Saturday 25 March 2017

Taste test Almond Butter

Katy McGuinness

If there's one product that epitomises the healthy eating trend, it's almond butter. Put it in smoothies and protein shakes, use it in baking or simply spread it on toast or slices of apple. This source of protein has become a staple, even if the calorie count is deceptively high: one tablespoon contains close to 100 calories.

Biona Organic Almond Butter, 170g, €7.50, 9/10

Containing only roasted whole almonds, this organic almond butter has great depth of flavour. Very good.

Pip & Nut Coconut Almond Butter, 250g, €5.99, 9/10

Our testers loved this blend of almonds, coconut, agave and sea salt, which has a little more texture than other versions. Utterly delicious.

Carley's Organic Raw Whole Almond Butter, 250g, €8.99, 8/10

Because the nuts used in this almond butter are raw, it has a more pronounced almond flavour than the others that we tested. One for the purists.

Meridian Crunchy Almond Butter, 170g, €5.79, 7/10

One of the most widely available almond butters, this crunchy nut butter has good texture and flavour.

Meridian Coconut & Almond Butter, 170g, €6.49, 7/10

Our testers preferred the Pip & Nut version of the almond and coconut butter, but only by a small margin. This uses honey rather than agave, doesn't contain any salt and tastes slightly sweeter.

Keen Smooth Almond, 165g, €4.75, 6/10

Although made only with roasted almonds, this version does not have the same full flavour as the Biona butter. Our testers thought it bland.

Pip & Nut Almond Butter, 250g, €5.99, 5/10

Quite oily and liquidy, this almond butter was not popular with our testers, who would have preferred a more roasted flavour. Contains sea salt.

Irish Independent

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