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Cashini Butter Hammocks

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Ya never saw it coming, did ya Borat?

It’s the return of the Banana Hammocks! Remember those scary things?

This particular banana hammock uses Artisana Cashini Butter, the newest creation by the delicious folks over at Premier Organics. Basically, cashini butter is a blend of raw cashews, sesame seeds, and sea salt. Now, I’ve never been keen on tahini, so I searched for an unbiased source to give y’all an honest review.

Enter the incredibly-helpful Mr. Handsome Dinner Date, who also happens to like breakfast.

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My dislike of tahini certainly wasn’t helped any by the Tahini meatballs! 😕

Dearest dad is a former breakfast-skipper who mended his ways after mucho nagging by his well-meaning daughter. Having travelled the world, he’s an extremely adventurous eater. Therefore, when I asked yesterday, he was more than happy to sample the cashini butter for me. So, I made up a Cashini banana hammock, topped with raisins, coconut, and kamut flakes. Daddy loved it; I guess that bodes well for the cashini butter. He did say, though, that he couldn’t really taste a difference between this butter and regular tahini. Perhaps the cashews simply make the butter creamier, without adding anything to the actual flavor. (P.S. I also had a banana hammock, but mine was with regular cashew butter.)

As for the other Artisana flavors:

  • Cashew Butter: Creamiest-ever cashew butter! It’s good on its own, it’s good with bananas, and—oh yeah—it’s good in tomorrow’s raw cheesecake recipe. Quite sticky, though. You literally cannot get it off the roof of your mouth.
  • Walnut Butter: This is flavorful, but a bit boring. It tastes exactly like crushed walnuts, which isn’t surprising, considering that’s mostly what it is. The texture is neither smooth nor creamy. Not bad, but nothing in comparison to the cashew, macadamia, or coconut butters.
  • Pecan Butter: See walnut butter. This is also ok, albeit a little too grainy (not creamy) for my liking.
  • Almond Butter: Yumlicious, but pretty similar to other almond butters I’ve tried.
  • Macadamia Butter: Squeal! Another favorite. But this is from the girl who loves those macadamia-filled Wild Bars. So it’s no surprise I adore this flavor.
  • Tahini: Official taste-tester man (Dad) says it tastes the same as the cashini.
  • Cacao Bliss: Chocolate and coconut. Need I say more?
  • Coconut Oil: Looooooooooooove this oil for making Homemade Chocolate 🙂

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The macadamia nut butter made a previous appearance in the form of Piña Colada Breakfast Pie.

I haven’t seen big jars of it, so I don’t often use this butter. But I highly recommend it. The smoothness is off the charts! And now, going back to something that stemmed from yesterday’s discussion: Do you think that, as a society, we’re obsessed with others’ lives?

I feel like, in many cases, our obsession with others’ lives hinders how we live our own lives. People have forgotten how to think for themselves. (Do you really like those boots, or do you only want them because Kim Kardashian wears them?)

It’s not just celebrities’ lives we’re obsessed with: Andrea’s comment was spot on; people need to stop concerning themselves with things that aren’t any of their business: the overweight woman who’s eating cake, the underweight woman who’s eating a salad, the working girl who’s buying expensive clothing… you have no idea what’s really going on in their lives, so who are you to judge? It’s not your job to be the police. And the same thing goes for trying to eat, talk, dress, or be like someone else. If you’re a cross-country runner, does it really make sense to try and tailor your diet to mimic your sedentary best friend’s?

As Rihanna says, Live your life! And come back tomorrow for cheesecake. (No, Rihanna doesn’t say that part.)

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Ooooh, you DID win the lottery! Cashew butter, macadamia nut butter, coconut butter… well done! And you didn’t even have to buy a ticket. Congratulations.

    Reality TV is still popular and I don’t know why. Need I say more? I don’t find reality shows interesting at all, nor do I understand celebrity obsession. My life is interesting enough. I do find myself comparing myself to friends and relatives sometimes – so and so has such a pretty house and mine is so dull and boring. That kind of thing. And yes, my house is dull and boring, but I don’t know how to decorate so c’est la vie. Sometimes people, including myself, need a good reality check to remind us that we have our own strengths and cannot be perfect at everything.

  2. *Andrea* says:

    I definitely agree with you on this! I love the blog Zen Habits because it often talks about simplifying your life in easy ways. Most of our society’s habits (reality shows, magazines, celebrity blogs/sites, etc.) create hyperattention on external factors, which end up causing a lot of anxiety in people I think. 🙁

    Love the banana hammock! I make them when I’m in a rush for bfast and can’t cook oats!

  3. Caitlin says:

    YES. And usually we obsess over the parts that are dramatic or private, not the parts that are meant for our consumption. I think that everyone wants to make human connections, but that we have taken this important aspect of life and twisted it into something really unhealthy. Voyeurism and gossip do not a relationship foster.

    But hey at least there is delicious cashew butter! Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Katie says:

    Amen! to what Andrea said. People to often judge the book by its cover.

    You are the luckiest person to get all the Artisana. You mentioned the almond butter is like others you have tried. I would love to know what other Almond butters you have tried and how they compare?

    1. Hmmm, the ones that come to mind are Whole Foods’ brand and Justins. They all taste the same to me. They’re good, but I’m not the biggest almond-butter fan; I’d rather eat almonds straight-up.

  5. I think we have identical taste buds – at least when it comes to “butters” 🙂

    Those were my thoughts exactly, and I think their cashew butter is the best ever! Loved the macadamia butter too. I hadn’t tried the Cashini, but thanks for the review on it, because I’m not a tahini fan either. Small doses in recipes to round out the flavors is okay, but things like tahini dressing, bleh!

  6. I would like Rhianna even more than I already do if she did say “come back tomorrow for cheezecake.” I LOVE the cashini butter. I think it does have a more mellow flavor than regular roasted tahini…but that may also have something to do with the fact that it’s raw. But as a tahini lover, this is my new favorite product. I can eat it straight out the jar, but it’d be good on a banana hammock too (the un-gross kind, of course).

  7. Hela says:

    wonderful post! (not only bc of the nut butter review ;)). you are so right! i wish people would understand that and stop judging others. i actually sometimes feel sorry for those being obsessed with other peoples lifes, as apparently they have such boring lifes themselves or so many problems within them, that they rather observe what other people are doing instead of looking at their own lifes. (so many “lifes” in one sentence!!)
    i adore tahini and i would love to try that cashini flavour!! hopefully i´ll find it somewhere…
    and a huge THANK YOU for always writing such great entries! especially now that i am having my finals it is awesome having a bit of a break when reading your blog 🙂 so thx for that 🙂

    1. Aww, thank YOU for such a sweet comment :). And good luck with your finals!

      1. Hela says:

        Just made some fudge babies today- helps my brain 😉
        Thank you so much!!

  8. radioactivegan says:

    Rihanna probably would say that last part if she knew about the possibility of vegan cheesecake! I don’t know who Kim Kardashian is, but I am probably more interested in people’s lives than I should be. For instance, I am totally willing to try out Coconut Butter because you rave about it so much … and I probably wouldn’t otherwise. Oh noes! I’m a CCK stalker! 🙂

    1. Oh, but in this particular case, it’s totally worth the hype!! Do it! Do it!
      *Laughs at evil brainwashing plan hehehe*

  9. Little Bookworm says:

    Great reviews on the nut butters. 🙂 I’ve only ever tried cashew butter and almond butter.

  10. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

    Yummy reviews!!! This helps me a lot, because I just got some of those little squeeze packets in all the different varieties. I want to make some yummy recipes out of it. Btw, have you ever tried halvah? I tried a little nibble once from my mom (the chocolate-kind, of course) It may change your view on tahini. it’s basically a tahini-based candy. I tried making it (turned into a tahini mousse sort of thing, but still tasted good!)

    But yes, I totally agree that people are obsessed with other people. Just look at the magazine stand!

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever tried halvah. It’s weird: I like sesame flavor (sesame-ginger dressing, sesame oil, etc) but just don’t seem to like tahini. Oh, and I hate the seeds, but that’s just cause they get stuck in my teeth!

      1. Albizia says:

        Then you must probably try a different kind of halva. Most types of halva in my region aren’t even made of sesame seeds. They use sunflower seeds for it and add dried fruits, pistachios, honey, cocoa, etc. so you would probably like it. What about chocolate halva with walnuts?

        http://www.koska.com/tur/images/urunler/yaz_helvalari/b/06.jpg

        Yum!

        And I really hate it when people think we should be all the same. We are different and that’s what makes us unique.

        1. Thanks for the link! Chocolate, didya say? I’ll definitely check it out! 🙂

  11. 40apples says:

    Rihanna SHOULD say that last part 😉
    And well said re: obsession with other peoples’ lives. In this age of media and social networking, I feel like all we do all the time is look at what other people are doing, wearing, eating, etc. And to be honest that’s a big part of this blogging community too… However I do think there is another element here that’s much different than straight up voyeurism – it’s the great support and positivity that abounds. While it’s inevitable that people will fall into the self-comparison trap, I think a lot of people get a lot of inspiration and motivation from these blogs. Which is pretty awesome 🙂

  12. I LOVED the macadamia butter too! It was amazing. Interesting about the cashini; I haven’t tried mine yet, but I’m anticipating that I probably won’t like it since I’m not a fan of tahini either. I like it in hummus and that’s about it.

    You definitely went fast in your taste-testing! I’m super weird and I like to make everything last, so I’ve only opened one pack of macadamia butter and the coconut butter they sent me. Maybe I just need to loosen up a bit, especially if I want to get my reviews up! lol. I can’t wait to try the cashew/walnut/pecan butter.

    People are wayyy obsessed with other people’s lives. It’s crazy, and I truly don’t get it. I’ve never understood the concept of celebrities; after all, he/she is a person just like you. They’re good at something in particular… big whoop. So are hundreds of other people. Is it really necessary to wear their name on your shirt or copy their lifestyle? Haha. I don’t get it. 😛

    By the way, I got your email! 🙂 I will respond soon. 🙂

    Kelsey

  13. Nomnomnom!!! You’re one lucky gal to get to try all those yummy flavors!

    We’re definitely obsessed with other people’s lives as a society. I personally don’t pay attention to it. If I met Paris Hilton out in town, I wouldn’t think anything of it. And whenever somebody asks if I heard that so and so went to jail..I always say “well yeah, they all do drugs.” As mean as it sounds, it’s true!! And they deserve to get punished for it WITHOUT special treatment..just like everyone else. As for reality shows and all that, they’re so lame. I heard on the radio the other day some stations are planning on getting rid of them because people are starting to not care. It’s the same year after year..

  14. thedelicateplace says:

    you don’t like tahini?! i loveeeee it! i’ll gladly take it off your hands 😉 do you not like hummus or does the chickpea or any other veggie hummified take the sesame taste away for you? i agree with that comment. i keep my mouth shut unless i have something nice to say. i NEVER comment on a person’s weight or what they are eating yet it’s ok for people to do it to me 🙁 it makes me feel awkward and it’s not a compliment to be told “you’re skinny!” i beat to my own drum!

    1. I’m actually really not the biggest lover of hummus! Maybe I’m the only one in the blogworld lol. Every so often, I’ll come across a hummus I like, but even then it’s not my favorite thing in the world. Well, there was one hummus I ADORED, but that was from a restaurant in China… and my friend from Israel tasted it and told me, “This is NOT hummus!” Oh well hehe :).

  15. EmbraceYourSkin says:

    Great reviews!
    I plan to get my hands on some Artisana asap!

  16. Laura says:

    I completely agree that we should all try to focus more on what is going on with our own lives and stop obsessing over what is going on with other people’s, something that has definitely got out of control since the invention of the net and electronic social networking, but I did just have to say that (a) it’s unfortunately nothing new – even in the Victorian ages – even in Classical Rome! – people gossiped about one another, talked scandal and imitated the clothing, speech and activities of other people. It seems like it’s just nature to a certain extent, and (b) an interest in what other people are doing, eating and wearing is kind of essential to the food blogging community. If everyone here suddenly developed no interest at all in your life, for instance, you would have no readers. 🙂

    1. Too true! And it’s nice to feel noticed… in a good way. Plus, I love sharing idea and experiences with people. I just hope that they’ll make their own decisions after hearing my recommendations. (I.e. if you don’t like coconut, don’t feel like you have to buy the butter just because all the other bloggers seem to love it, ya know?) 🙂

  17. Totally agree with the obsessed with other peoples lives part. I hadn’t thought about the subject much until you mentioned it but it’s something I notice a lot!
    Nice reviews, btw 🙂 Makes me wanna try them all! And I’m still so curious about that veggie cake 😀

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    Omg girl, YES people are obsessed with other ppl’s lives! I was actually going to do a post today on judgment and being critical of others but it’s not ready so it will go out Wed. Anyway though, yes, not only are ppl obsessed w/ others lives, sadly I dont find it in a positive way. Unfortunately many people only read/look/voyeur into the lives of others to find fault, or pick apart, or criticize in some way. As I am saying in my post, I dont care if you eat meat or if you dont, or if you drink a fifth of whiskey a day or if you dont, live your life. Enjoy it. And let others do the same with theirs 🙂

    xoox

  19. Tricia says:

    yeah cross country!
    And lol, i eat a bit more than my sedentary friends, but mainly in the morning as after i run, i’m not hungry hardly at all.

    P.S. i LOVE almond butter, just saying 😉
    I try not to live in other peoples lives. i just steal their tips and recipes lol.

  20. the banana hammocks are intimidating looking! and yet so delicious 😉

    have a great night!
    bec xo

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