Aug
05

Today’s a good day. Why? Because we’re discussing one of my favorite things in the entire world: PEANUT BUTTER.

I didn’t find out my obsession was this strong until I made the decision to taste test 14 different brands all in one day. Talk about a belly ache that I will never regret. Thanks so much to my assistant, Rose, who helped me taste and decide on which brands to talk to you about today. Her PB obsession is wicked strong.

I do want to mention that while this is a taste test, this is the AK taste test. What does that mean? Well I wanted to provide you with as many peanut butter options along with sharing brands you don’t see everywhere (but can purchase online). Some of your favorites may be missing so if you have any you truly love, please leave a comment and tell us why! We love hearing from you.

 

Ambitious Kitchen's Peanut Butter Taste Test. So many different flavors and brand to try!

Here’s how I decided on these specific peanut butters: I have a few that I continuously buy so those were a given, Rose provided a few that she found, we asked the AK community on Facebook and finally I found some delicious ones online with great reviews.

Each peanut butter’s price, texture, saltiness, sweetness, flavor profile and recommended use is given below along with links so that you are able to purchase each brand (most are Amazon affiliate links!).

Note: Saltiness and Sweetness are ranked from 1-5; 5 being the saltiest or sweetest.

1. Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter

  • Price: $5.99
  • Texture: Very creamy and smooth, not a lot of separation
  • Saltiness: 2
  • Sweetness: 5
  • Flavor profile: Strong coconut flavor, for coconut lovers only! Tastes sweet even though there isn’t a ton of sugar.
  • Recommended Use: In stir-frys or Thai peanut sauces. On toast, stirred into oatmeal or on a spoon. It can be too sweet to put on fruit.
  • To purchase: Off of Amazon or on their website.

2. Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter

  • Price: $11.99
  • Texture: Smooth. No stirring necessary.
  • Saltiness: 2
  • Sweetness: 3
  • Flavor profile:  Just a hint of honey, perfectly sweetened.
  • Recommended Use: On a banana, toast or really anything. Would be great in baked recipes. This was a favorite!
  • To purchase: Off of Amazon or their website.

3. Buddy’s Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

  • Price: $5.99
  • Texture: Thicker with little bits of peanuts. A little grainy but still spreadable.
  • Saltiness: 3
  • Sweetness: 5
  • Flavor profile: Sweet with a good amount of cinnamon flavor. Little bits of raisins.
  • Recommended Use: Delicious on breakfast items and toast or a bagel.
  • To purchase: Website.

4. Buddy’s Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • Price: $5.99
  • Texture: On thicker side. Not incredibly creamy, but has a unique grainy texture.
  • Saltiness: 2
  • Sweetness: 5
  • Flavor profile:  Rich flavor. The chocolate doesn’t overpower the peanut. It’s a nice balance.
  • Recommended Use: More of a dessert type of peanut butter. Great for those who love Nutella or anything chocolate. Would be great on a banana!
  • To purchase: Website

5. Trader Joe’s Crunchy Chia & Flax Seed Peanut Butter

  • Price: $2.99
  • Texture: Thick with crunchy peanuts and also little bits of chia and flax. Not overly oily and not much stirring is required.
  • Saltiness: 1
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Flavor profile: Mild peanut taste, most likely due to the combination of seeds and peanuts. We really liked this one though, but think it needs a pinch more salt.
  • Recommended Use: Great in oatmeal, on a banana or fruit, on toast.
  • To purchase: Off Amazon or in Trader Joe’s stores nation wide.

6. Buff Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Peanut Butter

  • Price: $10.99
  • Texture: Needs to be stirred. Smooth but fairly thick with a tiny bit of grain as you might expect from a protein peanut butter.
  • Saltiness: 1
  • Sweetness: 4
  • Flavor profile: It tastes sweet even though there isn’t a ton of sugar. A good chocolate peanut butter taste and 11g of protein per serving!
  • Recommended Use: If you want a sweeter oatmeal, try stirring this in! Delicious on strawberries or a banana. A solid option if you’re looking for a protein packed nut butter.
  • To purchase: Amazon or their Website.

7. Trader Joe’s Salted Creamy Peanut Butter

  • Price: $2.99
  • Texture: Needs to be stirred. Very creamy and smooth, almost runny. Pourable. Easily spreadable.
  • Saltiness: 5
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Flavor profile: A staple all-natural peanut butter flavor. Wonderful for baking because you don’t need to add salt. Great for those who love a truly salty peanut butter.
  • Recommended Use: On anything and everything. Great for breakfast, baking, on bananas, toast, english muffins, etc! Good in smoothies. Anything, really.
  • To purchase: Amazon

8. Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Maple

  • Price: $8.70
  • Texture: Small amount of stirring required. Almost little crunchy bits of peanuts in it, yet still rather smooth.
  • Saltiness: 1
  • Sweetness: 5
  • Flavor profile: Very sweet and full of maple syrup flavor.
  • Recommended Use: On pancakes, waffles french toast, bagels; any type of breakfast food would be amazing.
  • To purchase: Amazon or on their website.

9. SantaCruz Dark Roasted Peanut Butter

  • Price: $6.99
  • Texture: Stirring required! The texture is thick and of what you would expect in a natural peanut butter. Very peanutty.
  • Saltiness: 2
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Flavor profile: Tastes like roasted peanuts from a ballpark, except without all the saltiness. For the true peanut butter lovers out there.
  • Recommended Use: Anything you would like to use peanut butter with.
  • To purchase: Amazon or their Website.

10. Whole Foods 365 Natural Organic Peanut Butter

  • Price: $4.99
  • Texture: Very smooth, no stirring required. Thick almost like Jif or Skippy.
  • Saltiness: 3
  • Sweetness: 2
  • Flavor profile: Great peanut flavor, very traditional in taste.
  • Recommended Use: Wonderful on a PB&J sandwich. Anything you would classic peanut butter on. Perfect for baking.
  • To purchase: Amazon (pack of 2) or in Whole Foods stores.

11. Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter

  • Price: $6.70
  • Texture: Needs to be stirred. Thicker. Little bits of seeds with a hint chew from the cranberries.
  • Saltiness: 1
  • Sweetness: 3
  • Flavor profile: A unique combo! A hint of sweetness from the cranberries. Good when salt is added.
  • Recommended Use: Good in oatmeal, but don’t expect an overly sweet taste to it.
  • To purchase: Amazon (multi-pack) and website isn’t currently working.

12. Nuts N’ More White Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • Price: $15.24
  • Texture: Very creamy, but with a bit of protein powder aftertaste. Consider if you like protein powder before you purchase.
  • Saltiness: 1
  • Sweetness: 4
  • Flavor profile: Tastes very much like white chocolate and lacks a strong a peanut butter taste. A little bit of protein powder is picked up on, but overall great for a treat.
  • Recommended Use: Great in a no bake granola bar or balls, on a banana or any other fruit. Not recommended for use in baked goods.
  • To purchase: Amazon or their Website.

13. Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter

  • Price: $3.29
  • Texture: Needs to be stirred because it is all natural. Creamy, but with very tiny bits of peanuts. A little gritty, but we loved this.
  • Saltiness: 3
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Flavor profile: Roasted mild peanutty taste. Absolutely delicious and what natural peanut butter should taste like. This was our favorite!
  • Recommended Use: Baking, on toast, on fruit, celery; basically anything!
  • To purchase: Amazon

14. MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter

  • Price: $8.99
  • Texture: Stirring is required! Smooth yet a nice amount of crunch. Honestly, just a great crunchy peanut butter option.
  • Saltiness: 2
  • Sweetness: 1
  • Flavor profile: Mild peanut butter that’s not overpowering in saltiness or sweetness. Just peanuts and salt!
  • Recommended Use: Great on any baked good if you like crunchy texture. Delicious on a toasted bagel.
  • To Purchase: Amazon or their website.

 

I hope you love this peanut butter taste test as much as we enjoyed sampling all this deliciousness. Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite peanut butter is! This is meant to be a fun taste test; I realize that not all of these are organic or natural. xo!