Nut Butter Substitutes

Nut Butter Substitutes

This article provides an overview of nut butter, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make nut butter substitutes.

What is Nut Butter?

A nut butter is a spreadable food made by grinding nuts into a paste. Nut butters can contain a variety of different nuts, including almond, cashew, peanut, hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan and walnut.

Nut butters have a high content of fat, fiber and protein, they are most commonly used to replace regular butter on bread or toast. They may also be used as a dipping sauce or as a topping on dishes such as oatmeal.

What does Nut Butter taste like?

Each nut butter will have a slightly different taste, depending on the nut used. However overall they can be described as having an earth and buttery taste, with a strong bitter and tannic flavor. Some commercial nut butters have sweeteners and preservatives added which can alter the flavor.

Is Nut Butter readily available in Supermarkets?

The most common nut butter, peanut, should be readily available in supermarkets and even local convenience stores. Other nut butters are often less readily available, but may be located in major supermarkets or health stores.

What are some alternative names for Nut Butter?

Nut butter may go by the specific nut that is inside, such as almond butter or cashew butter.

What is a good substitute for Nut Butter in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for nut butter. These include:

  • You can always use different versions of nut butter
  • If a recipe calls for one in particular or if you want to steer away from nuts, you can try:
    • Sunflower seed butter
    • Flax butter
    • Tahini
    • Pumpkin seed butter
    • Hummus