Is Peanut Butter Vegan?
Yes, yes, (nearly always)* yes! Peanut butter is not only vegan, but also a pantry staple for those following a plant-based diet.
*Check the label, sometimes they try to sneak honey in (which isn’t vegan).
Although the name makes it sound like it’s hiding dairy products inside, there’s none to be found. At its base, you’ll just find peanuts, with a little oil (hopefully not palm) and salt or sugar depending on the brand.
Vegan peanut butter recipe
Here you’ll find allplant’s very own Val’s ultimate guide to nut and seed butters! This recipe is simple to follow but does require a good food processor to reach the perfect consistency.
There are so, so many options, but classic and simple peanut butter is always a winner in our books, especially if it's as a thick layer on top of a fresh slice of sourdough toast – yum
How is peanut butter made?
To put it simply it involves a large quantity of raw, shelled peanuts and then a small amount of oil, salt or sugar depending on the desired result. Lastly, high powered blenders finish off the job.
Whether you like it crunchy or extra smooth, the world of peanut butter is beautifully diverse. Let’s take a moment to remember how good it is lathered on fresh, warm sourdough; the depth of flavour it gives to a satay sauce; or lovingly baked into vegan millionaire shortbread.
Sweeter vegan peanut butter
If you prefer a sweeter nut-butters but want to keep it vegan-friendly, then opting for a jar that’s gently lifted with maple syrup might be a great option for you over those which contain honey and aren’t suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet. This can be the perfect snack for anyone with a slightly sweet tooth, be that morning, noon or night!
Our top five vegan peanut butter brands
Meridian, Crunchy Peanut Butter
The old ethical favourite company who have been saying no to palm oil for years.
Whole Earth, Smooth Peanut Butter
Another wholesome label you’ll recognise from the shelves and one of our favourite vegan products.
Pip & Nut, Smooth Peanut Butter
Relatively new squirrels on the block, and a must try!
ManíLife Original Peanut Butter, Creamy and Crunchy
The ultimate sensory experience.
My Vegan All-Natural Peanut Butter, Smooth
Hub of vegan supplements and proteins.
A crunchy round-up
Let’s happily finish off by remembering that peanut butter is not only vegan, but deliciously diverse. Go forth and fill your kitchen cupboards with as many jars of goodness you can make space for. Use it liberally, even stuffed inside a date if you fancy.
If this has given you food for thought, let us know in the comments below.
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.