Categories: Kids, Snacks, Toddlers

Top 7 Peanut Butter Alternatives that are Kid-Approved

Peanut butter is a yummy and healthy ingredient for your kid’s smoothies and sandwiches. With eight grams of protein in two tablespoons, it’s sure to pack a protein punch, and all natural brands like Old Home don’t contain any added sugars. Sweet!

But peanut butter isn’t always an option for your kid’s lunch. Peanut allergies in children have more than tripled in the United States from 1997 to 2008, and schools are taking action out of concern for all kids. Fortunately for peanut butter lovers, a wide array of peanut butter alternatives offer a tasty substitute. Many of these alternatives use tree nuts, a category that includes cashews, walnuts, pistachios, almonds and hazelnuts, among other tree-grown nuts. Tree nuts aren’t related to peanuts (which are ground-grown legumes) so they can often be used as a healthy alternative to peanuts and peanut products. Here are our picks for the top seven kid-approved peanut butter alternatives.

Our 7 Favorite Peanut Butter Alternatives

1. Artisana Organics Pecan Butter

Artisana Pecan Butter has a rich, hearty texture and simply pecans and cashews, nothing more. Pecans and cashews are rich in manganese, thiamin and copper, important nutrients for your kid.

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2. Barney Butter Almond Butter Honey + Flax 

Almonds and omega-rich flax are blended together with a touch of honey in this kid-pleasing, healthy peanut butter alternative. Almonds contain less saturated fat than other nuts, instead offering monounsaturated fats that help reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.

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3. Kween Granola Butter

Delightfully spreadable and lightly sweet, Kween Granola Butter is made from just seven ingredients, including gluten-free rolled oats, golden flax seeds and pure, unrefined maple syrup. Not only free from nuts and tree nuts, Kween is also crafted without any refined sugars, preservatives or unnatural additives. The world’s first spreadable granola serves up all the yum of cookie butter but with extra fiber, protein and healthy fats!

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4. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Premium hazelnuts and organic chocolate make this nut butter a spoon-licking indulgence; it’s preservative-free and made with organic ingredients. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter offers a healthier take on the classic European spread, which contains 21 grams of sugar per two tablespoon serving.

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5. Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter

Can you believe that Sneaky Chef’s No-Nut Butter is made from golden peas, a variety of garden peas? Surprisingly, this spread is naturally “peanutty” tasting and packed with  vegetarian friendly nutrition: protein, fiber, iron and magnesium. It’s a great choice for kids with nut allergies.

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6. SunButter Natural Crunch

Made from sunflower seeds, SunButter’s all natural, allergen safe spread is packed with nutrition and flavor. As an added bonus, it contains less sugar and saturated fat than some popular peanut butter brands.

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7. Wowbutter

Wowbutter, made with toasted soybeans and available in classic creamy or crunchy, tastes just like peanut butter. It contains a whopping 7g of soy protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids and 1200mg of omega-3 fat, both of which are important for brain and eye development.

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Need Peanut Butter Alternatives? We Got You Covered

No need to miss out on this classic favorite treat! With the rise of allergies, there are so many opportunities to eat peanut butter alternatives, whether store bought or homemade.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about Nurture Life’s nut-free meals, we can help. Please contact us here.

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Katie Klepek

As the director of marketing at Nurture Life, Katie gets to combine her passions—family, food and healthy lifestyle choices—with crafting a personalized experience for Nurture Life’s brand. She has over 18 years experience in business, communications, marketing and event planning, having co-founded the successful event production company Reinventing Events. Katie’s diverse background allows her to effectively combine communication and organization skills to develop, plan and deliver results. Born and raised in the Midwest, Katie attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in English and Communication. When she’s not spreading her cheer (and eating cookies) at Nurture Life, Katie runs marathons and co-hosts a horror movie podcast with her husband. She has a 3-year-old daughter who has grown up on Nurture Life with another girl on the way!

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