Most healthy eaters include natural and organic nut butters in their diet, even though they can be calorically dangerous. Why? Peanuts, almonds, and other nuts provide lots of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
But what if your morning spread on sprouted toast could yield even more nutritional benefits—and flavor?
Enter the next generation of nut butters, which experiment with interesting, culinary nut blends, add superfoods to the jar, and enhance flavor without resorting to unhealthy additives like corn syrup.
Here are three new-era nut butters (all made by inspiring entrepreneurs) to dip your spoon into now… —Lisa Elaine Held
Founder Mark Overbay discovered the incredible flavors of handcrafted nut butters as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe, and decided to try to whip them up back home in North Carolina. His creations (he literally hand makes each jar) combine peanuts with almonds, cashews, or pecans, and then add a touch of sea salt and local wildflower honey. The result is an all-natural culinary product that tastes utterly amazing. Bonus: Big Spoon’s Chai Spice Nut Butter (not pictured), which adds spices like blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon and digestion-friendly ginger to a peanut-almond blend.
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Creating a better energy bar was the original inspiration for the founding this New York City company, and when husband-wife athlete power couple Catherine and Jason Walsh discovered chia seeds, they knew they had their star ingredient. They first created raw, vegan Chia Charger bites meant to power workouts, and later they expanded the line to include chia-laced peanut butters, which come in three flavors—classic, coffee, and chocolate—and with a hearty spoonful of omega-3s, protein, and antioxidants. The products are non-GMO verified, but not organic.
When Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi adopted children from the Ukraine who were in need of a nutritional boost, she started blending nut butters and superfoods together in attempts to create something that would help and that they’d gobble up. It worked so well that she turned her creations into NuttZo, a line of USDA-certified-organic butters that combine pretty much every nut you can crack (peanuts, cashews, almonds, brazil, hazelnuts!), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and chia), and sea salt. NuttZo comes in crunchy, creamy, chocolate, and peanut-free (for the allergy-prone) variations—and, in case you hadn’t noticed, upside down labels.