We love nut butter, but we’re also trying to stick to our nutrition goals. In general, nut butters are healthy because they contain unsaturated fats, specifically polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. So what’s the difference between peanut butter and almond butter?
The two contain different types of fats, peanut butter had more polyunsaturated fat and almond butter has more monounsaturated fat. While they both are good for you, monounsaturated fats support healthy cholesterol and they are high in Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, and riboflavin. Peanut butter doesn’t contain as high of the amounts of these vitamins and minerals as almond butter, but it’s still a great source of healthy fats and it happens to be much cheaper.
So, when should you use almond butter and when should you use peanut butter? Peanut butter works well in baked goods because it’s more cost-effective. Besides for that, it really depends on which butter you prefer the taste of. Almond butter works great in smoothies and both butters are amazing on toast, fruit, oatmeal, and yogurts.