Peanuts and some mixture of salt, sugar, and oil are used to make natural peanut butter. It is excellent to use a spread, dip, and it can be used in milkshakes. But many suffer from peanut butter allergies today. So if you have an allergy or are just looking for alternatives for some variety. Here are ten alternatives to peanut butter.
- Cream cheese: Of course, this is not for the lactose intolerant, but cream cheese has many advantages as a sandwich spread. It has a smooth, spreadable texture and serves as a moisture barrier to prevent the bread from being soggy. It comes in many flavours, ranging from fruit (to go with jam) to chopped vegetables.
- Guacamole: is hearty enough to be used as a sandwich filling on its own. It’s excellent in pitas and tortillas, and it’s a good match for chicken.
- Hummus: Hummus, a Middle Eastern appetizer gaining popularity, is a tasty and nutritious sandwich filling (and dips, too). This sesame-bean spread is available at several major supermarkets’ deli counters, or you can make it yourself with this simple recipe. It’s perfect for vegetarian families because it’s high in protein.
- Soy nut / Sunflower butter: “Soy nut” butter and sunflower seed butter are similar products made for people with peanut allergies. These can be found in the wellness or speciality food section of your local supermarket.
- Almond butter: When it comes to nut kinds of butter, almond butter takes the cake in terms of nutritional value. Almond butter is similar to peanut butter in texture, but it contains more monounsaturated fats per serving. Almond butter is also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to balance your cholesterol, promote cell health, support healthy skin and hair, and even regulate your hormones.
- Cashew butter: Cashew butter has a lower calcium content than other types of butter, but it also has a high nutritional value. Cashew butter has a higher omega-3 content than peanut butter. It’s also high in minerals like iron and zinc, and it’s been shown to lower triglyceride levels. Cashew butter is a little more difficult to come by in the supermarket, but it’s well worth the effort.
- Hazelnut butter: Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are high in folate, a vitamin related to healthy pregnancies and the treatment of anaemia. This butter is also rich in fibre, vitamin E, copper, and manganese, but it’s low in protein and doesn’t provide as much satiety as other alternatives.
- Tahini butter: Tahini is made from ground hulled sesame seeds that have been toasted. Tahini is widely used in hummus, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and even baking. It also fits well as a nut-free spread. Although it’s not a common peanut butter substitute, it’s worth a shot!