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Peanut, almond, sunflower seed: nut butters – I love them all!

September 13, 2011
Peanut, sunflower, almond nut butters

You can take the American out of America, but you can’t take the American out of her – at least where peanut butter is concerned.

Many people may think nut butter is something to avoid when dieting, but I find it very satisfying and something that I enjoy, so it makes a regular appearance in what I’m eating. It fills me up and I spread it thin on a Wasa cracker with a little jam. It’s also one of things that’s more difficult to find in Italy, so I always stock up when I visit the US. These are the jars I currently have in the house:

  • Peanut Butter & Co. : The Heat is On - I went to visit their restaurant in NYC during my trip to NYC last October, and I enjoyed sampling their different flavors (I loved the portable packs). I got The Heat is On flavor which is peanut butter and hot spices, and to be honest, it’s too hot for me. This is coming from someone who has a high tolerance of heat – I eat pepperoncino/hot pepper very often, hot salsa, Thai food, and Indian food don’t phase me. But it’s just too hot. I eat it sparingly with some jam.
  • Peanut Butter & Co : The Bee’s Knees – who doesn’t like honey in their peanut butter? I wish there were fewer ingredients in their nut butters (items like palm oil, natural honey flavor, evaporated cane juice I don’t see very necessary)
  • Sunbutter organic unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter – it’s 100% sunflower seeds. Awesome.
  • Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter – I have been eating this for a year or so and I always run out too quickly. Other than sunflower seeds, it has evaporated cane juice and salt, but it’s oh-so-tasty.
  • (Save) Natural Peanut Butter – this was actually bought in Italy, in one of the international markets I constantly seek out. It’s 100% peanuts which is amazing to find – most of the peanut butter I find is Skippy (popular in Thailand and Philippines, imported into Italy) and it has transfats and other things I am trying to avoid. I already have another jar in the cupboard when that one runs out.
  • Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseedhaven’t opened this yet but looking forward to the crunch – it’s now open and oh, SO good. Crunchy peanut butter and roasted flax seeds is ridiculously awesome together. I am already going to buy another jar on my next trip. I also want to try the almond version.
And I’ll keep rotating those in and out as I get more.
What’s missing from here:

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  • Justin Nut Butter – I have a few single-serving packets left but I’m seriously regretting not getting more and/or a larger jar to keep around. My favorite flavor so far is the Almond & Maple Syrup. Delicious.
  • Archer Farms Almond, Cashew & Peanut Butter (found at Target) – it was a mix of cashew, almond, peanut….or something like that. The problem is, the mix made the overall taste completely unremarkable. I abandoned the jar while still in the US.
Do you have a favorite nut butter that I should try? 
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2011 4:41 pm

    So many nut butters! I’ve never tried anything other than peanut butter, but you’ve inspired me to want to try others! Sunbutter here I come!

    • September 14, 2011 4:45 pm

      The sunflower seed butter is definitely my new favorite. So good. Try that almond + maple if you can, too :)

      Some people swear by cashew butter but I haven’t been able to try one yet.

  2. Julie Sanders permalink
    September 30, 2011 12:32 am

    Almond butter is one of my new favs on toast in the morning! Love my peanuts though.

  3. October 9, 2011 3:27 am

    Soybutter took some getting use to, but I grew to like it. It’s like healthy Nutella (without the chocolate). If you like soybeans, you’ll like soybutter.

    • October 12, 2011 3:49 pm

      Wow, I’ve never tried soybutter! I’ll have to look out for it.

  4. October 13, 2011 6:36 pm

    I’ve always been into Adams 100% Natural when I lived in the U.S. – until my local grocery store had the machine that grinds up the peanuts right before your eyes (mesmerizing and cheap!).
    Now that I’m in Faenza (Italy), I have found this organic foods store in my neighborhood, and they sell a line of nut butters from a brand called Rapunzel (from Germany), including sesame (tahini! I can make hummus!), peanut, cashew, and I think probably sunflower seed. Totally organic and the only ingredient is the nuts themselves. The creamy peanut butter is great for making peanut sauce with. :-)

    • November 8, 2011 11:48 pm

      I will have to keep an eye out for Rapunzel – I have found some peanut butters from Africa and Thailand in a few international stores here in Milan, but nothing from Germany.

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