I was a self-admitted peanut butter addict. I would pound a 500 mL jar a week, often placing it at my bedside in case I got hungry in the middle of the night and needed a spoonful or two.
Adam’s peanut butter was my favourite. Allegedly all-natural, it felt healthier somehow than the old-school sugar bomb peanut butters like Kraft and Skippy. Needless to say, when I moved to Ontario for school, I was devastated and a little lost when I couldn’t find the brand anywhere in the province.
Then I started talking to a man on Plenty of Fish, who happened to be traveling across the country from B.C., so I asked the potential suitor to scoop me up a few jars before he left Vancouver. He obliged and hand-delivered the peanut butter on our first date. (He didn’t light my fire sadly, but peanut butter guilt led me to go out with him a couple more times. It still just seemed too close to that generous peanut butter delivery to end things).
Fast-forward a number of years and turns out peanuts are the unhealthiest of all the nuts, as they’re not even really nuts—they’re legumes. Unlike other, healthier nuts, they don’t grow on a tree.
“Almond butter,” they said.
“Hazelnut butter. Or try cashew butter,” they urged.
Not. The. Same.
Until I discovered Nutista—a super clean nut butter!
Founded in San Diego, the biggest difference between their nut butters and store-bought nut butters is Nutista products are not mass produced. Nutista is a small-batch maker, who put their nuts through a very time-consuming stoneground method—150-lb. batches at a time.
The stoneground method produces flavours and textures that store-bought types just never can. And the best part might just be that unlike many other nut butters on the market, there’s NO ADDED cane sugar or palm oil in any of their products.
Nutista founders say their main goal is to make nut butters more accessible, fun and delicious. Well, they’re succeeding. They’re super accessible; you can order their products online and have them shipped to your home. Check out their products here. As for being delicious, HOLY CRAP, they really truly are. And remember I am a peanut butter snob!
As a savory-type of person, the two that have impressed me most are:
(Ingredients include: raw cashews, sprouted almonds, dry roasted peanuts, raw pecans and Himaylan sea salt).
(Ingredients include: Blanched almonds, dry roasted peanuts, organic paprika, organic garlic, organic thyme, organic mustard, organic black pepper, organic cayenne, Himalayan sea salt).
But if you’re into less savoury and more about sweet, there are plenty of others options, such as The Monkey King, which has chia seeds and bananas, and a new product called the Very Berry Nutista.
…at the very least, you’ll be supporting a small, local company.