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PB, I hast forsaken thee?

March 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, peanut (not a nut!) butter is definitely a binge-triggering food. I have given myself a peanut butter hangover twice in the past month! The last binge was prompted by a visited the Peanut Butter & Co. sandwich shop in the Village. I had an “Elvis” with bacon – so good! That would have been fine as a “very special occasion” treat, but I also bought a jar of their White Chocolate Wonderful flavor…which I completely demolished over the next two days.

Pure addictive dopamine hit. Can’t stop at one. Probably the legume toxins triggering an adrenaline boost. Headache, nausea, regret, withdrawl pains. Sigh! Peanut butter tastes so good to me in ways that Almond butter just doesn’t!

I wonder if the “Naturally Nutty” brand of peanut/flax/hemp butter would not trigger binges, but am kind of scared to find out. Also, they do not have a chunky style butter, which is what I prefer.

This is probably the point in my life where I should just allow myself to grieve because I will never be able to eat PB again without losing myself to its siren call. God.

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Peanut Butter vs. Almond Butter – Smackdown

February 15, 2009 2 comments

Freakishly, I love almonds but have always been disappointed with the taste of almond butter. And while I have an unholy love of peanut butter, I always feel guilty about eating it (PUFAs, legume suspicions, aflatoxins, etc. ARGH!). In contrast, almond butter has more of a green tea-ish “health halo” that I’ve been diligently trying to ignore because I never could make myself enjoy the taste. Whereas peanut butter is, sadly, delicious. But then I read this post on Peanut Butter Boy, which references…vanilla flavored almond butter.

Vanilla flavored almond butter, you guys. Brilliant.

So I dashed off to add vanilla extract to my poor, neglected, languishing, unloved jar of almond butter. And totally binged on the results in the name of recipe testing, but it’s what I do for science. Vanilla flavored almond butter is my new favorite nut butter*.

*I can safely say that peanut butter is not my favorite nut butter, because peanuts are not nuts, but legumes. And I’m trying to kick the PB habit, like I know I should. But I still have about 3/4 a jar of Peanut Butter & Company’s “Smooth Operator” singing to me its siren song of deliciousness. Addicted? Mayhap. If loving peanut butter is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Sob.