Thursday, May 24, 2012

artisana nut butters: review and giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Jordan!


It's time to talk about butter, ya'll!

Unlike Paula Deen's obsession with the yellow stuff, my butter obsession has taken a healthier turn...towards nut butters.


Artisana Organic Foods recently sent me a sampler pack of their various nut butters. And ohmygoodness were they delicious. And they should be. The ingredients in most of the products they sent are just raw nuts. So if you can pretty much predict if you'll like them or not. Artisana has taken what nature made delicious to begin with, and made it into tasty, creamy treats.

All of these products are made from organic food, unheated to preserve the wealth of nutrients in them. Except for the cacao bliss and coconut oil, the only ingredient in these are raw nuts...no sugar, no salt, no preservatives. Here's what I thought of each sample...

Cacao Bliss: This butter is actually a blend of coconut, cacao, and agave nectar. It tastes delicious, but is nothing like its highly processed counterparts like Nutella. It's good, but probably not something I'd spend my money on.
Macadamia Butter: This butter is actually a blend of macadamias and cashews. It has a very rich, but mild taste, with pieces of macadamia in it. It's not sweet and since it's so mild, I imagine you could get really creative with it in recipes.
Coconut Butter: This is my personal favorite. Coconut butter tastes sweet without any added sugar, and a ridiculously small amount of naturally occurring sugar. It is just luscious, perfect for when you're craving something sweet but avoiding sugar.



Cashew Butter: Artisana's raw cashew butter has a different taste than its roasted counterparts. It's almost a bit reminiscent of cream cheese, which explains why cashews are often used to make vegan cheese substitutes. This cashew butter is very smooth and versatile.
Pecan Butter: The pecan butter came in a close second to the coconut butter. Actually a blend of pecans and cashews, this one tastes like Christmas cookies to me...warm and sweet.
Walnut Butter: As you might expect, this one tastes just like walnuts. It wasn't my favorite, because I'm not a huge fan of walnuts, but it's super healthy and tastes good on toast.
Almond Butter: I wasn't expecting to be impressed by the almond butter, because I've tried so many other brands. But I was. It was surprisingly good, smooth and flavorful.
Coconut Oil: In my experience, bad coconut oil tastes like what I would expect Vaseline to taste like. Artisana makes good coconut oil, super smooth and tasting of nothing but coconut.

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The winner of the giveaway will receive a sampler of the above nut butter squeeze packs. There are three ways to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each, as those will count as your entries! The giveaway will remain open until next Thursday, 5/31.

1. Leave a comment below telling me which butter you'd most like to try and how. (right from the pack? on a sammie?)
2. Tweet about this giveaway. Be sure to include a link and my twitter handle. (@findingclairity)
3. Like my facebook page. (if you've already liked it, you can leave another comment as an entry)

Also, I must be able to access your email address! If your email is not linked to your blogger profile, be sure to enter it with your comment, or link to your blog with an email address on it.

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You can find Artisana products online, but they're also available in health food stores like Whole Foods, and even in some regular grocery stores. They can be a bit pricey, but are definitely worth the occasional treat, as they are healthy and delicious. You can make your own nut butters too to save money, but it's tough to get the same consistency as Artisana (and it takes some work!).

Good luck!

13 comments:

  1. Mmm they all sound so good, I think I would eat it straight from the pack! Have you tried Trader Joe's cookie butter, oh my heavens it's so so good!

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  2. Very cool, my mom is all about these types of butters. The almond butter sounds especially tasty!

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  3. Okay, I think this is something I could really get into. I'd try the almond butter on a Sammie. With jelly, of course.

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  4. cashew butter would be my choice! :)

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  5. I bet that walnut butter would taste mighty good on my morning oats!

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  6. Have yet to try walnut butter, but doesn't that sound amazing? I'm a big nut butter fan too Clair! Haven't tried this brand yet but now I'm curious!

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  7. They all sound amazing! I would probably eat the cacao bliss from the pack! But I'd use the cashew butter in my oats.

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  8. I already like your page on facebook :)

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  10. I think almond butter sounds good. Just out of the pack.

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  11. Almond butter, please! It is my favorite food :)
    I would eat it with oatmeal, granola, bananas and apples!

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  12. Our chocolates are made with simple, pure ingredients, healthy, delicious. We blend superior raw, organic ingredients and never contain gluten, dairy, soy or processed sugar. Our chocolates are all handcrafted in small batches in Bend, Oregon.
    http://www.jemraw.com/product-category/specialty-nut-butters/

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  13. Our chocolates are made with simple, pure ingredients, healthy, delicious. We blend superior raw, organic ingredients and never contain gluten, dairy, soy or processed sugar. Our chocolates are all handcrafted in small batches in Bend, Oregon.
    http://www.jemraw.com/product-category/specialty-nut-butters/

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