Best peanut butters, from natural to Marmite
Have you heard the good news? Marmite has launched its own peanut butter – and forget either loving or hating it, we can almost guarantee that you will fall into the latter camp. To celebrate, here’s our pick of the best peanut butters around. Toast, anyone?
Pip & Nut
You’ll find Pip & Nut in our shopping trolley weekly. There are three peanut butter varieties: smooth, crunchy and crunchy maple. All are made with Argentinian hi-oleic peanuts, which make it naturally sweeter and higher in monounsaturated fats, that help to lower cholesterol. There’s no added sugar, additives or palm oil, and the whole roasted peanuts are blended with a sprinkle of sea salt. Crunchy Maple Peanut is naturally sweetened with a drizzle of Canadian maple syrup and perfect for spreading or eating out of the jar with a spoon.
Marmite Peanut Butter has just launched, and it’s got a twist: it combines crunchy peanut butter with the yeasty taste of the iconic spread. Apparently, fans have been layering PB and Marmite for years, and this saves them the step. Think the umami taste of Marmite mingled with the smooth and salty flavour of peanut butter. It’s the ultimate savoury treat.
Meridian’s peanut butter contains just one ingredient: yep, peanuts. They’re roasted in their natural skins and then crushed, so this is the one for you if you like your PB super crunchy and nutty. Better still, it’s free from palm oil, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives, refined sugars, trans fats and hydrogenated oils.
Pic’s peanut butter comes all the way from Nelson, New Zealand – factory tours are encouraged if you’re in the area. Made from yummy hi-oleic Kingaroy nuts, its snack-size pouch is perfect for keeping in your handbag. The smooth version is, well, deliciously smooth – peanuts are famously double squished. The brand also creates extra virgin peanut oil, perfect for cooking and using in salad dressings.
Whole Earth peanut butter is seriously thick, which makes it more filling than most, we find. Somewhat unusually, bits of peanut skin are actually left in the mixture, which explains the red flecks and gives it a real bite. The brand also does a peanut butter and mixed seeds combo, if you fancy.
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