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IngredientsHeirloom Mission Almonds, House Toasted Organic Coconut, Raw Organic Coconut Crystals, and Sea Salt
When stars align in just the right way, you can discover phenomena that might have otherwise been invisible or unknown.A few years ago, we learned through a mutual friend that world famous Arlington, VA-based ultra-marathoner Mike Wardian not only had a Vizsla, Rosie (@rosievizslaruns), but also counts almond butter as one of his all-time favorite foods. We looked Mike up online, and his running resume was impressive to say the least. Beyond his world-class athletic achievements, he also seemed to be a kindred spirit, staying busy breaking paradigms doing something he loved. I sent Mike an email to introduce myself and Big Spoon Roasters, and by coincidence, Mike had recently heard of us while looking for a great-tasting, all-natural almond butter. We sent him a few jars to try, and before we knew it, Mike and Rosie became our good friends, and we joined the likes of Hoka One One and Sweetgreen as one of Mike’s official sponsors. Since then, Mike has broken several world records, including the World Marathon Challenge, which consists of 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents (!). Most recently, Mike was the overall winner at the 2017 Big Sur Marathon, and posted the fastest time of the year in the Boston to Big Sur Challenge.
Mike’s favorite go-to varieties are our Mission Almond Butter and Almond Ginger Butter, and he eats one or both daily. Since we’ve known him, though, Mike has gently but enthusiastically suggested we create his “dream” nut butter, with fresh-roasted almonds and coconut as the central ingredients. I immediately loved the idea, and it was just a matter of zeroing in on what a Big Spoon Roasters take on “almond + coconut” would be. Not to put too fine a point on it, but when we make a nut butter, every ingredient has to shine brightly with intensity. Flavors and textures must also be in balance with one another, complementing and never drowning each other out.
We’ve spent the last six months exploring different ingredients and recipes in our test kitchen, and have fine tuned an almond + coconut butter that is worthy of the Big Spoon Roasters name. Thankfully, Mike and Rosie give our new Almond Coconut Butter their stamps of approval. We hope it becomes one of your new favorites, too!
Our Almond Coconut Butter is handmade from fresh-roasted heirloom Mission variety almonds, crispy toasted coconut flakes, raw organic coconut crystals, and hand-harvested sea salt to create a decadent, naturally sweet, irresistible nut butter reminiscent of homemade coconut macaroons.
What are coconut crystals?When the coconut tree is tapped, it produces a nutrient-rich "sap" that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic (GI of only 35), is an abundant source of minerals, 17 amino acids, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. Small batches ensure that the pure, coconut crystals made by California-based Coconut Secret from this natural sap, is a raw, enzymatically alive product. They evaporate with a low temperature only to remove excess moisture and allow for crystallization. By contrast, most brown cane sugar is boiled at temps up to 221 degrees F and is not a true brown sugar, because molasses is added back in after it has been refined into white sugar.10oz Jar
Nutrition Facts per 2 Tbsp. (28g) ServingCalories 200. Calories from Fat 160. Total Fat 18g. Saturated Fat 2g. Trans Fat 0g. Cholesterol 0mg. Sodium 65mg (1% recommended daily intake, or RDI). Total Carbohydrate 8g. Dietary Fiber 4g. Sugars 2g. Protein 7g. Calcium 8% RDI. Iron 6% RDI.
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