Taste Test: The Best Nut Butters
Peanut butter isn't the only type of nut butter! We tasted 85 different variations to find the best tasting pecan, pistachio, almond, cashew and flavored spreads on the market.
Move over, peanut butter! Today there's a world of tempting nut spreads to choose from. We conducted an epic taste test to find out who's the cream of the crop.
Once Again Organic Cashew Butter: This spread made of dry-roasted cashews reminded several panelists of hummus, only sweeter, creamier and smokier. Savory and rich, it's ideal for tossing with roasted veggies. ($14.99 for 16 oz.)
Runner-Up: Vivapura Really Raw Organic Cashew Butter ($15.99 for 9 oz.)
Artisana Organic Raw Pecan Butter: Because it's raw (the roasting process can sap some of the nuts' nutrients), this thick and luscious spread is chock-full of B vitamins and heart-healthy fats. Better yet: Its pecan sandie flavor turns smoothies into an instant dessert! ($12.60 for 8 oz.)
Runner-Up: Wilderness Poets Pecan Butter ($14.25 for 8 oz.)
Wilderness Poets Pistachio Butter: Raw California pistachios, top-notch EVOO and Himalayan salt make this the priciest spread on the list, but its intense pistachio flavor and versatility are worth the splurge. Add it to cookie dough, toss it with pasta or slather it on steak. ($15.99 for 8 oz.)
Runner-Up: Rejuvenative Foods Organic Fresh Raw Pistachio Nut Butter ($16.22 for 4 oz.)
Barney Smooth Almond Butter: Barney cinched this category with a close-to- peanut-butter flavor that will be a sure hit with kids -- though, at roughly 36 cents more per ounce than most peanut butters, a little less so with budget-conscious parents. Use it to jazz up pancakes or French toast. ($9.99 for 16 oz.)
Runner-Up: Maisie Jane's Crunchy Almond Butter ($9.99 for 12 oz.)
Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter: A blend of dry-roasted almonds, cocoa butter and cane sugar, this slightly gritty spread tastes like nutty brownie batter. Layer it onto toast and top with bananas or -- who are we kidding? -- just grab a spoon and dig in! ($9.99 for 16 oz.)
Runner-Up: Rapunzel Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter ($8.49 for 8.8 oz.)
With so many different kinds of greek yogurt at the grocery store, it may be hard to decide which one to buy. We tasted over 150 different kinds to find the best of the bunch.