (8 oz Glass Jar)

For all the macadamia lovers out there, this is the one for you. Aside from their addictive flavor, macadamia nuts provide sources of manganese, copper, and fiber to your diet. Although pure macadamia butter can be challenging to get your hands on, this one Wilderness Poets is a great find. Showcase its versatility in these Polenta Quiches with Macadamia Ricotta and Squash Blossoms or keep it on the sweet side with a Raspberry Macadamia Coconut Chia Pudding.

10. Sunflower Seed

Once Again Sunflower Butter Lightly Sweetened

For those allergic to tree nuts, sunflower seed butter is for you. This one by Once Again does include a small amount of added sweetness, making it a healthier choice to satisfy your sweet tooth more consciously. It also works perfectly in some Sunflower Seed Butter Oatmeal Cookies, which are packed with protein and fiber along with their delicious taste.

A great nut butter can be hard to find, but hopefully this quick guide makes it that much easier to determine which one you find most appealing. With this new inspiration, get shopping and find your new favorite!

Looking for more delicious ideas like How To Make Homemade Cashew Butter? Consider downloading the Food Monster App, which is available on both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook! The app features over 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and you can find new recipes each day.

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