Tags: nut butters

30 May 2010, Comments (4)

Justin’s Nut Butter Maple Almond Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Anyway- I’m sure you have all heard of Justin’s Nut Butter here on bloggie world, or perhaps seen their products in stores. I know I was always envious to try it when I saw it on other blogs or on their website- I mean, c’mon, how does chocolate peanut or chocolate hazelnut butter NOT sound good?!

So I was quite pleased when I was sent some squeeze packs of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter in the mail from Justin’s Nut Butter. Squeeze packs are so conveinent! Why? Well…
1. You don’t have to worry about spoons! or knifes to spread the nut butter! Just squeeze and go!
2. A squeeze pack fits better in your purse than a jar does. ( I hope I’m not the only one who has done that ūüėČ )
3. (most importantly) PORTION CONTROL! I don’t know about you, but 2 tablespoons seems like nothing compared to a giant jar of nut buttery goodness. So, if I have a pre-portioned 2 Tbsp in a handy pack, I won’t eat more than that (unless… I bring two packs..*oops*)

So, first I kneaded the package as instructed, and opened it at the top. Where did I squirt it? A banana? Bread? An Apple? Nope- right in my mouth (that’s how I do things!).

It was really good! Nutty with a nice almond flavor. Smooth and not too thick, or gritty at all. Just a hint of lightly sweetened maple, which added a nice touch. Addictive and I will be using it again. I’m tempted to squeeze all the packs out and put it in a jar for easier and faster enjoyment (but, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of squeeze packs?)

Overall-Very tasty- and although you don’t have to refrigerate it, i think I might. Sometimes I like my nut butters to have a bit of chill to them, and a bit more thickness. Nonetheless, you should try this one! It won’t disappoint!

Anyone tried any other Justin’s flavors? Which ones? I want to know which one’s to buy in the future!

1 squeeze pack is 200 calories, 17 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Almonds, Maple Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt.

25 Mar 2010, Comments (2)

MaraNatha Natural Nut Butters

Author: Healthnuttxo

MaraNatha natural nut butters have always intrigued me as I passed by them in Whole Foods. These nut butters have no preservatives, no additives, trans fats, artificial ingredients or any other kind of yuck that just doesn’t belong in¬†nut butters. .¬†I often longed to try some of the flavors- but declined because the price was a bit steep

That’s why I jumped for joy when I was asked to review their all natural Honey Almond Butter and Dark Chocolate Peanut nut butters. A dream come true for a nut butter fanatic like myself. As soon as I got the package in the mail, I opened it, took out my notebook, and put my taste buds to work!

Honey Almond Butter- First of all, there’s some cute pics on the jar. I love when a company jazzes up the jars-¬† it makes the experience that much better. First, there’s a cute cartoon¬†almond dressed up with a briefcase, as if he’s going to work or something, saying “Li’l bit sweet!”. Then there’s a cartoon cracker chasing a bee with a net and a jar- adorable!

This nut butter had a rich, roasted almond flavor, and just a wee bit of honey flavor. Not too sweet at all, just a¬†hint of honey was left on the tongue.¬†It actually reminded me of cashew butter, which is sweeter than most nut butters. It had that “stick to the roof of your mouth” consistency we all know and love. It was a bit runny, even after putting it in the fridge for a few days, so I think it would be great to drizzle over oatmeal, cereal or waffles.

Dark Chocolate Peanut- one of the new flavors by Maranatha, this one may not have cute cartoons, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

This one was sooo good. It was much thicker than the almond butter after being put in the fridge, and had a deep chocolate¬†taste followed by a slightly salty¬†peanut butter flavor. I like how it had the peanut taste to it- sometimes chocolate nut butters have too much chocolate flavor and it masks the flavor of the nut it’s combined with. With this spread, you can taste equal parts of chocolate and peanut.Sweet, satisfying and sooooo delicious.¬†Yum. I do¬† wish this nut butter had a little more protein and fiber, and a little less sugar (8 grams for one serving), but those factors certainly aren’t stopping me from indulging in this jar everyday ūüôā

Overall, these get 4 1/2¬†stars. I love how they are all natural, with no trans fats, and don’t have any refined sugars. Maranatha now has a new place in my cupboard next to my other (more like 25 other) nut butters. I can’t wait to try more of their flavors!

Honey Almond Butter- 2 Tbs. is 180 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Honey Crystals (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Honey, Organic Cane Molasses), Sea Salt.

Dark Chocolate Peanut- 2 Tbs. is 180 calories, 13 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Dry Roasted Peanuts, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Cocoa Powder (alkalized), Non-fat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Salt.

18 Feb 2010, Comments (5)

Kettle Foods Cashew Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

Did that say, Cashew Butter? Because it really should have said Cashew Better (I have lame jokes, but oh well. ¬†ūüėõ )

Seriously. I have had my share of¬†bad nut butters in the past. In fact, I remember buying a cashew butter a few years ago. I went to the store with my mom, and I remember being SO excited when I spotted some cashew butter. Obviously, peanut butter has my heart, but my favorite 2 nuts are pecans and cashews (hey- how come they don’t have pecan butter??). So, I came home with the jar, took a big spoonful of it, and YUCK. It was horrible! Pasty, no flavor, and just wrong wrong wrong.

But then- Kettle Foods sent me a jar of their Cashew Butter. I was skeptical, hesistant even. Would this taste the same? I dipped my knife in after stirring it up a bit, and…

YUMMY! It was so creamy and really tasted like someone took fresh, buttery cashews and grounded them up into this nut butter. It tasted like it had salt-but there was NON added!! Honestly, you don’t miss it a bit! It has a sweet aftertaste to it as well. ¬†I was perfectly content with the combination of spoon + jar +Lisa’s mouth= one happy camper!

Overall, this nut butter is really excellent. It gets 4 1/2 stars in my book. Honestly, if you can’t have peanut butter for whatever reason , and are looking for alternatives, look no further than Kettle Food’s Cashew Butter!

1 oz (about 2 Tbs) is 160 calories, 14 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

Cashews, Sunflower and/or Safflower oil. (I always love the foods that taste awesome with the short ingredient list- connection, perhaps? ūüôā )

Building off of the previous post of Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme, I thought I would do a review on another new¬†favorite spread of mine, Whole Earth’s Tap’n Apple apple butter spread. It¬†has¬†fierce competition with Suzanne’s and Vermont Village Cannery’s apple butter spread when lunch time rolls around and I have one slice of bread smothered in peanut butter and the other…*naked!*

So, this particular Apple Butter spread is literally smooshed apples in a jar. There is no sugar added, no preservatives, no artificial colors, dyes or flavors, and is naturally fat, cholesterol and sodium free. The company Whole Earth (manufactured by PANOS brands) “began as a little company with big ideas about offering more natural, healthier foods. Since 1967, Whole Earth has lived this passion-delivering the most delicious all¬† natural tastes!” ūüėÄ

Now, let us begin.¬†When you think “apple” the color that comes to mind is…green. BUT. The color of this apple butter is more like this, BROWN. To tell you the truth, I’m¬† not sure why. Apples have skins of red, green and yellow, and flesh of white, but this apple butter is brown. They do add apple cider, so perhaps that has something to do with the coloring.

Anywho- upon opening the jar, it smells like sweetened applesauce and has a creamy, soft texture.¬†The apple butter tastes like a sweetened applesauce as well (but alas! no added sugar!), but is much thicker and not “grainy” as applesauce can sometimes be. It also has a hint of cinnamon flavoring in the background. To bring that flavor out, I added a heaping tablespoon to the whole jar and just a wee bit of nutmeg, and mixed it throughly. After doing so- the flavor was incredible! Cinnamon-y, apple-y, butter-y! ūüėČ
5 stars for sure !

I like this stuff best, obviously, spread generously on peanut butter sandwiches. But, it was also really good…
1. spread on waffles,
2.mixed in with plain yogurt,
and [don’t say ew- it’s AMAZING!]
3. A sandwich, with 1 slice of bread¬†spread with 1¬†The¬†Laughing Cow Wedge Cheese in Garlic & Herb flavor, and one slice of bread spread with the Apple Butter. Such a good combo. Tastes sort of like “cream cheese & jelly”. Delish!!

How do you like to eat Apple Butter? Is there a brand YOU like?
Let me know, bloggies!

1 Tablespoon is 20 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

The ingredient list is also music to my ears…short, sweet & simple.
Apples, Apple Cider.

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