PB of the Natural Sort

To answer a reader’s recent question, I wanted to share some of my favorites in the natural peanut butter department.

My first pick would have to be Smucker’s, which was a staple in my house growing up. I always have opted for chunky over smooth, but that’s just my personal preference. As with all natural peanut butters, oil separation is normal and some stirring is required to blend the peanut butter to its ideal consistency.

These days, our new peanut butter brand of choice is Trader Joe’s. We enjoy it just as much if not more than Smucker’s AND it’s only $1.99! You can’t beat that, literally. I have yet to find an all natural peanut butter with a lower price tag.

If you’re looking for a natural peanut butter choice mainly for dessert purposes then I would strongly suggest trying  Peanut Butter & Co. They have some really decadent options like Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful and The Bee’s Knees (yep, it’s pb + honey). These are ideal for adding to an ice cream sundaes, milkshakes (see recipe below) or just having on their own as a sweet and protein-rich treat!

A frequent reader, “All Natural Andy”, requested a sweet culinary delight that included the following: (a) natural peanut butter; (b) natural chocolate; and, (c) vanilla ice cream.

Here it is…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake (Serves 1):

  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 2 large scoops of all natural vanilla ice cream like Häagen-Dazs® (one of the richer natural options) or Ben & Jerry’s
  • 2 tablespoons of all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons all natural chocolate syrup like AH!LASKA Organic Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Blend it up
  • Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “PB of the Natural Sort

  1. wow wow wow! you did not just put 3 of my favorite things together in one delicious treat!!! YUMMMYYY will be making these soon! xx thanks!

  2. Thank you for these natural peanut butter suggestions. I am going to try them all and get back to you soon! I also will try the milkshake.

    Thank you for always providing such great information on your blog!

  3. Annie,

    I also buy the Trader Joe’s brand! You know what, since we’re talking about peanut butter, do you find that the peanut butter tends to hardened at the bottom? I don’t know if it’s because I’m not mixing it well together or what. But I get that often. Another ?, have you ever tried the Whole Foods Peanut butter? The one you grind yourself? I have yet to try that one.

    I have to try this Peanut Butter & Co brand. Looks good! The flavors sound fantastic. Another Peanut Butter brand that’s similar to this one is P.B. Loco. I’m a QVC Junkie. It’s a brand sold on QVC. Check it out.

    God Bless,

    1. Hi Charmaine,

      I think I tried the Whole Foods one a while ago.. personally, I like the taste of the Trader Joe’s better and it’s cheaper! :)

      I do find the peanut butter is a bit harder when you get towards the bottom – I think the only thing you can really do to improve that situation is to thoroughly mix up the peanut butter every time you use it. In general though, I think natural peanut butter will always tend to get less moist the closer you get to the bottom..

      Thanks for the PB Loco recommendation – I’ll have to try it soon!

      In good health,

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