Vegan’s Guide to Peanut Butter Brands + 9 Inspirational Recipe Ideas!

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Many people new to the vegan lifestyle often ask about peanut butter. Perhaps because it has the word butter or maybe because there are several strange ingredients in some of the biggest peanut butter brands. It often becomes a point of confusion for people transitioning to a veganism.

In our Vegan's Guide to Peanut Butter we will answer most of the common questions about this popular spread as well as give you a bunch of new and exciting ways to use it!

Want get inspired with a bunch of ways to use peanut butter (all vegan of course)? Click here to jump to our recipe ideas.

Otherwise keep reading to learn about the vegan status of peanut butter and our breakdown of the most popular peanut butter brands.

Is Peanut Butter Vegan?

Most of the time, peanut butter is vegan, but there are a few exceptions. This is especially true if you're buying natural peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanuts and salt - these are always vegan. Some larger commercial peanut butter brands may not be vegan if they contain honey, but this is usually displayed directly on the front of the package.

Keep reading to see which products from the top peanut butter brands are vegan and which ones are not.

Vegan Peanut Butters By Brand

To make things super simple, we've taken some of the most popular commercial peanut butter brands below and classified their products into two categories: Vegan or Not Vegan. Again, most of these are going to be fully plant-based, unless of course they have honey or some other unusual hidden animal-based ingredient.

All assessments were made from the respective manufacturer websites at the time of writing this article. Please note that ingredient statements do change, although we will try our best to keep everything up to date.

We didn't use "potentially" non-vegan trace ingredients in our final assessment of vegan or non-vegan.

If you're looking for healthy peanut butters, be sure to pick up the "natural" variety which only contain one or two ingredients (peanuts with or without salt). Be careful of added sugars and hydrogenated oils which can be found in many commercial peanut butters, even if they are vegan. They aren't the greatest from a health perspective.

Jif Peanut Butter

Jif Peanut Butter has several products which are vegan and several which are not. Taking the information from Jif's website, we've gone ahead and created a table which classifies their products into vegan or not vegan

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Natural Honey Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

Honey

Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter (Honey)

Not Vegan

Honey

Jif Omega-3 Creamy Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

 Anchovy And Sardine Oil, Tilapia Gelatin

Simply Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Reduced Fat Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Jif Whips Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Vegan

None

Jif Cinnamon Spread

Vegan

None

Jif Maple Spread

Vegan

None


Skippy Peanut Butter

Similar to Jif, Skippy is another super large brand which has several vegan and non-vegan peanut butters. Their main offending ingredient is honey which can be found in a few of their spreads. Use the chart below to navigate which Skippy peanut butter products are vegan and which ones are not.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Skippy Singles

Vegan

None

Skippy Creamy

Vegan

None

Skippy Super Chunk

Vegan

None

Skippy Roasted Honey Nut Creamy

Not Vegan

Honey

Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy

Vegan

None

Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk

Vegan

None

Skippy Double Peanut Butter PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products

Skippy Pretzel PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products

Skippy Granola PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products & Honey

Skippy  Graham Cracker PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products & Honey

Skippy Natural Singles

Vegan

None

Skippy Natural Creamy

Vegan

None

Skippy Natural Honey

Not Vegan

Honey

Skippy Natural Super Chunk

Vegan 

None

Skippy Natural Creamy 1/3 Less Sodium & Sugar

Vegan

None

Skippy Natural Honey Super Chunk

Not Vegan

Honey

Smuckers Peanut Butter

Perhaps best known for their glass jar, Smuckers makes a wide range of peanut butter products. Unlike the previous two brands, their natural peanut butters have a much cleaner ingredient statement with no oils or added sugar. They also make a bunch of peanut butter and jelly blends (known as Goober's) which we've also included in the chart below.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Smuckers Natural Chunky Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter with Honey

Not Vegan

Honey

Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter No Salt Added

Vegan

None

Smucker's Reduced Fat Natural Style Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Smuckers Organic Chunky Peanut Butter (Natural Style)

Vegan

None

Smuckers Organic Creamy ​​​​Peanut Butter (Natural Style)

Vegan

None

Goober Grape PB & J Stripes

Vegan

None

Goober Strawberry PB & J Stripes

Vegan

None

PB2 Peanut Butter Powder

While it's not exactly peanut butter, Bell Plantation's Peanut Butter Powders are taking the world by storm. You can actually add liquid to the powders to make them into a spread with less calories than regular peanut butter. The company achieves this by roasting the peanuts then pressing them which removes much of their fat content. While we think it's typically better to consume plant foods in their whole form, PB2 powder could be a great way to reduce your caloric intake if you're going for more aggressive weight loss.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

PB2 with Premium Chocolate

Vegan

None

PB2 Grape

Vegan

None

PB2 Strawberry

Vegan

None

PB2 Banana

Vegan

None

Peanut Butter & Co

Known for their sandiwch shop in NYC, Peanut Butter & Co has a wide variety of unique and delicious peanut butter flavors. The majority of their peanut butter products are vegan friendly, which is also awesome! See the chart below for more details.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

Honey

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Smooth Operator Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Crunch Time Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

The Heat is on Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Justins Peanut Butter

Justin's has recently become a popular nut butter brand, carrying all sorts of different varieties in their product line. However, they only have two peanut butters, one vegan and one non-vegan. As usual, the culprit ingredient is honey. 

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Justin's Classic Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Justin's Honey Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

Honey

Naturally More

Naturally More is best known for their peanut butter blends rather than straight up peanut butter. The company combines peanut butter with items such as flaxseeds and plant proteins to create their spreads. To our delight, we haven't found a spread of theirs that wasn't vegan!

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

PB2 with Premium Chocolate

Vegan

None

PB2 Grape

Vegan

None

PB2 Strawberry

Vegan

None

PB2 Banana

Vegan

None

MaraNatha

Marantha has all sorts of different peanut butters all of which are 100% vegan. The company specializes in making peanut butter all sorts of different ways: smooth, creamy, chunky, stir, no stir, etc. Most of their products are also organic.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Banana Peanut Butter (No Stir)

Vegan

None

Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Organic No Sugar No Salt Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Earth Balance

Earth Balance is best known for their popular vegan butter replacements found in the refrigerated aisle. However, they do have an entire line of vegan peanut butters as well.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Creamy Peanut

Vegan

None

Crunchy Peanut

Vegan

None

Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread

Vegan

None

Crunchy Coconut and Peanut Spread

Vegan

None

Protein Peanut Blend

Vegan

None

Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Peter Pan

Peter Pan isn't just the popular Disney character that we all loved growing up. It's also the name of a popular brand of peanut butter. Their peanut butter is relatively popular and can often be spotted next to the big names such as Jif and Skippy. The vegan status of their products can be seen in the chart below:

Please note that their website doesn't list the ingredients so we snooped around the web and tried to find the most up to date ones. As always, double check before buying.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Original Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Crunchy Original Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Creamy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan

Honey

Crunchy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan

Honey

Natural Creamy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan

Honey

Simply Ground Peanut Butter

Vegan

None

Simply Ground Honey Roast Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

Honey

Vegan Peanut Butter Recipe Ideas

Now that you know that peanut butter is vegan, you may be asking yourself what to do with it! Sure, you can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but everyone knows how to do that and it's kind of boring. To make things easy, we've compiled 9 vegan-friendly recipe ideas to get you inspired.

1. Make Peanut Butter Nice Cream

Nice cream is also known as a "Nice Version" of ice cream. It's cruelty free and healthier than the dairy variety. Most of the time, it's made using whole foods such as frozen fruit.

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Earth Balance created a delicious Pumpkin Peanut Butter Nice Cream recipe which they beautifully photographed for their Instagram. With fall right around the corner, we're definitely going to be trying it out!

2. Add it to a Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are kind of like Nice Cream in the sense that it's a bowl of frozen goodness that you eat with a spoon. However, they tend to be made more on the fly and are generally a little bit looser in texture. They're great loaded up with all different toppings such as coconut, fresh fruit, and even a scoops of peanut butter!

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Simply make your favorite smoothie, perhaps with some extra ice or frozen fruit for thickness. Then, top it with a scoop of natural peanut butter and whatever other textured items you'd like. It makes a delicious and well-rounded breakfast.

3. Make a Banana Sandwich

Don't want to eat bread? You can make cute peanut butter sandwiches using bananas on both sides!

If you didn't know, peanut butter and banana makes a great combination. It was even a well-known favorite of singer Elvis. If you want to take it to the next level, add a small piece of vegan bacon on each one!

4. Make Ants on a Log

Don't worry, no real ants are harmed in the making of this delicious snack. Ants on a log is simply a stick of celery and peanut butter with some raisins added to the top.

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If you're too lazy to do the assembly, you can always dip the celery right into the jar of peanut butter. It's delicious either way!

5. Make Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups don't have to have dairy in them. They can be made vegan quickly and easily, with fewer ingredients than you would find in the packaged variety.

The video above shows just how easy they are to make. They might even convert some of your non-vegan friends.

6. Make Loaded Peanut Butter Toast

For a healthy and satisfying treat, take some whole grain sprouted bread, spread on some peanut butter, and then load it up with blueberries and chia seeds!

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You can also used sliced strawberries, raspberries, flaxseeds, or anything your heart desires. If you're feeling really daring, you can top it off with a drizzle of maple syrup.

7. Make Peanut Butter Coffee

Peanut butter coffee might seem a bit strange, but once you try it, you might never have regular coffee again! It's our version of a vegan cafe latte, without the need for heavy cream or any other dairy milk.

If you're curious, check out our Spiced Peanut Butter Coffee Recipe!

8. Make Peanut Butter Frosting

It's not the healthiest thing to do, but if you're baking some cupcakes, peanut butter frosting makes a delicious topper! It tends to be not as overly sweet as a vanilla or chocolate frosting would be which we think gives the finished product a bit more balance.

Try adding some cocoa powder to the recipe for an added layer of depth and richness.

9. Make a Savory Peanut Butter Sauce

In our peanut ginger zoodles recipe pictured below, we top our spiralized zucchini noodles with a delicious peanut butter sauce.

The best thing about peanut butter is that it works well in savory and sweet applications. It can turn plain noodles into a complete and satisfying meal, especially if you top it with some veggies!

About the Author Joey Bruno

Cooking healthy, delicious, plant-based meals has been Joey’s true passion since he went vegan in 2015. He has a masters in Nutrition and Food Science and is committed to making the internet a place of education and knowledge rather than misinformation and clickbait. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife.

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