I have reviewed a few Tropical Traditions items with great success. I love their line of natural and unique products. I have reviewed the Gold Label Coconut Oil, Raw Honey and this month, the Organic Coconut Peanut Butter.
From their website:
"Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter is made from organic peanuts and organic coconut. Two ingredients: nothing else! No fillers, no binders, no sweeteners, and no preservatives. The peanuts are 100% organic Valencia peanuts grown organically by family farmers in New Mexico and Texas. Grown in the dry climate of the southwestern United States, these peanuts are certified organic and free from aflatoxins. The dried coconut is certified organic coconut meat from the Philippines from coconuts that are grown with no fertilizers or pesticides. This premium dried coconut contains no additives or preservatives, and is not sweetened. Unlike most dried coconut on the market, our dried coconut products are not treated with sulfites to keep them white. Together, these premium organic roasted peanuts and the premium organic dried coconut are ground together to make a delicious and nutritious spread!"
I was SO excited to try this product. We use a lot of peanut butter. Lately I have been trying to purchase more of the natural varieties so was very interested to test this.
My kids tried this when making a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and I did not get favorable reviews at first. I think it was more the texture than the taste. Instead of a smooth, sticky texture like peanut butter, this has more of a firm texture - similar to hard ice cream). I tried softening the peanut butter (which made a huge difference for something like a PB&J sandwich).
I decided to try this in cooking and I am glad I did! I received rave reviews from not only my kids, but also from my husband.
I like to make Asian inspired dishes - stir fry is easy to make, tasty and healthy. One of our favorites is rice noodles and stir fry covered in a peanut sauce. For the sauce I use a recipe from the Family Dinner cookbook that I reviewed a few months ago. It contains rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, honey and peanut butter. This time I made it with 1/2 regular peanut butter and 1/2 Coconut Peanut Butter (see pictures below).
So easy - stir-fry veggies over rice noodles, and topped with the tasty peanut sauce. Ironically I actually used all three Tropical Traditions products in this recipe! I used both the Raw Honey and the Organic Coconut Peanut Butter to make the peanut sauce and the Gold Label Coconut Oil for the stir fry (frozen veggies, fresh chopped carrots, celery, mushrooms and bok choy cabbage topped with sesame seeds).
My husband said it was much better with the Organic Coconut Peanut Butter because it was not as sweet. It has a milder taste and did not overwhelm the taste of the veggies. My kids also enjoyed it and cleaned their plates at dinner time :)
If you are interested in buying the Coconut Peanut Butter hurry! It is on sale now through March 31st, 2011 for 40% off!
Tropical Traditions has offered one of my readers the Coconut Peanut butter! To enter the giveaway post which recipe you would love to try: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.htm
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* Ends 04/09/2011
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