Artisana offers a line of organic raw nut butters and you can really tell that these nut butters are high quality! Using a variety of nuts, these nut butters are so unique and really special. Our favorite is definitely the Cashew Butter with it’s creamy consistency and rich flavor, but we were impressed by all of the varieties! They’re great on rice cakes, toast, oatmeal, or baked into your favorite goodies – cashew butter cookies anyone?
Raw Almond Butter – is the only brand I have found thus far that is similar to my Holy Grail, Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter. Both have a deep color with a slightly coarse consistency, which I mentally associate with “really raw.”
Artisana’s version has sweet and bitter notes that truly emulate the taste of whole almonds, skin and all. I loved the complex flavor and pure creamy texture with little bits of interest throughout. It adds nice contrast to jams and honey and probably dates, but I can see its purpose in savory also. Though I would hesitate to bake or cook with it, lest it lose those natural essences.
While I enjoyed the Artisana Almond Butter with my rice cakes and honey, I did find it a bit on the bitter side when compared to TJ’s and not quite as tasty when slathered on sans honey or other sweetener. Yet, it was certainly top quality (if someone would like to send me another jar, I will gladly devour it), as you can only imagine when you see labels like this …
While I wouldn’t rate the almond butter as Artisana’s top performer, according to my palate, it is near impossible to rise above the perfection of their Cashew Butter.
Raw Cashew Butter – This was the richest, creamiest, naturally sweetest cashew butter I have every melted atop my taste buds. I used it for everything. In fact, I just kept using it, and using it, and using it, failing to remember to take notes or photos (okay, perhaps I just didn’t want to take a break from inhaling it).
Finally, I did slow down for a brief moment to take a picture of the Artisana Raw Cashew Butter in one of my favorite treat mediums … atop a cinnamon graham cracker. This one is topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips also, but that isn’t required …
Though you could add honey, agave, or maple syrup to the cashew butter for a rich, frosting-like treat, I truly enjoyed its natural sweetness.
Beyond snacking, this cashew butter offers a wonderfully light sweetness and richness to salad dressings, and helps to cut the acidity in a homemade tomato soup (just a tablespoon for sheer perfection).
I also threw together a “cheesy” sauce using Artisana’s Cashew Butter and their Tahini, and it was literally one of the best I have ever had.
Simply put, I can’t recommend this product enough.
Raw Pecan Butter – Since this was my first foray into pecan butter, I have no other brand with which to compare it, but I can attest that Artisana’s Pecan Butter is simply unreal. It was not chunky in the traditional sense, but not smooth either. The entire texture was riddled with tiny bits of nutty goodness adding even more “raw” appeal.
The flavor was so pure that any pecan lover would surely swoon. It maximizes the creamy nature and slight sweetness of the pecan for a spread that I truly enjoyed as is, but when paired with a touch of maple syrup, sweet indulgence was the result …
I had some fun with this nut butter, making it a part of my autumn breakfasts with leftover canned pumpkin puree … I would hesitate to bake with this raw goodness, lest some of its deliciousness get lost in the finished product and some of the oils be not quite as nutritious. However, for spreading and making “raw” goodies and sauces, Artisana’s Pecan Butter is a real treat.
Raw Tahini – One thing I have learned is that I am not a big tahini fan … at least not in the “just spread some tahini on that” or “how about some tahini-rich dressing” kind of ways. However, I do recognize tahini‘s ability to transform sauces, dips, and dressings into a magical blend of flavors.
That said, this was the third brand of tahini I have tried, and I can honestly say that Artisana’s Tahini is a truly superior product. When tasted off the spoon it is strong and bitter, but when I whipped up a cheesy sauce (off the cuff), WOW, sensational. Of course, I used a blend of their tahini and cashew butter in the sauce, and of course I forgot to take notes of the quantities used so that I could make the sauce again. I guess more experimentation is in order … but really, with ingredients like this, I don’t think you can go wrong.
Beyond the cheesy sauce, the tahini worked beautifully in homemade hummus and it even adds a bold punch of flavor and thickness to salad dressings for the tahini-averse …
Half a tablespoon of tahini alone:
After whisking in 1/2 tablespoon Artisana’s Cashew Butter, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, about 2 teaspoons soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon (or a wee bit more) honey or agave:
The jar is what I call half-size, so I didn’t want to waste a single dollop in recipes. We used it solely for topping rice cakes and apples (though you might enjoy it on a warm slice of thick whole-grain bread). For my husband I added just a drizzle of honey, and for myself, a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Delicious!
The Facts on Artisana
Certifications: Artisana is Certified Kosher and Certified Organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Artisana is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, raw, and paleo-friendly. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Artisana website at artisanaorganics.com.