So I know my last Fab Food Find was a peanut butter product, but I’m kind of obsessed with peanut butter. You all might just have to get used to it. And, on top of that, obsessed with finding peanut butter substitutions/alternatives that are tasty.
Because most peanut/nut butters are high in calories, fat and carbohydrates, I’m on the search for a butter that will leave me feeling satisfied and less guilty if I indulge more than the 2tbsp. serving size. Which often happens, yes.
When I do eat traditional peanut butter I eat organic and natural. And for many, traditional peanut butters are a great protein/fat source, but I’m simply curious on what else is out there that’s better for my particular dietary needs.
I was in Trader Joe’s recently and did my usual nut butter walk-by…aka stare longingly at their cookie butter and dreaming of it melting in my mouth.
PS: Here’s an extremely easy and fabulous Cookie Butter Dip recipe if you’re so inclined.
SNAP back to reality here and a different jar caught my attention. Better ‘n Peanut Butter.
2 tbsp has 100 calories, 2g fat and 13g. carb all while still maintaining 4g protein. Compare this to Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter with 210 calories, 16g fat, 6g carb and 7g protein.
Ingredients: PEANUTS (AS DEFATTED PEANUT FLOUR AND NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER), TAPIOCA SYRUP, PURE WATER, DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, RICE SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, SOY FLOUR, SALT, TAPIOCA STARCH, NATURAL FOOD FLAVORS, PAPRIKA & ANNATO, CALCIUM CARBONATE, LECITHIN, VITAMINS E & C (ANTIOXIDANTS).
Source: Better ‘n Peanut Butter
Nothing too weird ingredient-wise, although Paprika does seem very odd. I promise it doesn’t taste like Paprika!
All right, I took it to the check out ready to purchase. I asked the cashier if he’s ever tried it and he said he actually loves this peanut butter. He said if I didn’t like it I can return it … no questions. And, in the future, if I want to know how a product tastes before purchasing, I can bring it to the back of the store and have them open it and let me taste it. Love Trader Joe’s.
The taste test? Quite delicious. I bought the Low Sodium jar as it was all my store had in stock. It’s actually really good, and I even tasted it by the spoonful and liked it alone. I use this product as my standard peanut butter choice now and go through about a jar a week. I love it with bananas, apples, in peanut butter and jelly wraps/quesadillas/sandwiches. I’ve yet to try it in a recipe or shake yet, but I have no doubt it will provide a good peanut butter flavor.
This product actually reminds me of pre-mixed PB2, which is great because I genuinely am too lazy sometimes to want to mix PB2 to the perfect consistency. I think it tastes better than PB2. More real tasting. The consistency, however, is much sticker than traditional peanut butter. Keep that in mind as it can be hard to spread on bread sometimes.
I really recommend trying this peanut butter out for a low fat/calorie traditional peanut butter alternative. I hope you’ll be hooked just like me.
Better ‘n Peanut Butter also comes in several other flavors:
Chocolate (tempted to try)
Banana (since I usually eat bananas with my peanut butter, may be banana-overload. If that’s possible, of course)
Hot Pepper (sounds ew… I will not be reviewing)
I’m curious to try Chocolate and Maple Bacon, although I probably can’t for #vegetarianreasons. Jut kidding with that hashtag, I’m not that #pretentious … or am I?
According to their site, Better ‘n Peanut Butter is also available in Target and Rite Aid locations, so if you don’t have a Trader Joes you can check there, or buy online.
Please note: I am in no way affiliated with Trader Joe’s or Better ‘n Peanut Butter. All opinions in this post are my own.