New Nut Butters

by HEAB on May 12, 2009

As part of Katie’s New Foods Challenge, I sampled 2 new almond butters, and yes, Katie said that would totally meet challenge guidelines. :)

I received this lovely little packet from Sarah and could not wait to try it with my breakfast yesterday.

Almond butter + maple syrup = sweet nut happiness

Almond butter + maple syrup = sweet nut happiness

I’ve been wanting to try Justin’s Nut Butters for a while but never wanted to buy an entire box of single serving packets. I’m more of a jar kind of girl, ya know? Besides, I’m not a fan of the Barney Butter single serving packets, and I figured Justin’s would taste similar.  Love crunchy Barney Butter, but the smooth?  Not so much.  The  packet contained 2 TBSP of almond butter, and I used it to top my bowl of purple oat bran:

Almond Butter Swirlie Oats

Almond Butter Swirlie Oats

When we’re almost out of toothpaste, l will roll and squeeze the tube again and again until every last drop is gone.  If I’m that way with toothpaste, then you can only imagine the mutilation this squeeze packet of almond butter endured.  Trust me, in the end, it was empty. :) 

The verdict?  Justin’s Almond Butter wins a big thumbs up from me.  It was a bit grainy which I really like and not too sweet.  If it came in a jar, I’d buy it, but that little packet was too much work.  However, I wouldn’t mind keeping a stash around to take on trips. In the past, I’ve had 2 jars of unopened almond butter confiscated by airport security.  That was not a good day.  I’ll have to remember to pick up some Justin’s before our next vacation. Thanks again Sarah!

Yesterday, I mentioned a 3rd mystery package that arrived while we were still in Arizona.  As soon as I saw the return address, I could not open the box fast enough!

It's Alive

It's Alive

I actually heard about Living Tree Community Food’s Almond Butter on Twitter. (BTW, are you following me yet?  Um, why not?).  After reading over the company’s website, I knew I had to try this stuff, and they graciously agreed to send me a jar. I have yet to find an all raw almond butter that I liked as much as the roasted variety, but I thought this company’s product might be different.  According to the website, they make each batch slowly, over several days without the use of a nut grinder. Machines slice the almonds over and over, and the almond butter is produced frequently, in small batches so it’s fresh and alive.  I tried 2 heaping spoonfuls with some carrots:

Raw snack - gotta remember to eat this again on Wednesday. :)

All raw snack - gotta remember to eat this again on Wednesday. :)

Oh my gosh, I LOVED the texture of this raw almond butter. It’s like no other I’ve tried.  It was creamy, with the smallest bits of almonds still present.  The taste was sweet, but the nut butter contains no added sweeteners.  In fact, the ingredients list nothing but organic raw almonds.  I don’t know if it’s the California almonds they use, or the slicing process or what, but this was good stuff!  If I could afford the $20 price tag, this would be my almond butter of choice, but I simply won’t pay that much for nut butter.  Sorry Living Tree, but thanks so much for allowing me to review your product as it was truly amazing! I encourage all of you to check out the Living Tree Community Foods Website as they make and sell a lot of other really cool raw products.  I’m dying to try the Organic Coconut, Carob, Cacao, Goji Butter. Sounds divine, no?

Yesterday, I received something really special in my mailbox that I wanted to share with all of you:

Definitely Jay Robb magnet worthy!

Definitely Jay Robb magnet worthy!

Sarah, please tell Gracie that CD and I are completely honored to have one of her watercolors hanging in our kitchen. It’s beautiful…however, I noticed there was no brown used, and I thought that was her favorite color these days. :)

I leave you with…

CD’s Random Comment of the Day:

Heather: I don’t like keeping my almond butter in the fridge. It gets so…(pauses & cringes as she realizes what’s coming next)

CD: That’s what she said.

Heather: hard.