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Sep 25, 2011 09:47 PM

Best All-Natural, No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Brand

Hi! I LOVE all natural unsweetened peanut butter...but I just realized I've only ever had one kind (tried it once, and was completely hooked): 365 Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter from Whole Foods

Anyway, does anyone have any other suggestions? Just thought I ought to give something else a try. I'm not interested in Better n' Peanut Butter or some other low-calorie knock-off. Just a delicious, no-sugar added option that I could find at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or just a plain old grocery store. Also, I'm open to suggestions for all-natural nut butters (almonds, pistachio they even make pistachio butter?). Unfortunately, I'm allergic to cashews, so that's out of the picture (I know many people like cashew butter). I spotted some marcona almond butter at Whole Foods a few days ago, and plan to buy it next time I go!

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  1. I suggest you try some different brands to see which you like the best. A good place to see several different brands of natural peanut butter is at Whole Foods. I personally prefer Smuckers All Natural peanut butter, chunky style. It isn't nearly as expensive as many natural peanut butters, but for me it is really good. There is nothing like opening a brand new jar. I get Smuckers at my regular grocer. I think if you live in the Western U.S., you might have to look for Anne Adams. (I think that is right.)

    Diamond makes an absolutely luscious almond butter which is slightly sweetened. And Maranatha makes an acceptable natural sunflower nut butter.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      I'm with you, sueatmo, Smucker's Natural PB tastes best...I recently tried Whole Foods' house brand 365 Natural Creamy pb and...meh, it was kind of thin, almost runny...definitely sticking with Smucker's from now on. I do need to branch out and try almond butter...the price though seems excessive...

      1. re: Val

        We've tried them all, and Smucker's creamy is the only one for us. They make an organic version of it, and it's in glass jars, not plastic, both varieties.

        1. re: mcf

          Yes, mcf...even now in 2013 the Smucker's Natural is *still* in that lovely wide mouth glass jar--and I noticed the price at WalMart DROPPED from $3.28 per jar to $2.98 per jar, small but appreciated by me anyway...and I have branched out and bought the TJ's almond butter...though NO sugar is added, WOW, so much sweeter than natural PB! So I just use the almond butter *sparingly*...I mean, when I EAT raw almonds, I am not tasting that sweetness but in the butter, it REALLY comes through!

          1. re: Val

            I'm not a Walmart shopper, but that price is about what I get the regular, non organic Smuckers for on special, 2 jars for $6 or $7 depending where I am.

            Are you getting organic for that price? I used to see it in Target, only, now it's not there at the one I used to make a trip to just to get it.

        2. re: Val

          Smucker's brand here in SoCal is Laura Scudder, which is quite good. If I had not vowed an eternal boycott of all things Smucker's (see White Lily Flour controversy) it'd be my favorite. I was buying Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Salted, but the Organic is either gone or suffering a shortage, possibly due to the Texas drought, so I think I will try WF's 365 brand. I so seldom think of going to their grocery aisles …

          1. re: Will Owen

            Follow-up on WF's 365 PB: I was surprised and extremely disappointed to see that while the "conventional" 365 contains only peanuts and salt, the organic contains sugar! We would much prefer to stick with certified organic, as peanuts are a crop that often is grown with heavy pesticide use. I know that some that aren't also can't be tagged "organic" for technical reasons, but I prefer having that extra protection.

            1. re: Will Owen

              I was buying Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Salted, but the Organic is either gone or suffering a shortage
              they discontinued the organic PB made with Valencia peanuts due to a supply issue. there is a replacement on the shelves now (made with organic runner peanuts) - i grabbed a jar the other day but haven't tried it yet.

              Costco's Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter is excellent - no added sugar or oils and you can't beat the price. my other favorite is Santa Cruz Organic *Dark Roast* (thanks to fellow LA Hound mollyomormom), but you'll pay dearly for it...though it's not quite as bad if you can get your hands on a $1-off Mambo Sprouts coupons or manage to catch it on sale at Sprouts or Santa Monica Cooportunity.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                goodhealthgourmet, I got a jar of TJ's new non-Valencia organic crunchy, and aside from its odd pale color I think it's an improvement! Much easier to stir into uniformity, and I love the taste a lot. The peanuts they're using now still have a bit more sweetness than I prefer, but the flavor and consistency are up there with the best I've ever tasted, including some really great fresh-made.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  thanks for the report! i'll open mine in the next day or so and let you know what i think....and if you have the opportunity to try Santa Cruz Dark Roast or Kirkland at some point, i think you'll like them because thy don't have that sweetness.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    The primary consumer of PB around here is Mrs. O, who LIKES that sweetness. And after Pa-in-law died, his annual renewal of the family's Costco account did too. We didn't shop there often enough to justify paying for our own account, so No Mo Costco.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      well at least now we all know who calls the shots in the O household ;) seriously though, i'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

                      i just tried the TJ's and i hate to say it but i'm disappointed. i like really robust PB and this stuff is too bland/mild for me. not awful, mind you, just meh. even worse, i'm stuck out in NJ for the foreseeable future and Costco out here doesn't carry the organic PB, only that awful sugary Skippy or Jif or whatever it is. blech.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        "well at least now we all know who calls the shots in the O household" Hey, I'm the cook, she's the customer. Unlike too many "chefs" these days, I know my place.

                        I'm not as nuts (so to speak) about the new TJ's PB as I was at first; refrigeration seems to flatten out its flavor. I will try the 365 next, but I'm just really leery of noncertified peanuts; those things can get sprayed with damn near anything short of nerve gas.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          agreed - peanuts are one thing i really don't take a chance on when it comes to safety/purity. oh, and apparently you couldn't have tried the Kirkland Organic even if you still shopped at Costco...i e-mailed customer service yesterday to see if they could stock it here in NJ, and got a reply today saying it was *discontinued* due to a shortage of organic peanuts. boo.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I don't know if I am 100% correct, but I was just at Meijer (do they have that in NJ?), and I know they had Kirkland, because I paused and thought isn't that what 'goodhealthgourmet' likes? I didn't buy it because I cannot afford (health-wise) to eat a jar right now, but I think it was there.

                            1. re: GraceW

                              no, we don't have Meijer here, but thanks so much for thinking of me! i should have stocked up when i spotted it on Amazon, because now there's only one "seller" offering it...for TWENTY-FIVE dollars a jar. criminal.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                That is ridiculous. For $25, I could probably mail a jar to a 3rd world country where hungry children would really REALLY want it. Sorries to mention my dream: I wish I could send PB to hungry kids because it is only about $2 and so nutritionally dense. I think they would look so happy and full

                                1. re: GraceW

                                  I really think you should send a bottle of water along if you are going to send peanut butter.

                                  It is probably much more cost effective if you can send the money. They can use your $2 to eat for an entire week instead of one jar of peanut butter.

            2. re: Val

              The price IS excessive. I only bought one jar once. The Diamond brand is absolutely luscious though. It does have a little sugar.

          2. Two of my faves: Crazy Richard's. Teddie. I buy both in "plain old grocery stores."


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            1. I have no idea why this is so, but from living in two different locales, I've found that we like best the store brands of natural peanut butter, even better than Smuckers, which is the usual national brand alternative. In fact, I'm not crazy about Smuckers at all.

              Of course, I don't know what the store brands are in your area, but give those a try.

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              1. re: Bada Bing

                I agree. In these parts, SHOP-RITE has their own brand of natural PB (and lots of other things).
                It's the best of the lot. Most of their store brand products equal or often surpass the name brand counterparts.

                Barring that, of the more widely available natural PB brands, I find Crazy Richard's and Teddie to be the best (they might even come out of the same plant).

                1. re: The Professor

                  Crazy Richard's is from Dublin, OH, and Teddie is from Massachusetts.

                  1. re: ecustard

                    The corporate offices, yes...but I wonder if the manufacturing is a different story. Either way, both are very good products.

                    1. re: The Professor

                      Crazy Richard's peanut butter is sold under the Krema brand in the midwest. AFAIK it's not sold under any other label.

                      They and Teddie are very tasty. Funny how that works without adding anything at all to the peanuts.

                  2. re: The Professor

                    Yes - I prefer the Shop-Rite store brand natural PB to Smucker's.

                2. This just in...well, first I've heard of it...peanut butter prices will be going up...might want to buy an extra jar...saw this on 2 websites:

                  1. Smuckers is my current favorite. I got a jar without salt (at least I think it was Smuckers that I had salt free) and salt my peanut butter sandwich myself. Crystals of salt give a unique and good taste and texture. Don't care for Trader Joe's. Too soupy and not a great peanut flavor.

                    Saw Skippy's "all natural"- "Peanuts, sugar, salt and palm oil" as ingredients. They couldn't leave out sugar and they took out the good peanut oil and replaced it with palm oil??? Big food "chemical companies" just can't make it simple can they?

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                    1. re: RC51Mike

                      The Skippy Natural is actually very good if you put aside the fact that it has oil added to it. I'd be happier if it had no added sugar, but it's not nearly as sweet and greasy as some other peanut butters, and I almost always eat my peanut-butter with jelly anyway.