American Nut Butters Up In My Porridge

April 23, 2013


Hello friends.

We are all settled in our San Francisco apartment and the boys are hard at work. Our home is completely gorgeous, in stark contrast to our digs at Coachella (more on that in my next post). Our area is rocking (we’re in SoMa) and right now I’m sitting, typing in Sightglass Coffee – they craft beautiful coffee and are a one minute walk from our apartment. Damn, I could get used to this.

Let’s talk breakfast. In the interest of saving money, I will not be dining out for three meals a day at the likes of Tartine, Crafstman and Wolves and Boulette’s Larder *sigh*. Rather I will focus my morning meal efforts on humble provisions such as oats and yoghurt, saving my pennies for special occasions.

Yesterday I foraged through supermarket after supermarket, enthralled with the tremendous range of health goods available. It was entirely overwhelming and wonderful and energising and inspiring. I left with three nut butters (don’t judge), a bag of oats (self-serve bins are far cheaper than pre-packaged), milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and a bag of carrots. The essentials.


This morning I assembled most of these goods into a humble San Francisco breakfast. I sampled the nut butters and had myself a hearty meal in doing so, fueling up for a day of wandering and frolicking and pinching myself.



♥ Biscoff spread (essentially blended up cookies. In no life will this ever be a nutritious topping, but I had to buy a jar. I just had to. Next up? Trader Joe’s cookie butter)

♥ Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter (I’ve had sunflower seed butter in Australia and it just tasted rank. Here they add ingredients to make it taste less rank and I did find it delicious, however on the health spectrum it’s not number one).

♥ Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter (“bare” in that it has less added ingredients than the original Barney’s. Delicious, yes, however I’d prefer if the oil used wasn’t palm oil.)

♥ Oats were made simply with rolled oats and 2% milk. Served with a side of vegetable juice.


What did you have for breakfast today? And any nut butter tips out there? I’m clearly very open to sampling many.
Heidi xo


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  • Tina April 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m a nut butter virgin here (apart from almond) so I’m no help! But you’ve inspired me to get my sampling on!

    Hope you’re enjoying SF 🙂

    • Heidi April 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Yay, have fun, Tina! & thanks, it’s a blast x

  • Jennifer April 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I always liked the idea of sunflower seed butter but I thought it was pretty bad too when I tried it! Obviously I need a trip to America. Hope you’re having a blast!

    • Heidi April 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I like the idea of making my OWN sunflower seed butter…might do that when I’m home! x

  • Sean Jewell April 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Favorite thing we make at my work is a nut butter dream

    • Heidi April 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

      oh man they look gooooooood x

  • InTolerant Chef April 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

    This looks like a great breakfast! I don’t know about cookie butter though? For breakfast today I had a real treat of peanut butter and jam on toast. A very rare dish but my reward for only a few hours sleep with BigJ keeping me up all night with his latest falling-off-bike war wounds 🙂

    • Heidi April 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

      oh poor pet! Yay for PB&J though, such a favourite x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 24, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Oh Biscoff, that’s dangerous stuff!! I’ve got two jars and I’m rationing it big time! 😛

    • Heidi April 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

      haha wise lady x

  • Margaret April 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’m currently loving Artisana pecan butter. I love all their products because the ingredients list is so short.
    The porridge looks so warm and comforting. 🙂

    • Heidi April 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Ahh yes, I do know that brand, but don’t think I’ve tried the pecan butter. Sounds divine, thanks x

  • Ashley April 25, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Ooh, I’ve never had sunflower seed butter before, it sounds real pleasant, but shame your experience in Oz wasn’t good. Will have to wait til I get up that way myself! 🙂

    • Heidi April 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

      yeah you will!! Not long now 🙂 x

  • hollypop April 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    heidiiii can we still be friends if i tell you..
    i just really can’t get into nut butter?
    i like kraft peanut butter on hot toast. and i love nut milk..(fresh almond milk with vanilla and cinnamon omg)
    but nut butter in porridge seems like total madness.
    i’ll stick to my heidi-inspired chocolate porridge for now.
    hope you’re having a magical time and the boys are getting lots of work done!

    • Heidi April 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Holly lady, you know what? You are so right, I think it IS weird to put nut butter up in your porridge. But I’d eat nut butter each & every way, I love it that much. I need to get some nut milk happening, there is this one place that sells it but I haven’t bought it yet as it’s sooo expensive, it’s like a delicious smoothie with vanilla and cinnamon & yeah I just want it so bad. Thanks for the well wishes. It is magical & the boys are working hard & it’s all wonderful. Hope you’re well xo

  • Hannah April 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    You know I love this. You know I love this. Only three? Lady. That’s but the tip of the glorious iceberg.

    • Heidi April 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Bring it on x

  • Tal May 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I live in San Francisco and the hazelnut almond butter that they sell at the Mill, from riverview orchard, is the best! Smells exactly like nutella but healthier!

    • Heidi May 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Tal! I had some of the almond butter there today & will most definitely purchase some of the Riverview Orchard hazelnut almond butter next time. Divine! x

  • Sahna June 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Heidi! I’m so enjoying seeing your American travels, what a big, diverse and crazy awesome country. I am so jealous of your whole foods and trader joes sojourns, complete nut butter addict here. Geez – those Americans really know how to do nut butters, Melbourne really needs to up its game. I recently ordered three big jars of Justin’s nut butters from America as a present to myself to celebrate the end of semester (there’s nothing weird about that?) – and the almond maple is quite simply the most delightful and drippily gorgeous nut butter I’ve ever experienced. Only downside is the palm fruit oil in it – but it’s so delicious I might just have to feign sweet, sweet ignorance :S
    Loving your new look blog BTW!

    • Heidi June 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Congrats on finishing your semester, Sahna! That is the BEST present, good job. I had tried Justin’s on a previous trip. So delicious, you’re right. But haven’t tried the almond maple. Might have to pick up a small sample pack (which are totally readily available). Thank you for the tip! x