Looking for easy and delicious almond butter substitutes due to an allergy to tree nuts or maybe you’re making a recipe that calls for almond butter but don’t have any? Regardless of the circumstances, I have 25 alternatives for you!
- How would you typically serve almond butter?
- Best Almond Butter Substitutes
- 1. Cashew Butter
- 2. Peanut Butter
- 3. Pistachio Butter
- 4. Sunflower Seed Butter
- 5. Pumpkin Seed Butter
- 6. Tahini
- 7. Granola Butter
- 8. SoyNut Butter
- 9. Chickpea Butter
- 10. Hazelnut Butter
- 11. 2-Ingredient Nutella
- 12. Brazil Nut Butter
- 13. Walnut Butter
- 14. Pecan Butter
- 15. Macadamia Butter
- 16. Mashed Black Beans
- 17. Avocado
- 18. Coconut Butter
- 19 . Plant Based Butter
- 20. Cookie Butter
- 21. Mixed Nut Butters
- 22. Mixed Seed Butters
- 23. Pine Nut Butter
- 24. Chestnut Butter
- 25. Hemp Seed Butter
- Frequently Asked Questions
Almond butter is a delicious nutty spread that is well loved! It has a nutty flavor, smooth creamy texture and has numerous health benefits.
Creamy almond butter is a great addition to a healthy balanced diet but there are many excellent substitutes that can be used in replace of this tasty spread. If you have a nut allergy or you're simply looking to switch it up- this article will help you find a great replacement that tastes just as good and has that same creamy consistency that we all love.
How would you typically serve almond butter?
- As a spread: Spread it on toast, pancakes, waffles or muffins!
- As a sandwich: Peanut butter and jelly doesn't need to include peanut butter... almond butter or any of these options below make really tasty sandwiches!
- In a smoothie: Add protein and healthy fats to a smoothie by adding a nut or seed butter!
- As a dip: I love making peanut sauces but it doesn't have to be made with peanut butter. I've made my Thai Peanut Sauce with almond butter and cashew butter.
- As a dessert: Use in baking- muffins, cakes, cookies, brownies or stirred into ice cream.
- In oatmeal: Add to oatmeal, overnight oats or chia pudding.
- Granola: Make granola, granola bars, or energy bites!
- In candy: Make homemade nut butter cups!
Best Almond Butter Substitutes
You can use any of these spreads in your favorite almond butter recipes. It's good for spreading on toast, use in baking recipes, or topping off oatmeal!
If you have a tree nut allergy, peanut allergy, seed allergy or you're just wanting to switch it up... you'll find it here in this list of 25 easy & delicious almond butter substitutes!
1. Cashew Butter
Cashew butter is an excellent substitute to almond butter. It’s higher in fat but is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Cashews are naturally sweet and they get incredibly smooth and creamy when blended. You can use it in baking recipes, to spread on toast or drizzled on oatmeal!
Cashew butter has a more neutral flavor so it works well when mixed into savory dishes and sauces. I particularly love adding it to pasta or sauces with a splash of water and spices. It creates the perfect cream sauce! Buy it or make my Homemade Cashew Butter recipe.
2. Peanut Butter
This one is quite obvious! Peanut butter is one of the best alternatives to almond butter. It’s smooth, creamy and super tasty! Almond butter and peanut butter are quite similar in flavor, almond butter is a little bit nuttier and peanut butter is a bit more smooth in texture. But regardless, peanut butter is a good alternative. It also happens to be the cheapest and most easily assessable!
3. Pistachio Butter
Pistachio butter is another great option to use in replace of almond butter as a creamy spread. It’s green and very earthy and nutty. You can use pistachio butter as a spread, filling, or even as a flavoring for homemade ice cream! Super versatile and delicious.
4. Sunflower Seed Butter
Nut-free option! Sunflower butter is a great option for making PB&J’s for kids school lunches- since it’s nut-free and peanut-free. It also happens to be very similar in flavor and has a smooth texture. Very creamy and tasty! You can make it at home or buy it at the grocery store.
5. Pumpkin Seed Butter
Another great nut-free option! Pumpkin seed butter is made from pumpkin seeds also known as pepitas and is a good source of magnesium, vitamin E and iron. It also happens to be green! Whether you’re making toast, granola bars or using it in baking- it’s a great alternative to almond butter.
This one's a bit more unique in flavor than almond butter but it's still a great alternative when it comes to baking! Tahini is very earthy and slightly bitter in flavor. But it is great for sauces, dips or in savory dishes!
7. Granola Butter
You might be thinking, WHAT??? Granola butter is a new spread that has recently hit the market. It's from the brand Oat Haus and it's made from oats. It's nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. They also have many different fun flavors like cookie dough and birthday cake! Plus it is woman-owned which we love to see! This is a great option and alternative to almond butter.
8. SoyNut Butter
Soy nut butter is made from roasted soybeans. It's another great nut-free option but does contain soy. It's pretty comparable to peanut butter and almond butter so it makes a great substitute and can be used in any way you would use almond butter. I haven't seen this in stores near me but can be made at home or bought online.
9. Chickpea Butter
Chickpea butter is a nut-free butter made from garbanzo beans! Chickpeas are neutral in flavor but I could see this needing some help in the flavor department. If you make this, I would add maple syrup and some cinnamon or vanilla. Can also be bought in the store!
10. Hazelnut Butter
Hazelnuts make super creamy and tasty nut butter that is pretty comparable to almond butter. Hazelnut butter is just as tasty but has less saturated fat than almond butter. It's incredibly creamy and easy to make at home by simply blending roasted hazelnuts in a food processor until smooth.
11. 2-Ingredient Nutella
Nutella is hazelnut butter and chocolate combined! The store-bought variety contains a lot of added sugar but thankfully making homemade healthy Nutella is super simple and will still give you a slightly sweet flavor but the nutty taste will also come through. Choosing Chia has a Nutella recipe that looks insane! Sure, it might not be a direct substitute to almond butter but it is insanely delicious spread on toast, on pancakes or on oatmeal. You could probably even use it in baking recipes!
12. Brazil Nut Butter
Roasted brazil nuts blended in to a smooth and creamy butter taste incredibly rich and nutty which makes it wonderful in place of almond butter.
13. Walnut Butter
Walnut butter is a wonderful alternative to almond butter because it's just as nutty and creamy but does have a tiny bit of a bitter aftertaste. I personally think it's best served sweet with some maple syrup!
14. Pecan Butter
Pecan butter is a super delicious and tasty nut butter that I absolutely love! It is a great substitute to add to baked goods, on top of toast, in smoothies or on oatmeal.
15. Macadamia Butter
Macadamia butter is extra fatty and much creamier than almond butter. If you want to add creaminess and richness to a recipe, go with this one! It is mild in taste so it typically goes well in all the recipes that would call for almond butter.
16. Mashed Black Beans
This one might sound a bit weird but have you ever heard of black bean brownies?? Mix some black beans with a splash of water to create a paste and use in baking in replace of almond butter. Works wonderful and doesn't leave a bean taste at all.
Avocado is a perfectly creamy, high-fat spread that works great on toast or in smoothies. It adds creaminess and fat which makes it a wonderful alternative to almond butter or other nut butter.
18. Coconut Butter
If you like the flavor of coconut, this is a great option for you! Coconut butter is much more creamy and silky, almost similar to butter but thicker and creamier than coconut oil. It works best as a spread or to top off pancakes or waffles.
19 . Plant Based Butter
This one might be obvious but plant based butter works wonderfully as a spread on toast or in baking! It can typically be replaced by almond butter in a 1:1 ratio.
20. Cookie Butter
Have you ever tried the cookie butter from Trader Joe's? It's so good! It's definitely not a healthy alternative to nut butter but it is delicious and great on toast! You can even use it in baking or to make energy bites. It's on the sweeter side!
21. Mixed Nut Butters
Some brands of nut butters sell mixed butters that contain almonds, cashews, peanuts, brazil nuts, etc. This one isn't a good option if you're avoiding almonds but it's a great option if you're just wanting to try something new!
22. Mixed Seed Butters
Similar to mixed nut butter but made from seeds and is nut free. These seed butters typically contain chia seeds and flaxseeds as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
23. Pine Nut Butter
Pine nuts are very high in oil and when blended in to a smooth and creamy paste, it becomes almost butter like in flavor! The pine flavor is typically detectable so it's recommended to mix with other ingredients to mellow it out.
24. Chestnut Butter
Chestnut butter is made from roasted chestnuts and is described as super earthy. This one is more unique but if you have chestnuts laying around during the Holidays, try this one out!
25. Hemp Seed Butter
I love adding a spoonful of hemp seeds on top of oatmeal, smoothie bowls or yogurt bowls so I can imagine hemp seed butter being delicious! If you have some in the house, give it a try! I can see this butter being great for mixing in to sweet dishes and savory dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peanut butter is slightly smoother in texture and almond butter has more texture but yes! Peanut butter and almond butter can be used interchangeably.
Peanut butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter, plant-based butter and black bean paste are great for baking!
Peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, granola butter, cookie butter and avocado are great options for nut-free alternatives.
All of them are perfect for toast (besides the mashed black beans)!
My recipe for Cashew Butter can work for any nuts or seeds. Follow the instructions but simply substitute your nut or seed of choice.