When it comes to pantry staples, the first item on our list of must-haves is always peanut butter. Whether we’re on our weekly grocery run, preparing for a weekend getaway, or planning ahead in the case of a disaster, our favorite jar (or jars) or peanut butter are never far.
Peanut butter is often thought of solely as a partner to jam and the glue that holds two pieces of bread together to make a sandwich, but it’s much more than that. We love spreading peanut butter on our favorite fruit, including apples and bananas. Heat a small bowl of peanut butter to create a delicious dip or dessert topping. Add some protein to vegetables, like celery, or dress up a dull base, like crackers or rice cakes.
Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and a delicious way to get both adults and kids to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. We also love packing peanut butter sandwiches on days when the weather is warm and we don’t have access to a fridge or ice pack. Sweaty deli meats are a friend to no stomach, but peanut butter never lets us down, regardless of the temperatures outside.
The world of peanut butter is vast but we’ve chosen three of our favorite brands that we think you’ll love to dip, spread, and eat straight from the jar as much as we do.
1. Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter
Available in a variety of flavors including Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, White Chocolatey Wonderful, Dark Chocolately Dreams and the Bees Knees (Honey), Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter is a vegan, gluten-free peanut butter that is packed with 7 grams of protein and made with peanuts grown in the United States.
Pros: Peanut Butter & Co. uses sustainable palm tree oil, a must for environmental lovers.
Cons: The chocolate options are on the sweeter side and may be overwhelming to some customers.
2. Teddie All Natural Peanut Butter
Teddie All Natural Peanut Butter is non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan-friendly and made in the United States using only USA-grown peanuts.
Pros: Teddie All Natural has no added preservatives or sugars, making this a peanut butter that is great for kids and health-conscious adults.
Cons: Oil separation naturally occurs in Teddie All Natural Peanut Butter and it’s recommended to store in it the fridge, which makes this a poor option for road trips or camping trips.
3. SKIPPY Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread
Made with only four simple ingredients and free from added preservatives, SKIPPY Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread is a delicious and natural peanut butter option that is also Kosher. A healthy snack, SKIPPY is free from cholesterol and trans fat. SKIPPY is also a great option for people with allergies, with this peanut butter made without tree nuts. Like Peanut Butter & Co., SKIPPY comes in a wide range of flavors.
Pros: Even though the SKIPPY is a natural peanut butter like Teddie, there’s no oil separation and it doesn’t need to be stirred.
Cons: SKIPPY recommends storing their peanut butter at room temperature and note that when kept in the refrigerator it doesn’t spread smoothly.