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Alright! So as you guys probably know, I am a *huge* nut butter fan. However, coconut butter has never been one of those nut butters I bought or tried. Sweet Spreads offered me 6 of their coconut butters to try for free. They come in White Chocolate, Vanilla Cupcake, Maple Pancake, Dark Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Brownie flavors. Each of them have 2 grams of sugar per serving, which is a plus.

Now. One thing I know about coconut oil/butter is that it is solid at room temperature. So If you open a jar of this stuff it will be exactly that…a soft solid. There is a white layer on the top (fat most likely) and more colored separation on the bottom. Sweet Spreads wrote “Tip: For a warm smooth sensation- remove the lid and microwave for 10-15 seconds”. I would argue that’s less of a tip, and more mandatory, at least at first. Once you microwave it the first time, and it cools again, it hardens up more “mixed”, and then I essentially used a fork to “chip away” and eat pieces of coconut butter. Sounds hilarious, but it was actually kind of fun.

Here’s what it looks like when you open up a jar:

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Here’s my chipped away coconut butter (post microwave/ re solidified):

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And here’s my fresh out the microwave coconut butter: Mmm.

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So, I’m not sure how these spreads would be on a sandwich, but you can give it a try. I had mine straight from the jar.

Maple Pancake: Nice and smooth post microwave, and the smell was really delicious. It has an almond butter consistency, and coconut flavor. The maple flavor was honestly pretty slight, I wished it was a bit stronger. However, it grew on me. There was something that left a little bit of a bite to it, like cinnamon, once it was done eating. 3 ½ stars

Cinnamon Roll– This one was gritty but smooth, again, like almond butter, A nice cinnamon flavor, and definitely detected a nutmeg flavor as well. The sweetness was sight, but there. It definitely was indicative of a cinnamon roll, but with some certain coconut flavor as well. It had almost an “earthy” taste to it. I liked it. 3 ½ stars

Vanilla Cupcake– This one tasted almost like straight up coconut butter, since the vanilla flavor was so milk. It was a bit pastier than the others, and I felt it needed to be sweeter. I like this one better cold, and it reminded me almost of cake batter. It was very rich however, so I couldn’t eat too much at once ( a good thing, since this is caloric!) 3 ½ stars

White Chocolate- this one was pretty good!! It was sweeter, but not too sweet, and the flavor goes well with a coconut taste. It had a mild white chocolate/vanilla flavor. I let this one heat up, cool, and then “scrape” with fork. A tad pasty, but good. 4 stars

Chocolate Brownie- mmmm. This one was good. Like a chocolate covered coconut treat. A little gritty, even post microwave, but still tasty nonetheless. A rich chocolate flavor, this one was sweeter than the rest and really good. It was I would say 50/50 chocolate to coconut flavor ratio….but a good ratio at that. 4 ½ stars

Dark Chocolate Mint– I tried this one last. I was afraid. Minty nut butter?? And while it wasn’t my favorite, it wasn’t bad. It tasted like a muted York Peppermint Patty. Chocolatey and minty, but not TOO minty. The coconut flavor is almost completely masked in this one. The dark chocolate aspect was nice though, and very rich. 3 ½ stars

Overall, pretty good! The only drawback is that these are mighty caloric. 1 Tbsp has 140 calories! Not good for those nut butter addicts like me! But if you watch portion sizes, you do not need more than 1 tbsp at a time…they are very rich and decadent, and certainly a sweet treat ☺

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This peanut butter. Is. Beyond. Amazing. (Yes, so amazing I felt the urge to use periods between each word!)

According to the website , this spread is “More than just a sandwich spread, it is fantastic on fruit, spooned over ice cream, when used as an ingredient in baked goods, or simply eaten out of the jar! It contains no cholesterol, no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no high-fructose corn syrup. It is also gluten-free, certified vegan, and certified kosher pareve by the Orthodox Union.”

Two words to describe it? Incredibly delicious. What I liked about it, is that it is a natural peanut butter, AND there was hardly ANY oil separation! Being the white chocolate lover that I am, I had a feeling I was going to like this peanut butter!

It was smooth, sweet and creamy, and had a light vanilla flavor to it. I didn’t need anything else but a spoon to enjoy it (as that’s how I like most of my nut butters!). It really tasted as if someone melted a chunk of white chocolate into a jar of peanut butter, and turned a savory spread into something dessertlike.

Overall, BLISS! 5 stars for sure. Now excuse me as I go finish the rest of the jar. 😉

Ever had a peanut butter by Peanut Butter & Co.? Which was your favorite?

2 tablespoons is 180 calories, 14 grams of fat (3 saturated), 11 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

as you can see... I helped myself to about half the bar =)

What’s Valentine’s Day without some CHOCOLATE?

Reviewing one of my favorite types of chocolate today… white chocolate! I’m also a fan of milk chocolate, but whenever I see white chocolate, it feels special, and it’s just so yummy!

I bought this bar the other day at Whole Foods, I believe it was on sale for 2 for $5.00, so I thought why not? I opened the bar to find that the squares were rather small, and had a nice, sweet vanilla aroma. It sort of reminded me of Easter time, when there’s a lot of chocolate bunnies and other treats around the house.

So I broke off a few squares and indulged. Mmm. Now this is really good white chocolate!! Super smooth and buttery in consistency, sweet without being sugary tasting, and a great vanilla flavor. I liked that the flavor was light enough so it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rich enough to make a few squares all I needed to  be satisfied. Delicious! 4 1/2 stars.

12 pieces (40 g) is 230 calories, 15 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams o fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

15 Dec 2010, Comments (1)

Divine White Chocolate with Strawberries

Author: Healthnuttxo

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So, I went to Whole Foods the other day [shocking, I know.. =) ] and they were handing out free samples of chocolates. Why not? I thought. How could I turn down a piece of natural chocolate? I opted for the White Chocolate with Strawberries, as it seemed interesting. I ate a small piece, and really liked it, so I bought a bar, and took it home( I also REALLY liked the wrapper- how pretty !!)

In fact, the entire ride home I couldn’t wait to eat it. I ate it so fast when the samples were given out, I felt as if I didn’t really get to enjoy it. No worries- I mean I DID have an entire bar waiting for me…

I opened it up, and noticed little squares of chocolate making up a rather large bar. Pale white/beige in color, but as I broke off a square there were a bunch of pinkish-red spots within the chocolate- alas! The strawberries!

I broke off a piece and ate it. Mmmmmm. Honestly, even if you don’t like white chocolate, I think you’ll like this. Why? Because- it doesn’t even taste like white chocolate- it tastes like STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM! Immediately when I tried it I thought of strawberry icecream, with vanilla undertones. Creamy and sweet, with just the slightest bit of texture from the peices of strawberries. Just absolutely delicious.

This is getting 5 stars from me. Hands down the best white chocolate I have ever had. It’s not the healthiest thing to eat given the high calorie and fat content, but it’s a ver indulgent and very delicious chocolate. I’ll take this for my Holiday treat!

10 blocks (42 grams) is 220 calories, 12 grams of fat (8 saturated), 25 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Penny’s Low Fat Desserts is a favorite here on HealthNuttxo. I haven’t met a product I haven’t liked- ranging from muffin tops, muffins and even no sugar added cookies! Another favorite of mine to add is now the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie, which was sent to me to try from Penny.

At first glance, I was quite pleased. A decently sized cookie- and quite thick too. I tasted this cookie and was equally as happy. It had a fruity taste, which I would imagine is from the “dried plum puree” listed in the ingredients, but also reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie. However, instead of raisins, were sweet and not-to- tart cranberries. I was actually quite happy the cranberries were not tart, as I usually am not a fan of cranberries for that reason. Not the case here! They were sweet and just plain good!

Onto the best part of the cookie… the white chocolate chips. WOW! Soooo goood! Creamy and sweet, they added an unexpected and yummy twist to the cookie. They even had a slight crunch to them which was quite nice.

Overall, this cookie gets 4 1/2 stars. It is very sweet, with sugar being the first ingredient, but I really think it’s good, especially if a sweet tooth needs some satisfaction! I do like that this cookie has 7 grams of fiber per cookie- it’s a snack that has some satiety and can keep me full until dinner! 🙂

1 cookie is 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 39 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

sugar, whole wheat flour, water, white chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, nonfat milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla, natural flavor), dried cranberries, oats, dried plum puree, cellulose, erythritol, chicory root, corn syrup, rice syrup solids, natural flavors, palm oil, baking soda, salt, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum.

5 Oct 2009, Comments (5)

Late July Mini Sandwich Cookies

Author: healthnuttxo

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Late July is a great company. Founded by Nicole Bernard Dawes with her dad in 2003, they make a variety of all natural and organic foods. There top 3 reasons for choosing organic is 1. To save the environment 2. Reduce Health Risks and 3. Support Small businesses. The Late July Organic Mini Endangered Animal Sandwich cookies even donate 10% of their profits to the Jane Goodall Institute, to help those poor animals!! They are also a good source of whole grains and calcium 🙂 Finally, a cookie everyone can feel good about eating!!
They come in two flavors, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. I got the pleasure of trying both, provided by Late July. Each of the sandwich cookies are ADORABLE. They have a whole bunch of animals on the outside cookie part, including the Leatherback Sea Turtle, Red Wolf, Chimpanzee, Sumatran Rhino, Pygmy Rabbit, Black-Footed Ferret and the Giant Panda. My favorite was the panda! So cute! How could you eat these guys ?

White Chocolate- Very delicious. Tastes like a mini oreo-but not as fake tasting or overly sweet. The cream is soft and sweet, with a light vanilla flavor. The chocolate cookie is crisp, and easy to swirl off of the cream.

Milk Chocolate– Also deeeeeelicious. Think keebler cookies, but better! The chocolate cream on the inside tastes like a soft, creamy milk chocolate, accompanied by a rich vanilla cookie on the outside.

Overall, these sandwich cookies ROCK. 4 stars for sure. These are great by themselves or with a glass of milk. I spread some natural peanut butter on the white chocolate flavor-HEAVEN!! I would love to try more Late July products. They seem AWESOME!!

10 cookies is 130-140 calories, 6-7 grams of fat, 18-19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. You also get 10% calcium needs and 8 grams of whole grain per serving.

White Chocolate-Organic whole wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic powdered evaporated cane juice with organic cornstarch, organic wheat flour, organic oleic sunflower oil, organic palm oil, organic cocoa butter, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa processed with alkali, organic brown rice syrup, organic powdered milk, calcium carbonate, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, sea salt.

Milk Chocolate-Organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic powdered evaporated cane juice with organic cornstarch, organic wheat flour, organic palm oil, organic oleic sunflower oil and/or organic oleic safflower oil,  organic cocoa butter, organic powdered milk, organic chocolate liquor,organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa processed with alkali, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, sea salt, cream of tartar, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors, soy lecithin.

3 Aug 2009, Comments (6)

Luna Bar White Chocolate Macadamia

Author: healthnuttxo

I love Clif Bars, so I was excited to receive a Luna Bar in the mail to try for free. I received the White Chocolate Macadamia flavor. I tried the Clif Bar in a similar flavor, i believe it was Macadamia Nut as well, and it was good, so this can’t be too far off.

Now while testing this, keep in mind i had no intention of eating the whole thing. I just had a snack, but it was sitting on my desk looking at me. “Alright just one piece” I told myself. So I broke off a smidge- and 5 minutes later, I ate the WHOLE s bar!! It was so good! It was chewy, soft, nutty flavoring. It was sweet and the true flavors of white chocolate and macadamia shone through.  This flavor was so good i was licking the wrapper where the white coating had melted! The coating was almost buttery tasting and sweet. Ahh delicious. I can’t wait to go out and buy another one of this flavor, it was truly worth it.

This bar is healthy too (of course!). One bar has 190 calories, 7 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. It is also fortified with a bunch of vitamins and minerals, like calcium, zinc, etc. My only complaint was this bar is a *tad* high in fat, especially saturated (2.5g), and a wish there was at least 1 gram more of fiber. Either way, the bar is very substantiating, due to the yummy soy protein 🙂

5 stars


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