The Battle Of The Nut Butters

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Last night I awoke to a dentist drilling my teeth!!!!!!

In reality, I woke up to my husband drilling in the basement. He has been doing renos all weekend and apparently he thought it was a good idea to drill and hammer at 11:30pm at night!? Then once he came up to the room I couldn’t fall asleep until 12:30, so my goal of 5:45am wake-up was shot. I did manage to get up around 6:30 though so all was not lost. :)

You know what I discovered?

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I love RAW Breakfast Cakes (see here for Baked Breakfast Cake)

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Just like cake batter…

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I had this mini Raw Breakfast Cake with my breakfast:

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This morning’s breakfast featured a new Sherriff in town:

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Can you believe this was my first time ever trying cashew butter?!?!?

Oh dear me.

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Cashew butter tastes like a DREAM. Rich, creamy, and subtly sweet.

It paired well with this delicious cranberry jam that Chelsea sent me!

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Pure heaven…

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What is your favourite and least favourite (nut) butter?

I have tried the following:

  • Peanut
  • Almond
  • Cashew
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Barney Butter (yes, it deserves its’ own class!!!!!)
  • Apple butter (Not a nut butter but oh well!)

I don’t know what it was, but I strongly disliked the pumpkin seed butter!!! Totally not what I was expecting. My favourite hands down was CRACKbutter…otherwise known as…Barney Butter. Ohhhh Emmmm Geeeee, When Bree sent me a bunch of it, I finished them in lightening speed.

I am eager to try out new kinds of butters. What should my next one be?

I think it might be coconut butter. I have been dying to try it!

This morning and most of the afternoon is a shipping day for me. I have over 400 Glo Bars shipping out today. I do all my shipping labels myself (I have a corporate account with Canada Post) as it saves my customers 8% off shipping. I also need to squeeze in a workout and start baking orders once my shipping is done.

It has been raining the past two days! It is currently 6C/43F right now…such a weird winter we are having!

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Have a wonderful Moan-day! ;)

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Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 25, 2010

Ahh, I haven’t tried cashew butter! Which, doesn’t make much sense because it’s my favorite nut :P I usually stick with peanut butter and almond butter. Over the summer I was on a mad hunt for macadamia nut butter (because I had a brief obsession with macadamia nuts, haha) and I actually FOUND IT! I was so disappointed, though :( It was okay. The flavor was good but it was really runny – almost watery. And it was super expensive for a pretty small jar. Oh well, you win some you lose some! :)

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Morgan January 28, 2010

I LOVE macadamia nutbutter and us it on salads as a dressing! SO good!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 25, 2010

I don’t like pumpkin seed butter, but I really don’t like almond butter. Actually I don’t like any other nut butters besides peanut butter! Alot of them just aren’t sweet enough for me. :)

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megan January 25, 2010

i’m with Jessica – I like the sweetness of peanut butter. i could see almond butter growing on me though. if only it was as cheap as peanut butter :)

I just got sent a container of coconut peanut butter. It’s actually pretty good (but still not quite sweet enough for me) – i think you would like it though.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2010

mmm sounds amazing!

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Mallory January 25, 2010

ok… i’m blaming my silly question on the fact that maybe i’m just not awake yet…

for the raw breakfast cake did you just leave your ‘batter’ in the fridge overnight and eat it this morning before you would normally bake it?

it looks deeelish. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2010

You got it…just left it in the fridge and instead of baking, I just tried it raw and discovered it was fabulous.

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Fae January 25, 2010

Mmmm, that butter sounds yummy!!! I think I’ll have to give it a try.

It’s not a nut butter, but have you tried apple butter?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2010

oops forgot! Will add to list :)

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Fae January 25, 2010

:) Did you like it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2010

yes it is wonderful. I never buy it for some reason though!

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Fae January 25, 2010

Sounds like I’ll have to give that one a try as well!!

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Janae January 25, 2010

Macadamia Nut butter is quite divine. My kiddos LOVE it. I always send almond butter sandwiches in their lunches, since peanuts/peanut products are banned from their school. It’s a very close second to macadamia nut butter.

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Jaimegirl January 25, 2010

macadamia nut butter!! sooooooo good, very rich(even more so than most nut butters) though. you really have to stir it a lot though before eating it, (i’m guessing because of its high fat content there is more oil separating than in most other nut butters) to get a good consistency. i also love cashew butter, raw crunchy almond butter from TJ’S(like this better than Barney Butter), PB(obvs, preferably crunchy). oh! and coconut butter! amazing.but i gues that couts as more of an oil… on my list to try: pine nut butter, soy nut butter, sunflower seed butter.
hope you have a good day and good luck with all the shipping/baking! i can’t wait until my X’s and Glo’s box arrives!!!!!!!

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Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 25, 2010

Peanut butter upsets my tummy. Cashew butter is delicious but a bit sweet. ALmond butter is my favorite!
Have a great day!

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Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride January 25, 2010

I absolutely LOVE your raw cake batter. I made your baked cake batter last week, but ended up eating it cold straight from the fridge… SO good!! :)

I love peanut butter, and Nutella…does that count?

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 25, 2010

Mmmmm…I LOVE cashew butter!

Have you ever tried pecan butter? It’s a great one!

Have a lovely day, lovely lady!

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Lizzie January 25, 2010

In the last two years I have become seriously addicted to peanut butter. I think it’s because it’s such a good fuel for muscles and gives you heaps of energy without weighing you down. I also started buying the PB with no crap in it and even my Jif raised American husband comments on how good it tastes. I have an unopened jar of almond butter sitting in the cupboard, so need to start using that again. I haven’t tried cashew or macadamia, but they both sound yummy! For some of them it’s kind of like dark chocolate – you don’t need a lot of it to satisfy a craving.

Your weather sounds like our weather today – not mittens or hats . . .yay!!! :)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 25, 2010

Breakfast cake raw is such a good idea!! Who doesn’t love cake batter?!

Ok and Barney Butter for SURE deserves it’s own category. I’m with you there. That stuff is amazing. Oats in a (Barney Butter) jar is the best thing EVER. Yum..
I’ve never had cashew butter before either.. sounds good! I also want to try coconut butter, i’ve seen that around.

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Karla January 25, 2010

I haven’t tried cashew butter but honestly I’m not a huge fan of cashew as far an nuts go (walnuts either).

The weather here is crazy too! A few days ago it was 15F in the morning, this morning it’s 52F!!!

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Kristen @ Change of Pace January 25, 2010

I’ve been meaning to pick up a jar of cashew butter. I love cashews so it’s got to be good! Barney butter is good. I also like Crazy Richard’s peanut butter. Coconut butter?! Haven’t seen that one :)

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 25, 2010

I’ve never tried cashew butter — normally, I stick to peanut or almond butter. Yum. Haven’t tried the breakfast cakes yet, either, but need to hop on that bandwagon asap. ;)

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Cassie January 25, 2010

I love my organic/natural MaraNatha peanut butter so much I’m afraid to spend the money on other nut butters!! Like almond butter! I’ve heard many good things and really want to try it, but can I really “cheat” on my peanut butter? :P

I agree with the weird weather! I’m in Nova Scotia and the weather is springing from -12 one day, and now they’re calling for things like +7 this week! It’s nuts! (Hahahahaha, see that joke?) Have a great day!

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Stephanie January 25, 2010

I used to be a peanut butter addict but after learning of the health benefits of almond butter I converted. I eat almond butter almost every day now!. For a treat, I put honey on it. You should try sunflower seed butter – also very good! As for coconut butter/oil, I’ve never used it as a “butter” but I use it in baking and cooking. It’s great for stirfy.

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Stacy Cina January 25, 2010

I LOVE sunflower seed butter – yum :) I like coconut butter (or oil), to – I use to make dairy free chocolate…

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Jen January 26, 2010

Sunbutter is my new favourite thing. I think I even like it more than my trusty almond butter.

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katherine January 25, 2010

I love cashew butter, especially in a stirfry. I highly recommend making cashew butter and turning it into a pad thai-like sauce to mix with fresh veggies and some baked tofu. With or without some noodles, it’s divine!

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Laura January 25, 2010

Brilliant idea, thats tonight sorted for me, thank you!

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Laura January 25, 2010

Good morning Angela- its a grey, dank day here in England too ;( By far my favourite nut butter so far is pistacio!! I can’t buy it over here, so I make it myself. I also love raw tahini, but its hit and miss with the jar- sometimes lovely, sometimes just a bit too bitter for me. Why don’t you try walnut butter? Its a very healthy nut, and you can always stir in coffee essence for a ‘coffee cake’ or chocolate for a mocha taste. I was quite disappointed by peanut butter, one of the last I tried- I think I thought since everyone else likes it, I would. Nope, I’ve just got expensive tastes! Btw, do you think you will ever be offering international shipping?!!

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Laura January 25, 2010

Ooops, I forgot, I bet your breakfast cake would taste lovely with ground chufa nuts- I think I’ll try it that way! ;)

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Jennie {in Wonderland} January 25, 2010

I’d love to try cashew butter. I think it was Lara [Thinspired] who told me it was wonderful, light and creamy. I’ve only eaten almond and peanut butter. I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin butter as well… so many nut butters, so little time!

Pistachio butter sounds like it would be good. And I second that on Barney Butter… I cannot imagine having a jar of it in the house. I would eat the entire thing in 2 seconds flat. It’s kinda like Mary’s Crack to me in that way ;-)

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Heather (Where's the Beach) January 25, 2010

Thanks for sharing about the nut butters. I have not been very adventurous in trying them out.

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Ameena January 25, 2010

I haven’t tried cashew butter or even Barney Butter! But my favorite is Trader Joe’s crunchy peanut butter!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 25, 2010

I was one of those weirdos in elementary school whose mom would buy all sorts of “natural” foods before they were cool. So, while my friends had Skippy and grape jelly, I had cashew butter and apricot preserves. My favorite though, to this day, is good old natural peanut butter from one of those grinders at the grocery store.

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Danielle (Coffee Run) January 25, 2010

I’ve also been dying to try coconut butter! I’d say my favorite is almond butter. Sunflower seed butter is a close second!

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Mel January 25, 2010

Hi, I’m allergic to nuts and peanuts, so I go with soy nut butter. Someone mentionned sunflower seed butter…I might try that next time!

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Stacy Cina January 25, 2010

Sunflower seed butter is wonderful (I’m sensitive to nuts also)!

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thedelishdish January 25, 2010

Ive always stuck to almond butter but Ive been wanting to make my own hazelnut butter! and ive never tried coconut butter either but very curious about it so let us know how it goes!

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Stacy Cina January 25, 2010

I made my own hazelnut butter and it was sooo good!

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Thien An Nguyen January 25, 2010

coconut butter sounds fabulous. My boyfriend is allergic to all types of nuts, and I have yet to find him any kind of butter. This coconut butter seems like such a fabulous idea.

Thien an

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Serena January 25, 2010

I grew up eating peanut butter, so I love it …but it doesn’t agree with me.
SUN BUTTER is AMAZING… the most similar nut butter to peanut butter.

I also had a “pomme buerre sale” (apple sauce with butter and salt) spread in france this past summer that was amaaaazing.

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Haleigh January 25, 2010

I actually am not a fan of almond butter but I looove barney butter so I have to agree that it deserves it’s own class. My other favorite is Nutella!! Hey, it counts ;) it’s made from hazelnuts afterall.

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 25, 2010

I just bought almond butter for the first time and I think it will take some getting used to. Maybe the barney butter will be more my style.

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Jenny January 25, 2010

I love barney butter! But I cannot find it anywhere near me..and the samples I ordered were finished, as you said, in lightning speed !

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Patrice January 25, 2010

I’d say sunflower seed butter (sun butter) is right in between almond butter and peanut butter in terms of taste. Almond butter with honey mixed in the jar is incredible- though I guess as a vegan that’s not quite an option ;)
PB2, powdered peanut butter, is absolutely fantastic in Green Monsters- it gives a peanut butter taste in a small and concentrated amount. Also, two tablespoons is only about 50 calories.

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 25, 2010

I like pear butter! Also, not a nut butter…

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Fae January 25, 2010

Pear butter? Mmmmm..I wonder if they have that here in Canada.

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Natasha January 25, 2010

That’s it!!! I’m moving to Canada!

I’m a huge fan of peanut butter going way back! But it’s so expensive over here (France). My hunt for Almond butter (which I have never tried, but I’m very curious about) has been going on for two weeks now, to no avail.

So all this talk of cashew butter, has me totally flustered! Cashews are my fave!

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Natasha January 25, 2010

Oh I forgot… I tried Free-Nut butter in Australia, not too bad. It’s the Nut free alternative for people with Allergies… poor things.

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Laura January 25, 2010

Natasha, if you can’t find it elsewhere, you could try this country, I’m sure they deliver over the border into France… if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find Artisana almond butter ;)
http://www.keimling.eu/.cms/59

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Madeline @ Greens and Jeans January 25, 2010

Cashew butter is SO GOOD! I think my current favorite is sunflower seed butter though.

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Mae @ OhhMay January 25, 2010

I love cashew butter too! My favorite nut butter is… readdy? Macarona almond butter with vanilla bean scrapings and chunks of almond and walnut. Mmmmm
I’m not sure how close you are to the NY border, but if you ever find yourself at a Farmer’s Market in Upstate NY, check out Saratoga PB co! We have some really unique nut butter blends and there’s a few new flavors coming out in Febuary. Here’s the website: http://www.yopeanut.com
-Mae

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 25, 2010

i love peanut butter…it’s just the perfect creaminess! i’ve been wanting to try macadamia nut butter for a while now though…i can’t imagine it’s going to have a TON of flavor, but a perfect creaminess! :)

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tamara January 25, 2010

try sunflower seed butter! it’s SO AMAZING!

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Ana January 25, 2010

Hi Angela!
I have been following your blog for a while and really enjoy it!
I discovered Almond Butter last year and absolutely love it! There isn’t a day I don’t eat some AB!!
Peanut butter is not my fave, but almond is awesome!
I got a jar of coconut butter the other day but haven’t tried yet, I did try chocolate coconut butter though and it is really yummy!
Do you like walnuts? Walnut butter is interesting too, not my favorite, although the one I tried was raw walnut butter and I do prefer the roasted ones.
By the way, have you tried both Raw and Roasted Almond Butter? Which one you liked best? I love the roasted one, but find the raw to be a little strong.
Oh, and do you really like Barney Butter all that much? So funny, I got it the other day and both me and my son (who is 7) were not fan of it, it sort of didn’t taste like almonds to me… and the roasted almond flavor is what I love on AB.
And, speaking about apple butter, have you tried Pumpkin Butter, also yummy!! I like it better than the apple one.
Ok, wnough butter talk!
Love your blog!
Ana

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skinnyrunner January 25, 2010

ok i know i’ll be the odd man out here, but i think almond butter tastes weird! but i would like to try cashew butter.

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Audrey January 25, 2010

I think it does too–at least the one brand I’ve tried (Maranatha).

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