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New Trader Joe’s Almond Butter

February 7, 2010

I was checking out the ‘new product shelf’ in Trader Joe’s yesterday, and look what I found:

Almond butter with roasted flax seeds.

At first I thought, “What a good idea – almonds + flax – extra nutritious.”

Then I thought, “Wait a minute.  You can’t digest whole flax seeds.  This is no good.”

Then finally, “BUT, these seeds are roasted.  Doesn’t that mean they’re softer and I can chew them up?”

So the debate in my head raged on, but my curiosity got the better of me.  I obviously bought the jar, and it’s quite tasty EXCEPT for all the salt.  I think this may be the saltiest almond butter I’ve ever tasted.  I don’t really add salt to anything, so I am sensitive to it, but this just seemed like overkill.  I eat Sunbutter with salt, and it’s not even close to the salt in this almond butter.

The flax seeds give it a nice crunch (and there are a LOT of flax seeds in there!).  I thought the flax seeds were just floating on top, but they make up a good portion of the mix.

The verdict:  Great texture, probably even better than crunchy almond butter.  Way too salty.  I used it this morning in my almond butter muffins, and I didn’t have to add any salt :)  I probably won’t eat any of this stuff as a spread – but it will work in smoothies, etc.

What do you think about the ability to digest these whole flax seeds?  Does it matter that they’re roasted?  Still impossible for our digestive systems to break down?  I’m curious.

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  1. March 1, 2010 9:44 am

    I was wondering about the whole flax seed thing myself. I know that the Nuttzo brand nut butter incorporates ground flax seed as well as whole into their mixed nut butter, and so I was wondering if TJ’s did the same thing.

    I’m surprised I liked this almond butter so much b/c I usually never buy salted nut butters, but I love it. I’ve been eating it on bowls of chocolate oats, and I just love the sweet/savory combo. It’s like eating a huge Reece’s cup. ;)

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