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Reviewing one of my favorite things… peanut butter!

I recently ordered a few jars of Naturally Nutty peanut butter online, and one of them that interested me was the Honey Roasted Cinnamon Peanut Butter. C’mon, how good does that sound!?!?

According to the jar, it’s “made with Flax Seed” and “Hemp Seed” and has “omega-3 (ALA): 370 mg per svg. [serving]”. So, aside from the honey, there was cinnamon, peanuts, and some great nutrition facts!

I opened the jar, and noticed very minimal oil on top (hardly any)- a good sign for me already. As much as I love the natural peanut butters, I’m not a huge fan of stirring and stirring a jar of nut butter to get it to set. I took a spoonful, and here’s what it looked like.

I LOVED the consistency of this peanut butter. Not runny, but not stiff. Very thick and almost hearty, and while it wasn’t super smooth, it wasn’t chunky either. It stated it was “smooth” on the jar, but I would say it was more of an inbetween.

As I opened the jar, it had a nice fresh cinnamon smell to it. I tasted a bit, and unfortunately wasn’t as happy as I thought I would be. It kind of had an overpowering cinnamon flavor to it, without enough sweetness to back it up. In fact, where was the honey? All I tasted was peanut butter and cinnamon. It did have a rather delicious peanut butter flavor- thick, rich, just like peanuts you’d eat out of a bowl. But it wasn’t sweet, and I was disappointed.

Overall 3 stars. A good peanut butter, but not what I was expecting. Where’s the honey!?!

2 tbsp. is 190 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Have you ever tried Naturally Nutty products? Which is your favorite?

17 May 2010, Comments (5)

New England Naturals Chewy Granola Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals is a new company for me. But after doing some research on their website, I discovered it truly is a great company. Not only do they make all of their products kosher and organic using on the finest ingredients, they also donate 10% of their profits to organizations  that also do business in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

They make a variety of products, such as all natural granola bars, granola & trail mixes. The company sent me a few of their products to try, so I decided to try the Organic Chocolate Omega Chewy Granola Bar. Each bar is designed to help in different ways- According to the website, ” Whether it’s slowing down the aging process with our Antioxidant Bar, promoting digestive health with our Maple Nut Fiber Bar, or saving brain function with our Chocolate Omega Bar, your health is what’s important! ” Cool! So, I’ll be helping my brain out by eating  savory chocolate  I can get used to that 😉

The bar was about the size of a Quaker Chewy Bar, maybe a little bit bigger, and had an oaty appearance with chocolate chips dispersed throughout. It was soft and chewy, and fell apart easily. Seeing as the second ingredient was brown rice syrup, I would imagine why it had a little bit of give to it. Upon the first bite I tasted orange zest. Weird? Maybe. But I liked it. Ever have one of those “chocolate oranges” that you have to unwrap and then hit on the table for the “pieces” to come apart? And then you ate a “chocolate orange wedge”? I  HOPE someone knows what I’m talking about so I don’t sound crazy- but pretty much that’s what it reminded me of. A unique flavor combination of orange and chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more chocolatey flavor, including chocolate was in the name, but it was still pretty good. It was nice and sweet, too.

Overall, 4 stars. The nutritional stats are actually quite good, and the taste is unique and worth giving a shot. Each bar provides 410 mg of Omega-3s, has antioxidants, and provides at least 11 grams of whole grains. I like that there is flax meal, walnuts and hemp seed in this bar as well. Health benefits!! It loses some points because it’s not that filling on it’s own, but I do think it’s a good light snack paired with a glass of milk or some fruit. There is also naturally milled sugar listed in the ingredients. The bars also come in two other flavors, Maple Nut  and Antioxidant Bar.

1 bar is 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic whole rolled oats, organic rice syrup, organic crisp brown rice with organic rice syrup, organic tapioca syrup, organic naturally milled sugar, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic apricots with organic rice flour, organic flax meal, organic walnuts, organic hemp seed, organic soy fiber, organic expeller pressed canola oil, organic orange flavor.

*Note: I’m going to try to include sugar grams per serving of products I review- Seeing as we live in a sugar-crazed world, it’s good to see how much of what you are consuming is sweetened!- But please don’t be mad if I forget 🙂

6 Mar 2010, Comments (1)

Naturally Nutty nut butters

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m sure everyone on bloggie world has heard of Naturally Nutty! I know I read favorable reviews from my fellow bloggers, so I was super excited when Katie from Naturally Nutty sent me 2 of her jars to try out!

The company was founded by  a vegetarian mother who wanted to create the “ultimate” peanut butter. She now has more than just peanut butter, and adds organic hemp and flax seeds for additional health benefits. They also have a special no stir formula, which creates a rich and creamy texture without the added messy oils. The nut butters come in a variety of flavors, ranging from chocolate cherry peanut butter to cinnamon vanilla sunflower butter! They have flavors to suit the palate of almost anyone’s taste buds. And, of course, all of her nut spreads are all natural, made with organic ingredients, and contain no artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, or trans fats. How’s that for a nut butter!?

I was fortunate enough to be sent the Butter Toffee and White Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butters, which I was super excited to try. They came in cute (but too small for a nut butter lover like myself 😉 ) jars that were 15 oz each. Obviously, upon arrival I set both my jars down on the table, took out some spoons and things to spread them on, and dug in!

Starting with the Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, it was very creamy in texture. It had a light brown color to it, and when I smelled it, I could smell just a hint of sweetness followed by the yummy peanut smell I have grown to love. There was a little bit of oil on top, but not nearly as much as other brands, so I just gave it a quick stir. The taste was out- of- thisworld. This literally is the definition of heavenly dessert in a jar. Seriously-. It had a buttery, sweet flavor, almost like buttery caramel (or toffee, I suppose), with a brown sugar flavor as well. The perfect combo of sweet & salty, it also had a teensy bit of a crunch from the flax seeds and hemp seeds. This flavor gets 5 stars for taste 😀

White Chocolate Coconut- this one was also good, but not as good as the Butter Toffee.  It wasn’t as sweet, and had a rather strong coconut flavor, leaving an especially strong coconut aftertaste. I honestly didn’t really taste the white chocolate part of the nut butter, perhaps too subtle, but it was rather just a lightly sweetened coconut peanut butter to me. I think I would have liked it better if it was  a bit sweeter, and maybe had just a hint of salt to it to bring out some of the flavors. It was still very good, however, and went especially well on a hearty piece of Whole Grain bread. This one gets  4 stars for taste.

Overall, Naturally Nutty is a brand I think is GREAT! I also like that there is more fiber in these spreads than some flavored nut butters as well.

Have you tried Naturally Nutty? Which one or which ones are you favorite flavors?

Butter Toffee
2 Tablespoon is 180 calories, 13 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

U.S.A. Peanuts, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Hemp Seed, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Butter, Sugar, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Powder.

White Chocolate Coconut-
2 Tablespoons is 190 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

Dry-Roasted Unsalted U.S.A. Peanuts, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Powdered Dry Milk, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Hemp Seed, Lecithin, Organic Palm Fruit Oil.

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