Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brands

Wondering which peanut butter to spread on your gluten-free bread?

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Peanut butter—which in its purest state is just peanuts, with maybe a touch of salt—generally doesn't include gluten-based ingredients.

However, that doesn't mean it's always safe for a gluten-free diet. To put it simply, some manufacturers are simply better than others when it comes to keeping tiny amounts of gluten out of their products.

If you have celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or if you're simply looking to be as gluten-free as possible, there are several brands of peanut butter to choose from.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter List

Below is a list of peanut butter brands available on store shelves in the U.S., as well as what their manufacturers say about gluten content and gluten-free status.

Adams

This peanut butter, which is produced by the J.M. Smucker Co., bills itself as "natural in a nutshell." Most varieties are made with just peanuts and salt (the exception is the no-stir peanut butter, which contains vegetable monoglycerides from palm oil).

According to the company, the products contain no gluten ingredients, but don't meet the company's standards for making a "gluten-free" claim. In other words, the products may not be tested to ensure they meet the standard of fewer than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, or they may be made in shared facilities that don't have programs to control the spread of trace gluten.

Crazy Richard's

The only ingredients in Crazy Richard's peanut butter are peanuts—the products contain no added salt, oils, or sugars. According to the company, its products (including its peanut butter) are certified gluten-free.

Goober

Another Smuckers' brand, Goober cuts down on the work of making a PB&J by including stripes of grape or strawberry jelly in the jar of peanut butter. A Smuckers' customer service representative told Verywell that while Goober products aren't made with gluten-containing ingredients, they don't meet the standards for gluten-free labeling.

Jif

This peanut butter favorite is another Smuckers' brand. The company states that Jif products are clearly labeled "gluten-free" if they meet the U.S. gluten-free standards of less than 20 parts per million.

If you're shopping for Jif brand peanut butter, check for the gluten-free label on the jar. However, keep in mind that because Smuckers also produces products that are not gluten-free, Smuckers may use shared equipment to manufacture items that are labeled gluten-free.

Justin's

Justin's makes a variety of flavored nut butter products, including classic peanut butter and honey peanut butter. The company is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires products to test to fewer than 10 parts per million (ppm) gluten.

Justin's also has other certified gluten-free products, such as the peanut butter and banana chip snack packs. Just steer clear of snacks with pretzels, which are not gluten-free.

Krema Nut Company

Krema products are offered by the same company as Crazy Richard's; the two brands are identical but are distributed in different parts of the U.S.

Like Crazy Richard's, Krema's peanut butter is considered to be gluten-free to fewer than 20 ppm. You can choose from classic creamy or crunchy varieties, which are sold in single jars, by the case, or even a 5-pound bucket.

PB Crave

PB Crave offers five peanut butter flavors: Honey and Sea Salt, Chocolate, Raspberry and White Fudge, Cookie Dough, and Banana. The gourmet brand sells jars of small-batch peanut butter through its peanut supplier, Hampton Farms, which states that all its products are gluten-free.

Peanut Butter & Co

This small, independent maker of peanut butter started as a sandwich shop in New York City's Greenwich Village. The company has expanded to offer peanut butter, jellies, nuts, and baking mixes online and in stores.

With the exception of two products—Simply Smooth and Simply Crunchy—Peanut Butter & Co's peanut butter is certified gluten-free by the GFCO, which requires products to contain fewer than 10 ppm gluten.

Peter Pan

Owned by ConAgra Foods, Peter Pan peanut butter comes in creamy, crunchy, whipped, natural, honey-roasted, and reduced-fat varieties. In the FAQ section of the brand's website, the company states that "All varieties of Peter Pan Peanut Butter are made without adding any potential gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats."

Conagra further specifies on its website that it divides the products from each of its brands into three categories: gluten-free, should not contain gluten but has not yet been validated as gluten-free, and contains gluten.

To be considered gluten-free, a product must pass the company's rigorous testing to ensure it contains fewer than 20 ppm gluten and has not been cross-contaminated in the manufacturing process. Conagra states that its "product labels list common allergens, such as wheat, for those allergic to wheat gluten."

Reese's

The Hershey Company makes two peanut butter spreads under Reese's brand: one creamy original flavor and one with chocolate. With fewer than 20 ppm gluten, both spreads are considered gluten-free.

Skippy

A Hormel Foods LLC brand, Skippy makes a wide variety of peanut butter flavors and styles, including creamy, super chunky, natural, and roasted honey nut, as well as reduced sodium and sugar versions of classic flavors. According to the brand's FAQ, all varieties of Skippy peanut butter are gluten-free.

Smuckers

In addition to making Adams, Jif, and Goober products, Smuckers also sells natural and organic peanut butter under its own name.

The J.M. Smucker Company states that it labels products "gluten-free" when the products test to fewer than 20 ppm gluten and it's been verified that the product's ingredients don't contain gluten. For all its products and brands, the company also looks for the presence of a "comprehensive gluten management program" at the manufacturing facility.

Smart Balance 

The Smart Balance brand is owned by Conagra and offers two varieties of jarred peanut butter: creamy and chunky. The spreads are fortified with omega-3s and flaxseed oil. According to the brand's FAQ, all Smart Balance products are considered gluten-free.

Teddie

You can purchase Teddie peanut butter in old-fashioned, organic, homogenized, salt-free, and flaxseed varieties. In terms of texture, you can find creamy, chunky, and super-chunky. According to the company's quality and safety statement, all Teddie peanut butter is gluten-free.

Wild Friends

This small, gourmet brand offers several peanut butter flavors from classic creamy and nut butter blends to chocolate coconut and seasonal flavors like gingerbread and pumpkin spice. The brand even makes a peanut butter with collagen.

Some of the brand's nut butter products, including peanut butter products, don't have gluten-containing ingredients but are made on equipment that also produces wheat-containing products.

On the site's FAQ, Wild Friends explains that "all single-serve packets + oats and nut butter cups" are made on equipment shared with wheat" and that "all nut butters in 10oz or 16oz jars" are made on equipment that does not come into contact with wheat-containing products.

A Word from Verywell

It's easy to enjoy peanut butter on a gluten-free diet, especially if you choose gluten-free-certified brands like Justin's and Peanut Butter & Co. If you're not particularly sensitive to trace gluten, you should be fine with gluten-free labeled traditional brands such as Smuckers or Jif.

At a minimum, look for peanut butter that carries a "gluten-free" label. That means it meets U.S. "gluten-free" standards of fewer than 20 parts per million gluten. To reduce your exposure to gluten even more (recommended for those who are particularly sensitive to trace gluten), you may want to choose a small-batch peanut butter that is certified gluten-free.

While you might have to pay more for specialty products, smaller brands are more likely to contain fewer than 10 parts per million of gluten (less is better), and these manufacturers take additional precautions to keep trace gluten out of their peanut butter.

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