By now you all know I’m a huge lover of Tropical Traditions. I’ve done several reviews in the past for them, and every product has been amazing. I’m still using each and everyone to this day. Tropical Traditions is one of those companies that I highly recommend to anyone, and if you’re on your way to a more healthy and organic lifestyle, you surely have to check them out. They carry products for everything including their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, which is wonderful. Looking for household cleaners, organic food or skincare products? They have that to.
Today I’m going to talk about their Organic Coconut Peanut Butter. I was thrilled to review this because we are a peanut butter family. Now, I’ve been using natural peanut butter for quite sometime now, as most peanut butters are filled with sugar, something I’m trying to stay clear of. The natural peanut butter I use now contains only peanuts but there is still over 100mg of sodium, another ingredient I try to stay away from. Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter contains only 2 ingredients, Organic dried coconut, and Organic Roasted Valencia Peanuts. The peanuts are grown organically by family farmers in New Mexico and Texas. So right here in the USA! I love that this contains no fillers, no binders, no sweeteners, and no preservatives. Nothing but the two ingredients I mentioned above. The dried coconut inside is not sweetened and again contains no additives or preservatives. It’s from the Philippines from coconuts that are grown with no fertilizers or pesticides.
I opened this up immediately because I wanted to try it out. It was quite watery due to the oils separating, but I’m used to this as this happens with natural peanut butter as well. With the hot temperatures lately, and it being in a cupboard above my stove, it gets warm. I just put it in the fridge for a short time, and it hardened right up. Don’t do this to long though, as you want it to spread easily. The scent is a light coconut peanut butter. I wanted to try this on a muffin first as I love my English muffins with peanut butter. It was quite good, and again had a light coconut flavor. If you are not a coconut fan you will not like this, as you can definitely taste coconut. I love coconut though, so this was just delicious. I decided to try one of the recipes on their site. After browsing I came across the recipe for the yummy looking Chewy Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars. I noticed I didn’t have many of the ingredients listed so I made this with many substitutions. To view the original recipe click here.
* 1 cup Demerara Cane Sugar, less to taste
* 2/3 cup Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter
* 1/2 cup Agave Nectar
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
* 1/3 cup flour
* 1/2 cup flaked coconut
* 2 Tablespoons chopped natural almonds
* 1/2 cup raisins
* 2 teaspoons Tropical Traditions whole golden flax seed(freshly ground)
* 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine sugar, peanut butter, agave nectar, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined.
Stir in remaining ingredients until well combine. Mixture will be like very wet granola. Press into a 9×13 pan. Spray lightly with cooking spray
Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until edges are nicely browned. Run a thin butter knife along the edges and cut while still warm. Let cool in the pan before removing. Bars will be fragile while hot but will firm up as they cool. Cut into bars and Enjoy!
OMG these are delicious. I ran out of whole wheat flour so had to use white, but next time I’ll definitely be using whole wheat. I enjoyed these for a pick me up after working out, for a snack, and even in the morning for a quick breakfast. They were a little sweet which may be due to the agave nectar so I’ll lessen that next time. I would highly recommend making these. The kids enjoyed them just as much, and they are much healthier than store bought granola bars. Yummy!
Overall, this peanut butter is amazing. There are so many recipes you could make using the coconut peanut butter and I’m definitely making more. My husband is dying for me to make the Inside-Out Coconut Peanut Butter Cups, and trust me I want to make them too! Don’t they look fab, something you want to sink your teeth into?
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