Peanut Butter Boy To The Rescue

by HEAB on March 18, 2013

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So, I stopped doing formal reviews of products on the blog a while ago for several reasons, mostly because they were starting to feel icky?  Lame?  I don’t know, they just no longer felt right.  I also don’t have a lot of time to blog these days, and therefore, I like to fill this space with my own words, thoughts, creations, etc.  That being said, when Nick, aka Peanut Butter Boy wrote to me about the unveiling of his own brand of peanut butter (I was a taste tester when he began developing the product), I immediately agreed to some samples and a review.  Nick was one of the first food blogs I discovered, and his peanut butter creations are both creative and delicious.  If you love peanut butter, you will love Peanut Butter Boy.

I’m a crunchy girl myself, but I busted into the smooth peanut butter first for a little cookie baking…

I read about The MacroChef’s Gingery Peanut Butter Cookies via Maggie last week, and when Nick’s samples arrived, I knew I must make these cookies.

I subbed a combo of oat & sweet rice flour for the whole wheat and skipped the molasses since I didn’t have any. I also used butter instead of oil.  Ginger + peanut butter = a very enjoyable combo, but I know the cookies would be even better with molasses.  Ginger cookies need molasses, but these still turned out great with a strong peanut flavor.

I eventually finished off the jar of smooth peanut butter like this…

Late night snack of leftover cold brown rice and peanut butter.  Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Peanut Butter Boy Peanut Butter is an all natural no-stir peanut butter.  The only ingredients are roasted peanuts, palm oil, and sea salt.  The peanuts are unblanched, meaning the skins are left on during manufacturing, resulting in a peanut butter packed full of flavor, fiber, and antioxidants.  The taste is powerful – peanuty and salty, and it’s nice to have a no-stir peanut butter that doesn’t contain any added sugars.  Peanut Butter Boy, you done good!  Thanks for sharing with me.  To learn more about Peanut Butter Boy Peanut Butter, click here and to purchase online, click here.

Haven’t tried the crunchy yet, but it will happen soon.  Very soon!

{ 44 comments }

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad March 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Ahhh these look so good! I still haven’t had a chance to try them out. Maybe tonight. Congrats to PB Boy on his new line :)

Nick March 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks =]

Hannah March 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Totally eating Peanut Butter Ginger Chews right now. MINDTWINS.

eliz@ourcrazysweetlife March 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I love the label! Yum.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Elizabeth,
I agree. Would totally be drawn to the label if shopping for PB in a store.

Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I just wrote a PB cookbook and make my own PB and love PB…and I would love this PB! There is never a PB I say no to! I have a homemade one that resembles cookie butter, full of gingersnaps and cinnamon and white choc.

And I remember the early days of your blog when you featured Nick’s products/links wayyyy back in like 2009! Boy, time flies :)

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Averie,
Time does indeed fly. Congrats on your cookbook. That is awesome!

lindsay March 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

pb boy has a new product? oh my, i love him more. And brown rice with pb and coconut aminos is tasty, try that!

Victoria Ramos March 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Heather,

I have been reading through your blog and have just fallen in love with your writing style and topics. I’ve had so much fun this afternoon reading through all your recent posts! I’d love to contribute to your blog! I’d like to focus my article on how to stay confident and cool this summer, even if you might not be able to “fit it all in” your swimsuit bottoms by Saturday.

I’m definitely not an expert or nutritionist, but I have been fighting off pretty hefty hips since a cruel turn of luck during puberty and have a little experience with foods, beauty products, and summer activities that work or are just myths! I currently run a beauty and shopping blog too where you can view my writing samples at oomphfan.com

Thanks,
Victoria

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi Victoria,
Thanks for reading, but I’m not interested in posting guest articles on my blog. Best of luck to you.

Lou March 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Not that anyone sends me anything to review – but I totally get what you mean about formal reviews – it’s like you HAVE to say nice things, and they sort of dictate the blog content. I don’t know, I just want to write what I want to write, on MY blog you know?

In saying that I would NOT turn down some of this PB – sounds amazing, and I totally remember you talking about Peanut Butter Boy back in the day before babies ;) Sounds like awesome stuff!

Susan March 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Heather,

Just curious what you say to folks who are down on peanut butter….I just did the JJ Virgin Diet and she says sub almond butter for peanut butter forever…..because of the high risk of aflotoxin mold and their high content of lectins and pytic acids. The good news on peanut butter boy’s product is their is no added sugar or added transfat to make it smooth which are reason’s jj is against peanut butter. I know it is less espensive and that is key for many people on tight budgets.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Susan,
Yes, I’ve read about the possible mold contamination of peanuts, but if I turned down every food I enjoyed b/c of something bad I’d read about it, there wouldn’t be much left for me to eat. I love PB, and my body has zero problems with it. So, I say eat up if it’s something you truly love. Life is too short.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

P.S. I must add that almond butter always makes a good sub if you’re not loving on the peanut butter, and it doesn’t seem as pricey as it once used to be. :)

Nick March 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Susan,

From what I’ve read, the aflotoxin mold is more common in Organic Peanut Butter (currently, ours is not). But even with the Organic Peanut Butter they say you can just refrigerate it to prevent the mold from growing. As for lectins – you’ll have to avoid a LONG list of foods to avoid lectins, since pretty much all foods contain lectins. As for phytic acids – almonds actually contain more than peanuts (up to 50% more). But don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking almond butter – especially since it’s cheaper than ever! I remember when it used to be minimum $9 for a 12oz jar. Now you can get a full 16oz jar for like $5.

Cherie March 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I made peanut butter bread today for my guys. I will have to try this one next time, but I’ll use yacon syrup instead of the molasses. Oh, and half of our household like crunchy (me included) so I always have to buy both!

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Cherie,
Team Crunchy all the way!

Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy March 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

PBB sounds awesome! I am a HUGE peanut butter fan, in fact, I could eat it by the spoonful with a little dark chocolate if I allowed myself! Where can you find this? Is it distributed in stores nationwide? I would love to try some!

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Melissa,
You can order Peanut Boy Peanut Butter online: http://store.peanutbutterboy.com/collections/peanut-butter. Nick is hoping to get into stores, but for now his peanut butter is only available online as far as I know.

Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) March 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

Peanut Butter Boy is awesome and his new peanut butter looks great! Thanks for the review.

Nick March 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Liz, formerly VeggieGirl, is awesome.

Thanks for being Liz.

Natalie March 19, 2013 at 6:13 am

Yum yum yum! LOoks great!

Tracy March 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m not gonna lie…I’m pretty jealous you were able to try Peanut Butter Boy’s new PB! I’ve been thinking seriously of ordering a jar of crunchy. I’ve entered his giveaways, but no luck so far :( Great to hear it’s as good as it sounds. Let us know what you think of the crunchy ok??

Accepting free PB is definitely a reason to bend your blog rules a little!! ;)

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hi Tracy,
Oh, I hope you get your hands on some soon. We’ve been out of town for a couple of days, and that jar of crunchy sitting in our cabinet at home is calling my name! :)

Tracy April 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hi Heather! Hope all is well with you and your family :)

Wanted to tell you I finally ordered some PBB crunchy and it is so so so good! Love it! Truly a unique PB product in both taste and texture. Thanks for the review which pushed me to order.

Take care!

HEAB April 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Tracy,
I’m so happy to hear it and need to post about my love of the crunchy. OH MY GOODNESS. Been slathering it on bagels every morning. Seriously, my new favorite peanut butter. It tastes like fresh roasted peanuts – the kind you get in a bag at a baseball game…and those big chunks of peanuts? LOVE. Glad you’re enjoying it too!

Nick March 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Heather purely rocks. She didn’t have to write a review, but it’s only because of her and a handful of other bloggers that PBB exists – they helped me throughout the development process and gave honest feedback – so naturally I had to send her a final product!

Thank you Heather!!! This was a massive confidence booster – and you outdid yourself!

HEAB March 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

Nick,
Anytime! Thanks for the yummy peanut butter, and I wish you much success. You deserve it after all the time and research that has gone into your wonderful products.

Alyssa March 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m more of an almond butter girl, but every so often I love me some peanut butter! If Nick needs more taste testers, I’d be happy to open myself to a possible AB to PB conversion! ;-)

Nick March 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Whoa, whoa, whoa Alyssa – don’t link me with AB-to-PB conversion! Especially on HEAB! You trying to get me in trouble?!

Alisa March 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

You are too cute – I always valued your opinions on products. Of course, with a name like Peanut Butter Boy this one had to be good! I love that the peanuts are unblanched.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Alisa, that means a lot. Feeling is mutual. :)

Becky March 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

I have to try that cookie recipe!! Question though, did you do a straight 1:1 swap oil for butter? No veg oil here.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi Becky,
I did. 1/4 cup butter instead of the oil. So 4 TBSP or half a stick.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 20, 2013 at 7:23 am

Rice in the peanut butter jar…what could be bad about that? Sounds perfect to me! The cookies sound amazing too! We are definitely a peanut butter loving family here! This one sounds amazing! I love seeing people like this succeed with something they are passionate about! Thanks for sharing Heather!

Alyssa (azusmom) March 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I LOOOOOOVE peanut butter! (PB and banana form the microwave? Yes please!) I also love that it’s no-stir without sugar. Gotta get me some!

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Alyssa,
Do it. So good!

Nick March 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Alyssa, I second Heather. But more importantly – PB and banana in the microwave? Tell me more….

Jeff March 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

The only problem I have with this otherwise fantastic peanut butter is the Palm Oil. PALM OIL is BAD for YOU, for the ENVIRONMENT (think of the Orangutans and Elephants!) and for the rainforest which is being rapidly chopped down in order to harvest it!

http://www.cspinet.org/palm/PalmOilReport.pdf

Don’t. Use. Palm. Oil. End of story.

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Jeff,
From Peanut Butter Boy’s site:
Palm oil often gets a bad reputation for several reasons: 1. It is often farmed in unsustainable ways, doing irreversible damage to the environment – including deforestation, habitat loss for endangered species and greenhouse gas emissions. 2. Palm Oil is high in saturated fat.

To combat the unsustainable farming of palm oil, Peanut Butter Boy uses only Sustainable Certified (RSPO) Palm Oil. No exceptions.

Saturated fats derived from plants are very different than those derived from animal products (check out the research on Coconut Oil). Saturated fats from plants do not necessarily raise your cholesterol or contribute to cardiovascular disease. In fact, several studies show no difference between palm oil and olive oil in terms of raising cholesterol (source: Comparison of palmolein and olive oil). There’s plenty of scientific papers on Palm Oil that show both sides of the coin. Regardless, Peanut Butter Boy uses only about 2 teaspoons of Palm Oil in each 18oz jar of peanut butter.

Nick March 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Hey Jeff,

Read page 30 of the report you posted – our palm oil supplier is listed in the dark grey box as leading the front for sustainable palm oil. We only use their sustainable-certified palm oil in our product!

Ella March 21, 2013 at 5:30 am

Hi Heather,

I was also curious about the use of palm oil….

HEAB March 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Hi Ella,
Nick seems to get asked this question often, and below is his answer:

Palm oil often gets a bad reputation for several reasons: 1. It is often farmed in unsustainable ways, doing irreversible damage to the environment – including deforestation, habitat loss for endangered species and greenhouse gas emissions. 2. Palm Oil is high in saturated fat.

To combat the unsustainable farming of palm oil, Peanut Butter Boy uses only Sustainable Certified (RSPO) Palm Oil. No exceptions.

Saturated fats derived from plants are very different than those derived from animal products (check out the research on Coconut Oil). Saturated fats from plants do not necessarily raise your cholesterol or contribute to cardiovascular disease. In fact, several studies show no difference between palm oil and olive oil in terms of raising cholesterol (source: Comparison of palmolein and olive oil). There’s plenty of scientific papers on Palm Oil that show both sides of the coin. Regardless, Peanut Butter Boy uses only about 2 teaspoons of Palm Oil in each 18oz jar of peanut butter.

The Dainty Pig March 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

hahaha, I definitely won’t knock that combo, as I have done it myself!
YUM! :)

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