Nut Butter Mania

What is this?

A box filled with Artisana goodies…

FOR ME?

Yes, friends, you read that right: I was privileged enough to a receive a box of wonderful raw butters from the Artisana company. To say that I was excited when the package came would be a gross understatement.

Along with the copious amounts of nut butters they sent (I’m talkin’ two packets EACH of cashew, almond, walnut, pecan, cashini and macadamia butter, plus an 8oz jar of raw almond butter), I received some awesome coconut-based packs.

Two packs each of coconut oil, Cacao Bliss (<3), tahini and coconut butter (<3 x 10) They were also incredibly generous and gave me an additional 8oz jar of coconut butter. Wow, wow, wow. You guys are amazing, thank you!!

As off-the-wall elated as I was, the addition of this box posed a new problem: an overwhelming abundance of nut butters.

Um, yeah. The above picture shows you all the jars of nut butter that currently live in my house. Since taking this picture I’ve finished the yellow-topped PB to the left and the top Kirkland jar (both were nearly empty) but still–this is ridiculous.

Ridiculous in the best way possible, of course.

I told you a while back about my love of peanut butter, but I think my most favorite nut butter out of all these jars is the one and only Nuttzo PF. Oh my gooooosh. Have you ever tried this stuff? My advice to you is DON’T. You will become addicted, and then you will be forced to shell out $20 for a little 160z jar in order to feed your obsession.

However, if you choose to disregard my advice and enslave yourself to the mother of all things nutty, my recommendation is that you make your purchase(s) here or here. The first option saves you over $12 and you get to try both kinds, but I’ve only tried PF so it’s the only one I can truly recommend in the second option, my shop. (Yes, I finally opened an Open Sky shop! More on that in another post.)

Nuttzo PF, I love you. A homemade version must be created soon, because I simply cannot afford your deliciousness.

So, what is one to do with these ever-increasing jars of nut butter? Make Peanut Butter Cookie ice cream, of course!

It looks so appealing, I know.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy milk of choice (or water if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • Sweetener
  • Pinch of guar gum (about 1/4 tsp?)

*I didn’t use the vanilla extract because for my sweetener I used about 6 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops.

Directions:

Before opening, shake the can of coconut milk to make sure the fat is evenly distributed. Pour the coconut milk into an ice cube tray (or two, if needed) and freeze till solid, preferably overnight.

In the morning (or whenever you make the ice cream), empty the frozen coconut milk cubes into a high-speed blender such as a Vita-Mix or Blend-Tec. Add 1/2 tbsp of the non-dairy milk and blend, carefully using more (or less) milk as you need it. At this point the mixture in the blender should be the consistency of soft-serve.

Give the ice cream a good stir, then add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and sweetener. Blend it together, then while the blender is running pinch in the guar gum. It’s important to add this while the blender is going or else you may have guar clumps in your ice cream. Ick.

Taste test your ice cream and make sure it’s to your liking, then either devour it on the spot or put it in the freezer to harden for a few hours!

I did a little of both. 🙂

Ahh, I seriously love this ice cream! It tastes JUST like peanut butter cookie dough and I am so happy with it. I just made up the recipe as I went and I loved the results. This would be fabulous with some peanut butter cookie bites stirred in. Chocolate chips would be awesome, too. 🙂

I chose to cook up some oats, blend them with cocoa powder and tofu (a la Katie’s blended pudding–check out her Larabar giveaway!) and top the oats with my new ice cream. Yum in a bowl.

But wait, what does one do when these ever-increasing jars of nut butter start to decrease?

Make OIAJ, of course!

OIAJ with the rest of the Kirkland PB jar. Yum.

Dark chocolate oats in the rest of my coconut butter jar. Yes, I have already finished the jar Artisana sent. Don’t judge. It’s been over two weeks. 🙂

Topped with ‘nibs and coconut.

And a twist! SPIAJ: Sweet Potato In a Jar.

1/2 steamed sweet potato, cinnamon, a bit of PB Cookie ice cream and cacao nibs in my jar.

Yum.

Huh, well this hasn’t been a monstrous post at all. Just kidding, it definitely has been. Thanks for reading all the way through. 🙂

Question of the Day: NUT BUTTER. What is your favorite kind and your favorite way to use it? Any awesome OIAJ combos lately? Have you ever tried Nuttzo or Nuttzo PF?

Thanks for reading!


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22 responses to “Nut Butter Mania

  1. O my gosh! NUT BUTTER! I love the stuff! I have to be very careful about it, too. I limit myself to just 2 T. a day.

    The other day I made homemade walnut-pecan butter. It was delicious. I’ve also been wanting to make cashew butter, I love cashews!

  2. I haven’t tried Nutzo. In fact, I didn’t even know about it until you left your comment on my blog today. It sounds delicious!! But I don’t know that I’ve ever met a nut butter I didn’t like… 😉

  3. I’m sure every other blogger can agree with you on the fact that nut butter = love! I definitely do anyway. My favorites are Trader Joe’s organic smooth, Maranatha dark chocolate almond butter, Sunbutter…. and kinda all of the other ones too…!

    And thank you for the sweet comments you left me! I think we definitely should be friends. I’m excited 🙂

  4. Kels, how the heck do you manage to score all the best stuff!!!! and even better, all the amazing recipes you come up with. i love your creativity. my oh my artisana sure knows how to hook a girl up 😉

    xoxo ❤

  5. spoonfulofsugarfree

    AWESOME!!!! I won a giveaway of artisana nutbutters, so I will be getting a package like that soon, too! So Exciting 😛

    And that ice cream looks amazing! I love peanut butter, seriously I HAVE to eat it every day or else I go into peanut-butter withdrawal….But anyways, I have that same peanut butter and almond butter that you do (from kirkland)! It’s the bestest and cheapest! So creamy-I just love costco

  6. I really want to try Nuttzo, but right now my bank account is meager. =P Sometime soon I hope to taste it!

    I love oats in a jar, but I HATE waiting for them to get empty. 😦 Your sweet potato concoction sounds good!

  7. SO JEALOUS! Nuttzo and coconut butter are at the top of my list of things to try. Right now I’m loving Naturally More pb though!

  8. The ice cream recipe is great, will have to try with Barney Butter, my fave nut butter.

  9. Never heard of Nutzo….. I don’t even know if they carry it around here anyway. But when I saw that box og goodies I was ready to smash the computer screen! I AM SO JEALOUS. Their tahini is amazing and the coconut butter? I bought it only four days ago and a sizable portion of the jar is already gone 🙂 I am DYING to try their other stuff but my bank account needs to build itself up after buying my laptop (that I want to smash, btw).

    Anywho, my current fave butter is coconut, but I also love peanut butter, especially the two combined. YUM!

    VEGirl

  10. Oh I love Artisana! ❤ And peanut butter ice cream 🙂 Can never have too much variety of nut butters. Never never 🙂

  11. Woah, LOOK AT ALL THOSE NUT BUTTERS! We are beyond jealous. lol. I think we are gonna have to try that Peanut Butter cookie icecream. 🙂

  12. Oh wow, that is a lot of nut butter!

    I’m still a fan of the classic peanut butter of my childhood. Mixed into oatmeal, PB & fluff sandwiches, or even just a spoonful are my favorites.

    I haven’t tried nuttzo yet, but it’s on my list!

  13. Almond butter is my all-time favourite (especially mixed with a bit of maple syrup) but I’m with you on the Artisana coconut, sadly, as it’s hard to come by in England – I tried hiding it from myself but it really didn’t work 🙂

  14. Omg – your must be in nut butter heaven! I don’t think I’ve met a person who doesn’t like nut butter. My favorite nut butter is Whole Foods Brand Almond Butter with Skippy Natural PB in a close second. 🙂

  15. oh my gosh! i envy you! those nut butters look amazing ive alays made my own coconut butter but i still wanna try that brand, heard it was amazing! havent read your blog in a while, ive missed it! 🙂 yum peanut butter icecream! i love coconut milk with anything ill definatly have to try out that recipes. cant go wrong with over night oats there always amazing! enjoy those n.b’s have a great weekend ❤
    Ashley

  16. that’s quite a stock-pile of nut butters!!! i think i may raid your cabnits! lol kidding. but i tried that coconut butter…OMG..it’s like SOO amazing. ..it’s gotta be one of the best things ever. except i’m very sparing with mine!!! lol..my mom tries to get into it..i’m like NOOOO…and that ice cream looks soo good!!! mm..peanut butter + ice cream= genious!

  17. I really need to get with the program and buy some coconut butter!

  18. thehealthyreminder

    Hey! I love reading your blog! It’s totally inspirational. I just started my own! I’m going to add you to my blogroll if you don’t mind.
    Keep it up! 😀
    -Lainie

  19. Wow! That package from Artisana looks awesome!! You’re ice cream looks delicious!
    As for my favorite nut-butter, that’s a difficult question. Strangely, I”m not that big of a peanut butter fan and because of that I lived many years of my life nut-butter less. Sad huh? haha. As for now, I love almond, cashew and coconut butter…can’t pick a favorite! By the way I tried your ultimate salad dressing using the coconut butter. Oh my goodness so delicious! Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  20. Hi girl! I just found your blog! I love it. I have so many food allergies and I love that all your recipes are preservative free and all natural ingredients, as I cannot eat anything artificial! I am really looking foward to reading!

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