Let me begin this post by saying that I’m really not all that much of a peanut butter fan. Occasionally, a PB&J will find its way to my plate; but only rarely – and generally when my kitchen appears to be inhabited by Old Mother Hubbard….remember her?
It took me by surprise, therefore, when I discovered Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flax seeds. I bought it because I was working on incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids into my diet. Salmon and tuna are great options; but even the most inventive cook tires of eating the same thing all the time. Supplements weren’t a choice first, because I hate swallowing all the giant pills and second, because I’m a firm believer in trying to get sufficient nutrients from food, not supplements….oh yeah, and did I mention I hate swallowing pills? ;-)
I’ve become such a fan of this creamy, crunchy, salty, sweet combo I wanted to share it with you. Like all natural nut butters Trader Joe’s needs to be stored in the refrigerator after opening and must be stirred before use to redistribute the oils – a small price to pay. The flavor is like that of real, slightly salty almonds. There’s a hint of sweetness; but nothing compared to some of the most popular grocery store brands of peanut butter. From a texture standpoint, this stuff can’t be beat. The almond pieces and roasted flax seeds crunch and pop in your mouth as you eat….a perfect contrast to whole grain bread and banana slices….yum!
Like all nut-based products, be aware of the calories and fat…i.e. don’t go dipping your chocolate bar in this stuff for a snack or tossing it, willy-nilly, into everything you eat. I think as a whole, though, the nutritional benefits are well worth it when you consider there are 4g of fiber, only 1g of sugar, and zero trans-fats in a serving.
I hope you try it and love it just as much!
Perfect Uses for Trader Joe’s Almond Butter
Swirl a tablespoon into your morning oatmeal
Top your favorite whole-grain toast
Use in your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe
Try it in place of peanut butter in your satay or cold noodle dishes
Sneak a tablespoon when you need a quick pick-me-up!