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Take 5: Palm oil free nut butters

Nut butter, how do we love you? Let us count the ways. On porridge, on toast, with a spoon. Stuffed into dates, with chunks of dark chocolate or slices of apple. With a wide variety of nuts to make butters from and flavours to experiment with, it’s the perfect source of protein, healthy fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals. But with so many jars to choose from it can be hard to find one that isn’t packed with salt, sugar and palm oil – not to mention non-vegan ingredients like honey.

Palm oil is in up to 50% of the products on our shelves; once you start looking out for it, you’ll spot it in wraps, vegan meats, biscuits – even shampoo. It’s super versatile, making it really handy for nut butters because it keeps them spreadable without creating that layer of oil that appears when the peanut and (naturally occurring!) oil separates in the jar. It gives products a naturally longer shelf-life, fried food a crispier texture and, similarly to rapeseed oil, is tasteless so won’t affect your food in the way that olive oil can. However, all of these benefits come at a price. Palm oil is one of the main causes of deforestation, and destroys the habitat of orangutangs, pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinos – all of whom are endangered species. The cultivation of palm oil is a hugely problematic industry, involved in child labour and a leading contributor to climate change.

Whilst some brands have palm oil free options or use sustainable palm oil, we’ve tracked down five who are committed to the palm oil free life – and are doing a darn delicious job of it.

Pip & Nut

Pip & Nut have some really exciting flavours on their menu – like gingerbread almond butter and crunchy maple peanut butter. What’s even better is you can buy some of their products in bumper 1kg tubs, not only making them more economical but cutting down on packaging at the same time. Their website makes it super simple to filter out the vegan options, and they offer jars and tubs of peanut and almond butters, peanut butter cups and squeeze packs, as well as taster packs from just £10. You can also buy a jar of peanut butter for a food bank and they’ll match the donation.

Their vegan options are:

  • Smooth Peanut Butter
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Gingerbread Almond Butter
  • Super Roasted Peanut Butter
  • Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter
  • Smooth Almond Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Coconut Almond Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs
  • Almond Butter Squeeze Packs
  • Coconut Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

Visit Pip & Nut’s website to find your nearest stockist.

Meridian

Meridian pride themselves on their 100% vegan, gluten free, Xylitol-free and palm oil free nut butters. With a huge range of peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter and cashew butter in every combination you can imagine (like yours extra salty? They’ve got you covered!), they also offer lots of different sizes, from 170g right up to 1kg.

All of their nut butters are suitable for vegans:

  • Gingernut Butter – 25p from every jar goes to International Animal Rescue – 170g
  • Super Crunchy Rich Roast Peanut Butter – 280g
  • Richer Roast Crunchy Peanut Butter – 280g
  • Richer Roast Smooth Peanut Butter – 280g
  • Organic Smooth Peanut Butter – 280g, 470g or 1kg tub
  • Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter – 280g, 470g or 1kg tub
  • Smooth Peanut Butter – 280g or 1kg tub
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – 280g or 1kg tub
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter with a Pinch of Sea Salt – 280g or 1kg tub
  • Smooth Peanut Butter with a Pinch of Sea Salt – 280g
  • Organic Smooth Peanut Butter with a Pinch of Sea Salt – 280g
  • Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with a Pinch of Sea Salt – 280g
  • Cocoa & Hazelnut Butter – 170g
  • Cocoa & Peanut Butter – 280g
  • Coconut & Peanut Butter – 280g
  • Coconut & Almond Butter – 170g
  • Smooth Almond Butter – 170g or 1kg
  • Crunchy Almond Butter – 170g
  • Organic Smooth Almond Butter – 170g or 470g
  • Organic Smooth Almond Butter with a Pinch of Salt – 170g
  • Smooth Cashew Butter – 170g or 1kg
  • Crunchy Cashew Butter – 170g
  • Organic Smooth Cashew Butter – 170g or 470g
  • Crunchy Hazelnut Butter – 170g

With over 70 vegan recipes on their website, it’s a great resource if you’re after some cooking inspiration or just beginning your vegan journey. Visit the Meridian Foods website to find out more.

Yumello

Yumello specialise in seriously delicious flavours, venturing into the savoury side with their Smoky Harissa Peanut Butter. It’s calling out to be paired with avocado on toast for breakfast, or dropped onto a chilli with a baked sweet potato for dinner.

All of their nut butters are suitable for vegans:

  • Salted Date Peanut Butter
  • Salted Date Almond Butter
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Smooth Peanut Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Smooth Almond Butter – available in a 1kg tub
  • Smoky Harissa Peanut Butter

Visit the Yumello website to order your favourite nut butter.

Raw

Raw specialise in cupboard essentials: oils, vinegars, crackers, nuts & seeds, sweet treats and nut butters. Their nut butter range is all vegan, organic and, as you would expect, 100% raw. They’ve got lots of raw recipes on their website too, if you’re interested in dipping your toe in the uncooked waters.

All of their nut butters are suitable for vegans:

  • Raw Hazelnut Butter
  • Raw Cashew Nut Butter
  • Raw Whole Almond Butter

They also make a delicious raw chocolate & agave nectar spread, perfect for the weekend.

Visit the Raw website to find your nearest stockist.

ManiLife

Inspired by the way master roasters think about coffee roasting, ManiLife have mastered roasting peanuts. They only use whole peanuts, sourced from a single farm in Córdoba, Argentina, and blend their butters in small batches.

All of their peanut butters are suitable for vegans:

  • Original Roast – Crunchy
  • Original Roast – Smooth
  • Deep Roast – Crunchy
  • Deep Roast – Smooth

Visit the ManiLife website to find your nearest stockist.

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