Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Did you that today is probably my favorite holiday of all time? Anything with peanut butter really, is my favorite. Peanut butter sandwiches? Check. Moosestracks with peanut butter cups? Awesome. Peanut butter on pancakes, peanut butter on waffles, peanut butter on strawberry slices for goodness sakes!

In honor of National Peanut Butter today, I am going to review my favorite peanut butter brand. This is my first review, and will probably always remain my favorite!

Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

What I use it for:
Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter is a product that I use everyday for virtually all meals. For breakfast I will use this peanut butter to top my sugar free chocolate pancakes, spread it on toast, and mix it with my various oatmeal/protein powder concotions. For lunch I usually pair this peanut butter product with baby carrots along with a salad or sandwich. Snacks with peanut butter include greek yogurt + peanut butter, protein powder "goop" made with protein powder, peanut butter and milk, and my sugar free chocolate banana cake topped with peanut butter. For dinner I may just eat a scoop of peanut butter on the side for a dose of healthy fats, or occasionally I will indulge in a peanut butter and (all natural fruit spread) jelly sandwich.

Nutritional Facts: Serving Size 2 Tbsp (32g)
Calories: 200
Total Fat: 16g
Sodium: 105mg
Total Carbohydrates: 6g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 7g

This one is simple because Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter only contains two ingredients: peanuts and salt.

Packaging and Pricing:
This peanut butter comes in a 16 oz glass jar and has about 14 servings per container, or 28 tablespoons.
At Wal-Mart this peanut butter is priced at $3.50. Compared to regular peanut butter like Jif this is much more expensive, but that is because it doesn't contain any additives, hydrogentated oils or sugar. Compared to similar natural peanut butters bought at places like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or Krogers, this is a steal and comes in at least one to two dollars cheaper.

I will be the first to admit that this tastes nothing like the Jif peanut butter that you grew up eating in your PB&J's. That peanut butter was smooth, sickly sweet and the optimie of "creamy." This peanut butter however, is the optimie of "natural." Containing only peanuts and salt, this has a natural creaminess and a texture that lends it self more towards the Jif crunchy brands I assume. Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, while not sweetened with sugar, has a natural sweetness that comes through the peanuty flavor. It takes a while to get used to it, but after a week or two will become addicted to the taste. I have been known to attack the jar with a spoon in my most desperate examples.

  • The ingredient list is simple with only peanuts and salt.
  • It is lower in sugar than most other brands.
  • It is reasonably priced compared to similar products offered by other companies.
  • This product does not contain any partially hydrogenated oils that have been linked to many serious side effects.
  • It contains healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked with improved health.

  • Because this is a natural product, there is oil separation and must be stirred well before consumption.
  • It is not as sweet as other brands because of its lack of sweetener.

Final Thoughts:
I would rank this as a 9/10. It is only 1 point away from being perfect because I have noticed that its degree of saltiness varies widely based on the jar. Each jar tastes fine and I enjoy it without complaint, but I think that that is one area that could be improved upon.
Overall, this product is awesome and can be used for anything really. I use it in any recipe calling for regular peanut butter and have had no problems. I would recommend that you buy this now!

Additional Buys:
I just discovered this when doing some research on Smucker's website. Totally brilliant! I know what I'm asking for on my 18th birthday!!

It stirs up the oil that creates such a hassle in natural peanut butters!
What is your favorite way to eat Peanut Butter?

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Check out my collection of Peanut Butter and Jelly recipes from around the foodie world here.

1 comment:

  1. Why did I miss National Peanut Butter Day?! I love peanut butter so much!!! I love to frost it on brownies, pancakes, bananas, toast, pizzert babies, cookies, cakes, muffins, apples, pears, carrots, celery, and etc. etc. etc.!