Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Welcome to our large peanut butter product test 2021.

Here we present all the peanut butters we have tested in detail. We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best peanut butter for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy peanut butter.




Summary

  • The healthy fats that peanut butter contains are long-term energy stores. The feeling of satiety is therefore more lasting than with other fats.
  • Around 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter per day are sufficient and healthy for your body.
  • A special feature of peanut butter is its high protein content. Peanut butter is a popular snack for athletes before or after sports to build muscle and regenerate muscles.

The Best Peanut Butter: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying peanut butter

Who is peanut butter suitable for?

Basically, anyone can benefit from the proteins in peanut butter or simply enjoy it. However, peanut butter is particularly suitable for athletes. The consumption of peanut butter is particularly suitable after training to promote muscle build-up, promote muscle regeneration and to replenish glycogen stores.

For a balanced diet, we recommend a weekly peanut butter intake of 14 tablespoons. (Image source: pixabay.com / Pexels)

If you do a lot of exercise, peanut butter should definitely be part of your diet. By the way, 1-2 tablespoons per day are recommended.

Peanut butter can also be beneficial in a balanced diet. The healthy fats contained in peanut butter are long-term energy stores. The feeling of satiety is therefore more lasting than with other fats.

Is peanut butter healthy?

Peanut butter is healthy as long as it is natural. It provides the body with important fatty acids. However, these are mainly monounsaturated fatty acids as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids. In addition, peanut butter is a great source of protein.

2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain around 8g of protein.

Another benefit of peanut butter is that it can lower blood cholesterol levels. Peanut butter also contains a large amount of magnesium. Due to the high magnesium content, peanut butter is your perfect companion during stressful times. Magnesium strengthens the nerves and brain. Peanut butter also strengthens your bones due to the phosphorus it contains. The high concentration of phosphorus in peanut butter already covers 50% of your daily phosphorus requirement. Phosphorus also promotes metabolic processes.

Did you know that peanut butter also makes you beautiful? Among other things, peanut butter contains vitamin B7, which promotes clearer skin, strong nails and healthy hair.

As a result, peanut butter can promote a healthy diet. It can either help you achieve a calorie deficit. With a calorie deficit, you lose weight. It can also lead to a calorie surplus by increasing your intake, which helps you gain weight. With peanut butter, it clearly depends on the amount you consume. It is also important to note that peanut butter should not be eaten in conjunction with carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates block the burning of fat, which means that the fat in the peanut butter would be stored by your body. Therefore, peanut butter should be added to porridge or eaten plain. Peanut butter is only healthy as long as it does not contain added sugars or trans fats. Therefore, you should always make sure that the peanut butter is free of additives.

Additives can include palm oil, emulsifiers and sugar. Peanut butter with sugar in the form of agave syrup or similar should also be avoided.

What are the nutritional values of peanut butter?

Because of the fats it contains, peanut butter is very high in calories and therefore not suitable for weight loss. Peanut butter also contains valuable proteins that help build muscle after exercise. Peanut butter also contains carbohydrates and valuable fibre. We have summarised the nutritional values of peanut butter per 100g here:

Nutritional values grams
Calories 589 kcal/ 100 g
Protein 24 g
Fat 45 g
Carbohydrates 21 g
Fibre 5.2 g

The proteins contained in peanut butter help you build muscle. Peanut butter also contains arginine, which increases performance. Peanut butter also helps to strengthen your immune system thanks to vitamin E.

An important component of peanut butter is potassium. This ensures the storage of glycogen. Not to be underestimated is the high amount of magnesium, which strengthens your bones. Fibre in peanut butter guarantees a longer feeling of satiety.

Peanuts are among the most protein-rich nuts and seeds and are therefore a real protein kick for your body. (Image source: pixabay.com / piviso)

How much does peanut butter cost?

Peanut butter prices fluctuate only slightly. The fluctuating prices result from whether the peanut butter is of organic quality, comes from organic, sustainable cultivation, contains artificial additives and whether it contains sugar.

Price gram
1,95€ - 4,99€ per 100 g
8,60€ - 10,00€ per 1000 g

What are the alternatives to peanut butter?

There are several alternatives to peanut butter, which are especially useful if you are allergic to peanuts. Alternatives to peanut butter include almond butter, pistachio butter, pumpkin seed butter, hazelnut butter, cashew butter and sunflower seed butter. The advantages of the alternatives to peanut butter are summarised here:

Alternative Benefits
Almond butter Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fibre, protein
Pistachio butter Antioxidants, carotene, potassium,amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids
Pumpkin seed butter Iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins E and K, zinc
Hazelnut butter fibre, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids
Cashew butter magnesium, essential amino acids, healthy fats
Sunflower seed butter vitamin E, selenium, magnesium

The alternatives are particularly suitable for a balanced diet. If you have a nut allergy, you should take a closer look at the alternatives pumpkin seed butter and sunflower seed butter. These alternatives should also be free of additives and ideally have an organic seal. If you're in the mood for a taste discovery, why not try peanut butter in combination with one of the alternatives? It's bound to taste heavenly together.

Decision: What types of peanut butter are there and which is right for you?

Peanut butter can come in different varieties. When you buy peanut butter, there are several alternatives to choose from. We would like to introduce you to two types:

  • fine peanut butter (creamy)
  • coarse peanut butter (crunchy)

In the following section, we would like to make it easier for you to decide.

What are the characteristics of creamy peanut butter and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Fine peanut butter is mainly characterised by its creamy taste. The peanuts are ground up, which makes the peanut butter melt wonderfully on the tongue and gives it a creamy consistency. Fine peanut butter is particularly suitable for baking, as it does not affect the consistency and taste of the recipe.

Advantages
  • Well suited for baking
  • Delicately melting consistency
  • No risk of ingestion
Disadvantages
  • Could cause allergies
  • No bite strength

What are the characteristics of a coarse peanut butter (crunchy) and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The consistency of coarse peanut butter makes it perfect for gourmets. The peanuts are roasted, which gives them a certain bite. If you like it crunchy, the crunchy peanut butter is just right for you.

Advantages
  • Firm to the bite
  • Perfect for foodies
Disadvantages
  • Could cause allergies
  • Hardly suitable for baking

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and rate peanut butter

Quantity

You can buy peanut butter in many different sizes. The most common sizes are 100 g, 250 g, 500 g, 510 g, and the 1 kg stock pack. As a guide to how much peanut butter you need, consider the daily amount of peanut butter you eat. Around 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter per day is sufficient and healthy for your body. If you want to build up mass or muscles, you can eat more peanut butter per day. Your optimal amount depends on whether you want to change your body, and if so, how much.

Consistency

Whether you buy fine peanut butter with a smooth, creamy taste or coarse peanut butter ultimately depends on your taste preference. Both peanut butters have basically the same nutrients, except for the manufacturer.

Peanut butter also tastes great on rice cakes. A wonderful, low-carb alternative to bread. (Image source: pixabay.com / cgdsro)

Fine peanut butter is melt-in-your-mouth tender, while the coarse peanut butter is crunchy, crunchy.

Presentation form

Besides the classic peanut butter, there are many other ways to consume peanut butter. For example, there are now many protein bars or chocolate bars, biscuits or cakes that contain peanut butter as an ingredient.

Presentation form Explanation
Peanut butter Peanut butter can be both creamy and crunchy and is particularly suitable as a sweet spread. In addition, peanut butter is usually sugar-free.
Peanut butter syrup The syrup is ideal as a topping. For example, how about pancakes and delicious peanut butter syrup?
Peanut butter bars Peanut butter bars can be both a sweet sin or a protein option to provide your body with important nutrients.
Peanut butter biscuits Peanut butter biscuits are often considered a source of protein. Again, watch the sugar.

Organic

Another criterion is whether the peanut butter is organic. You can see the organic label on any peanut butter packaging that bears this label.

Organic farming means that modern pesticides and artificial fertilisers are not used. In addition, the organic seal is a sign of quality for the processing of peanuts. So please pay very close attention to this. The green EU organic seal guarantees sustainable production, environmental protection, quality and animal welfare standards.

Sugar-free

Peanut butter is only healthy as long as it does not contain added sugar. Therefore, you should always check whether the peanut butter you buy has sugar on the back of the packaging or not. Basically, peanuts already contain sugar naturally, but the amount is very low. Of course, it is also delicious with sugar, but then it quickly fails to support a healthy diet.

Protein content

A special feature of peanut butter is its high protein content. It is therefore a popular snack for athletes before or after sport to build up and regenerate muscles. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain around 8 g of protein. However, this varies slightly depending on the manufacturer and the respective composition of the peanut butter.

Facts worth knowing about peanut butter

How do I store peanut butter?

Peanut butter is a very durable food due to its high fat content. It can be stored in the fridge, the larder or the freezer. The refrigerator promises a longer shelf life, but the peanut butter also gets a harder consistency and is less creamy than before. The peanut butter can also be stored in the pantry without any problems. This way it is nice and creamy.

If you want to store the peanut butter for a long time, it is worth freezing it and taking it out of the freezer when needed.

What is the shelf life of peanut butter?

Peanut butter can generally be kept for quite a long time. The higher the fat content, the longer it will keep. Basically, the rule of thumb is: if the peanut butter changes its consistency or tastes strange, it should be thrown away. If this does not happen, it will keep for a very long time and can be enjoyed for many months to come.

What recipes can I cook with peanut butter?

Especially in Asian cuisine, peanut butter is often used as a sauce. So how about a delicious Asian stir-fry dish with peanut butter? If you like it sweet, there are many baking recipes with peanut butter. Peanut butter cupcakes, caramelised peanut butter ice cream or peanut butter biscuits - the sky's the limit. Peanut butter can also be used in a healthy smoothie bowl or cereal bowl.

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