Tuesday, July 26, 2011

{Gluten Free Review} Barney Butter (Almond Butter)

The first person to really introduce me to the joys of almond butter was Heather of "Heather Eats Almond Butter." After seeing the gorgeous pictures on her blog of oat bran drizzled with almonds butter, muffins made with almond butter, cookies made with almond butter, etc... I really wanted to try almond butter. I probably started reading her blog about 3 years ago and ever since if I see a new brand of almond butter on the shelf I have to try it.

At Food Lion not too long ago I saw Barney Butter on the shelf. I picked up a jar and brought it home. Since I have about 5 OTHER jars of  almond butter that are slowly being eaten, I really didn't want to open it up. But curiosity got the better of me and I tried it out.

This a very creamy almond butter. The texture is like JIF peanut butter. Personally it wasn't my favorite brand of nut butter. The texture was so smooth it seemed very processed. My favorite brand thus far (and one that's very easy for me to find) has been Maranatha almond butter. Justin's nut butter is also a favorite if I feel the need to be decadent!

I think this would be a great alternative for kids who are used to the very processed texture of JIF peanut butter and they can't have peanuts anymore. I think this brand is probably geared more towards a child's palate than adult palates. It is not overly sweet, but it does contain evaporated cane juice to give it just a hint of sweetness (again very similar to Peter Pan or JIF peanut butter brands). To create such a smooth texture this brand also contains palm oil -- which I am not against -- I love baking with palm shortening... but personally I enjoy the texture of all natural brands better.

I do LOVE that this brand is clearly marked gluten free and is processed in a completely peanut-free facility which is really important for those with peanut allergies!

What's your favorite almond butter? Do you ever drizzle it on oatmeal or ice-cream? If you don't you're missing out!
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  1. Your review inspired me this morning. I had almond butter from our local natural foods store with organic celery for breakfast. I know, it's a weird breakfast, but it's really, really good.

  2. not weird at all! that's like ants on a log! minus the ants! lol!! :-) So glad you liked it!

  3. I've heard good things about Barney butter but one thing I like about almond butter is the graininess of it, so I'm not sure I'd dig it either. The only almond butter I've had is homemade and the stuff that our local health food store grinds on the spot. I actually don't make or buy it often b/c when I do...it disappears a little too fast if you know what I mean. Oh, I wanted to make sure you knew that I had your blog for this month's SRC and I made your raw brownie bites. They were so good! I made your recipe then changed it a bit (I can't help it, my sweet tooth is huge) and added choco chips to the top. Woo hoo! Thanks for the great recipe.

  4. I love Marantha Almond Butter too, and when my budget allows I buy the RAW version- to me as good as chocolate!

  5. I used to eat JIF with a spoon when I was first gluten free and stuck in my dorm with no gluten free options! Last year though I went on SCD temporarily and ended up trying almond butter, now I'll never go back to the texture of JIF! I usually just use fresh grind almond or peanut butter (even my regular grocery store has it), but sometimes I splurge and make cashew butter and pecan butter too. I love Justin's almond butter just because they make to-go packs, so I can have some GF pretzels and almond butter when I'm stuck on campus all day.

  6. I LOVE TJs almond butter with sea salt. I mean, it's amazing. On anything.

  7. I LOOOVE Justin's maple almond butter. Like dessert. Usually I buy Maranatha or Whole Foods brand though.