Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hazelnut Butter Spread

Sick and tired of peanut butter?  Why not try a different spread?  After going gluten-free I did enough research to figure out that there were more options to eat then just the typical options I was so used to.  When I was not gluten-free it was super easy to have whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.  Then I got the news and I was worried about finding options.

It wasn't until after 5 years of being diagnosed did I even embark on GF bread.  They all tasted funny, and heavy and grainy.  It was disgusting.  I had decided since I wasn't a huge bread eater that I didn't need to have it in my diet.

Then last year Katz sent me some of their breads and cookies to try and blog.  I said yes, but I had my doubts.  I thought it would NEVER taste like regular bread and it was probably going to be disgusting and I would have to blog nicely about something so gross.  Ah quite the contrary!  Katz opened my world to gf bread.  I was shocked when I received the fluffy, spongy and light GF breads.  I had gotten a multi grain version and challah.  They were FANTASTIC.  I remember standing in my kitchen thinking "here goes nothing" and taking a bite, only to find out that it was unreal in the best way possible.  I couldn't believe it!  And from then on, I invited certain brands of GF breads into my life like Canyon Bake House, Udi's, Rudi's and Katz.  These breads became a household staple in my freezer.

So every now and again I would have a peanut butter sandwich or an egg sandwich or just with a slab of butter.  That got old real fast.

I wanted other options so I went marketing and came back with Almond Butter, other various nut butters and apple butter.  Those were good too.

A few months ago I went to another health market and found Chocolate Hazelnut butter by Justin's.  These spreads are made by a company called Justin's Nut Butters.  I figured let me try it, could be good.  There were a few flavors and they came in these small packets.  Each spread was very rich and easy to spread, they tasted more like a dessert sandwich.  Tasty.  I then started making finger sandwhiches and started serving them at afternoon tea parties and gatherings.  What a hit!  These spreads come in small packets and/or jars and there are great flavors too!  Chocolate Hazelnut, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Peanut, Honey Almond, Honey Peanut, Classic Almond, Classic Peanut and Maple Almond.  Their nuts are the finest from California and they also use the finest chocolates.  There is only 80 calories per serving.  If you are looking for something a bit sweeter and more of a guilty pleasure try their Peanut Butter Cups

These spreads are gluten-free and dairy-free, however not nut-free.  These spreads are also all natural which makes this something you'd want to feed your household with.  They also have a great website and misson statement.  They believe in going green and giving back.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

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