Product Review: Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Balls

Betty Lou's Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Balls
Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Balls

Product: Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Balls – $1.69+

I’ve gotta be on a peanut butter protein bar (or ball, in this case) kick this week.  Because after wrapping up with the sample GoMacro Peanut Butter Macrobars, I immediately dug into my snack drawer and pulled out one of the other cash register treats I picked up at the Raisin Rack in Columbus, Ohio.  This time, it was from a company I was familiar with.  When I was in Denver, Colorado two years ago, I picked up a couple of different flavors of Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Fruit Bars.  Well…when something uses the phrase gluten-free with the words peanut butter…trust me…you have my full and undivided attention.

And that, in a nutshell (see what I did there?) is how I came home with one of Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Nut Butter Balls.  Specifically…the peanut butter one.

Betty Lou, the owner of Betty Lou’s Inc., believes that there is a connection between what people eat and how they feel.  I couldn’t agree more.  As I have taken more to eating clean, I find that I feel much better.  And when I don’t…I can tell.  Almost 32 years ago, Betty Lou made a conscious decision to remove refined sugar from her family’s diet…and in doing so, began to create recipes that were made with honey and brown rice syrup instead.  She fine-tuned each recipe and made everything with the best, healthiest, cutting edge ingredients.  Today, 32 years later, that same practice is in place and all of Betty Lou’s healthy, all-natural, gluten-free products have to live up to the highest of standards.  Good ingredients…never compromising taste.

I thoroughly enjoyed the three versions of Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Fruit Bars that I picked up in Colorado.  So…now it was peanut butter’s time to shine.  I hoped.

When my morning snack time rolled around, I pulled the Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball out and opened it up.  I tried to be careful with it, so that the wrapper wouldn’t be torn in the picture…but…that didn’t happen.  After taking the picture for the blog, I pulled out my butter knife from my desk (I keep a set of silverware in my drawer) and sliced off a piece for my roommate to try.  I had a bit of a time cutting through the actual nut butter ball itself, and it was shedding the peanuts that speckled the outside of it like crazy.  Nonetheless, a little elbow grease, and some upper body strength…and voila…I had a piece for Cathy to try.  I took my own bite…and began to chew.

And chew.  And chew.  And chew some more.  In fact, the Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball…was kind of tough.  It seemed like the heat from my mouth actually had to warm it up to make it pliable.  And then it was like chewing caramel that has gotten solid rather than soft.  You just keep chewing and chewing and chewing until it eventually dissolves enough that you can safely swallow it.

That…was how I felt eating this.  And I only took a small bite.

I took Cathy her piece and awaited her thoughts.  They actually mirrored my own.  While the Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball had a much better and more predominant peanut butter flavor than the GoMacro Peanut Butter Macrobar (see review just ahead of this one!), it wasn’t soft nor easy to really eat.  In fact, I might have burned more calories eating the thing than it gave my body.  My jaw was totally getting a workout.  So, it was a shame about the texture, but the flavor was really good.  And the little roll in peanuts to have them speckle the top of the nut butter ball itself was genius.  It just adds to the flavor for sure.

So…really on the fence on this one.  If it had been softer and easier to eat, I think this would have been a runaway hit.  But…as it was…my jaw started to ache after awhile and soon I found myself just wishing it was gone already.  I ate it, although it took awhile and many a chew break…but found it tasty, regardless.  I might be a little hesitant to pick one up next time, however.  Just for the sheer fact that it was like gnawing on tough caramel rather than diving into a rich, smooth peanut buttery treat.

So, what makes up Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Balls?  The listed ingredients are organic agave syrup, peanut butter, whey protein blend, peanuts, inulin (dietary fiber), whey protein crisps, natural peanut extract, water, vanilla extract, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, pure sunflower lecithin, sea salt, mixed tocoherols (natural vitamin E).  Clean eating this is not.  In fact, it has some crazy vitamin’s getting mixed in there as well.  I can’t pronounce them…and therefore will not type them.  The Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball contains no trans fat, no corn, no soy and is non-GMO.  This ball contains electrolytes.

So, a bit of a letdown as far as ingredients.  I was hoping for more natural ingredients.

As for nutrition, one serving is one of the Nut Butter Balls.  The Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball serves up 180 calories and 8 grams of fat.  The fat is mostly derived from the peanuts and peanut butter though, so keep that in mind.  You will be taking in 10 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, and 12 grams of sugar.  In addition, you will be consuming 5 grams of filling fiber and a whopping 15 grams of protein.

I don’t know if I will try any other of the Nut Butter Balls that Betty Lou’s offers.  This one really didn’t win me over with the texture of it.  The flavor was amazing, but…I don’t like having my jaw hurt just to eat a snack.  Had this been softer, I think it would have been a complete winner.  I think I’ll stick to the Gluten-Free Fruit Bars when it comes to Betty Lou’s products.  I just wasn’t impressed with the Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Nut Butter Ball.  At all.

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