To answer a reader’s recent question, I wanted to share some of my favorites in the natural peanut butter department.
My first pick would have to be Smucker’s, which was a staple in my house growing up. I always have opted for chunky over smooth, but that’s just my personal preference. As with all natural peanut butters, oil separation is normal and some stirring is required to blend the peanut butter to its ideal consistency.
These days, our new peanut butter brand of choice is Trader Joe’s. We enjoy it just as much if not more than Smucker’s AND it’s only $1.99! You can’t beat that, literally. I have yet to find an all natural peanut butter with a lower price tag.
If you’re looking for a natural peanut butter choice mainly for dessert purposes then I would strongly suggest trying Peanut Butter & Co. They have some really decadent options like Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful and The Bee’s Knees (yep, it’s pb + honey). These are ideal for adding to an ice cream sundaes, milkshakes (see recipe below) or just having on their own as a sweet and protein-rich treat!
A frequent reader, “All Natural Andy”, requested a sweet culinary delight that included the following: (a) natural peanut butter; (b) natural chocolate; and, (c) vanilla ice cream.
Here it is…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake (Serves 1):
- 1 cup organic milk
- 2 large scoops of all natural vanilla ice cream like Häagen-Dazs® (one of the richer natural options) or Ben & Jerry’s
- 2 tablespoons of all natural creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons all natural chocolate syrup like AH!LASKA Organic Chocolate Syrup
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- Blend it up