You all know that i’m pretty obsessed with peanut butter as I eat at least 2 tbsp. per day, yeah it’s an addiction. Today I stumbled across a great find at my grocery store, Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread, and I got creamy and crunchy, I am pretty excited to share these wonderful finds with you guys.
PRICE: First off, this peanut butter was not very expensive at all, the price is pretty much identical to Smucker’s All Natural peanut butter, which is great because other gourmet peanut butters can reach up to $8-9 per jar!
INGREDIENTS: I am pretty impressed with the ingredients, not many plus it’s Non-GMO, Vegan, and gluten-free. The first ingredient is peanuts, which is good because it’s called PEANUT butter! Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is second, hence the flavor of this nut butter is called Peanut-Coconut spread. It also lists agave nectar as the third ingredient, which is a better option rather than sugar to sweeten this spread, also there is probably not much of it since there is only 2 grams of sugar per serving. The last ingredient is Palm fruit oil, which I’m guessing lends to the texture and salt. So not bad for a grommet nut butter!
NUTRITION FACTS: The nutrition facts are identical for both creamy and crunchy. The serving size is the same as Regular PB, a pretty hefty 2 tbsp. Cals are around the same as PB. Fat is high, like regular PB, but good fats coming from the nuts and coconut oil. Sodium is pretty low. Total carbs isn’t bad, only 2 grams of sugar per serving which isn’t bad considering there is a little bit of natural sweetener in it.
CONSISTENCY: Both Creamy and Crunchyy have a thick and creamy consistency, but obviously crunchy has chunks of peanut in it. It’s very easy to spread and is not runny at all. I defiantly think that coconut oil lends to the somewhat “firm” and smooth texture of this nut butter. The texture of these nut butters are similar to that of JIF peanut butter, minus the hydrogenated oils. I used to have JIF all the time until I looked at the ingredients, so anyone who has hesitated trying all-natural peanut-butter, will defiantly love this!
TASTE: I’m in love with this peanut butter! It has a great peanut flavor with a hint of coconut, which I love, from the coconut oil. I like that it is slightly sweet, but not overly sweet which lets the peanut and coconut flavor shine.This is defiantly the best gourmet nut butter that i’ve tasted, plus I love that it is all natural and made with ingredients to help fuel your body, no chemicals or additaves.
I am in LOVE with this product, you can use it instead of peanut butter in pretty much any thing, yogurt, toast, smoothies, ice cream, you name it, and it will taste amazing. Like today, instead of having my natural PB in my greek yogurt, i replace it with some of this for a little hint of coconut to change up my morning breakfast. Or you can use it in one of my many recipes that include Peanut Butter! Enjoy!
Try it in our Peanut Butter Banana French Toast Roll-ups!