While new and innovative nut butters are cropping up everywhere, peanut butter will always be the original. Creamy, spreadable, packed with flavour, and highly versatile, it is a global favourite and a mainstay in vegan cupboards
Slathered on toast, spread over baking, whizzed into a smoothie or simply spooned straight out of the jar, we just can’t get enough of peanut butter. Whether you spread it on toast or spoon it straight from the jar, peanut butter is a storecupboard essential, so we’ve found the best peanut butter to add to your shopping list.
Top 10 Best peanut butters in UK 2021
If you’re looking for the best peanut butter (or simply affirmation that your favorite brand is truly the best) here are 10 highly-recommended spreads to consider.
1. Biona organic crunchy peanut butter
Biona Organic is marketed as healthy, vegan-friendly peanut butter. The creamy peanut spread is made from two ingredients, a pinch of sea salt and roasted peanuts. There are no emulsifiers, palm oil, or sugar. The manufacturer goes a step ahead to ensure that the peanuts are sourced from organic farms that do not use chemicals and only high-quality organic additions. This makes it an excellent product for people who are looking for a natural, protein-rich product. It has also sourced the packaging from Jokey.com, which makes recyclable cans with the aim of protecting the environment.
Each spread has a smooth consistency and remains in a pretty good state even during the colder seasons. You also do not have to put it in a refrigerator once opened. You can put it in a cold dark place (except during very hot summers), but you will need to stir it a little bit before using it.
2. Meridian Smooth Peanut Butter
Meridian claims to make peanut butter by roasting the peanuts with their natural skins. Then the roasted beans are ground to a velvety spread. This gives the peanut butter a rather thick feel, allowing you to enjoy all the nutritional benefits of the peanut that you may not find in just the inner part. The product does not have any added sugars, salt, or palm oil. Therefore, it is an ideal product for those looking for all-natural peanut butter.
This product has a smooth consistency. However, due to its thickness, you may have to add some oil into the mixture so that you are able to spread consistently. Most chefs like the thick butter for adding to various dishes, including porridge and pastries.
3. Pip & Nut Crunchy Peanut Butter
Pip & Nut’s top quality spread is made from naturally sweet Argentinian peanuts and a pinch of sea salt. With absolutely no palm oil or added sugar, it’s good for you and doesn’t cause harm to the environment.
Not only is it ridiculously tasty, but it has the perfect consistency: not too runny and not too solid. 2 huge tubs for less than twelve pounds is a bargain, and buying in bulk will ensure that supplies don’t run out for a while, even for those with the most voracious of peanut butter appetites.
4. Marmite Crunchy Peanut Butter
Marmite said the “velvety” spread tastes great smothered on toast, slathered on a crumpet or eaten straight from the jar.
Fortified with B vitamins, this peanut butter by Marmite has a unique yeasty flavour that may be an acquired taste for some people. It’s definitely recommended for those who prefer savoury to sweet when it comes to toast toppings.
5. PBfit All-Natural Peanut Butter Powder
Unlike the two brands discussed above, PBfit is sold in powder form in a package of two cans that weigh a total of 225 g. It is packaged in glass jars with a convenient lip for ease of opening. The low-fat and low calorie butter boasts of just three ingredients: salt, coconut palm sugar and peanuts. To reconstitute the butter, you need to mix two teaspoons of powder to 1.5 teaspoons of water. You can also use the powder as it is to make your pastries, smoothies and when preparing your dough.
Given the low-calorie content, this is perfect peanut butter for people looking to lose weight without losing the sweet taste of peanut butter. In a serving of 100g, it contains just 13g of calories and 14g of sugar content. It does not contain any palm oil.
6. Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter
Skippy has been marketing itself as a family brand and is popular with most kids. It is one of the cheapest peanut butter brands in the market, making it a choice for most people on a stringent budget.
To ensure that their butter is creamy, Skippy has added some hydrogenated palm oil. It has also enhanced the taste of the peanut butter and added some sugar to it. Therefore, it might not be the healthiest option in the market.
It has a sugar content of about 10.9 g and 51.6g calories per 100g serving. It is sold in a 340g plastic container that is easy to open and close. Despite marketing itself as a smooth peanut, you will still fund chunky pieces as you spread.
7. Pic’sPeanut Butter
This crunchy spread by New Zealand brand Pic’s won a Great Taste award in 2016 and is made with premium, freshly roasted high-oleic Australian peanuts. The ingredients are simply 99.5% peanuts and a tiny bit of added salt – there’s no added oils, preservatives, or sugar!
As a result, it’s super nutritious as well as being absolutely delicious. The premium ingredients, low sugar content, and lack of nasty additives make Pic’s Crunchy our top peanut butter pick!
8. PB&Me Organic Powdered Peanut Butter
If you’re a natural peanut butter lover, then we’ve got the answer. Introducing PB&Me Natural – 100% Peanuts. Loaded with protein (6g per serving!), this natural peanut butter is simply delicious and made from premium roasted peanuts, without the calories of course. Gone are the days of mixing in the oil, only to throw that oil into your smoothie. If you want all the flavor without the fat – then PB&Me Natural is for you.
PB&Me is a fresh take on traditional peanut butter where we removed 90% of the fat from the peanuts, resulting a delicious healthy alternative with twice the protein per gram than traditional stuff.
PB&Me natural tastes incredible as a spread and game-changing as an ingredient. Use it in smoothies, shakes and your favorite recipes for a delicious nutty flavor.
9. Bulk Natural Roasted Peanut Butter
Bulk Natural Roasted Peanut Butter is 100% natural, crunchy peanut butter from a leading sports nutrition brand.
Available in both crunchy and smooth varieties, BULK Peanut Butter is entirely natural, containing nothing but great-tasting, whole roasted peanuts. It is a staple of the BULK Active Foods range, providing an excellent source of protein whilst avoiding added salt, sugar, palm oil or preservatives. A great addition to anyone looking to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, whilst also an ideal addition to any mass gain programme.
10. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
If you’re looking to add a peanut flavor and boost of protein to a smoothie or oatmeal, powdered peanut butter such as PB2 is an excellent option. Peanut butter powder is a great alternative that adds the protein of peanuts, along with the flavor, but contains fewer calories and fat. Simply mix two tablespoons of the non-GMO powder with one tablespoon of water to create a spread, or blend it into smoothies or baked goods to satisfy your peanut butter cravings.
Made with roasted peanuts, sugar, and salt, PB2 contains 90 percent less fat and approximately 70 percent fewer calories than traditional peanut butter. Freshly roasted peanuts are pressed to remove most of the oil, then a small amount of salt and sugar are added for flavor. The result is a low carb, keto-friendly product that is certified gluten-free.
How to choose the best peanut butter in the UK
1. Protein potential
Peanut butter is often hailed for its high protein content, making it a favourite food amongst fitness enthusiasts and influencers.
In fact, sports nutrition brand Myprotein has its own range of peanut butter, highlighting the spread as “a great tasting and natural source of healthy protein, carbohydrates and fats”.
Around 30% of each spoonful of the nutty stuff consists of protein, but there are other nutrients involved, such as magnesium and zinc. However, before you start replacing your apple a day with half a jar of peanut butter, be mindful that it’s also high in calories, saturated fat and sodium.
2. Palm oil
The oil palm tree, native to West & Central Africa but taken to South-East Asia a little over a century ago, yields fruit that produces edible vegetable oil. This palm oil is so versatile that it’s found in almost 50% of packaged goods on our supermarket shelves. It’s healthy, can keep crisps crunchy (due to being stable at high temperatures, i.e. frying), it even helps improve cleaning products thanks to its foaming agent properties.
But this versatility comes at a princely cost: deforestation. With so much demand for this ‘wonder oil’, entire forests were burned to make room for more oil palm trees. And this led to greenhouse gases, destruction of wildlife habitats, and more.
That’s why you’ll see many brands of peanut butter, like Meridian, with “No Palm Oil” prominently placed on its packaging.
Another reason that palm oil is so highly sought-after is due to the low production costs involved in sourcing and refining it. Additionally, it acts as a natural preservative in processed foods. When used in peanut butter, this allows for longer shelf lives and mass production. Which in turn can lead to production savings funnelled through to the RRP.
So yes, cheaper peanut butter can be bought in supermarkets. But I’ve made a personal decision to avoid buying peanut butter with palm oil in from now on
Whether you prefer a smooth spread or something with a bit more crunch, we hope you’ve enjoyed browsing our delightful selection of the best peanut butters. Whichever one you choose, we hope it adds yummy flavour to your everyday meals and provides you with plenty of protein. Grab a spoon and dig in!