Barney’s Almond Butter

I swore to myself that I’d never waste my money on almond butter again.  To me, almond butter really never compared to peanut butter, my true love.  Yet I’d find myself going to the grocery store seeking a change-up from the jars of peanut butter I’d consume on regular basis and throwing almond butter in my cart as if I were a fan.  Every time I’d open the jar, spread some almond butter on a banana/oatmeal/toast and become disappointed.  Almond butter is just no peanut butter.

So after several failed attempts in coaxing myself to enjoy almond butter, I made a firm decision to stop buying it.  (Don’t get me wrong, I did like almond butter to a degree.  I love pretty much all nut butters.  It just never compared to peanut butter, and I would rather devote my appetite to PB.)

However, I never swore off to totally stop eating it.  So about a month ago when I found BeFitBeFull‘s Barney Almond Butter giveaway, I entered figuring “hey, if I win it’s free, and it’s not like I totally dislike almond butter.”  What do you know, I ended up winning the giveaway.

The almond butter I received opened my eyes up to a whole new perspective on ground up almonds!  I opened Barney’s Crunchy Almond Butter expecting a creamy, but not fully satisfying nut butter.  To my surprise, the almond butter was not just extraordinarily creamy, but extraordinarily tasty as well!  The texture reminded me of Jiff peanut butter with the addition of chopped almonds.  And like Jiff, Barney’s Almond Butter needs not to be stirred, but it also doesn’t contain any hydrogenated fats.  It was slightly sweet, smooth, satisfying, and more than slightly addictive.

While I hadn’t previously thought almond butter’s taste to be superior to peanut butter’s, it has always held a slightly more impressive nutritional content.  Almond butter contains almost 50% more monounsaturated fat, as well as more than double the iron, vitamin E, and calcium than that of peanut butter.  Barney’s Almond Butter also lists that it contains 20% magnesium.

I’ve finally found an almond butter that tastes as good as it sounds.

After finishing my second jar and switching back to peanut butter, I started to wonder if my peanut butter could actually stand up to Barney’s Almond Butter.  Which one’s better?  It’s a hard choice.  For now, I’ll settle for calling it a tie.

What do you think, peanut butter or Barney’s Almond Butter?  Are you a fan of almond butter, and if not, have you tried Barney’s?  I’ll definitely be buying this nut butter again.  But don’t worry Crazy Richard’s.  I won’t forget about your oh-so-tasty peanut butter.  I’ll just be buying (and probably eating) double the nut butter 🙂

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  • Reply
    Melinda
    January 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I have TJ’s Almond butter right now, but this looks tasty too. Again, if I want it then I have my mom ship it here, so maybe I should ask to give this a try.

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    biz319
    January 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I was just about to say that I have Trader Joe’s almond butter with sea salt that I love – Melinda beat me to it! 😀

    Is Barney Butter available in stores or only by mail??

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    Nicole
    January 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’ve never had Barney butter. I won a Krema peanut butter giveaway and 6 jars showed up. We’re stocked for awhile : ) It’s delicious, though! I love almond butter, too. I typically buy TJ’s almond butter! Yum!! Have a great weekend, girl!

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    marla (Family Fresh Cooking)
    January 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

    How funny I too am not a fan of almond butter compared to my go-to peanut butter and sunflower seed butter (TJ’s have u tried it?) I love almonds…but the almond butters do lack in flavor. For me I like loads of flavor in a small serving. I have seen the Barney Butter in stores but I have passed it by ’cause I did not want the expense & to be disappointed. Thanks for the review ’cause now I will try this. How much sugar is in it???

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    The Candid RD
    January 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I felt the SAME way as you when I first tasted Barney Butter! Like you, I’m a huge pb fan, and I try to LOVE almond butter as much as I LOVE pb, but it never happens. Then when I first tried Barney Butter, I seriously had to look twice at the label to make sure it was really almond butter. I was shocked!! I wish it wasn’t so expensive, or I would make it my staple food 🙂 9 dollars per jar is a bit much for me, considering how fast I eat it!

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    Simply Life
    January 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I love almond butter, in every kind I’ve tried but really LOVE Barney Butter! 🙂

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    kbwood
    January 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    oh MANNN i LOVE BARNEY BUTTER!! its soooo good!! i can eat it plain! i like it best on top of oats tho

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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    January 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve never tried Barney Butter. I’ve seen it on blogs but never in a store. I have tried Maranatha Almond butter and it’s pretty dang good!

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    Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    January 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am a big Almond Butter fan… I buy the Maranatha brand.. haven’t tried the the barney butter… I can’t eat peanut butter.. I get sick 🙁

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    Sarah
    January 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Barney Butter is amazing! I love the individual on the go packs that it also comes in. They just started to sell this locally and I am psyched.

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    SHE-FIT
    January 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I will have to try this brand out… Almond butter has never cut it for me. But I guess I will have to try it out now 🙂

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    sophia
    January 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I’ve tried the sample pack of Barney’s and I really liked it. I prefer AB to PB, it’s smoother, and less dry.

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    Oraphan
    January 18, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I’ve tried almond butter once but I’ve never bought it before because it costs more than peanut butter. Now you made me want to try tasty Barney’s Almond Butter, I hope I will like it as much as you do.

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    marla (Family Fresh Cooking)
    January 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Um, hello…..I am now a Barney’s Crunchy Almond Butter JUNKIE!!!! Thanks to u I cannot get enough of this stuff! I never thought I would say that!! The flavor is divine and the nuts are so crunchy. Thanks for the awareness 🙂
    Btw: Coach’s Oats Give Away at FFC
    http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/blog/2010/01/19/cocoa-coconut-oat-parfait/
    xo

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    Bekah
    January 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I haven’t tried Barney Butter probably because it has more ingredients than normall.. but its not like I DON’T eat my Dark Chocolate Dreams… lol, so I’m gonna make a point to try some Barney Butter!

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