Better Butter

Look out boyfriend, you’ve got some competition. His name’s Peanut Butter, and this childhood friend’s certainly not going anywhere.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime in between, you name it and I’ll be ready for some of that creamy, nut-filled butter. Peanut butter easily ranks among my top 5 foods. Pair it with a banana, and I’m in foodie heaven. Or, just hand me a spoon (even better, make it a chocolate spoon) and I’ll heedlessly serve myself straight up.

While all natural peanut butter definitely isn’t the worst food obsession to have, downing the nutty stuff can err on the side of dangerous, especially when those portion sizes aren’t kept in check. Sending even just a single spoonful of peanut butter into your mouth can mean a quick 100-200 calories and a dense load of fat plopped into your tummy.

That’s why I was excited when I got wind of Better Butter, a Philadelphia-based peanut butter company that adds extra flavor and nutrients to their peanut butter in order to lower the cal/fat content. Better Butter’s products utilize pumpkin or banana to stretch that peanutty goodness, naturally lowering the calorie and fat count to about half that of other nut butters.

Better Butter offers three flavors: Nutty Chocolate Chip, Maple Pumpkin, and Honey Nut Banana. The Nutty Chocolate Chip tastes similar to slightly-less-sweet brownie batter with an abundance of mini chocolate chips swimming around. Better Butter’s best seller, the Maple Pumpkin, resembles a thicker version of pumpkin pie filling with a faint nutty aftertaste. I have yet to try the Honey Nut Banana, but considering it contains my favorite combo. ever, I’m definitely curious to check it out.

Better Butter takes a wholesome approach, adding only natural ingredients to their products. Any sweeteners used come from either agave or maple syrup, and absolutely no GMOs, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors are added. Another pro, Better Butter tries to source all of their ingredients locally, purchasing their nuts from the Philadelphia area, jars from Lancaster, and shipping boxes from Ambler. But yes, they do ship nationwide, so check out their online store for more details.

My only complaint with Better Butter is the loss of that intense peanutty flavor. I’m afraid that for me, I can’t say Better Butter stands up to a banana quite the same way that a simple peanut butter does. However, it’s definitely spoon-out-of-the-jar worthy, which so far is probably my favorite way to eat Better Butter. I like to consider it a healthy dessert alternative. What’s 27-year-old founder and owner Marina Levtov’s favorite way to eat it?  “When I have leisurely time in the morning, I make a breakfast pizza with the Nutty Choc Chip. The combo of chocolate peanut butter, bananas, yogurt, and agave is the best.”
Now that’s a recipe I’m looking to give a try.
*Better Butter is also giving Food-Fitness-FreshAir readers a 20% discount off of all items. Simply enter foodfitnessfreshair in the coupon code box.

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  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    January 26, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Hmmm, sounds interesting. I won’t lie though, I like PLAIN PB. I don’t like when chocolate chips or anything else is added. The more simple, the better in my opinion! However, the concept is a great one. I’d love to start a nut butter company!

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    Simply Life
    January 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Oh I haven’t seen this before- good to know!

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    January 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I can’t eat peanut butter, but the maple pumpkin (straight out of the jar) sounds great! 🙂

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    January 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Chocolate is, by far, my favorite of the three flavors. And, they’re all best eaten straight out of the jar.

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    January 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Never heard of this, so thanks for the post on this. Maybe I can have a Philly friend send me some to try. I have been making my own nut butters now that I have a big food processor.

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    January 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    LOVE the concept of Better Butter!! (can you send some over here, please??) truth be told, i don’t really eat the regular stuff because of its caloric content (and 1 tablespoon just isn’t going to cut it, know what i’m sayin?) looking forward to catching up on your blog, so much easier with internet access again! 🙂

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    January 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    oh my. i want.

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