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?
Tasting Notes for Artisana Nut Butters
Raw Almond Butter
This 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 sans honey or other sweetener. Especially compared to TJ’s. Yet, it was certainly top quality, 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 sweetener to the cashew butter for a rich, frosting-like treat, I truly enjoyed its natural sweetness.
Beyond snacking, it offers a wonderfully light sweetness and richness to salad dressings. I also threw together a “cheesy” sauce using this and 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. However, for spreading and making “raw” goodies and sauces, Artisana’s Pecan Butter is a real treat.
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.
Raw Walnut Butter
Like their Pecan Butter, I was amazed at the pure taste of Artisana’s Walnut Butter. Enjoying a spoonful was akin to eating a handful of the sweetest, freshest walnuts you could get your hands on, but with the added richness that comes from pureeing the nuts and releasing their oils.
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. Although, it would make a delicious spread for toast. For my husband I added just a drizzle of honey, and for myself, a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Delicious!
Raw Macadamia with Cashew
Every time I thought I had tasted the best of Artisana, another jar of nut butter was opened. This time it was the Organic Raw Macadamia Nut Butter with Cashews – a pure delight. The natural sweetness of both nuts, and the rich oils from the macadamias, made this rich spread an unbelievable treat.
Though typically not a “chunky” fan, the bits of nuts throughout didn’t endanger the creaminess of this nut butter. In fact, at room temperature I found it a bit too “melty.” Once stirred and refrigerated, it became the perfect spreadable consistency.
Because of the light sweetness, I had anticipated devouring this as a healthy “frosting” on brownies or graham crackers. But I found another unlikely yet delicious match, Tamari with Seaweed Organic Rice Cakes. I can’t quite say why, but the sweet, salty, and earthy flavors simply melded into the perfect savory snack that pretty well eliminated my afternoon sugar craving.
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.