Almond butter and peanut butter can be part of a balanced diet.
Whether you’re following a ketogenic eating plan or not, these nut butters can help meet your nutritional needs in the right amounts.
Almond butter comes from ground almonds while peanut butter comes from ground peanuts, with the addition of ingredients for flavor and texture.
When searching for the best nut butter, it’s important to pay attention to the details.
In this article, we’ll dive into the nutrition basics of almond butter and peanut butter per serving, possible risks associated with these spreads, how to use them, and low-carb recipes to try.
If you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight, either one of them can be a good choice for promoting fullness while satisfying your cravings.
|Nutritional Info (1 tablespoon or 16 grams)||Almond Butter||Peanut Butter|
|Carbohydrates||3 grams||3 grams|
|Fiber||1.6 grams||1.5 grams|
|Fat||9 grams||8 grams|
|Protein||3.4 grams||4 grams|
|Sugar content||1 gram||1.7 grams|
Note that in real situations, these values may vary depending on a brand. For example, some nut butters have added sugars and high amounts of carbs which would easily put you out of ketosis. That said, always check the nutrition facts label when grocery shopping for nut butters and stick to natural versions.
While both nut butters are high in calories — almond butter has 98 calories while peanut butter has 96 calories — they contain substantial amounts of dietary fat and protein, which promote satiety and reduce energy intake[*].
Since these nut butters essentially have the same calorie content, they’re equally fine when it comes to controlling your calorie intake. Just be careful not to exceed one or two tablespoons at a time to avoid unnecessary weight gain.
Read more: Do Calories Matter On Keto?
Almond butter and peanut butter provide 3 grams of total carbs per serving, making them an option for those trying to keep their daily total carbs low.
Keep in mind that when following a ketogenic diet, you’re only allowed up to 50 grams of carbs per day to enter ketosis[*].
You can definitely consume more than one tablespoon of nut butters as long as it fits your daily carb allowance while still leaving room for other meals.
Including fiber in your diet helps with regulating bowel movements, normalizing blood sugar levels, increasing fullness, and supporting a healthy weight loss[*].
Since fiber is found in all plant-based foods, you can consume it through almond butter or peanut butter. Between the two, almond butter has a slightly higher fiber content.
Peanuts and almonds are naturally high in healthy fats, particularly monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)[*].
A serving of almond butter contains a little more fat than peanut butter.
If you’re looking for a source of plant-based protein, nut butters can fulfill that need. In terms of protein content, peanut butter has 4 grams of protein while almond butter has 3.4 grams of protein in one tablespoon, making peanut butter the obvious winner.
Regardless of your diet, adequate protein consumption matters. Protein plays key roles, including physical strength, muscle preservation, immunity, and survival[*].
Read more: How Much Protein to Eat on a Keto Diet
Generally speaking, almond butter and peanut butter are low-sugar options. However, be aware that a lot of nut butters contain extra ingredients that raise their sugar content. (Unfortunately, commercial nut butters are common sources of hidden sugars).
Watch out for sugar which can come in different names, such as honey, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maple syrup, agave, and dextrose.
We don’t use sugar in our nut butters. Instead, we sweeten them using stevia and erythritol, which don’t raise your blood glucose levels.
Vitamins and Minerals
In addition to dietary fiber, nuts provide a variety of nutrients[*]:
- Folate for cell growth and red blood cell formation
- Calcium for nerve function and muscle contraction
- Magnesium for protein synthesis, blood pressure regulation, and energy production
- Potassium for water balance and muscle contraction
Getting sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals is vital to staying healthy. Nut butters are just one of the many foods where you can source your micronutrients.
While almonds and peanuts are health-promoting foods, they can carry some risks depending on the person eating the nut butter and how the product is made.
Allergens are found in nuts which may trigger an immune response in sensitive people.
For example, almond proteins including amandin (a major storage protein), have been identified as allergens[*]. Meanwhile, peanuts contain 12 allergens, with Ara h 2 being frequently cited as the most potent peanut allergen[*].
Nut allergy signs and symptoms include skin hives, redness, swelling, digestive problems, and difficulty breathing.
Make sure to check if you have an almond or peanut allergy before consuming nut butters.
Another possible risk, especially with peanut butters, is salmonella infection — which is common in raw nuts[*].
Keeping salmonella out of nut butters entails roasting nuts and ensuring that the nut butters don’t get contaminated after the roasting process[*]. In other words, proper handling lowers the risk of nuts becoming a source of harmful bacteria.
Get the most out of your jar of nut butter with these ideas:
- Spread a tablespoon on your low-carb bread as a pre or post-workout snack
- Use peanut butter as a binder for homemade protein bars
- Make keto fat bombs (along with ingredients like dark chocolate, MCT oil, and sea salt)
- Blend a tablespoon into your smoothie for extra fat and flavor
- Incorporate it into your low-carb pasta sauces
- Enjoy it straight from the jar, but just be careful with your serving sizes
Here are five of our delicious recipes that include our nut butters:
- Chocolate Nut Butter Whey Smoothie
- Easy Chocolate-Dipped Nut Butter Popsicles
- Nut Butter Balsamic Dressing
- Single-Serve Nut Butter Keto Mug Cake
- Blueberry Muffin Recipe
Our side-by-side comparison shows that almond butter is a better choice than peanut butter in terms of being high in fat and fiber. Almond butter is also lower in sugar.
But overall, both nut butters support a healthy weight and lifestyle, especially because they’re low in carbs and provide important vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Don’t forget to check nut butter labels for added sugars and artificial ingredients before putting a jar in your shopping cart. For nut butters with the highest quality ingredients, choose Perfect Keto or SuperFat.
Here are quick answers to the most common questions on nut butters:
Is peanut butter or almond butter better for weight loss?
While both nut butters have similar nutrient profiles, peanut butter may be better because it has fewer calories and more protein per serving. Controlling your calorie intake may support your weight loss efforts, while protein increases satiety and helps boost your metabolism.
Which nut butter is the healthiest?
It doesn’t matter if you eat peanut butter or almond butter — either one of them supports health as long as they’re made using natural ingredients and the nuts are handled safely to prevent any foodborne illness.
Which nut butter is highest in protein?
Compared with almond butter, peanut butter has more protein, about 4 grams in one tablespoon. Protein has many benefits, including tissue repair, muscle preservation and strength, weight loss, and appetite control.