Here Are The Best Nut Butters For Every Budget


Nut butter has the power to make all of your favorite foods so much creamier. It always adds an extra layer of texture to oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt and toast. The only downside to becoming a nut butter addict is that it’s an expensive habit. When you’re on a budget, but you need that jar of almond butter to make you happy, there doesn’t have to be sacrifice involved. There’s a jar of nut butter out there for every budget and we’re here to help.

On A Tight Budget

When there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room in your budget, Trader Joe’s is a lifesaver. You’ll find both Creamy Salted Almond Butter and Raw Creamy Almond Butter in 16-ounce jars for $5.99. That’s about as cheap as you’re going to get. The creamy version is made with dry roasted almonds, sea salt and a small amount of dry roasted cashews. The raw version is made purely with raw almonds.

You’re Comfy In The Middle

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Some people like to get a little more artisanal when it comes to their nut butter, and they’re willing to go a little bit above the store brand. This middle ground usually means you’re willing to spend anywhere from $9 to $12 for a jar. When you’re somewhere in the middle, Barney Butter is a good option.

You’ll find flavors like Chocolate, Smooth, Crunchy, Bare Smooth, Bare Crunchy, Vanilla and Espresso, Raw and Chia, Honey and Flax, and Cocoa and Coconut. You can get 10-ounce jars for $9.99 or 16-ounce jars for $11.99. Barney Butter uses high-quality California almonds. All of the products are non-GMO, certified vegan and gluten-free with ingredients you can actually understand.

Another middle ground brand to look our for is NaturAlmond. There are two flavors: Original and Salt-Free. Depending on where you buy the almond butter, 12-ounce jars usually go for $12. The almond butter is made in small batches at Georgia Grinders so you can expect consistency in each jar. Almond butter is rich in antioxidants, according to the company’s site, so you’ll also be getting an added health benefit with your morning toast.

Balling Out

Sometimes, nut butter is such a priority in your life that you can’t put a price tag on it. In these cases, you’ll probably have to close your eyes when the cashier rings it up. If you can pace yourself, you’ll have the jar for a while, so it may be worth it. With certain brands, you can really taste the difference. Some of our favorites include Big Spoon Roasters and Julie’s Real.

Big Spoon Roasters is about as legit as it gets when it comes to small-batch nut butter. Jars come in flavors like Almond Cocoa Butter, Almond Ginger Butter, Almond Coconut Butter and Chai Spice Nut Butter. Each jar sells for $13.95. Every batch is made to order and the company uses ingredients like heirloom mission almonds, an organic stone ground chocolate blend, organic cocoa nibs and raw wildflower honey. There’s a reason these jars are so pricey.

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Julie’s Real is another nut butter brand that’ll top your expectations. There are currently two almond butter flavors and two cashew butter flavors. The almond butter comes in Cacao Espresso and Cinnamon Vanilla Bean, and the cashew butter comes in Cinnamon Villa Bean and Coconut Vanilla Bean. Jars range from $13.99 to $15.75. These jars are all kinds of decadent and well worth the splurge if your budget will allow.

We’re not saying you should ball out every time you want a nut butter, but if you’re down to experiment, this is a good place to start. It also can’t hurt to go with good old-fashioned peanut butter when your budget is extra tight.