When you think of a great meal that packs plenty of protein, nutrients, and flavor, you probably don’t automatically think of a peanut butter sandwich. I’m also willing to bet you definitely don’t think of an almond butter sandwich. Or a sunflower seed butter sandwich.
But, my friends, perhaps you should. Nut butters (or seed butters, in that last case) have as much as seven grams of protein in a single two tablespoon serving and they deliver healthy doses of vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, and vitamin E. Also, there’s something to be said for a sandwich that you can prepare in about thirty seconds using nothing more than a nut butter, two pieces of bread, and a knife.
Now, I hear what you’re saying, “Peanut butter is boring! I demand more panache from my luncheons!” First of all, your word choice in that second sentence is charming; it’s almost like something I’d say myself. Secondly, if you think peanut butter and all of its other nut butter friends are boring, then you, my friend, have been eating the wrong butters.
Near Perfect Peanut Butter
Alright, a quick word of warning on this one: this company should probably change its official name to Crazy Oily Richard’s Peanut Butter Co., because this is hands down the oiliest peanut butter I have ever eaten. It also happens to be just about the tastiest I’ve tried, so all the stirring and mixing and inevitable peanut butter oil drips are worth it. Crazy Richard’s is made with 100 percent American-grown peanuts and nothing else. No sugars, no salt, no anything except peanuts. Once blended, it spreads on smooth and it also makes a great soy peanut sauce when simmered with soy sauce, wine, minced garlic, and water. And here’s a pro tip for dealing with this and any other oily nut butter: store the jar upside down so the mass of the butter can settle slowly, with the oil rising upward (you can assume it was stored upright on a store or warehouse shelf) and then flip the jar over shortly before you’re going to open it.
Almond Butter for All
Say, do you like things that taste great? And do you like a healthy dose of protein along with that taste? And are you generally in favor of avoiding peanut allergy issues? Then you need to try Barney Butter. This rich, creamy butter comes in flavors ranging from Chocolate, to Vanilla + Espresso, to Honey + Flax, and it comes in smooth and crunchy options. Almond butter makes a fine stand-in for peanut butter as needed, but its flavor also merits enjoyment in its own right — especially the chocolate variety, which will scratch your itch for nourishment and something sweet at the same time.
Clean Eating Cashews
If you’re into raw and organic foods that actually taste good, you’re going to be into Thrive Market Organic Raw Cashew Butter. As the name makes pretty clear, this stuff is certified organic and is made using entirely unprocessed cashews. Well, unprocessed beyond the process of pulverizing the nuts down into a thick, creamy goo. Their cashew butter tastes great and offers six grams of protein per serving along with a solid dose of iron. Yes, said serving also delivers almost 20 percent of your daily recommended fat intake, but you can balance things out with a salad later.
Seed and Nut Butter Blends
If you like cashew and almond butter, you’ll probably like an almond/cashew butter blend, no? Why stop there, though? The guys from Nutzo certainly didn’t. They went right on adding ingredients and ended up with a butter that uses cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds. For those of you counting at home, that’s severn different seeds and nuts total. It’s a veritable United Butters of Benetton and probably why they call this unique, flavorful, and filling spread the 7 Nut & Seed Butter.
Allergy Sufferers, Chow Down!
I first learned about SunButter when my son began attending a preschool with a strict peanut-free policy. And I’m glad I did, because, while this sunflower seed spread will never supplant peanut butter’s place in my heart, it’s quite tasty and a great product to have on hand when allergies are (or may be) an issue. In fact, beyond being peanut-free, SunButter is free of the top eight most-common food allergens, including any tree nuts, milk, soy, and so forth. Enjoy this stuff just like you would with traditional peanut butter — it makes a find substitute on sandwiches, in sauces, for desserts, and beyond.