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I’ve heard of numerous products that are so addictively delicious that they are jokingly referred to as “vegan crack.”  For me, vegan crack is Artisana’s Organic Raw Cashew Butter (and I mean that in the best possible way).  I didn’t even like cashews before I started eating this nut butter, but it is so rich and creamy that I’m hard-pressed to imagine a more fabulous product. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire jar of Artisana cashew butter by myself in a single day.  I have even sat down with a spoon and eaten an entire jar in a one sitting.  This isn’t a habit I would recommend though, since in addition to being rather expensive, eating an entire 16 oz. jar of cashew butter is also 2562 calories and 322% Percent Daily Value for fat . . . whoops!  Most of the time I like to have a spoonful as a snack, or mix some into a batch of raw banana ice cream for extra richness.
Although the cashew butter is my hands-down favorite, I often buy the other varieties as well.  Here’s a ranking I’ve compiled of Artisana’s nut butters, with the cashew butter as the front-runner by a mile:

  • Cashew Butter
  • Macadamia Cashew Butter
  • Pecan Butter
  • Walnut Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Tahini

The macadamia, pecan, and walnut butters also contain cashews to make them creamier, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed by all of them. I sometimes notice variations in taste or texture between different jars of the same flavor, but in a way I find it reassuring since it means that the products are definitely made from natural ingredients.  The coconut butter wasn’t as coconutty as I had expected, but as long as you remember to warm it up before using it, it can be very tasty as a snack or to use in raw desserts.  I was expecting to love the almond butter since almonds are my favorite nuts, but the jar I bought tasted completely rancid and I haven’t bought it again.  It’s also a bit difficult to include the tahini in my ranking, since eating tahini straight is pretty disgusting; but it has a nice, smooth consistency and would be great to use in raw recipes.
Otherwise, even though I have certainly preferred some flavors to others, I have always been very impressed by the high-quality of Artisana nut butters. The products are relatively expensive compared to regular peanut butter, but for organic, raw nut butters, the prices are on par with other brands. Artisana is a completely vegan company, and also offers a range of coconut butter-based products, my favorite of which is the Amazon Bliss.  If you’re on the market for some fabulous raw nut butters, I suggest trying Artisana’s products (especially their Organic Raw Cashew Butter), but you should be forewarned that there’s probably a good chance you’ll also end up becoming an addict!

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June 15, 2009. Uncategorized.

3 Comments

  1. Shelby replied:

    I didn’t get the cashew butter in my samples =(

    I may just have to order it myself!

  2. Kailey replied:

    i LOVE cashew butter!!
    is there a taste difference between raw and regular?

    • Vegan Sweet Tooth replied:

      I do think there’s a difference! I’ve only ever tried one brand of roasted cashew butter, but I think that raw cashew butter is incomparably more delicious!

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