Happy Monday everyone!
Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and feel ready and energized to start this week! Today I have a special blog post for you that I’m super excited to share!
A few days ago, I receIved a box full of goodies from Island Nut Roastery, a new company from Victoria I recently discovered while doing my grocery shopping. I started seeing their nut butters in a couple of health food stores around the island, and when I saw it was locally made, I was instantly hooked.
First I tried their almond butter, so crunchy and the aroma was lovely. You actually feel like your eating freshly made almond butter, one of the great things about companies who still make their products in small batches. I had the opportunity to talk with the owner Max, who told me all about the history behind their company and their products.
They actually started as a bulk food retailer and started making small batches of nut butters with their own dry roasted nuts for a couple of friends and clients, which I can agree they are so good that demand grew so much they are now all around British Columbia.
After enjoying some spoonfuls of almond butter (may or may not have been straight from the jar) I decided to try the almond-hemp butter, which is the one I was the most excited to try.
In all this years I’ve tried many nut butters, both hemp & almond butter, but never together. The first thing you notice with this butter is the texture, oh boy, it is so good! Super crunchy and nutty, you can definitely taste the hemp but the flavor is not very overwhelming compared to hemp butter, it has the light, sweet flavor of almond butter with a touch of that nutty flavor and texture of hemp seeds.
I ate it with some apple slices, carrots and even put it on top of my morning fruit plate for an extra boost of Omega-3 and healthy fats. It was amazing.
Then it came the cashew butter. OH MY GOD. I can’t even start telling you how good this is, from the moment I opened the jar I knew I was going to love it. This was definitely my favorite. It is the first time I try such a thick, creamy and dense cashew butter (and I’ve tried many). It really took me a while to come out of surprise-mode. I couldn’t even wait to try it on something else, my spoon was pretty much enough.
The aroma was also very nice, the butter is really that, BUTTER! Super rich, creamy, dense… So many adjectives I could use but honestly, is one of those things you just have to try.
I find the combo of dates and cashews really nice, since it’s a great way to pair the sweetness of the dates with that subtle but rich taste of the cashews. It was the perfect treat!
Now, the exciting news for you! The kind people from Island Nut Roastery sent me more nut butters to share with you!! I will have 4 giveaways! 2 winners will get 2 of the nut butters (you get to choose them) and 2 winners will get one nut butter! Isn’t it amazing? The giveaway is open for all my US & Canadian followers! YAY!
Here are the simple 2 steps you need to do:
1. Follow me on Instagram & Facebook @gastrawnomica and share the picture I will post about the giveaway on your Instagram, tag me and let me know which nut butters you would like to receive.
2. Like the company on their facebook page
AND THAT IS IT! You really can’t miss this giveaway, it is so easy to be part of it and if you don’t have an Instagram account you can do it on Facebook, just make sure that when you share the picture it is public so I can see it when you tag me.
The winners will be announced this Friday!