If you ask any of my family and friends what my favourite food is, they'd say peanut butter. That's because I'm known as a peanut butter addict.
Truth be known, I don't know if I could pick one favourite food - I love bananas, peanut butter, apples, oatmeal and carrots - they're my main squeezes, so to speak :P
But it's not just peanut butter that I love, I'm a nut butter addict in general. There are quite a lot of staple nut butters (and other butters) I have in my house at all times - peanut butter (in at least 3 different varieties), almond butter, sunflower butter, nutella and coconut butter.
I put nut butter on everything I can - muffins, cereal, oatmeal, overnight oats, muffin messes, sweet potatoes (almond butter and cottage cheese are my favourite sweet tater toppings! - my family thinks this is disgusting).
If I put nut butter on anything, I will always leave a big dollop for the last bite. This means when I top my breakfasts with it, I always leave some in the side dish I melted it in for the last bite.
My current peanut butter collection includes (clock wise from the top left):
Sanitarium Natural Peanut Butter- I always change between the crunchy and smooth with this PB, at the moment it's smooth. It only has 1 ingredient, 100% peanuts and is super drippy and delicious. This is a great PB to use in recipes because you don't need to melt it.
Kraft Crunchy Peanut Butter- My childhood favourite PB still has a large place in my heart. I don't care if it has added oils or sugars, it tastes delicious! It's more solid than the natural PB so when drizzling it over something I melt it for about 40 seconds first to get it drizzle-worthy.
Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter - I bought this off iHerb and was actually surprised to find I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The jar has had a far longer life span than most in my presence as I don't use it alot, but I do like it as a faux-frosting on muffins.
Earth Balance Crunchy Peanut Butter - This peanut butter is one of my iHerb staples. This is my favourite PB for Sandwiches and I am desperate to get my hands on the new crunchy coconut peanut butter as they didn't have it in Louisiana. This PB also has flaxseeds, giving you an omega-3 boost!
White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter - another iHerb buy. I like this one better than the dark chocolate dreams but as it's a really sweet PB I don't use it as much as the others. It also makes a great faux-frosting and is perfect when added to baked goods or not-so-sweet breakfasts. I love how it tastes frozen and will often freeze some to eat on it's own or spread it onto a banana and freeze it for a treat later on.
Coconut Butter is another one of my favourite spreads. At the moment I have a full collection of Cacao and Cashew, Coconut Cashew, Vanilla Coconut and Chocolate Coconut Butters - though plain coconut butter and vanilla coconut butter are my hands down favourites. I love drizzling a bit over cereal, oatmeal or other breakfasts and they're great in sweet recipes too!
One of my favourite things to do with coconut butter is to get a medjool date, split it down the middle and take the pit out and then spread some coconut butter inside - pop it in the freezer for ~10 minutes and let the coconut butter harden and you have a delicious healthy candy-like treat! Yum! :)
Currently both vanilla and plain coconut butters are on my to buy list as the jars are empty!
I'm not only partial to peanut butter, other butters get loving too!
I have always been a fan of Nutella every now and again and things haven't changed! Nutella also makes a great faux-frosting and is a delicious treat to have on a sandwich or on top of oatmeal, cereal or other breakfasts. I love nutella and bananas together and one of my favourite nutella combinations is a little odd but so delicious - nutella and plain goats cheese. It sounds disgusting but it works, trust me!
Whilst in Louisiana I spotted Crunchy Hazelnut Spread from Kroger and of course I had to buy it! I'm a crunchy nut butter girl so this is heaaaaaaaaaaaven!
Almond Butter is my second favourite to peanut butter and jars suddenly drain all the time - not sure what happens there? I love almond butter on almost everything - carrots, apples, bananas, oatmeal, cereal, overnight oats, muffins bowls, sweet potatoes, sandwiches you name it! The one I currently buy from Woolworths under their Macro brand is made with 100% almonds and is delicious!
Sunflower Seed Butter (Eskal call it Free Nut Butter) is also another butter I keep in my house. I love dates with sunflower butter and it's great on sandwiches. I wish I could find an unsweetened version, though! Sunflower butter is another thing that tastes amazing on sweet potatoes and before I realised soy was a major problem for me, I used to love mixing a little sunflower butter and soy sauce for a stir fry sauce - delicious!
So tell me, are you a nut butter fan?