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Nut Butter Mania

What is this?

A box filled with Artisana goodies…


Yes, friends, you read that right: I was privileged enough to a receive a box of wonderful raw butters from the Artisana company. To say that I was excited when the package came would be a gross understatement.

Along with the copious amounts of nut butters they sent (I’m talkin’ two packets EACH of cashew, almond, walnut, pecan, cashini and macadamia butter, plus an 8oz jar of raw almond butter), I received some awesome coconut-based packs.

Two packs each of coconut oil, Cacao Bliss (<3), tahini and coconut butter (<3 x 10) They were also incredibly generous and gave me an additional 8oz jar of coconut butter. Wow, wow, wow. You guys are amazing, thank you!!

As off-the-wall elated as I was, the addition of this box posed a new problem: an overwhelming abundance of nut butters.

Um, yeah. The above picture shows you all the jars of nut butter that currently live in my house. Since taking this picture I’ve finished the yellow-topped PB to the left and the top Kirkland jar (both were nearly empty) but still–this is ridiculous.

Ridiculous in the best way possible, of course.

I told you a while back about my love of peanut butter, but I think my most favorite nut butter out of all these jars is the one and only Nuttzo PF. Oh my gooooosh. Have you ever tried this stuff? My advice to you is DON’T. You will become addicted, and then you will be forced to shell out $20 for a little 160z jar in order to feed your obsession.

However, if you choose to disregard my advice and enslave yourself to the mother of all things nutty, my recommendation is that you make your purchase(s) here or here. The first option saves you over $12 and you get to try both kinds, but I’ve only tried PF so it’s the only one I can truly recommend in the second option, my shop. (Yes, I finally opened an Open Sky shop! More on that in another post.)

Nuttzo PF, I love you. A homemade version must be created soon, because I simply cannot afford your deliciousness.

So, what is one to do with these ever-increasing jars of nut butter? Make Peanut Butter Cookie ice cream, of course!

It looks so appealing, I know.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy milk of choice (or water if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • Sweetener
  • Pinch of guar gum (about 1/4 tsp?)

*I didn’t use the vanilla extract because for my sweetener I used about 6 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops.


Before opening, shake the can of coconut milk to make sure the fat is evenly distributed. Pour the coconut milk into an ice cube tray (or two, if needed) and freeze till solid, preferably overnight.

In the morning (or whenever you make the ice cream), empty the frozen coconut milk cubes into a high-speed blender such as a Vita-Mix or Blend-Tec. Add 1/2 tbsp of the non-dairy milk and blend, carefully using more (or less) milk as you need it. At this point the mixture in the blender should be the consistency of soft-serve.

Give the ice cream a good stir, then add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and sweetener. Blend it together, then while the blender is running pinch in the guar gum. It’s important to add this while the blender is going or else you may have guar clumps in your ice cream. Ick.

Taste test your ice cream and make sure it’s to your liking, then either devour it on the spot or put it in the freezer to harden for a few hours!

I did a little of both. :)

Ahh, I seriously love this ice cream! It tastes JUST like peanut butter cookie dough and I am so happy with it. I just made up the recipe as I went and I loved the results. This would be fabulous with some peanut butter cookie bites stirred in. Chocolate chips would be awesome, too.

I chose to cook up some oats, blend them with cocoa powder and tofu (a la Katie’s blended pudding–check out her Larabar giveaway!) and top the oats with my new ice cream. Yum in a bowl.

But wait, what does one do when these ever-increasing jars of nut butter start to decrease?

Make OIAJ, of course!

OIAJ with the rest of the Kirkland PB jar. Yum.

Dark chocolate oats in the rest of my coconut butter jar. Yes, I have already finished the jar Artisana sent. Don’t judge. It’s been over two weeks. :)

Topped with ‘nibs and coconut.

And a twist! SPIAJ: Sweet Potato In a Jar.

1/2 steamed sweet potato, cinnamon, a bit of PB Cookie ice cream and cacao nibs in my jar.


Huh, well this hasn’t been a monstrous post at all. Just kidding, it definitely has been. Thanks for reading all the way through.

Question of the Day: NUT BUTTER. What is your favorite kind and your favorite way to use it? Any awesome OIAJ combos lately? Have you ever tried Nuttzo or Nuttzo PF?

Thanks for reading!


Hey everyone!

I’m home from camp and I had a wonderful time. It was so nice to be out in nature and to enjoy a technology-free life for a week. The food situation went smoothly for the most part, and I just made sure to plan very simple, easy meals. I really did not want to spend all my time in the kitchen when I had a whole bunch of friends to hang out with! That’s no fun.

For breakfasts I either did overnight oatmeal, microwaved oatmeal (not my method of choice, but sometimes you have to make do), or a green protein smoothie. Lunch was usually a salad with some chickpeas (they had an amazing salad bar!) and fruit or something, and dinner was different every night. I had a salad, a veggie burger, a potato, soup, etc. It worked out pretty well and I was very happy. Also, surprisingly, I was not the only vegetarian or clean/healthy eater there! In fact, there were three other vegetarians, and one of them had the same issue with dairy/eggs as I do. It was really cool, and I was one of many “clean” eaters there. I think there were four or five of us total.  So awesome.

Well, since I am STILL without a camera and I have no pictures for you, I think I’ll catch up on some much-needed product reviews. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, so it’s about time.

You may remember these reviews from a while back…

Jay Robb –

Kardea –

Bora Bora –

Gnu –

Raw Rev –

Well, I am happy to say that I have tested ALMOST every bar that was sent to me! You may think “Seriously, you aren’t done yet?” but I received over 30 bars! It was very difficult to sort everything out, but I feel like I’ve finally been able to get a handle on it. Because I enjoyed each bar for different reasons, I’m going to do a brief overview of each brand.

Jay Robb Protein Bars –

Flavors: Cashew Coconut, Peanut Butter, Fudge Brownie and YAMMIT! Almond Energy Bar

Verdict: Jay Robb’s bars are very enjoyable. They pack 15g of protein into each bar and they are completely, 100% natural! There are no icky ingredients and quite a few of them are organic, which is awesome to me. The taste is all right. Each bar tasted like its name, but there was a slightly fake/powdery/artificial taste to them. I’m really not sure why. :( Overall I would recommend them: they’re completely natural and the taste isn’t bad for a protein bar.

Kardea –

Flavors: Chai Spice, Banana Walnut, Lemon Ginger and Cranberry Walnut

Verdict: I didn’t try the Chai Spice because it had black tea in it, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything else. The texture was different from your typical nut/date based bar and I really liked that. The other thing I really enjoyed was the fact that these bars pack a ton of unusual, good-for-you ingredients. These include plant sterols, chicory root fiber, acacia and psyllium husk. Pretty cool; I liked them a lot.

Bora Bora –

Flavors: Too many to list. Click here to view the flavors by category: Superfood, Antioxidant and Energy.

Verdict: I really loved these! They are organic, natural and are created with a specific purpose in mind. Whether you’re looking for antioxidants, extra energy or a dose of superfoods, Bora Bora has you covered. Each bar is crunchy, chewy and provides a variety of textures/flavors. I couldn’t pick a favorite because each bar was so different! I would certainly turn to these bars for a quick, portable serving of carbs and fat.

Hooray for bar reviews! Thanks to all the wonderful companies that entrusted me with their products. You guys rock.

While we’re here, let me quickly tell you about some awesome ice cream I got to test!

Good Karma allowed me to test some of their products!

“Our mission is to bring you the healthiest and greatest tasting, organic, gluten free, dairy free  and vegan natural food products available on the planet today.

They sent me two coupons for free products and one $1 off coupon. I went to Whole Foods a while back to pick out my products and this is what I chose.

Organic Rice Divine Carrot Cake Ice Cream!

“You’ve never had a carrot cake frozen dessert before?  That’s because no one imagined how good it would be – – until now.  Creamy Organic Rice Divine™ with sweet organic carrot juice, organic raisins, organic nutmeg, and pieces of actual cake (gluten – free, of course) make this a truly remarkable Rice Divine™.”

Ingredients: Organic Rice Milk (Filtered Water, Organic Rice Syrup Solids Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice), Organic Carrot Flavor (Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Water, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Raisins, Annatto, Salt, Cinnamon, and Natural flavor),Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Carrot Cake (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Raisins, Organic Carrots, Organic Invert Dehydrated Cane Juice, Rice Flour, Organic Molasses, Organic Cinnamon, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Vanilla, Salt, Citric Acid), Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Organic Guar Gum, Carrageenan and/or Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt.

Okay, so I was a little nervous about this flavor at first. I’d never tried a Carrot Cake ice cream, and the long ingredients list was a tad daunting. I knew it would be risky, but I took a leap of faith.

Boy, am I glad I did! This ice “cream” is so incredible. I didn’t know if I would like it, but I absolutely love it. It’s perfectly cinnamon-y, a bit sweet, and it has little cinnamon carrot cake bites through out. Oh, it’s incredible. I definitely enjoyed it.

I also picked out some of their Original Rice Milk, because the Unsweetened Variety has yet to show its face in my Whole Foods.

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Expeller Pressed Canola and/or Organic Expeller Pressed High Oleic Safflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

This was good. I’m not a huge fan of rice milk, but I didn’t mind this one. I liked that it was completely organic and the taste was smooth and creamy.

Awesome, well I think that’s it for now. Stay tuned for a NuNaturals, Uncle Sam cereal and Artisana review! Also, I have something very exciting to tell you about.

Question of the Day: What bars have you tried? Which are your favorites? Also, have you ever had non-dairy ice cream? What’d you think, and which kind is your favorite?
Thanks for reading!