Artisana sent us a box of nut butters and coconut oil to review, and we are really impressed! These Artisana products are all raw, which means that their beneficial enzymes have not been destroyed by heat or by roasting. These products are organic as well. We really like the variety of delicious nut butters they offer! We’ve all heard of almond butter, but how about walnut, pecan, and macadamia nut butter?! Here are our takes on their products…
Walnut Butter with Cashews
This butter is raw and 100% organic. It really tastes just like pureed walnuts. The ingredients are simply organic raw walnuts and cashews. I would throw a few tablespoons in our smoothies for the protein and omega 3’s. Every 2 tablespoons is 205 calories and 19g of fat. I make a smoothie in the vitamix that serves three of us. Some mornings I even spread this on my toasted Ezekiel muffin with coconut oil first, then the Walnut butter and a little cinnamon on top. Yummy!!
Our normal almond butter consists of dry roasted almonds and organic palm fruit oil. It is nice that the Artisana Almond Butter is again just organic raw almonds, pureed. I did not miss the dry roast or the additional oil that we are used to. My son’s favorite lunch food is an almond butter and banana sandwich. I made his lunch one day with this almond butter we received from Artisana and he did not say a word and enjoyed his sandwich as usual. I love these tasty and convenient sources of protein!
Pecan Butter with Cashews
I’ve never tried anything like this before, and I thought it was fantastic! Pecans are my favorite type of nuts, and it is certainly a treat getting them in “spread” form. I just put it on some toast in the morning, and it was so delicious. Although there are 20g of fat in 2 tablespoons, it packs in a ton of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In fact, Dr. Oz touts pecans as the most antioxidant-rich tree nut. Great food for our brains!
I thought of all the nut butters I tried, this was the creamiest…probably the closest in consistency to regular store-bought peanut butter. But I also felt it was probably the most bland of them all. It didn’t have much flavor to it, which is probably why it makes such a great accompaniment to the Pecan and Walnut butters – adding a smooth, creamy texture without imposing much of its own flavor. This would make a great add-in for smoothies, as it’s high in iron (12% daily value in 2 tablespoons) and protein (6g in 2 tablespoons).
The Coconut Butter was certainly the most interesting of all the nut butters I tried. Coconut Butter is made of pure coconut meat, just ground up. Because of this, it gives you the benefits of the whole coconut: the oil, dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. When I spread it on warm toast, it came out of the package crumbly at first, then melted into the bread. It seemed very hearty and had a “warmness” to it. Mmmmmmm! My 1-year-old son of course didn’t eat his as quickly, so as his toast cooled, the coconut butter formed sort of a waxy topping. Still just as tasty though! We both loved it.
This is a great oil to use for cooking and baking, as it is a solid at room temperature, which means it doesn’t oxidize as quickly as other oils when heated at high temperatures. Additionally, in its raw form (as in Artisana’s), it consists of medium-chain fatty acids – allowing your body to break it down with extreme efficiency. It does have a mild coconut taste, but it definitely does not overwhelm the flavor of your food. In addition to this great food gem, you can even use it as a moisturizer for your skin! Another interesting tidbit about coconut oil is that it has even been touted as a remedy for Alzheimer’s!
I’ve been really anxious to try the Cacao Bliss ever since I tried (and reviewed!) Artisana’s Coconut Butter. The Cacao Bliss is like the coconut butter, except it also has cacao. Chocolate coconut butter?? Yes, please! This was really good! We really like Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter around here because it is tasty and is relatively low in sugar (for a chocolate spread, anyways), but the Cacao Bliss has even less sugar! (Only 4 grams of sugar compared to Justin’s 7 grams and Nutella’s outrageous 21 grams… yikes!) Like the coconut butter, the Cacao bliss is a bit crumbly at room temp, but just slightly above room temp it becomes spreadable. I would definitely purchase this again.
Macadamia Butter with Cashews
This tastes just like spreadable macadamia nuts!! As in the other nut butters with cashews (above), you don’t taste the cashews, but they contribute to the creaminess of this nut butter. On the Artisana site, it says you can use this is in both sweet and savory dishes and sauces… although I didn’t try it, I think it would be interesting to see how this tasted in place of the peanuts/peanut butter called for in Asian-inspired sauces.
Overall, we were definitely impressed with the Artisana products! They are a bit pricey and somewhat harder to find. We’ve seen a couple of these products at Whole Foods, but the others can be purchased online. You can visit Artisana’s online retailer page to see where you can purchase their unique products!
*Note: Artisana provided us their products to review, but the opinions expressed are entirely our own.