[Review] TJ’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter w/ Flax & Chia Seeds

In a word: Meh.

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I was very prepared to love this new peanut butter, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Most peanut butters are thick and sticky, but this one is oddly thin and runny. I did like crunch of the flax and chia seeds, but I was expecting crunchy bits of peanut to be in there, as well. No dice. And not to rub it in, but for a peanut butter advertised as ‘salty’, this one was pretty bland.

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Of course, there are a few check marks in the ‘positives’ column. This large container was only $2.99. Compared to my favorite sunflower seed butter, which is $4.99, it’s a steal. And I’ll admit that there are times when a runnier consistency is actually ideal.  I have yet to try this peanut butter mixed with soy vanilla ice cream* or spread on toast.

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UPDATE: After spending a few days in the fridge, this peanut butter did harden up a little bit.  Unfortunately, the (lack of) flavor did not improve along with the texture.   I tried it on a banana – setup for success – with sub par results.  Bummer.

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Let’s put it this way: I don’t plan to throw this jar of peanut butter away, but I don’t plan to buy it again in the future.




*Don’t ask me how I first discovered this, but next time you’re at Trader Joe’s, pick up a carton of their Soy Creamy Vanilla ice cream and a jar of their Sunflower Seed butter.  Mix a heaping spoonful of the sun butter into a couple scoops of ice cream and prepare to eat your new favorite dessert.  I have a feeling that someday my future-pregnant self is going to LOVE this.

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