I'm an occasional Opensky shopper. When I spotted a chia-infused peanut butter sampler pack on sale, called BeKind Butter from Chia Charger, I ordered it without even thinking. Two of my favorite pantry ingredients, joining forces to become the ultimate power couple? I know you're thinking, I could have accidentally spilled some chia seeds into my nut butter and continued on brilliantly from there...so why does a company need to sell me on this idea?
1) It's pretty good and has lots of chia packed into each bite
2) Sales benefit charity
3) The varieties are intriguing
4) I was out of nut butter. This rarely happens.
The BeKind Butter Taste Test...
The sampler pack included 3 flavors.
Gator Grit: Super chunky peanut butter with 2x the chia seeds (also available in smooth)
Manhattan Mud: Smooth Peanut butter blended with vegan dark chocolate
Buffalo Dirt: Smooth peanut butter made with real coffee
From left: Gator Grit, Manhattan Mud, Buffalo Dirt
Gator Grit was the winner for me. Chunky with bits of peanuts, it tasted fresh and "refreshingly plain". Yes, sometimes you just want peanut butter to taste like peanut butter.
Manhattan Mud has a subtle cocoa flavor, but I would have gone darker. I expected it to be a blend of peanuts and almonds like it shows on Opensky, but the ingredient list had peanuts only. Very similar to the Gator Grit, just not as chunky. And not sweet at all, which is rare for a chocolate nut butter.
The Buffalo Dirt is certainly the most interesting of the three, with that familiar coffee flavor tucked in, slightly bitter, but pleasant. I could see this working really well for a tiramisu-style stuffed french toast or dessert.
Nutritionally, the nut butters fall in the same calorie/fat range as most others, but of course, you get powerful chia seed Omega-3s and fiber. You can order all 3 for $26 at Opensky.
As for me, I prefer my nut butter raw rather than roasted, but I'm looking forward to baking with these butters. If you're a chia lover and normally buy roasted, then you'll likely be a big fan.