Too Good for Jelly – A Taste Test with MaraNatha
Our little sister is severely allergic to peanut butter, and so we didn’t eat it growing up. Almond butter wasn’t as widely available, and even if it was, I’m sure that our parents were apprehensive to have us around any nuts. Fast forward 30 years and there are so many nut butters on the market. I love peanut butter, and when I know I am not going to see my sister, I’ll eat it and offer some to Milo. But, I also love how many other nut butters there are to enjoy since so many people are allergic and Milo’s daycare is even a peanut-free zone. I’ve tried many varieties over the years, and MaraNatha nut butters have always had the best taste and smoothest texture.
MaraNatha is actually one of America’s largest producers of natural and organic nut butters, so it’s very likely that you’re familiar with the brand as well. Born of the purest ingredients – meaning no trans fats, hydrogenated oils or preservatives – their nut butters are made of just the good stuff. All of the almonds are sourced from California, and are roasted in small batches for a distinct flavor.
Since we were already longtime fans of MaraNatha, you can imagine our excitement when the brand reached out to see if we wanted to collaborate to share their Too Good for Jelly campaign.
The campaign is very cute: essentially MaraNatha nut butters decide that they are better off alone. They are too good to be paired with jelly, and are best enjoyed alone or with other foods. To see which flavors we liked best, we did a taste test of six of their best-selling nut butters: No Stir Almond Butter, Organic Peanut Butter, Raw Almond Butter, No Added Sugar or Salt No Stir Almond Butter, Organic No Sugar or Salt Added Peanut Butter, and Banana Peanut Butter (their first flavored nut butter).
Milo is a very picky eater. He eats yogurt 90% of all meals because that’s the one thing he will happily finish. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but regardless I am always trying to introduce new foods and textures in hopes that one day he’ll have a more diverse palate.
Doing a taste test with a picky toddler is always an interesting activity. The awesome thing about nut butters is how much healthy fat they contain. I always add a tablespoon of almond butter to smoothies, or enjoy it on a piece of toast, with cut apples or bananas, or mixed into yogurt or melted into oatmeal. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy the flavor and nutritious content — the options are endless!
For Milo’s lunch (and our taste test), I cut an apple in thin strips and paired it with the No Stir Almond Butter. I also served him little star sandwiches on whole wheat bread with a generous spread of the Banana Peanut Butter, which is my absolute favorite — you could eat this with a spoon directly out of the jar.
He was a fan! I also think the cute little star shapes help. They’re fun, right? The No Stir Almond Butter is so smooth and you can taste all the roasted nutty goodness in every bite. All the nut butters spread super easily, too, which makes it much easier to eat. I think Milo and I both agreed that the Banana Peanut Butter was our top contender. I was actually hesitant when initially trying it since I thought it would be too sweet for my taste. BUT IT WAS AMAZING. Jelly is out, but banana and peanut butter are always a good pair. The combination of real bananas and the highest quality peanuts is just so good. I could put this on anything and everything, and simply eat it right out of the jar. This would be my vote for picky kids, especially if they like bananas.
The Organic Peanut Butter had a light roasted flavor and velvety texture. A touch of sea salt is added to enhance the flavor, and it’s the perfect ratio.
For the purist in us all, MaraNatha also makes a No Added Sugar or Salt No Stir Almond Butter and an Organic No Sugar or Salt Added Peanut Butter. I would spread this on a piece of celery, put it in the blender to make an acai bowl (I love adding peanut butter to acai), and how good would it be in a Thai peanut sauce?
I love shopping for MaraNatha at my local Whole Foods Market, but you can find the closest store to you here. In the end, our conclusion is that MaraNatha nut butters are in fact Too Good for Jelly. Sorry jelly, but we don’t want to hide any of that delicious nutty flavor.
This post is sponsored by MaraNatha, a brand of nut butters that we use regularly and love. Thanks as always for reading The Boston Day Book!