Cashew butter answering my cravings for something savoury and vegan
Lunch can get pretty boring when you’re staying at home all the time. I can’t exactly be bothered to cook anything fancy or exciting in the middle of a work day, but its gets a bit dull having the same sandwich/toast combinations over and over again. Enter Noya, a nut butter company run by the kind of hilariously named Royal Nut Company. They offer a wide range of butters, including brazil, almond, and macadamia.
Back home in the UK I’d developed something of an obsession with Meridian cashew butter. There’s just something incredibly savoury and satisfying about it. It hits the spot like nothing else. An exploration of my local Coles had only surfaced Bega cashew butter. At first this was incredibly disappointing. The nut content is very low, and it’s super sweet. It just doesn’t tick the same boxes. I’ve come to see it has its place, and is quite tasty, even if it is kind of unhealthy, but it sits better in the category of things like Nutella than as a proper nut butter. Noya’s by contrast is 100% nut, and is deliciously savoury, exactly fulfilling my requirements, and satisfying my cravings. It has a slight crunch to it, which adds some interesting texture. Spread it on a nice bit of sourdough toast and it’ll be hard to find something better.
While I can’t be said to be pursuing a fully vegan lifestyle (technically I’m a pescatarian), I am trying to find and eat vegan swaps where possible (including in that most important of categories: doughnuts. It is clear that veganism is better for the planet, as well as our bodies, so if you can find vegan products you enjoy then that’s going to be a great way to lower your carbon footprint. Nut butters are fantastic for this; previously cheese would be my go-to lunch option, but now I’ve got a brilliant vegan alternative.
I’m looking forward to trying the other butters Noya offer, particularly the pistachio, which sounds deliciously intriguing. The only downside I’ve found so far is that Noya’s cashew butter is so tasty that I’m getting through it really quickly. If you’re looking for a delicious vegan lunch and breakfast option and want to explore beyond the bland world of peanut butter, I’d highly recommend giving Noya a try. You can find all their products online here (I found mine in my local IGA).
Are you a fan of nut butters? I have never been a big fan of peanuts (which I know aren’t technically nuts!), so feel I’ve been missing out. It’s great that so many other options are becoming available. Which are your favourites?