Most of us probably grew up on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Though peanut butter began as a health food found only in exclusive health spas, it quickly became popular as a staple for children’s lunches. The first peanut butters were smooth or creamy, though it wasn’t long before chunky styles also became popular.

After grinding peanuts into the creamy consistency of peanut butter, the oils from the peanuts separate from the ground peanuts. To solve this problem, manufacturers began to add hydrogenated oil and sugar to the product. These days people are more concerned about these types of additives and the growing conditions of the peanuts used in their peanut butter. This is why many people are choosing to buy organic peanut butter.

 You can find organic peanut butter made from organically grown peanuts without any additives. There are many brands available both in stores and online. We’ll help you sort out the facts so you can choose an organic peanut butter that delights you and your family.

Product FAQ’s​​​​​

Peanut butter was first sold commercially as a snack food. But health food enthusiasts like John Harvey Kellogg – of the Kellogg’s cereal fame – who appreciated the plant-based high protein content. He served peanut butter at his exclusive wellness center. But as more peanut butter making machines were patented and made, peanut butter hit the mainstream.

1. What Is Peanut Butter?

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Peanut butter is made by grinding roasted peanuts and a bit of salt into a pasty consistency. In chunky varieties, chopped peanuts are added back into the butter after grinding. Most commercial brands of peanut butter contain hydrogenated oils and sugar to keep the oils from separating. Organic or health food brands of peanut butter, which are made without these additives, need to be stirred and refrigerated to keep the oils well mixed into the butter.

2. What Are The Nutritional Facts?

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Peanut butter has a high fat content – it is made up of nearly 50% fat – but it is also very high in protein, and is a good source of dietary fiber. It is a rich source of Vitamin E and several B-complex vitamins. Peanuts are also a significant source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.

The fat content of peanut butter is 21% saturated, 47% monounsaturated and 28% polyunsaturated. This is considered to be a healthy mix of fats for most people. There are 588 calories in a 3.5 ounce (100 grams) serving.

A Note About Aflatoxin: Aflatoxin comes from a fungus that sometimes grows on legumes like peanuts. It is usually eradicated, in conventional processing through a process of irradiation. Irradiation is prohibited by the USDA organic labeling standards. The amounts of aflatoxin that may be in peanut butter are tiny, but you should know that the possibility exists. The only product that we reviewed below that had any information about this was the Whole Foods, 365 Everyday Brand of organic peanut butter.

A Note About Allergies: Some people are very sensitive and allergic to peanuts. Buying organic peanut butter will not prevent allergic reactions in those sensitive people.

3. What Is Peanut Butter Used For?

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Peanut butter is versatile. Besides the traditional sandwich with jelly or honey, peanut butter is great in baking and candy making. Many people also turn to peanut butter for a healthy snack. It satisfies hunger and provides a solid energy boost. Both children and adults love it as a dip for fruits or cut up veggies, or as a spread on rice crackers or whole grain toast. You can also use it in soups and marinades for an exotic flair. Or, try adding it to your morning oatmeal or mix it with yogurt for breakfast.

5. Where Can You Buy Organic Peanut Butter?

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There may be some brands of organic peanut butter that you can find in your local grocery store. You will certainly find some in a health food store or food co-op. You can also opt to buy organic peanut butter online.

6. Price Range

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While conventional peanut butter usually costs between $2 and $3, organic peanut butter can cost $5 or more, especially for the better-known brands.

How We Reviewed

Our products were reviewed according to the following parameters: the variety of styles of peanut butter offered by each company, the price per 16 oz. jar, the availability of the product for the normal shopper, and the brand recognition.

National brands are usually more readily available in typical grocery stores and big box stores, and they have more of a reputation (good or bad) among consumers. Smaller, natural foods brands are, these days, available online, but they are often hard to find in your local community unless you have a specialty natural foods store.

Overall Price Range Of This Product

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The lowest price organic peanut butter of those that we reviewed was $4.12 for Adams Creamy Organic Peanut Butter. The highest price was for the Woodstock brand at $7.72. Many of these products are available on Amazon in multi-packs or cases, or in larger jars. We price checked on Amazon and on the company websites if pricing was available on the site. Your retail prices might be higher.

Top 6 Best Organic Peanut Butter

What We Reviewed

  • Woodstock
  • 365 Everyday Value
  • Smucker’s
  • Santa Cruz
  • Adam’s
  • Laura Scudder’s® Organic Nutty Peanut Butter

Woodstock

Features

Woodstock emphasizes that their peanut butter is made from “dark roasted” peanuts and has a bold flavor.

Brand Recognition

  • Is not a national brand
  • The website has little information about the products other than price

Availability

  • Will ship directly to you
  • Product is available in an18 Oz, in bulk sizes, and in cases
  • Available on Amazon

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky, Salted and Unsalted

365 Everyday Value

Features

365 Everyday Value is a brand of Whole Food Stores. It is their version of a less expensive “store brand,’ as opposed to the more nationally known brands of foods.

Brand Recognition

  • Is a brand only known to Whole Foods shoppers
  • The website has nutritional and other information about the product

Availability

  • Can order online and pick up in store
  • Available on Amazon and Instacart

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky, Salted and Unsalted
  • 365 also has more traditional options like sweetened peanut butter.

Smucker’s

Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 26 Ounces (Pack of 6)
  • Contains 6- 26 Ounce Jars of Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 8g of protein per serving
  • Gluten free, made with natural ingredients

Features

Smucker’s brand is widely known and trusted. Their website is easy to use and provides nutritional information and product reviews.

Brand Recognition

  • Is a national brand
  • Website is exceptionally easy to use and informative.

Availability

  • Will ship directly to you from the company website
  • Available on Amazon in multi-packs

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky, Salted. No unsalted organic variety was listed.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ORGANIC Creamy Dark Roasted Peanut Butter, 16 Oz
  • Made with USDA Organic Spanish peanutsh of salt
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • No hydrogenated oils and no artificial ingredients

Features

Santa Cruz is a brand well known to natural food shoppers but probably not recognized by conventional shoppers. This company offers both light and dark roasted organic peanut butters.

Brand Recognition

  • Is not a national brand – but is well known to natural food shoppers
  • Santa Cruz website is informative and easy to navigate.
  • Product information on the website includes nutritional data and product reviews

Availability

  • Will help you find a local store that carries the product on the company website
  • Santa Cruz is also available in most natural food stores
  • Available on Amazon

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky, Salted and Unsalted
  • Santa Cruz offers light and dark roast peanut butters in creamy or chunky styles.

Adam’s

Adams 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 36 Ounces
  • Contains NO added sugar and 0 grams of trans fatty acids

Features

Peanut Butter is all the Adams do. They have organic and natural options. both of which contain only peanuts and salt.

Brand Recognition

  • It is not a national brand, but you can find it in all the big box retailers
  • Website is very informative about the product

Availability

  • Product is available in Target, Walmart, and even on the Smucker’s online store
  • Available on Amazon

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky, Their organic peanut butters do not come unsalted.

Laura Scudder’s Organic Nutty Peanut Butter

Laura Scudder's Organic Nutty Peanut Butter, 16-Ounce Glass Jars  (Pack of 4)
  • Pack of four, 16-ounce jars (total of 64 ounce)
  • Made from fresh roasted peanuts
  • All-natural

Features

Laura Scudder’s is a nationally known, familiar brand. They were pioneers in selling natural peanut butter in typical grocery stores. Laura Scudder’s is a subsidiary of Smucker’s.

Brand Recognition

  • Is a national brand
  • Website has nutritional information

Availability

  • Laura Scudder’s is available in most grocery stores and big box stores
  • Available on Amazon

Varieties:

  • Smooth, Chunky. The organic peanut butter is only available with salt.

The Verdict

Organic products always cost more than conventional products because organic farming is more labor-intensive and costly. So you should always expect to pay more for these products. The higher cost is justified because the products tend to be healthier, with less possibility of toxic ingredients.

All the organic peanut butters we reviewed cost about the same: between $4 and $6, except the Woodstock brand. So if cost is a factor for you, any of these brands would be a good choice.

When buying food, it is important to know the ingredients, so you can make an informed choice. Of the six products we reviewed, Adams had the best, most easily navigated website with all the information you need. The Whole Foods and Smucker’s sites were also informative and helpful.

If the taste is the most important criteria, you might want to spend a bit more for Woodstock or Santa Cruz dark roasted peanut butters. But if you want a trusted and known brand, you’ll want to stay with Smucker’s or Laura Scudder’s.

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Last update on 2021-09-17 at 01:29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API