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The 35 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked!

From Skippy and Jif to PB2 and Teddie's, we rate the best and worst of all time.
The 35 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked!

Peanut butter ought to be a healthy food, packed with protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and plenty of fat-burning folate. But most commercial peanut butter brands are spiked with hydrogenated oils and unnecessary fillers and have more sugar than they do fiber. As a result, they cause fat storage—not fat burning.

To help you find the brand that will keep your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth with confidence, the team at Eat This, Not That! took the top peanut butters in America into our food lab, and analyzed the ingredients, ranking each brand by health. Here’s our definitive list.

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FIRST…THE WORST

Peanut butter toast

A really good peanut butter should have just two ingredients: peanuts (duh) and sometimes a pinch of salt. But today’s manufacturers—even the “all-natural” brands advertising themselves as healthy—pack their PBs with additives you simply don’t need. “Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label carefully,” cautions Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. Here’s a look inside each jar.

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Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator + Crunch Time

peanut butter and co smooth operator

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Peanuts are naturally filled with oils—and studies have found that the monounsaturated fats found in foods like nuts and olive oil are protective of brain health and function. So why does Peanut Butter & Co. add palm fruit oil to their crunchy and smooth blends? It helps with oil separation, stabilizing the mix. A better question is, why do they add cane sugar? Still, this is by far the best of the worst—read on. And blast even more fat with these ways to lose 10 pounds—fast!

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Earth Balance Peanut Butter With Flax Seed, Crunchy

Earth Balance natural peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Flaxseed, Peanut Oil, Agave Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Earth Balance, one of the first brands to bring “healthy” PBs into the mainstream, gets much love for including all-natural sugars, and fiber-filling flaxseed. But we can’t fully recommend a brand that includes added sugar at all. That’s jelly’s job!

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Earth Balance Peanut Butter With Flax Seed, Creamy

Earth Balance Peanut Butter With Flax Seed

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Flaxseed, Peanut Oil, Agave Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Like the crunchy variety, but with a bit more saturated fat.

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Simply Jif Creamy

JIF simply peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Contains 2% or less of: Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Molasses, Sugar, Salt

Choosy moms, please don’t choose Jif! Advertised as a healthier option compared to regular Jif, this has the same unhealthy ingredients, just rearranged. While we commend them for owning up to adding sugars in their PB, we still can’t endorse it. At least it has less sodium, which keeps it toward the bottom of this list.

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Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter

Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Salt.

One of the best-selling peanut butter brands in America is made with fully hydrogenated vegetable oils—extremely hard, wax-like fats made by forcing as much hydrogen as possible onto the carbon backbone of fat molecules. To obtain a manageable consistency, food manufacturers often blend the hard fat with unhydrogenated liquid fats. Remember that next time you’re making Junior’s sandwich or want a high-protein snack.

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Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Jif creamy pb

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Salt.

All the oily grossness of crunchy Jif, but with 25% more salt per serving.

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Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter

Skippy Regular Peanut Butter Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed oil) To Prevent Separation, Salt.

The battle between Skippy and Jif isn’t a war at all—they’re both made with the same sugars and oils, including saturated-fat-filled hydrogenated oils. A study published in the journal Diabetes found that while unsaturated fat can help reduce abdominal fat, saturated fat can increase waist size. Saturated fats, like the kind you’ll find in baked goods and red meat, “turn on” certain genes that increase the storage of fat in the belly, researchers say. Not all fats are bad—find out the best full-fat foods for weight loss!

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Jif Creamy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Jif reduced fat creamy peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Pea Protein, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Molasses, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamide, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Two words you never want to see on your food: “Reduced Fat.” When manufacturers take something out, they put something back in. In this case, that’s two kinds of sugar, a ton of Frankenstein additives, including corn syrup, the liquid sweetener and food thickener made by allowing enzymes to break corn starches into smaller sugars. These ingredients provide no nutritional value other than calories.

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Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Reduced Fat

Smuckers reduced fat peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Maltodextrin, Reduced Fat Ground Peanuts, Salt.

Be afraid of any peanut butter whose second ingredient is either nonexistent or “salt.” So what’s maltodextrin? It’s a caloric sweetener and flavor enhancer made from rice, potatoes, or more commonly, cornstarch. Through treatment with enzymes and acids, it can be converted into a fiber and thickening agent. Like other sugars, it has the potential to raise blood glucose and insulin levels.

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Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy

Skippy Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Palm Oil, Salt

Don’t be fooled by the “Natural” label—it just means the sugar inside is real sugar. That doesn’t make it any less unnecessary.

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Peter Pan Crunchy

peter pan crunchy peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Less than 2% of: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed and rapeseed), Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil

It’s unfortunate that the cheaper brands of peanut butter are always the worst nutritionally. That’s the case here, as one serving of this #2 brand has nearly double the sodium of the Simply Jif Creamy PB.

And the #1 Worst Peanut Butter Is… Peter Pan Creamy

peter pan creamy peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 210 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat) 140 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Less than 2% of: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed and rapeseed), Salt

Hydrogenated oils, sugar, and salt compete for space in what should be a jar of simply nuts, blended. One serving has more fat than a small order of McDonald’s French Fries. If Peter Pan ate this, he’d be too fat to fly.

AND NOW…THE BEST

As we said, the best peanut butter brands have two ingredients: nuts and a touch of salt. Let’s see which brands passed that test.

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Nuts ‘n More Peanut Butter + Flax High Protein Spread

nuts n more protein flax peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Sweetener (Xylitol), Peanut Oil, Organic Flax Meal, Natural Extract, Sunflower Lecithin

We’re breaking our own rule here, allowing a peanut butter with more than two ingredients rank as one of the best. That’s because we like the low sodium count, the fiber added by the flax, and are generally OK with xylitol. It’s a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in strawberries, mushrooms and other fruits and vegetables, most commonly extracted from the pulp of a birch tree. Unlike real sugar, sugar alcohols don’t encourage cavity-causing bacteria. They do have a laxative effect, though, so heavy ingestion might cause intestinal discomfort or gas. And, don’t feed it to Fido, as xylitol is toxic to pets.

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MaraNatha No Stir Natural Peanut Butter Creamy or Crunchy

maranatha organic crunchy peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated), 65 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Peanuts, Sea Salt

Although we like this brand because of its low sodium count, parents might like it more because you don’t have to stir.

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Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter

justins classic peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, Palm oil

Justin Gold took his PB from farmers’ markets to bodegas everywhere, and it’s caught on for good reason: It’s creamy and addictive, but with a super-low sodium count. It didn’t make it to the top three because of the addition of palm oil in its recipe.

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Teddie Smooth All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter

teddie smooth peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, Salt

Generally, smooth varieties have more sodium, because there are fewer peanuts to take us space. If you’re gonna go Teddie, go crunchy.

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Teddie Super Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter

teddie chunky peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, salt

Give this one a bear hug: It has 20 percent less sodium than the smooth option, and just as much protein.

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Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Creamy

Smuckers Natural creamy peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of: salt

Ironically, the company behind the sugariest jellies produces the best mainstream PB on the market. Made with just peanuts and a bit of salt—and no hydrogenated oils—this is peanut better.

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MaraNatha Organic No Sugar or Salt Added Peanut Butter, Creamy or Crunchy

maranatha no sugar or salt peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Peanuts, Organic Palm Oil

This would be our #1 choice for the best peanut butter in the universe… if it shunned palm oil and were as ubiquitous as our top pick. (Pro tip: spread it on a roll and add chia seeds.) Nutritionally, it’s a winner—thanks to the zero added sugar and salt, and the low carb count.

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And the #1 Best Peanut Butter is Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter, Chunky

Smuckers natural peanut butter crunchy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 95 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of: salt

The salt-free MaraNatha has far less sodium. Some of the others have an equal amount of Teddie has slightly fewer calories. But unlike those, the Smucker’s can be found in your local supermarket, no matter where you shop, so it ranks #1 on our list. Made with no hydrogenated oils, this is the best mainstream brand of peanut butter on the market. Spread some on your morning toast, and don’t miss these best breakfast foods for weight loss—ranked!

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Sweetened Peanut Butters

Oh, how far we’ve come since Goober Grape. Peanut butter companies are now adding toffee, dark chocolate and other sweets to their blends. Find out where your favorite rates here—we’ve ranked them from worst to best! And now that you know what to eat, keep the fat burn going with these essential ways to boost your metabolism!

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Goober Grape PB&J

smuckers goober grape

Per 3 Tbsp: 220 calories, 11 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 125 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 5 g protein

Ingredients: Ground Roasted Peanuts, Grape Juice, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Contains 2% or Less of: Distilled Monoglycerides, Salt, Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Citrate.

Nostalgia is often the gateway drug to bad choices—don’t inflict them on your kids. And don’t be fooled by the cute, talking cartoon peanut on the label: One serving of Goober Grape has as much sugar as half a can of Coke.

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Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful

peanut butter co white chocolatey wonderful

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil, Lecithin (From Sunflowers), Salt

For a dessert spread, this is one of the healthiest, but don’t think it’s a substitute for peanut butter. Unless you’re skipping the jam.

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Wild Friends Sugar Cookie Peanut Butter

wild friends sugar cookie peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Coconut, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Sea Salt

The clever cooks at Wild Friends made sugar cookies sound healthy, blending coconut into peanut spread. If it weren’t so fatty, we’d eat more.

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Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter With Honey

Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter With Honey

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanut Butter Spread (peanuts, sugar, palm oil, contains 2% or less of: salt, molasses), Honey

Oh, Jif: If you have honey, why add sugar? Four of the six grams of sugar are funneled into this jar.

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Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams

peanut butter co dark chocolatey dreams

Per 2 Tbsp: 170 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Palm Fruit Oil, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Lecithin (From Sunflowers), Salt

“Better than Nutella.” That’s the best we can say for this bestseller. It has no hydrogenated oil, no HFCS and a nice touch of protein. If it had slightly less sugar and no palm oil, we’d name this one of our faves.

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Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter With Honey

justin’s Organic Peanut Butter With Honey

Per 2 Tbsp: 210 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Organic Honey, Organic Cane Sugar, Peanut Oil, Palm Oil, Sea Salt.

Justin’s has made an art out of healthful sweets—their peanut butter cups rated high on our list of the top candies—ranked. This Organic Peanut Butter With Honey rates high, also, with a decent sugar count.

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Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter with Honey, Creamy

smuckers honey peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 25 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, Honey, Honey Crystals, Salt

Our #1 peanut butter on the market—Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter—gets a touch of honey here, which brings the sugar content to a respectable four grams. Plus, it’s made with no hydrogenated oils.

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Wild Friends Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

wild friends chocolate pumpkin spice peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 170 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Organic Dark Chocolate (Cane Sugar, Cocoa Liquor, Cocoa Butter), Organic Cane Sugar, Peanut Oil, Pumpkin Spice Blend, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt.

We’re into the pumpkin spice trend if it means more PBs like this.

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Wild Friends Gingerbread Peanut Butter

wild friends gingerbread peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 5 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Molasses, Organic Vanilla, Ginger, Allspice, Sea salt.

This pick is great for the holidays or any other time you’re feeling festive—and it’s probably got less sugar than any cookie you’ll find at a Christmas party.

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Nuts ‘N More High Protein Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

nuts n more dark chocolate peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 138 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 11 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Dark Chocolate (Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Extract), Xylitol (Natural Sweetener), Peanut Oil, Natural Flavors, Cacao Powder, Flax, Sea Salt

We like the flax for added Omega 3’s but we’re staying for the chocolate.

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Buy it now for $13.99per 16-ounce jar at Amazon.com
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Nuts ‘n More High Protein Toffee Crunch Peanut Spread

nuts n more toffee peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Sweetener (Xylitol), Peanut Oil, Flax Meal, Natural Extract, Sunflower Lecithin

Satisfy your desire for Ben & Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch for only one gram of sugar.

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And the #1 Best Sweetened PB Is… Buff Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Peanut Spread

buff bake chocolate chip peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 11 g protein

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Hormone-free Whey Protein (rBGH Free Whey Protein Concentrate, Unsweetened Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Less Than 0.1% Lecithin & Stevia), Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla, Less Than 0.1% Soy Lecithin), Organic Coconut Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

With less fat and sugar—and way more protein—than any Skippy or Jif, this is one cookie-like spread we’d spread on our Ezekiel bread every day.

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POWDERED PEANUT BUTTERS

The new wave of powdered peanut butters smashes out the fat calories, leaving a dry powder that you reconstitute with water. Eat This, Not That! approves of them, although for half the price, you can buy a natural peanut butter that nature’s made perfectly.

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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter With Cocoa

pb2 cocoa peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 50 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 4 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, Salt

Our take on this one is, if you want chocolate, have chocolate. But it’s great in smoothies!

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BetterBody Foods PBFit Powder

pb fit peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 70 calories, 2 g fat, 150 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, and Salt

With 25 more calories than PB2, this comes in second place in a two-man race.

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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

pb2 powdered peanut butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 60 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Salt

The winner, almost by default. PB2 is the first mainstream brand in the powdered PB space. We like it for baking and smoothies, but for sandwiches, we’ll stick to Smucker’s.

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