Here I am going to review the almond butters, from Meridian’s “speciality nut butters” range. There are three to choose from, “Crunchy Almond Butter”, “Organic Smooth Almond Butter” or “Organic Smooth Almond Butter, with a pinch of sea salt”. Before I begin, let me tell you a little bit about the Meridian range and some of the general health benefits of almonds.
Almonds are packed with vitamin E as well as being a good source of magnesium, calcium, manganese and copper.
Meridian nut butters are not only 100% natural but they are utterly delicious too! Meridian roasts its almonds to help lock in fibre and retain nutrients. Made from 100% nuts, they contain no palm oil, no sugar and no salt. Almonds are naturally low in saturated fat, high in fibre and each individual almond contains around 20% protein. Almonds are packed with vitamin E as well as being a good source of magnesium, calcium, manganese and copper. All of which have their own health busting properties.
Almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter, especially for those following Paleo but also as an option for peanut allergy sufferers too. However, it must be noted that the almond butter is made in the same environment as the peanut butter so should therefore be avoided if you are particularly sensitive. Having the choice of the crunchy or smooth option is a real bonus too!
How can I use my almond butter?
I can’t begin to tell you how many different dishes your can add almond butter too. Whether you are adding it to a curry, a breakfast smoothie, making some almond butter blondies or having as a snack with some crudités, chopped fruit or one of my favourite options, pitted medjool dates with almond butter added to the middle. I love adding a dollop (or three) to a homemade breakfast smoothie pot, or even as a dressing on top of a salad with a little added chilli and ground pepper. I usually always have a teaspoon or two before I go off to the gym to give myself a little natural energy boost and help sustain a stable sugar level until my next meal. How ever you choose to enjoy these little pots of goodness they certainly are a must have for any kitchen cupboard.
Some recipes to use Meridian Almond Butter in:
- Greens of the Stone Age – Paleo Barleygrass White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
- Deliciously Ella – Salted Vanilla Almond Butter Cups
- Civilized Caveman Cooking – Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Mark’s Daily Apple – Almond Banana Pancakes
- Eat Drink Paleo – Strawberry Almond Coconut Smoothie
- Paleo With Mrs P – Hazelnut Butter Chicken
- Paleo With Mrs P – Paleo Chicken Chilli and Almond Satay
- Fitnessista – Spicy Shredded Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce
What sizes do they come in?
Both almond butters come in a glass jar which is 170g. The “smooth” butter also comes in a 1kg tub option too. The smaller pots are a little on the small size for my nut butter likings, however they are perfect for transporting and delving in to at any given opportunity! The 1kg option is a tub of nut butter – it is a beast of a tub that even the tamest nut butter eater will not be able to resist dunking their spoon in to! I do love having the tub to hand, especially as it lasts. In my case it takes me about 8 weeks of regular usage to get throughout one.
What is the packaging like?
The Meridian range is instantly recognisable as a brand. All the vital information is clear accessible on the label. The earth greens and browns portray its organic, natural ethos and help it stand out from its competitors.
Where can you buy them?
The almond nut butter range is stocked in most health food shops and supermarkets. Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Costco are all major stockists. Otherwise, you have the option of buying online from places such as Health Foods UK, Amazon, Ebay, Ocado or my personal favourite site for all things Paleo, Perfectly Paleo.
How much are they?
As far as nut butters go, the Meridian range is probably on the cheaper end. However it is important to note that nut butters in general are more expensive than your average pot of jam! The average 170g jar retails at around the £2.79 mark and I would suggest that it’s worth doing a little research to find the best price option as some of the independent health food stores can charge up to £3.99, which in my opinion is crazy. In terms of the 1kg tubs (“Smooth Almond Butter” ONLY) again, it would be worth shopping around, but these retail at around £11.99, which in terms of value for money is worth it.
Crunchy Almond Butter
A smooth golden brown paste studded with pieces of crunchy roasted almond. Out of the three this is the most flavourful, the roasted almond flavour really stands out. It’s thick and creamy with a delicious crunch. It’s less cloying than the smooth almond butter and has more depth of roasted flavour goodness. Best enjoyed on it’s own or with some crudités.
Smooth Almond Butter
A smooth golden brown butter with a subtle roasted flavour great for adding to smoothies, curries and baked goods. The texture of this almond butter is, as it says on the jar “smooth” however, for me I do find it a little tacky and much harder to swallow than the “crunchy” range. This is probably the almond butter I use the most as it’s the most versatile and has a subtle roasted flavour and combined with some spices and sea salt it can be added to create the most incredible nut butter curry.
It needs to be stirred each time you open the jar as the oil will separate from the nut butter.
Smooth Almond Butter, with a pinch of sea salt
Smooth and creamy, I find that this is the least flavourful of the three with an impactful hit of salt. I personally prefer it without the salt as I believe this is something you could add yourself if you wanted. The texture of the almond butter is thick, smooth and creamy, if a little cloying for my palate. However this is great if you are adding it to a nut butter curry or using it in a smoothie or in baking. A good option if you are a sea salt lover but if you don’t like salt, then stick to the smooth almond butter option.
Like the smooth almond butter this needs to be stirred each time you open the jar as the oil will separate from the nut butter.
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Overall the Meridian almond butter range is a Paleo, health friendly & natural product that tastes good but isn't too harsh on the purse strings. A great addition to most dishes; it is a must have product for any kitchen cupboard!