Almond Butter Versus Peanut Butter: Which is the Better Choice?

In the Hostetter household, we have an ongoing debate over which one is the better choice: almond butter or peanut butter. So which truly is better?


Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Are:

  • Rich in protein, fiber and fatty acids.
  • Similar in macronutrients including: caloric content, grams of carbohydrates, and grams of fat.

Almond Butter:

  • Has more vitamin E, iron, and calcium.
  • Is higher in magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants.
  • Contains NO trans fat.
  • Is high in monounsaturated fats, the good stuff.
  • The almond itself is the only nut that is considered very alkaline.
  • Is harder to locate than peanut butter. I purchase it from a local health food store.
  • Is pricier than peanut butter. Prices range from $8.99-$14.99.

Peanut Butter:

  • Is much easier to find in grocery stores then almond butter.
  • It is comparably less expensive.
  • You must be wary and read labels.
  • Not all peanut butter is created equal.
  • Natural peanut butter is made of pure peanuts, and has no added oils fats or sugar.
  • Some companies add extra ingredients for extra fillers and taste such as salt, sugar and are high in saturated fats sugar.
  • You should consider avoiding it, if you have heart problems, hypertension, or peanut allergies.
  • Peanuts are considered acidic.

Nutritional Comparison

Just for fun, I pulled our almond butter and peanut butter out of the refrigerator. Here is what I found:

Once Again Creamy Almond Butter

Price ranges from $8.99-$14.99

  • 16 oz.
  • Per Serving
  • 2 TBSP
  • 190 calories
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 6 grams of carbohydrates
  • 17 grams of fat
  • 1.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 trans fat
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 0 sodium
  • 3 grams of dietary fibers
  • 2 grams of sugar
  • Calcium 10%
  • Folate 4%
  • Iron 6%

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Pasteurized Almonds.

Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky

Price starts at $4.58 for this brand

  • 26 oz.
  • Serving size
  • 2 TBSP
  • 200 calories
  • 7 grams of protein
  • 6 grams of carbohydrate
  • 16 grams of total fat
  • 2.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 trans fat
  • 4.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat
  • 8 grams of monounsaturated fat
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 90 milligrams of sodium
  • 1 gram of sugar
  • Calcium 0%
  • Iron 2%

Ingredients: Peanuts contains 1% or salt.

*This is one of the healthier peanut butters on the market

Bottom Line – Peanut vs. Almond Butter

As for us, our family is still split on the decision. Mom and I prefer the almond butter. Dad, well we can’t pry the peanut butter jar out of his hands.

  • Read the ingredients on the label.
  • Preservatives can change the nutritional value.
  • You may want to take into consideration health conditions such as heart problems, hypertension, or peanut allergies.
  • Ease of locating it and the price may also affect your final decision.

Beastly Bonus

  • If you’re a peanut butter lover, you’ll love my no bake peanut butter bars.
  • Almond butter lovers, you’ll love these no bake gluten and lactose free protein bars.

I hope this helps you. Let me know which one you prefer.



  1. Natural chunky peanut butter is much more flavorful than Almond butter. Natual peanut butter contains both Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats–both these fats are considered healthy fats as they help in reducing cholesterol levels. Read the labels and make sure the natural peanut butter contains no other additives other than salt and peanuts.

  2. haven’t been eating either that much, but a while back i was on a peanut & almond butter kick. i like giving each one its own slice of bread. but then which slice do i start with: the almond butter or the peanut butter? it’s a serious dilemma!


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