R&D Batch

At Big Spoon Roasters, we’re committed to changing the way people think about nut butter, and that means constant innovation. Together with our Limited Batch Series, our R&D Nut Butter Series is a major part of that commitment

It's rare for even a small batch food-maker to create eight new recipes in a year, much less to commit to creating eight new recipes every year! However, creating these new recipes brings us great joy, and we're so excited to share them with you! 

Our super-small R&D batches allow us to push the limits of what a nut butter can be, and to do that, we draw inspiration from all kinds of things, including favorite ingredient combinations and textures that may only exist in our imaginations. Great food memories also inspire us to keep dreaming, experimenting, and infusing creativity into our recipe development process.

Our Winter 2024 R&D Batch is Bananas Foster Peanut & Cashew Butter! 

13oz jar jar of R&D Bananas Foster Peanut & Cashew Butter surrounded by bananas, yellow tulips, peanuts, cashews, rum, cinnamon sticks, and banana chips with a yellow-striped background

Our first R&D nut butter batch of 2024 is Bananas Foster Peanut & Cashew Butter, made with fresh-roasted High Oleic Runner peanuts, Organic cashews, bananas, Kill Devil Rum, Organic maple syrup, Organic coconut nectar, cinnamon, vanilla, and Jacobsen sea salt. This nut butter take on the legendary New Orleans dessert offers the cinnamon-toasted, boozy banana flavor you'd expect, just without the tableside flambé. We also made it vegan and without refined sugar, just for you.

A Brief History of Bananas Foster
The origin stories of iconic American dishes are often mysterious, or at the very least, contested. Not so with Bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert comprised of bananas flambéed with rum and served with vanilla ice cream. In 1951, legendary restauranteur Owen Brennan asked his sister Ella to come up with a “fancy new dessert” for a dinner that night at their restaurant, Vieux Carre, honoring local civic leader Richard Foster.  

Ella remembered a simple dessert her mother had made by sauteing banana halves with butter and brown sugar. To “jazz it up,” as one does in New Orleans, Vieux Carre’s chef Paul Blange poured rum and banana liqueur on top, setting the mixture on fire at tableside, and tossed in cinnamon to make it sparkle in the flames before serving the concoction over vanilla ice cream. They called it "bananas Foster," and a classic was born. 

A NOLA Classic Meets Rum from the Outer Banks
For the ever-important rum in this recipe, we partnered with the Manteo, NC-based craft operation of Outer Banks Distilling, whose flagship Kill Devil Silver Rum offers pitch-perfect notes of toasted marshmallow, crème brûlée, and vanilla with a clean finish. As far back as the 1600’s, rum was referred to as “kill-devil,” and the Outer Banks town of Kill Devil Hills is believed to be named for the shipwrecked cargos of rum from the Caribbean that would wash up along its shores. Lighthouses and technology have made those waters safer, but thankfully, Outer Banks Distilling is keeping the tradition of rum in the Outer Banks alive. 


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Ingredients: High Oleic Runner Peanuts, Organic Fair Labor Cashews, Bananas, Organic Coconut Nectar, Organic Maple Syrup, Kill Devil Rum, Saigon Cinnamon, Vanilla, Jacobsen Sea Salt

Allergen Info: This product contains peanuts, cashews & coconut. It may contain traces of other tree nuts.  

Nutrition Facts: Servings per jar: 13, Serving Size: 2 Tbsp (28g), Amount Per Serving: Calories 160, Total Fat 12g (15% DV), Sat. Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 35mg (2% DV), Total Carb. 9g (3% DV), Fiber 2g (7% DV), Total Sugars 3g, (Incl. <2g added Sugars, 4% DV), Protein 5g, Vit. D (0% DV), Calcium (2% DV), Iron (6% DV), Potassium (4% DV), Magnesium (15% DV), Manganese (20% DV).