As I mentioned in a previous post, I dabbled with a strict raw food diet a number of years ago. While I didn’t stick with it for long, I discovered a few hidden gems among the store shelves and websites catering to raw foodists that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. One of these was an actual Jem: the Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter from Jem Nut Butters. This product has since been discontinued and replaced with a Cashew Cardamom spread, but it is just as swoon-worthy as the original.
Jem sprouted almond, hazelnut, and cashew spreads are full of enzymes and nutrition, but you won’t be thinking about the health benefits as you devour them by the jar, because these nut butters are true gourmet food items. Stone-ground at slow speeds for up to 48 hours, their texture is silky smooth with no separation of oils. They are sweetened with ingredients like coconut sugar and lucuma, which are nutrient-dense and low glycemic, yet have a richer, more complex flavor than refined cane sugar. Each product is raw, gluten-free, vegan, and 100% certified organic, so everyone* can love the spread and spread the love.
The company produces four flavors of its sprouted nut butters—including Cinnamon Red Maca, Hazelnut Raw Cacao (move over, Nutella!), and Superberry Maqui Camu—but I still go nuts for the Cashew Cardamom. While there are a variety of ways to enjoy these spreads with sweet and savory foods alike, I have never managed to get past the phase of eating them straight from the jar with a spoon.
Other than online, I’ve only found Jem products in one natural foods store in my area. Like a precious gemstone, these delicious Jem stone-ground nut butters are a rare find, but it’s worth the effort to unearth them. In addition to larger jars, Jem offers a sampler pack containing each of its flavors in petite sizes. So whether you’re a raw foodist or a just a foodie, strike the mother lode and appraise all four of these scrumptious spreads.
*Except those with tree nut allergies.