Nutkins is a small family business specializing in homemade nut butters. The idea for Nutkins came about after Nilu and Ayya (partners in both business and life) started changing their eating habits, and tried making peanut butter at home. They realized that it’s really very easy to make, but less easy to perfect. After weeks of experimenting, they eventually ended up with their three ingredient recipe: Nuts, a dash of honey for sweetness and a pinch of salt for flavor.
“When you eat peanut butter, the way to tell whether it’s good is to just eat a spoonful. If it sticks to the roof of your mouth, then you know that it’s good peanut butter.” Ayya explains. “We experiment with our recipes until we are sure it’s exactly the taste we are looking for. We make a version, taste it, tweak it, and make another version and so on for weeks on end”.
I asked them the question that is on everyone’s mind when they hear about homemade products that you can also find easily on the shelves. What makes your nut butters better than the ones at the convenience stores?
They gave me not one reason, but several.
“Nutkins nut butters are sugar free and gluten-free so they are safe to consume for those with dietary restrictions. All nut butters produced at Nutkins are also completely free of trans fats and hydrogenated oils which are found in almost all similar imported items.”
“Another very good reason why Nutkins nut butters are better is because they are made fresh every day; you’ll never be stuck with an old or almost expired product.”
“We never really expected our nut butters to get as popular as it has, but the demand and feedback has been so positive.” Nilu said. “Only six months into our business, we already have a large customer base of regulars and they always give us feedback like, the taste remains the same and that it’s better than the store-bought kind.”
“Our most popular item is actually the almond butter.” She adds. “We started making almond butter because we tried and couldn’t find any in Male’, and even if we find it its really really expensive. We wanted to provide quality almond butter at a good price for people who are looking at making a positive change to their lifestyle and eating habits.”
Nutkins already sells Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies made with their peanut butter, so the next thing I wanted to know was about some interesting new items that I could make with their products, rather than just slathering some on toast.
“Nut butters are very good for smoothies, whether it’s a high protein smoothie or for weight-loss, or just to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. Two tablespoons of your preferred nut butter, a cup of milk and some frozen fruit (we recommend a banana) makes a simple but delicious and nutritious smoothie that will give you a lots of energy and makes you feel full for hours.”
“You can bake cakes, brownies, cookies, pretty much anything you like. It all depends on your taste.” Ayya says. “I have an Uncle who eats peanut butter with rihaakuru and I personally don’t recommend but he says it tastes good.”
You can order Nutkins Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy), Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies or Tahini at the official Nutkins Instagram Page or Facebook Page. Your order can be customized without the honey upon requested, for those on a vegan, diabetic or special diet.
Words by Ruba Ali
Photos by Nutkins