I LOVE peanut butter. Maybe it’s genetic. Or maybe it’s that peanut butter is amazing. Probably both. I might be addicted.
My Friend Peanut Butter
Over the past few years, I have become more conscious of the ingredient lists of products I buy at the store. I stated to take note that sugar and its companions were in a lot of the things I was buying, including peanut butter. Even some organic peanut butter.
I wasn’t all that upset over it. I considered peanut butter to be something of a treat and made the deal with myself that I would make an exception for this small joy.
Each day when I would make my yummy peanut butter banana smoothie, or take a spoon from the silverware drawer to transport a heaping scoop of peanut buttery goodness directly to my mouth, I thought: yeah, there’s some sugar in there, but it is so worth it!
I thought about it some more, and started considering that perhaps it really wasn’t all that worth it. After carefully comparing peanut butter jar labels, I made a new deal that I would give the kind of peanut butter that comes with a thick layer of oil on top and has to be refrigerated a try.
The Peanut Butter Dilemma
The refrigerator peanut butter worked fine for my smoothies, as I figured it would. I already added stevia to my smoothies, so there was no need for extra sweetness. It was those times that I wanted to eat a scoop straight from the jar, or spread a bit on a piece of toast that the experience was pretty much ruined.
It’s a lot of work to get that oil to integrate back with the rest of the peanut butter, not to mention the high potential for a small mess. And then there is the hardness of something that is supposed to be creamy. And the coldness of something that is supposed to be room temperature.
I went back and forth. I would resolve to buy the unpleasant experience peanut butter for my health, but then would go back to the creamy, sugary kind because I couldn’t deal with the mess or the less than awesome peanut butter experience.
And then. I found this product at Whole Foods: organic, unsweetened, CREAMY peanut butter!
- dry roasted organic peanuts
- organic expeller pressed palm oil (minimally processed palm oil)
- sea salt
Is Sugar a Necessary Ingredient of Peanut Butter?
I did a search on what I would consider to be two of the biggest peanut butter brands in America: Jif & Peter Pan.
MADE FROM ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT.
“Peter Pan peanut butter complies with U.S. Standards of Identity for peanut butter by containing more than 90 percent select roasted peanuts. It also contains extremely small amounts of vegetable oil stabilizers, which improve smoothness and prevent the natural peanut oils from separating from the product and rising to the top of the jar. To enhance the flavor, Peter Pan peanut butter also contains sugar and salt.”
I was raised on Peter Pan peanut butter. Who wasn’t? We didn’t know back then that food could have less ingredients and still taste good and even better without adding all that extra, unnecessary stuff. Perhaps the options were available, but I wasn’t aware at the time.
I am aware now that this is the BEST peanut butter for me to buy. For the ingredients, the taste, and the experience.
I honestly don’t miss the sugar or anything else. It tastes great to me, and you know I eat it by the spoonful!
Where To Get the Best Creamy Peanut Butter
I have only found a peanut butter with this minimal list of ingredients that is still creamy at Whole Foods (365 Everyday Value is a Whole Foods brand). I checked online and on Amazon, and I can’t find it for a reasonable price. You can get it on Amazon, but it is ridiculously marked up.
I am lucky to live about 30 minutes from Whole Foods. Even though I may not make it out there every week, I have come to understand that I NEED to keep this peanut butter on hand. For my sanity.
So I usually buy a few jars when I go to make sure I have enough to get me through a few weeks. Believe it or not, it does go on sale from time to time. When it does, I definitely buy in bulk to get it at a little lower price.
If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, consider finding where the closest one is next time you travel. I love going to Whole Foods when I travel to get a few items for my stay. You might consider leaving a bit of space in your suitcase to stock up on peanut butter next time!
I am seriously considering bringing a jar of my peanut butter in my suitcase next time I travel. It is such a daily staple of my personal food happiness that it is hard to go without.
Ok, so now you know about my obsession with peanut butter.