Friday, 4 April 2014

Meridian Nut Butters

Peanut butter is much of a muchness – right?  Well, as I’ve come to discover this isn’t strictly true. 

Having being used to the clay-coloured spreads that adorn most supermarket shelves, I was keen to try new nut butter spreads and Meridian sent me 3 products from their range to sample.
Meridian’s focus differs from other brands. Containing only nuts, it boasts a 100% totally natural approach with no (controversial) palm oil, sugar, salt.  

I started my nut butter fest with Meridian's Crunchy Peanut Butter spread. Made from roasted peanuts, it is darker in colour and tastes lighter than traditional spreads, a little rustic in appearance with a pleasant, subtle taste.

The omission of palm oil, is the reason behind the lighter taste and Meridian roasts all its peanuts with the skins on for a nuttier crunch. 

Rich in vital minerals, peanuts not only have a low glycaemic index of just 14, they are packed with 25% protein and are a healthy source of mono and polyunsaturated fats, with 75% of the fat in each peanut being unsaturated.

A great alternative to peanut butter, is almond and cashew nut butters.  Not only for the provision of variety, but also an option for peanut allergy sufferers to experience nut butters without the associated difficulties.
Meridian roasts its almonds to lock in fibre and retain nutrients.  Loaded naturally with vitamin E, almonds boost the immune system and they are rich in essential monounsaturated fatty acids and phytosterols. 
The almond butter is similar in appearance and consistency to the peanut version, yet has a slight sweeter taste and works well on sandwiches or toast.
The cashew nut butter, probably my favourite of the three, is the one that looks-wise resembles the solid texture and ecru colouring of standard peanut butter products.  Upon taste, it has a delicious gentleness as you would experience with raw cashew nuts.

Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most other nuts and 75% of their unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.  They are also high in protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorus vitamins and minerals. 

Available from selected Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco, Holland & Barratt, Waitrose and independent health food stores, the jars retail from £1.99 to £2.79 dependent on product and size.  A little more expensive than standard offerings, but the justification is you get a purer product.  With almond and cashew versions available (amongst others), it offers a solution to those that like the idea of peanut butter but suffer from allergies.
Although I've enjoyed sampling these on toast, which is my favourite way to eat nut butters, equally there are numerous ways of consuming them including using them in cooking.  For a catalogue of recipes, visit:
Meridian spreads are definitely the ‘luxury’ end of nut butters and are worth splashing out on for the natural and ethical values the brand represents.
DisclosureThis post was written following kind receipt of Meridian Nut Butter products.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 

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