Tired of Peanut Butter? Here’s 4 Nutty Alternatives

When you’re ballin’ on a budget, it’s convenient to stick to your staples. There’s no denying nut butters are awesome additions for snacks//breakfasts [or even lunch//dinner!] because of their long shelf-life, portability + versatility. For some, peanut butter is the ultimate nut butter — it’s great on toast, bananas, apples + in smoothies [or on a spoon #youdoyou]. For others, peanut butter simply doesn’t get the job done.

Whether you’re a peanut butter fiend or you’re not convinced of it’s deliciousness, we challenge you to try some of these alternatives — because it’s always fun to change up your routine ; ) Here’s a few for you to try!


With 98 calories, 9g fat [mostly polyunsaturated + monounsaturated], less than 1g of sugar + 3.4g of protein per 1 tbsp — almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter! It has the *good* fats, a decent amount of protein to increase fullness + is low on sugar. Try it with a banana, toast or mix it with peanut butter for the best of both worlds : )


Your typical cashew butter will have 94 calories, 8g fat [slightly higher in saturated fat, so watch your portions ; )], 0.8g sugar + 2.8g protein per 1 tbsp. Cashews are one of the sweetest nuts, so you can be sure the nut butter will satisfy your sweet tooth while also keeping you satisfied until your next meal.


With 100 calories, 5.5g fat [all saturated], 10g of sugar + 1g of protein — hazelnut butter is definitely a #treatyoself nut butter. While it’s probably not the best idea to eat as often as some of the other butters, you deserve to enjoy yourself every once in awhile + this is a tasty option!


This nut butter has 99 calories, 9g fat [mostly polyunsaturated + monounsaturated], 1.7 g of sugar + 2.8 g of protein per 1 tbsp. This nut butter is definitely underrated + a great choice for those who want to branch out from the traditional peanut butter!

Outlined above are several alternatives to peanut butter, but it’s important to recognize that [with the exception of hazelnut] most of these nut butters have similar nutrient breakdowns. So it’s really up to you on which to choose — though it’s always nice to have options ; ) The brand + ingredients of individual nut butters may alter the nutrient breakdown slightly. Usually three or less ingredients are needed for nut butters — anything more may be adding extra fat or sugar! [One thing to note about these options — they have been outlined with a portion of 1 tbsp. Sometimes 1 tbsp is enough, but the typical serving is 2 tbsp — so you’re nutrients would all double in that case!] a

Happy shopping! Share with us your #CHAARGeats when you try a new nut butter!

++Alyssa [@gratefully_nourished] // VirtCHAARG Pittsburgh

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