Friday, November 19, 2010

Artisana: A Review

Breathe, Jessie, and readers too.

It’s finally Friday. It’s finally the weekend. I’m le tired. Aren’t you?

I would love to bake up a storm this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Until I do, there are a few things you should know.

The holidays began in September, but tonight marks the first holiday party I go to. I’m going to be festive and wear green and drink mulled wine. Sophisticated, no?

Harry Potter is out. I’m five years old again. And happy as a clam!

I found you more neat stuff to eat. And I keep finding more!

Todays post is all about Artisana, this awesome little company that makes all sorts of different spreads, mainly nut butters and coconut products.
Artisana is raw, which is definitely a buzz word these days, so I set out to see what their stuff was really all about. They sent me a sample of a bunch of their squeeze packs which had a ton of variety in flavors and was really fun to top my sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit... all the different tastes, oh-me-oh-my!
Now, let me tell you, if you love overly sweet peanut butters, this probably isn’t for you. When Artisana says raw, they mean it. If you read the ingredient list for the cashew butter you will find cashews only. Same goes for pecan, almond, macadamia, walnut, etc.
The little squeeze packets were perfect to stuff in my lunch bag before work... and you all know I work at 5 a.m., so convenience is key. See everywhere I took it?
No artificial ingredients. No hydrogenated oils. No worries. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me.
Now, how to describe the taste…
Have you ever had a pecan? That’s what the pecan butter tastes like.

Love almonds? That’s what the almond butter tastes like.

Need a cashew fix? That’s what the cashew butter tastes like.

Simple. Everything now-a-days is so overly processed... it's nice to taste things as they were meant to taste.
Now, I must say, Artisana gave samples of their coconut butter and their cacao bliss. I hate coconut. Or at least I used to. Well, THANK YOU Artisana, because you opened my eyes to how good coconut can actually taste. Of all the products, the Cacao Bliss tasted like a candy bar—you know, the one with the coconut on the inside. Oh, wait, except this has fiber and protein and iron. I’ll take it.
The almond and cashew butter were definitely my favorites. They went particularly well with honey and made one heck of a PB&J. The Tahini has that nutty hummus-y taste that would be good with some crudites... that's fancy for veggies, duh! The spreads were all subtle enough to go with savory or sweet food-- you take your pick.
So, who would I recommend Artisana to?

Loads of people. Raw food lovers, health nuts, people allergic to peanuts, people who love Mounds candy bars… the list goes on.

You can purchase Artisana online or at your local natural or organic market. And you should. Like I said, it's not too sweet, which makes it versatile. Load it on your pancakes, stuff it in your pita or squeeze it in your yogurt. It's a healthy on-the-go snack that you can feel good about eating...can't beat that!

Happy Friday!


Monet said...

I hope you enjoyed your party...the movie...and a day of relaxation. You deserve it! I love nut butters that are simply composed of nuts. These packets seem very convenient too! Thank you for sharing, dear. I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

thanks for sharing - looks yummy!

The cookin cutie said...

Those look yummy! Where can you buy them in the area? I love different types of nut butters and coconut anything!