A Review of Artisana's Products

Happy Saturday everyone! The other day I briefly mentioned that I had an upcoming post on Artisana's products. April 10-2013 (1 of 1)-155

So what do we have here?  Well, our kind of friends from Artisana have given me the honor to review their products and boy oh boy, was I excited when I received their sample package from the UPS guy! (I think it was UPS? That’s besides the point though).

You’ve probably seen these cute jars and little packets floating around the blog world.  They’re also offered in stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and perhaps even in regular grocery chains.  Just like many of you, I love to try out new food products that contain wholesome ingredients, especially if that means indulging in a new nut/seed butter, or its distant cousin called coconut butter. I've already fallen in love with Artisana’s coconut butter a very long time ago and have been buying it since then. However, I haven't delved into their other wonderful stuff up until recently and I’ll do my best to give you an honest review on these goodies! Smile

So let's take a crack at this, Shall we?

Out of all the ones that I sampled my favorites are Cacao Bliss, cashew butter, and almond butter in that very same order.

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The cacao bliss obviously speaks for itself!  I mean, the fact that it's coconut butter with scrumptious chocolate mixed in indicates that it's already a winner in my book!

In addition to the great blend of the two flavors, I loved the fact that when at room temperature the texture is ultra velvety and melty.  I think it makes the perfect oatmeal topping when it’s a cool morning in this fall weather.  And what I think would be even better is this blissful stuff drizzled on overnight oats, then let it sit for a minute or two so that it becomes a crunchy shell of coconutty goodness!  Oh man, my mouth waters just thinking about it.

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Next up is cashew butter…This one was so amazing and full of creamy sweetness, as cashews are already naturally sweet and easy to grind up.  I highly recommend their cashew butter because of its wonderful taste and ease of spread on soft bread.

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Now, the almond butter was delicious but I do have one little hang up about that one.  I loved its fresh nutty flavor and all, but since it’s ground up in its raw form, it has a very chunky texture.  And this brings me to my next point…I’m usually all about crunchy and chunky when it comes to foods like these, but the other butters like pecan and walnut have the perfect texture when it’s inside the packet.  On the contrary, when they come in these little jars they’re quite difficult to mix and thus, they make for an extremely chunky butter.

I’m sure some people would appreciate that over ultra creamy texture, but I like it to be somewhere in the middle—just a good amount of crunch goes a long way in my opinion.

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As for the Superfood variety, I honestly wasn’t a big fan of them.  Sad smile  I really tried to like them, and as you all know me I’m not exactly a picky eater so I was rather surprised.  Perhaps you’ll enjoy them more than I did, but overall I felt like they had a taste that’s slightly artificial and a strange (ocean-y?) smell to them.  I know we can’t all like everything we try, right?

So luckily, I loved the other products and would definitely recommend them to you guys!

My Eats

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Super voluminous and fluffy apple cinnamon oats, with some PB, greek yogurt, and cinnamon chips.

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I promise there are waffles underneath!

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This was today’s breakfast.  You can tell I love breakfast, can’t you?  I layered some chocolate protein overnight oats with greek yogurt, strawberries, and banana slices.  It was so good and I can’t wait to have it tomorrow, hehe.

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Lunch has been similar to this on most days.  I’ve been eating Korean seaweed soup everyday for lunch because it’s known to keep up milk supply.  Even though milk supply has never been an issue for me, lately it has decreased significantly due to some pills I’m taking.  Fortunately I always have the right amount for Selah when she nurses, but I don’t have extra milk to pump out for when we go out to crowded places.  You see, I don’t feel that comfortable breastfeeding when there are people running around everywhere.

So far oatmeal and seaweed have been good to me, and hopefully it will do the trick for the long haul! Open-mouthed smile

Have a blessed weekend and talk to you soon.

Do you prefer your nut butters to be chunky, crunchy, or creamy?  Do you have a unique way of eating it?

Do you actually NOT care for nut butters? 

Love,

Ellie <33