Plain or Flavored?

by HEAB on August 31, 2010

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Still loving on my peaches and blueberries from Saturday’s farmer’s market adventure.

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A Dryer Lint smoothie (remember those?) topped with Naturally Nutty Trail Mix

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Yesterday’s Breakfast: 1/4 cup rolled oats with 1/4 cup oat bran cooked in water and topped with a Babygold Clingstone peach, blueberries and Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter. Yes, I said white chocolate coconut peanut butter.

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Again, I usually prefer plain nut butters. Give me a jar of nothing but chunky roasted almonds, and I am one happy girl. However, I am loving on some flavored nut butters these days. Maybe it’s a pregnancy thing, I’m not too sure, but I’m just rolling with it and enjoying every single spoonful.

Check out the ingredients in the White Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter: 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.

I love that peanuts and unsweetened coconut are the first two ingredients, and as far as sweetened peanut butters go, I think this list of ingredients is fantastic. At first bite (straight from the jar of course), I thought it tasted almost too sugary, but stir it into a big bowl of plain oats, and the peanut butter adds the perfect touch of sweetness. Thank you Naturally Nutty!

Do you prefer your nut butters plain or flavored?

P.S. I spoke to Cory, my blog designer, regarding the fact that commenter’s info is not getting saved in the comment box below, and his response was as follows: The info in the comments is saved on the users cookies. Since it’s a new site, I would give it a bit, they should show up for regular commenters. So, hopefully after a few comments, you won’t have to reenter your name, email, and blog URL…just means you’ll have to stop by more often! :)

{ 97 comments }

Evan Thomas August 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

It depends what mood I’m in. The one flavored nut butter that never gets old is their butter toffee peanut butter. OMG Yum.

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

Evan,
Agreed – I love that PB as well!

Christina August 31, 2010 at 11:26 am

I must find this butter toffee pb. Sounds amazing!

Ashlee August 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

Nut Butter + Honey is probably my favorite combo!

Heather (Heather's Dish) August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

i’m a big fan of plain ol’ peanut butter, but i wouldn’t kick the other ones out of bed :)

Carbzilla August 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

Thanks for checking HEABS! I’d better just keep commenting! It’ll be an exciting day when the autofill happens (little things like that can make me smile!).

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 9:49 am

Carb,
Welcome. :)

Sylvia August 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

God, that peanut butter looks so delicious. I tend to flavor peanut butter over almond butter; don’t know why – maybe because I grew up eating peanut butter and almond butter is so new to my taste buds that I’m just not that used to it yet, hehe. Oh well! That’s it; I’m getting my boyfriend to get me some for Christmas, hahaa. But right now I’m lovin’ on some Dark Chocolate Dreams – YUMM :)

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 9:49 am

Sylvia,
I always ask for nut butters that I can’t find in Nashville for Christmas and my birthday. They make the best gifts!

Amber at Berlinswhimsy August 31, 2010 at 9:33 am

I tend to like plain nut butters but sometimes the flavored kinds are a nice change! That flavor sounds amazing…

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 31, 2010 at 9:38 am

I buy plain nut butters, only because I eat sweetened nut butters with a spoon straight from the jar. I have no control when it comes to sweet nut butter!

Cynthia (It All Changes) August 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

I don’t like sweetened or salted nut butters. I will add something sweet if I want it but I love the plain option.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

I like them plain, but flavored is good sometimes. Let’s just say I like options! The white chocolate sounds perfect on that bowl though! YUM!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 31, 2010 at 9:47 am

I don’t discriminate– I’ll take them any which way :-D

Katie August 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

HEAB! I have to say first that I LOVE the new blog!!!! It rocks!!!! I am in love with the layout, and its so classy!

Second I Love any nutbutter! I really do like flavored ones more though on just a piece of toast or straight out of the jar!

Last, hope you are feeling great!!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

Thanks so much Katie, and yes, I am feeling pretty great these days. :)

StephORama August 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

Wow, that smoothie looks amazing!

I like my nut butters plain, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try a flavored one. :-)

Nicole @ yuppie yogini August 31, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’ve wondered if that nut butter was overly sweet too. I’ve seen white chocolate PB and it sounds tasty, but sometimes white chocolate tastes weird. The coconut part is probably really good!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

Nicole,
The coconut is definitely my favorite part. :)

kristy@ kristyruns.com August 31, 2010 at 10:01 am

Flavored nut butters all the way! Especially justins chocolate hazelnut butter. Omg. Perfection.

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

Kristy,
I totally blame Justin for my re-discovered flavored and sweetened nut butter love. It was his chocolate almond butter that got me hooked!

Dorry August 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’m usually a plain nut butter gal but the Whole Foods by my house now has a crank your own peanuts with chocolate chips mixed in! Delish.

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 10:56 am

Dorry,
I always eye the machine with almond and dark chocolate chips, but I have yet to try it.

Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) August 31, 2010 at 10:10 am

Yum…anything white chocolate is at the top of my list!

julie August 31, 2010 at 10:16 am

phew! i’m all caught up and i seriously am IN LOVE with the fact that you requested puffins that you brought in your flurry. thats friggn amazing and makes my life complete hahaha

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 10:57 am

Julie,
So happy to hear I have made your life complete…I think the Puffins flurry did the same for mine. :)

caronae August 31, 2010 at 10:16 am

I like me some plain nut butters and some flavored ones. Depends on the flavoring though. I love mighty maple but don’t love justin’s chocolate peanut butter. My fave is NN vanilla almond butter. I should splurge and order some for a treat….mmmmm….

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

Caronae,
Not a huge fan of Justin’s chocolate PB either, but I love his chocolate almond and hazelnut butters! However, I would have to agree with you – NN vanilla almond butter is the best!

Sami August 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

oh, i’m a flavored lover! maple pb, banana pb, dark chocolate dreams pb….mmmmm.

monicanelsonfitness August 31, 2010 at 10:27 am

I see lil white chocolate chips, but where is the strawberries? lol! Looks great!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

Monica,
Haha – right. I’ll suggest dried strawberries to the folks at Naturally Nutty. They did throw dried cherries and raisins in the mix though – made for a great salty/sweet combo!

Tay August 31, 2010 at 10:32 am

I”m in love with flavored nut butters. I really really really want to try Naturally Nutty oh so badly, but I can’t find them in any stores around here. Bummer. My other favorites would have to be Justin’s and Dark chocolate dreams. Or mighty maple!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

Tay,
Do you have a local Great Harvest Bread Co? Many of them carry the Naturally Nutty Nut Butters – hope you find some soon!

Little Bookworm August 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

Your bowl of oats with the peach look great! I prefer plain almond butter, you can’t really get flavoured nut butters in the UK. :(

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

Little Bookworm,
No, but you could always flavor them yourself. :)

Little Bookworm August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am

Great idea Heather! :) Thanks!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am

Welcome. Enjoy. :)

S @ extremebalance.net/blog August 31, 2010 at 10:45 am

I would have been a purist like you, but then I tried chocolate PB, and while it’s not overly chocolatey, it’s also not overly sweet, which makes for an awesome non-deadly treat. And why can’t you have a treat once or twice a day? ;)

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

S,
I love my non-deadly treats…and at least twice a day if not more! ;)

eatmovelove August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm

:) If there was a “Like” button here, I’d hit that.

S August 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Oops, accidentally sounded ridiculous, didn’t I? Part of my charm… :D

eatmovelove August 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

That is a mouthful of words. I just found a jar of the PB&Co. White Chocolate Wonderful…is that any good I wonder?…no coconut in it though ;) .

What is palm oil and lecithin?

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am

Eatmovelove,
I had the White Chocolate Wonderful once. It was good, but pretty sweet. Not my favorite.

You can read more about palm oil here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/guest-post-by-modern-forager-the-tropical-oils/.

Lecithin acts as an emulsifier, and you can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecithin. I like to use it in my homemade nut milks and coconut milk kefir as it keeps the liquid from separating.

lindsay August 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

These peanutbutter flavors are just getting better and better. I wonder what will be next? Tahini, chocolate, coconut concoction???

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am

Lindsay,
That combo sounds amazing. I had a bad experience with tahini early on in my pregnancy and haven’t eaten it much since. However, I think you may have just made me crave it again!

Katie August 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’ve tried to like flavored, but I just don’t. That’s fine by me though, since the plain boring nut butters are much less expensive.

Man, the peach and blueberry combo is SO good, isn’t it?

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

Katie,

Yes, peaches & blueberries = best summer combo ever!

Marina August 31, 2010 at 10:54 am

I actually never tried a store-bought flavored nut butter, I only tried making some myself, but I didn’t like them much.
Plain stuff is the best I guess :)

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:24 am

Marina,

Plain nut butters will always hold a special place in my heart. :)

Emilia @ Namaste Gurl August 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

Mmm, your smoothie looks fantastic– I have tried avocado in smoothies before. It gives it a great creamy texture which I love :) Never tried frozen avocado and chocolate together…I’ve added it to my “must try” list :)

I do love flavored nut butters (ahem, dark choco. dreams), but I don’t like it to have a lot of sugar in it and be too sweet. I love the natural taste of regular nut butters on their own. So i guess I’m more one for the regular, classic nut butters, however I wouldn’t mind trying that white chocolate coconut peanut butter!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

Emilia,
Try the frozen avocado – just make sure you peel it and cut it into small chunks first. When I first tried it, I simply threw half a frozen avocado in the blender, and I almost hit the deck…sounded like World War III in my kitchen!

Pearl Lee August 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

hmm! i have to try the flavored ones; i’ve never had flavored nut butter before (well aside from the ones that i’ve made with maple), but coconut sounds delish!

Caitlin (EatFeats) August 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

Plain nut butters all the way! My favorite is the Trader Joe’s Crunchy Almond Butter with Flaxseed. BUT I’ve never tried Naturally Nutty sweet flavors, which all look really fantastic and might sway me toward the sweet side!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am

Caitlin,
That is one of my most favorite almond butters. I usually prefer mine unsalted, but that TJ’s almond flax tastes just right. So good!

Tamara August 31, 2010 at 11:14 am

I always buy just plain, because I use my nut butters in a lot of things, including recipes that the flavors might clash in. But when I make my own, I go crazy with the flavors, because customization is the point, right?

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am

Tamara,
Exactly! :)

Christina August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

I usually prefer plain, salted. Peanut butter is my #1. But then sometimes I like to jazz up my life with chocolate hazelnut butter or cinnamon raisin peanut butter.

Carolyn August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

I have yet to find a plain buttah that i like better than the green lablel TJ’s Almond butter w/Flax seed… Love the chunks.. BUT for flavored… the Emerald brand Cocoa Almonds are my absolute favorite flavored to make into home ground nut butter….

… i am ordering that Nat Nut White Chocolate coconut peanut butter.. All the yum and none of the work of mixing my own!!!

HEAB August 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

Carolyn,
Wise decision my friend. Can’t wait to hear what you think. :)

Nicole August 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

Yeah it depends on my mood, but mostly I prefer unsweetened. I do love the Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams or Cinnamon Raisin Swirl when I’m feeling a little daring, but it’s rare. It took me a good year to finish the jar of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and I’ve had the Dark Chocolate Dreams for about 2 months now and have maybe eaten a quarter of it. As much as I love Nutella the same thing goes for that too. I just threw away the jar I had because it was expired (I’ve had it for well over a year) and that was only half empty! But I go through my unsweetened Crunchy PB in 2 weeks easy. Dennis said he feels like I’m always buying PB. I said it’s because we are! :)

Nicole August 31, 2010 at 11:46 am

I meant to say it’s because I am…not we are…

Lauren at KeepItSweet August 31, 2010 at 11:48 am

I really need to find Naturally Nutty in a store near me ASAP

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

Lauren,
Check out your local Great Harvest Bread if you have one near you as many of the franchises carry the Naturally Nutty nut butters. Hope you find some soon!

Lauren at KeepItSweet September 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thanks, that is good to know!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 31, 2010 at 11:55 am

white chocolate coconut peanut butter = WOW!!! That’s a new flavor that I havent seen and I’ve done a few give aways with Katie and Naturally Nutty and have scoured her site, to the enth degree, perusing all her amazing flavors….anything w/ coconut in it is awesome. And funny, a few years ago, coconut oil and coconut stuff was huh? on my radar screen. Funny how times have changed!

Ok the re-entering of info on your site…there are a few sites like yours, that no matter how many times I go to it, it never auto-saves my data and I have cookies enabled (and this is not my first trip to the commenting rodeo if you know what i mean!) Now, when I click name, it does have on my computer my name saved how I like it to appear so I dont have to type it out in full every time, but I do need to populate the 3 empty fields. Just takes 3 quick clicks, b/c all the info is saved on my machine, but just giving you the details of how it appears to me. Because I know when installing new things…having the total picture from users is helpful. Hope it’s not annoying!

Have a great day!

:)

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

Thanks Averie,
Yes, I remember you telling me once you didn’t like a strong coconut flavor…isn’t it funny how our tastes change? Growing up, I wouldn’t touch a sweet potato with a 10 foot pole, and not they are one of my favorite veggies!

I really hope the auto-save starts working. If not, thanks for those 3 extra clicks. :)

Kimberly August 31, 2010 at 11:55 am

Hey Heather!
I don’t know if I like flavored nut butters because I don’t know that I’ve ever had any. Well, I did have chocolate hazlenut when we went to Florida, but other cool flavored nut butters are not really available here :( The oats/bran breakfast with the fruit looks so refreshing!

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

Kimberly,
You should try making your own flavored sunflower seed butter! :) How about chocolate coconut?

Justine August 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

I love all nut butters! The sweetened ones can pose a problem because I seem to not be able to stop at only one spoon. More like 4, give or take 12. :)

I have bought some packets of Justin’s maple almond butter and love that they are pre-measured, etc….one day I will be able to buy multiple JARS and not packets. And that is when I will go broke, but it will be worth it. :)

Taylor August 31, 2010 at 11:59 am

can you a ctually taste the white chocolate? i feel like that’s a flavor that never really comes through enough. white chocolate is my favorite type of chocolate so i’m always disappointed when white chocolate flavored things are weak

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:36 am

Taylor,
Well, the cocoa butter is responsible for the white chocolate taste, and it is the 3rd ingredient listed. Honestly, I taste more peanut and coconut than I do white chocolate, but it’s still yummy. :)

Megan (Braise The Roof) August 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I don’t usually love sweetened/flavored nut butters, but I do love them salted. There’s something about nuts and salt that just works so well! I’ve been wanting to try some of the chocolate nut butters but haven’t yet- mostly because I have a feeling that I’ll become addicted way too fast! :)

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

Megan,
Yeah, that’s been my problem. Put chocolate in or on anything, and I’ll eat it! ;)

Amber@momsgottheruns August 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Heather, where do you find these exotic nut butters?! I want that coconut one! By the way, I bought sunflower seed butter yesterday off of your recommendation and plan to try it today!!! I’ll let you know what I think!

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

Amber,
Naturally Nutty is based in Traverse City, MI, about 25 miles from where we’re staying. I met with the founder of the company, and she gave me some samples for myself and for giveaways (which I plan to do when I get back home to Nashville). The company has a really good relationship with Great Harvest Bread, and check your local franchise if you have one to see if it carries the nut butters.

Hope you enjoy your sunflower seed butter! :)

Monica August 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love the flavored kind, but it is too dangerous to have in the house when it tastes like dessert. So I try to stick to the straight forward almond butter with flax seeds.

Sarah R August 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Um, as long as it’s a nut butter I really don’t care whether it’s plain or flavored! There are some days I just want the straight up plain variety and other days when I want something a little different. I’ve asked for some Naturally Nutty for my birthday in a few weeks. Hopefully someone will come through!

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

Sarah,
I love requesting nut butters I can’t get in Nashville for Christmas and my birthday. They make the best gifts!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Oh I want a spoonful of that nut butter in my oats! I can just imagine how sweet and delicious it would be :) I love plain nut butters but never discriminate against any.

Annie@stronghealthyfit August 31, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I haven’t tried many flavored nut butters- or any at all now that I think of it- but I usually prefer unsweetened ones definitely. Whenever I buy Nutella (which is not very often) it’s gone so quickly because it seems like such a treat, so we usually stick to the plain stuff :-)

Emily August 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I absolutely love flavored nut butters, but I never buy them because they’re “trigger” foods for me. I can eat the whole jar in one sitting!

Tina August 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The most flavor I usually like is maple or honey so I can still taste the nutbutter. Although there’s nothing wrong with a little adventure in the nutbutter world now and again.

Danielle (Runs on Green) August 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm

White chocolate coconut pb?! Sounds pretty gasmic to me- minus the dry milk powder…perhaps I could re-create??

I’m like you- I prefer my nut butters plain but every once in a while I like a dessert-like nut butter :)

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

Danielle,
Yes, I think you totally could. Peanuts or nuts of choice, plus unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut oil, plus cocoa butter + sweetener of choice. :)

Laura August 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

WOW…that does sound like an interesting, and rather delicious combination!!!! I usually stick to plain ones…but i would be interested in trying something fun like this xx

Liza @ Health Nutting August 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I too love plain nut butters most of the time– but a flavored one is certainly nice too! I just love nut butter mmmmmm :)

Michelle (@ Housewife in the Raw) August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I am on a serious peanut butter kick. I start with plain and then put it in everything these days. I did a pb&banana green smoothie, made pb&almond&date bars already today. I’m planning a peanut noodle dish for tomorrow. When and if this phase dies down, I may move onto Almond Butter after seeing all your uses.

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

Michelle,
Can I come over? ;)

Lauren @ 40Apples August 31, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I honestly (shock!) haven’t even TRIED very many flavored nut butters – unless you count the salted & roasted almond butter w/ flax from TJ’s…. which I eat all the time. I did try Justin’s Honey AB and PB, and loved ‘em. But I think for everyday use, I’d stick mostly with plain ole nut butter. With the exception of maybe the cinnamon raisin Peanut Butter & Co. stuff, which I’m aching to try.

Ana August 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Ohhh that smoothie looks amazing!! And all the summer fruit, heaven! I am having large doses of peaches and blueberries this summer too, savoring as much as I can because I know it will be long until I see those fruits again around here. Especially peaches, which must be consumed during the season for optimal sweetness and juiciness!! (I do have two full bags of peaches I froze to eat during the rest of the year, but I know they never last too long!)
And about the nut butters, I prefer my almond butter Plain, and Smooth!! Although Justin’s changed that perspective as I am now totally addicted to his chocolate almond butter (and chocolate hazelnut as well), that is some totally awesome flavored nut butter!
I never had flavored nut butters other than chocolate and honey though, oh and I went to the locan GH and the only flavor they had was a peanut butter one, I wish they had some almond butter, I would buy to try.
Ana

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:48 am

Ana,
Justin did the same thing to me! I’m a convert.

ari August 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

ugh i’m so upset that has powdered milk in it! they need to make it vegan so everybody can enjoy it!

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

Ari,
I know – that’s a bummer, but I bet you could easily make your own version. Nuts of choice + unsweetened coconut or coconut oil + cocoa butter + sweetener of choice. I think it would be just as delicious!

Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly August 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Um, can my answer be every possible option, please? Right now (as in, today), my favorites have been PB2 powder and crispy Naturally More almond butter. I’m missing the love that is chocolate hazelnut fake-out spread. And I cannot WAIT to try out my first homemade nut butter, ever since you and http://edibleperspective.com/ convinced me I could. Pecan… maple… cinnamon… OK. Nut butter on the mind, anyone? Hahaha. At least I’ve come to the right place.

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 8:50 am

Kristen,
Yes, you must try making your own nut butters. It’s really so easy, and I need to do it more often. Roasted pecan is one of my favorite – it’s amazing on roasted winter squash or sweet potatoes!

Lara (Thinspired) September 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

Heabie! I just wanted to tell you what a trip it is to see fruit on your blog :) I love it.

HEAB September 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

Lara,
Can’t help myself in the summer. I just love peaches and blueberries too much! :)

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