I'm not allergic to peanut butter (or any foods, actually), and for that, I am eternally grateful to the universe. Peanut butter is right up there with pizza and french fries and ramen as a favorite food. I probably eat something peanut butter-flavored or with straight-up peanut butter at least every other day. Sometimes, I just dip my finger in the jar.
So I'll admit I was a little hesitant to believe that Wowbutter, a peanut-free toasted soynut butter, could be as good as (or better than) peanut butter. I love all nut butters, but not all nut butters are created equal. And, in my humble opinion, peanut butter has always reigned supreme over almond, cashew, hazelnut, or any other nut butter. But the folks at Wowbutter offered to send me a few sample jars, and I WAS BLOWN AWAY. IT'S SO GOOD, Y'ALL!
This toasty, creamy, sweet 'n' slightly salty nut butter is designed to be safe for schools since so many kids are allergic to peanut butter these days (what's up with that anyway?). I'm kid-free, and my house is a total peanut butter zone, so the safety isn't a concern for me. But I can see where this would be handy for parents. It's also gluten-free and gmo-free, and each serving has 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and a healthy dose of omega-3s.
The most amazing thing is the flavor. It's so toasty! I've eaten straight soy nuts before, and they're good. Not as good as peanuts. And that's why I wasn't expecting the flavor of Wowbutter to be so impressive. But I daresay that I think it's — gasp — better than peanut butter. At least, that's how I'm feeling lately. I cannot stop eating this stuff. I've been spreading it on sandwich thins before runs, eating it on bananas, adding it to smoothies. It's just so good. There's something about it that reminds me of the PB of my childhood, back when we all used to eat Peter Pan or Jif or one of those hydrogenated oil-containing peanut butters. But Wowbutter is totally free hydrogenated oils and trans fats, and the sugar used is cane sugar.
Since they sent me several jars, I'd like to give one away to a lucky reader! Leave me a comment here about your favorite use of nut butter, and I'll randomly choose a winner. U.S. readers only, please (because international shipping isn't in my budget right now!). Contest runs through Sunday night (July 17th). BE SURE TO INCLUDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS (unless you know I know how to contact you — like through another blog or if we're FB friends).