We are a big peanut butter family. From PB &Js to peanut butter on celery to ice cream sundaes, we all love some good old fashioned peanut butter. Years ago, I started buying only peanut butter with minimal ingredients. This is our go to brand:
Recently, I decided to try to expand that palates of my little people and set up a taste test with different nut butters.
We headed out to our local grocery store and bought a small sample of each of the following nut butters: peanut, almond and cashew. These nut butters were all freshly ground (the kids LOVED to operate the machine) and contained no additional ingredients.
For each nut butter, I asked my oldest three children to describe the taste and what they thought with taste best with each respective nut butter. Here’s their review.
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Ava: Tastes creamy with a bumpy texture. I think it would taste best on a sandwich.
Noah: Tastes like almonds! Best eaten with a string cheese.
Ben: Tastes like regular peanut butter. Let’s eat it with broccoli (we eat broccoli with a lot of things but almond butter is a new one!)
Fresh Thyme had two varieties of freshly ground peanut butter- honey roasted and traditional. Much to my children’s dismay, we chose the traditional ground peanut butter.
Ava: Sticky and soft. I think it would go well with apples.
Noah: Really thick. I would like to eat it with an apple.
Ben: Tastes like regular peanut butter. Let’s eat it with broccoli (Seeing a pattern here??)
I have been slowly incorporating more and more cashew butter into my meal plan. Due to a condition I have called Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, my doctors have recommended I follow a low fat diet. This includes all the healthy fats from nuts, avocados and oils. Cashews are one of the lowest fat nuts available.
Ava: This isn’t exactly butter. It’s too salty and pasty and wouldn’t taste good on anything!
Noah: Tastes like bread! I would like it on a banana.
Ben: Is this flour? I don’t want to eat this on anything.
Obviously, cashew butter was not a hit! I usually buy this brand from Kroger and the texture is much more palatable.
In the end, almond butter was the hands down favorite of all of my kiddos.
I encourage you to try it out with your kids. Set up a taste test of anything and I bet your kids will love to try new foods.
If you do, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me all about it!