Melt Buttery Spread & Apple Bread


A while ago, I was contacted about trying out and reviewing a new butter alternative spread called Melt Buttery Spread. I don’t usually do reviews, but this new spread caught my interest. It was free of the nasty stuff you usually see in fake butter spreads, and was made from a gluten free blend of non-hydrogenated healthy fats:
Now, I like my butter – so I don’t usually seek out alternatives to this golden nectar from heaven. But like everything, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing. So I decided to give it a try.

The company describes their spread as: “Rich & Creamy Melt® Organic, a butter alternative that is truly delicious. Melt® Organic is the perfect organic blend of the healthiest fats that supports healthy weight when replacing other fats in your daily diet. Each serving of Melt® Organic delivers an ideal combination of healthful saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats for optimal nutrient content and absorption, weight management, thyroid function, heart health, and digestive health. Melt® Organic is certified organic and kosher, and is soy free, Trans fat free, and gluten free. Our products do not contain coloring agents or artificial ingredients of any kind and they never will. Our ingredients are Eco-social, fair trade, and non-GMO.”

I quickly received my sample and couldn’t wait to try it out. Upon opening the container, I was pleasantly surprised at the smooth, creamy consistency, and the mild coconut aroma. My first concern was it’s taste, I knew if it was too coconutty (is that word?) it wouldn’t fly in our house. But the taste was great. It did have a mild coconut flavor, but nothing that was over powering.


Since first trying the spread, I’ve buttered my toast with it, melted it in mac & cheese, sautéed vegetables with it, and the final test – I baked with it.  I decided to use it melted, as a substitute for vegetable oil in an apple bread recipe. The result was fantastic. I couldn’t tell any difference, and I felt good knowing that the fat was all healthy.

Now I just wish I could say the fat on my body was all healthy. Smile You can learn more about the healthy butter alternative and it’s ingredients on their website.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for doing this review, other than the product I received from sampling purposes.

Apple Bread

Printable Recipe
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted Melt buttery spread (or vegetable oil)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup whole what pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Topping:
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp butter (or Melt spread)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oil and lemon zest. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Stir in the apples. Combine the topping ingredients (the amounts are an estimate since I just threw together some ingredients to make a crumb topping). Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, then sprinkle the topping on top.  Bake for 50-60 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before trying to remove from the pan.  Enjoy!



14 comments:

warmvanillasugar said...

Mmm this is just lovely!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I'm always a bit of a skeptic too when it comes to replacing real butter. Glad you liked it though, I'll have to look around for it.

Steph said...

This bread sounds amazing! Sweet apple chunks always get me :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

Interesting...still trying to figure out what it is! That bread looks awesome.

Zoe said...

I would love to eat more of "good" fat than the "naughty" ones. Good to know this spread is a yummy tasty one.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy 2012.

Angry Asian said...

i immediately perked up when i saw this posted as a butter alternative... but in reading it more, i'm seeing that is not listed as dairy free.

this treat does look lovely.

Adele Forbes said...

Thanks so very much for turning us all on the Melt Buttery spread. I will be visiting my local health food store soon. And the apple bread part got me right from the start. Have a beautiful Christmas Eve!

Sandra said...

Just perfect any time of the day hehe..
Have a Happy Holidays!!!

Jay said...

wow..sounds amazing..
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excellent presentation with stunning cliks..
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Ally said...

Wow this sounds delish!
Beautiful blog you have!
xo
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Magic of Spice said...

Sounds like an interesting spread. And your apple cake looks amazing!
Happy New Year!

The Dynamic Duo said...

My that is just lovely! It looks so moist and scrumptious. A perfect combo with warm tea!

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

~Tammy xoxo

Monet said...

I can see why you wanted to review this! It looks like it goes perfectly with that apple bread. Thank you for sharing yet another delectable post. I'm exhausted after my first day back from vacation, but happy to be reading your words and seeing your eats! I hope you are doing well, my friend.

Anna said...

This looks so, so good!
What a great blog!




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