Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly

Skippy

Welch’s Grape Jelly



I LOVE peanut butter! It has to be one of the best things ever invented, in my humble opinion. A day without a huge scoop of peanut butter from the jar just isn’t a day I want to have. Recently I was craving a PB & J sandwich as I hadn’t had one in a while. Which popular peanut butter and jelly brands in the US are gluten free and safe for celiacs? This is an important question so I was on a mission to find out the answer… If you’re looking from UK peanut butter brands check out this post on gluten free peanut butter in the UK.

Which popular Peanut Butter brands in the US are gluten free?

Jif (from a phone call to JM Smuckers): A recorded message told me that “JM Smuckers use label disclosure of potential allergens and when protein is present from an allergenic source, we disclose the presence of milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy beans, egg, shell fish, fish and wheat.

Their website doesn’t mention whether their products are gluten free but from looking at labelling it looks as though all Jif Peanut Butters are free from gluten ingredients. I”m not 100% sure on the cross contamination issue though.

Skippy (from their website):  All varieties of Skippy peanut butter, Skippy Natural, Roasted Honey Nut, and Reduced Fat peanut butter spread are gluten-free.

Peter Pan (from their website): All varieties of Peter Pan Peanut Butter are made without adding any potential gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats.

Arrowhead  Mills do a peanut butter which is gluten free and on which gluten testing has been performed.

Kroger do a variety of peanut butters which are gluten free. They have procedures in place to lessen the threat of cross contamination in gluten free products.

Of all the peanut butters here in the US is Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter has to be my favourite. There is no added sugar like many of the popular brands, leaving it all natural and delicious. It comes in both light and dark roasted and both creamy and crunchy. I love them all and they are all gluten free. Laura Scudders Peanut Butter, which is part of the Smucker group, is also just 100% peanuts and also comes in smooth and nutty. I’m a big fan of this one too.

Peanut Butter & Co have a wide variety of interesting peanut butter flavours, all of which are certified gluten free. Crazy yummy sounding flavours include cinnamon raisin peanut butter and both white & dark chocolate peanut butters as well as the usual smooth and crunchy varieties.

Justin’s Peanut Butter is certified gluten free. They have various peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter – some involving chocolate, honey or maple. They also do chocolate peanut butter cups and candy bars, all of which are certified gluten free too.

Which popular Jelly (jam) brands in the US are gluten free?

Smuckers (from a phone call to JM Smuckers): The same as Jif above. Looking at labelling it looks as though Smuckers jelly is gluten free although their website doesn’t specifically mention this.

Welch’s (from their website) While most of Welch’s products are gluten-free, Welch’s Filled Licorice, available in Strawberry and Grape flavors, contains wheat as an ingredient.

Kroger do gluten free jellies and jams and as with their peanut butter they have procedures in place to lessen the threat of cross contamination in gluten free products.

Peanut Butter & Co also do a variety of jams and jellies. They do not contain any gluten containing ingredients but they are not certified gluten free.

St Dalfour are a selection of jams made in France. I recently came across this jam when it was recommended to me. Their jams are available in the UK, US and Australia and all flavours are gluten free.

What’s your favourite brand of gluten free peanut butter or  jelly? Let me know!

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Comments

  • I really like Open Nature and Adams peanut butter as they both contain 100% peanuts and therefore no sugar.

  • We like Maranatha peanut butter, but we also get the Costco organic PB. I like to make my own jams and jellies. We don’t eat them often, but they’re nice to have on hand for us and for giving away. If I buy, I like St. Dalfour.

  • I never thought of peanut butter and jelly having gluten besides with the breads they might be made. Sounds like some peanut butter companies add wheat products as a filler, interesting! Thanks for sharing, I’m sure those with gluten allergies will benefit greatly from this. Though it looks like none of the peanut butters or jellies you investigated have gluten, is this the case?

  • Oh yeah, we like Adam’s too for PB. Forgot. Grew up on Peter Pan. Is my dad’s favorite.

  • Yes, Sue, some companies add flavourings/colours which may be gluten containing..very annoying! None of the PB or Jelly I investigated had gluten containing ingredients. Some may still be unsafe for celiacs though due to manufacturing processes/cross contamination.

  • Skippy Natural is the one we buy most often!

  • Melissa Holmes

    Jun 2nd, 2012

    Peanut Butter and Co is the best. I take a spoon and eat from the jar.

  • We eat Earth Balance Creamy Peanut Butter. Skippy warns against cross-contamination during manufacturing (I contacted them upon receiving my diagnosis years ago, and recently followed up with them). I would be very interested if anyone has found a truly safe PB that isn’t super costly. I haven’t re-checked with the other big brand since going GF in 07′.

    Its really important to distinguish between those products which have “no gluten ingredients” (for those who are merely gluten intolerant) and food that is “safe for Celiacs.” If you have CD you must avoid foods with less than 10ppm gluten in them. This requires going well beyond label reading. As this blog has said before – the U.S. has no FDA standards to back up a “Gluten Free” claim. Its actually very frustrating. You should always inquire with the manufacturer regarding the potential for cross contamination – specially asking about the potential for cross-contamination. If the plant also produces foods which contain gluten, and aren’t batch tested, then they aren’t safe for Celiacs. Don’t just “trust your gut” (meaning gauging the presence of gluten by your own reaction) especially if you haven’t been gluten free for at least several years (the more healed up your gut is, the more you tend to experience profound reactions). You may not be reacting in a way which is noticeable, but are still damaging your intestines.

  • I had been eating Jif Natural forever and finally contacted the company about gluten. I was really impressed with the honesty of the representative I received the email from.
    From the email:

    “The product for which you have requested information, Jif® Natural Peanut Butter Spread, does not contain ingredients derived from gluten. However, it does not meet our established criteria for a “gluten-free” claim for one or more reasons.”

    She didn’t give the reasons but I would never have thought I was getting gluten from this source. I buy the regular Kroger pb but I preferred the natural kind.

  • karena lee

    Jan 12th, 2013

    Right on. I love to eat a huge scoop of pb right out of the jar everyday. I thought i was the only crazy one who did that.

  • Teddie All Natural peanut Butter, Everett, MA is Gluten Free per website and there is NO Wheat/ NO Wheat Starch used on the premises per telephone confirmation on Jan 22,2013 with manufacturer.

    Website says product is gluten free but I verify by phone anyway. Quality Assurance returned my phone call.

    I have been using Teddie Smooth All Natural Peanut Butter, 16 oz, Ingredients: Peanuts- for over five years and check with the manufacturer quarterly by phone, sometimes by email and also check their website

    Label says: “Good manufacturing practices used to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes tree nuts and soy.”

    “The Leavitt Corporation, Everett, MA 02149 Made in USA
    Non Homogenized- No Preservatives.”

    I think it can be ordered and shipped by mail or carrier.

    Company only produces peanut butter products and is , I think, one of the top ten producers of peanut products in U.S. It is a private company.

    Hope this is helpful

  • Justin’s PB was the sole company not affected by the salmonella recalled peanuts last year..and they use Valencia peanuts which are NOT treated with formaldehyde to treat mold issues. Some of the listed jelly brands fought against labeling GMO ingredients last year, and a couple have corn syrup listed..which are GMO ingredients. GF isn’t the sole concern for choosing if you REALLY want to be safe! We only use Justin’s..and Bonne Mamam for jams & preserves.

  • Check out the gluten-free grocery shopping guides at ceceliasmarketplace.com. They do super intensive research every year and their books have been a lifesaver for me!

  • Teddy all the way!! Only peanuts and salt!! I have found that the fewer the ingredients the better something is!!

  • Kathleen Spencer

    Apr 3rd, 2013

    I love “Sunbutter” Natural Sunflower Seed Spread. Gluten AND peanut free! Tastes just like peanut butter. Great for kids that can’t take peanut butter to school. One other brand that is really good is I.M. Healthy. Made from soy nuts. Also great for schools and DELICIOUS!

  • Brands like JIF Skippy and Peter Pan may be GF but they’re made with not just ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ but ‘FULLY hydrogenated oils’…these are the same oils used in cosmetics! Thumbs down :(

  • ADAMs peanut butter is just peanuts. Nothing added unless you get per stirred. It is the only PB I’ll eat.

  • I buy local peanut butter, all natural, organic, just peanuts. Nothing else. I like the peanut butter from Bolton’s and from Shady Maple. Gluten free and stimulating local markets!

  • It’s great to hear that so many people are sticking with the more natural peanut butters! Delicious, simple and gluten-free! My favourite too. :)

  • Maranatha Peanut Butter is excellent — and wholly GF. They also do a variety of specialty nut butters, including almond, and organic. Artisana is another brill GF option for nut butters, though I don’t think they do PB, only everything else, from pecan to walnut, cashew, almond, and seed butter.

  • We like to grind our own peanut and almond butters at the local health food store. You’re grinding the nuts without any additives, just pure nut butter.

  • Krema brand is GF plus made with just peanuts…..no sugar, salt, soy, etc. added. Tastes great, too! ;)

  • Mmm! Just looked up Krema peanut butter – sounds great! I’ll have to try it. :) Thanks, Estella.

  • St. Dalfour jam is amazing!!! They have several different fruits available, as well as a four berry kind. (My personal favorite is the raspberry.) They sweeten the jam with concentrated grape juice, so there are no added artificial sugars in it. It’s the only kind of jam my mom can eat because all of the others we have seen contain corn products. They also make tea: their black cherry tea is absolutely delicious and comes in individually packed teabags!

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