What’s the Difference Between Almond Butter and Peanut Butter?

It’s subtle, that’s for sure.

When reaching for a sandwich spread, you have more options than ever. But navigating the nut butter aisle can be a bit challenging—especially if you’re not sure what to look for.

That’s why we’re breaking down two of the most common varieties: almond butter and peanut butter. Here’s everything you need to know.

This is why nuts (and nut butters!) are worth eating.

An Intro to Almond Butter

Almond butter is what it sounds like—almonds ground into a paste-like consistency. The spread is commonly used on sandwiches, in baked goods or as an ingredient in oatmeal and smoothies.

From a nutritional standpoint, almond butter is rich in plant-based protein, monounsaturated fat (which is a good fat!), vitamins and minerals. It contains roughly 200 calories per serving.

Almond butter is a popular choice for anyone allergic to legumes or for those who dislike the taste of peanuts. It is, however, pretty pricey. A 16-ounce jar can cost anywhere between $6 and $12. (Purchase almond butter here.)

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An Intro to Peanut Butter 

There’s a good chance you’re already pretty familiar with peanut butter. It’s been a pantry (and lunchbox!) staple for decades. This spread is made from ground peanuts, and is popular in baked goods, savory dishes and when paired with its partner-in-crime, jelly.

Peanut butter’s nutrition facts are similar to almond butter’s—but with a few key differences. It has more saturated fat than almond butter—which is a negative for anyone watching their cholesterol—but also a little more protein.

Peanut butter is a kid-friendly pick, and benefits anyone watching their budget. A 16-ounce jar retails for between $3 and $6. (Purchase peanut butter here.)

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But Which Butter Is Better?

That depends on what you’re looking for: Almond butter nutrition vs. peanut butter nutrition is very similar, but almond butter—with its extra vitamins, nutrients and monounsaturated fat—edges out peanut butter by just a hair. On a technical level, almond butter is healthier.

But when you look at the price tag, almond butter is substantially more expensive. So if you’re on a grocery budget (and, c’mon, who isn’t on a grocery budget?) peanut butter is the more cost-conscious choice.

Next, get our guide to the healthiest nut butters.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.