Perhaps you’ve heard me rave about 88 Acres before. In my opinion, they make snack bars the way they should be. And now, they have a full line of top allergen-free seed butters that were also created with tremendous thought and care. 88 Acres seed butters use simple ingredients to create unique blends that are organic, school safe, vegan, and nutritious.
Tasting Notes for 88 Acres Seed Butters
If you’ve ever ground up seeds, then you know that they are typically quite bitter in flavor and have a very coarse texture. You can tell that 88 Acres seed butters are made with a much higher ratio of seeds than most other seed butter brands because they retain a rustic consistency and natural seedy flavor. But they do add just a smidge of oil, a light drizzle of sweetener, and a mere pinch of salt to make them spreadable and to keep the bitterness in check.
88 Acres seed butters are still very low sodium (just 10mg per serving) and low sugar (about 3g per serving). And they retain the high levels of vitamin E, selenium, and manganese naturally found in seeds. They also offer a good dose of natural vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.
As I type, I’m enjoying this seed butter on some home-baked bread. I love the light hint of warmth and mild sweetness in this flavor. Once in a while, I add another pinch of salt as I spread it on. But today I’m enjoying it sans extra salt since my toast has blackstrap molasses depth. I’ve also slathered it on apple slices for a wonderful snack. It can taste seedier on those simple mediums, so I do recommend it most for true seed fans.
Ingredients – organic sunflower seeds, organic maple sugar, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, sea salt
I tried this flavor ages ago, and unfortunately took very bad notes! I recall that it had a deep cocoa flavor that was true to the dark chocolate name. I’m not a fan of chocolate nut or seed butters, so this wasn’t one that stood out for me. But if you enjoy sunflower seeds en-robed in dark chocolate, I suggest that you give this one a try.
Ingredients – organic sunflower seeds, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa butter, sea salt
I love the green hue of this seed butter! Pumpkins are richer in magnesium, copper, manganese, and zinc than sunflower seeds, so you can enjoy more of these minerals in this seed butter. It’s been ages since I’ve tried this one, so I don’t want to weigh in definitively. But I do remember liking the Vanilla Spice sunflower seed butter just a bit better.
Ingredients – organic pumpkin seeds, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, sea salt
The very mild sweetness, light spices, and hint of vanilla help to round out this seed butter. But the consistency and overall flavor are still a bit more “grown up” than you might expect. I really liked the natural vibe and felt like it is a natural choice for breakfast toast or rice cakes and making no bake snacks.
Ingredients – organic sunflower seeds, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, organic vanilla extract, organic cinnamon, organic nutmeg, sea salt
The Facts on 88 Acres Seed Butters
Price: $10.99 per 16-ounce tub
Availability: 88 Acres Seed Butters are primarily available online to customers in the U.S. They are now available on Amazon and via their website below.
Certifications: 88 Acres Seed Butters are Certified Organic, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Vegan, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, 88 Acres Seed Butters are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. They have their own dedicated bakery in Boston where they do not allow dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, tree nuts, or wheat to enter. Nonetheless, read their allergen information. 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 88 Acres website at 88-acres.com
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Not as good with ingredient change
Why oh why did they start using powdered sugar instead of pure cane sugar?! I loved the original product!