Many of us are regular friends of a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I’m always looking for ways to “healthify” my snacks, so find that using fresh produce rather than bread or crackers as a base adds a crunch, sweetness and moisture that compliments the sticky, hearty nut butter… and it’s so much healthier!
Peanut butter is still one of my favorite flavors; however, I try to mix in other nuts to get a variety of nutrients in my diet. There has also been some concern about whether or not peanuts in large quantities were potentially detrimental to our health. It was due to a mold that grows on peanuts that produces a carcinogenic toxin called Aflatoxin. Thanks to this article by Dr. Andrew Weil; however, my conscience rests happily on my decision to enjoy my good ol’ peanut butter when I so desire.
I enjoy Almond Butter on: baby carrots, sugar snap peas, apple slices, celery (kinda wants something sweet too though—raisins make the classic “ants on a log”)
Have you heard of Coconut Butter? It’s expensive, but such a delicious treat! Artisana makes a raw coconut butter, which I’ve had and is delicious. Nutiva also makes one called Coconut Manna that is slightly less expensive. I have heard that it is also tasty, but I have yet to try it. Both need to be gently heated in their jars to be spreadable, but once soft, try spreading it on apple slices. Pink Ladies are my favorite.
There are so many other delicious nut butters out there and as a treat, some are even mixed with chocolate. I have some nut allergies, so haven’t tried them all. For regular consumption, just beware of any added sugar and hydrogenated fats, in fact, I would even advise to avoid the “no stir” variety that has the palm oil added (which is non-hydrogenated fat, but still… I believe it is better to consume the whole food rather than a more processed one). Stirring the nut butter can be a nuisance but I use the handle of a long wooden spoon to get down to the bottom really well, do a good job when I first open it and then store it in the fridge to keep it from separating again.