I.love.peanut butter. I like other nut butters, too, all of which are generally more healthy than peanut butter. Peanuts are not really nuts anyway. They are legumes. Nonetheless, my love remains.
A few years ago we switched from the mainstream peanut butters to the natural ones that are without hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. First we switched to one that still had sugar in it, and then we switched to one with only peanuts and salt. Sometimes we find peanut butter that only contains peanuts. Gasp! Now I cannot go back to the mainstream brands. They just are no good to me anymore. We usually get the store brand natural version, and when I can I get the organic (which is always even better!).
I use peanut butter on sandwiches, of course, but it is good for so much more than that. I also love to add peanut butter to our smoothies, cookies, yogurt, and even ice cream. I enjoy peanut butter on fruit, crackers, and even by the spoon. I cook with it from time to time. Did I mention I love peanut butter?
Well, my life recently got even more exciting because I discovered a new (to me) brand of peanut butter! When glancing at the top shelf of my store's peanut butter section, what did I see? Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful... That's right. Dark chocolate peanut butter and white chocolate peanut butter are made by a company called Peanut Butter & Co. They are a company with a sandwich shop in New York City, and their peanut butters and jams are all natural! I do view these as a dessert, especially because there is evaportaed cane juice in them, but they are so delicious!
We got the Dark Chocolate Dreams first, and my response was, "Nutella who?" There are also many other flavors to try, including Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.
So, my advice to you is:
1. Only eat all natural peanut butters.
2. Visit Peanut Butter & Co and order some of theirs from their website or at your local grocery store.
3. As with all yummy indulgences, exercise self-control. You might want to eat the whole jar, and I would not recommend that all in one or two sittings.
4. Share with others.