Justin’s Nut Butter Review plus Giveaway

I’ve professed my love for nut butters countless times on my site. In my humble opinion, there’s really nothing better than a banana smeared with a little nut butter. Even more delicious than this fantastic combination is the combination of nut butter with proceeds that go towards a a good cause. This is just what Justin’s Nut Butter does.

What first attracted me to Justin’s Nut Butter was there individually-portioned nut butter packets. While the excess packaging of course isn’t favorable*, one can’t deny that a pre-portioned package of nut butter make a good grab-and-go lunchbox item. Backpacking for the weekend and don’t want to lug around a heavy jar of peanut/almond butter? That’s what I instantly though of when I looked at these cutesy nut butter packets. Nut butter serves as an awesome energy-dense source of food.

*(Justin’s is currently working on this issue. They hope to unveil 66% renewable packaging by Earth Day 2012.)

As I researched Justin’s further, I became more and more intrigued. First, most of what goes into their jars/packets is sourced from organic ingredients, with as many locally-derived ingredients used as possible. Second, the company stands behind two positive outreach initiatives.

The company primarily supports the Conscious Alliance, “a grass-roots organization that provides youth awareness programs on severe hunger issues through its Art that Feeds program and other outreach initiatives.”  The Conscious Alliance has collected and distributed over one million pounds of non-perishable food donations to food pantries and global disaster relief programs nationwide over the past six years.

This is where Justin’s comes in. The company donates one pound of peanut butter to Conscious Alliance for every item sold at an in-store product demonstration, in addition to putting in volunteer time with the outreach program.

Next on the agenda, Justin’s will begin to focus their support on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the 2nd poorest county in the nation, located just 407 miles from the company’s offices.

While I prefer my nut butter in it’s simplest form (nuts, salt), Justin’s doesn’t fair all too bad in terms of keeping the ingredients list short. They steer clear of hydrogenated oils (Trans Fat, eeek) and don’t add sickening amounts of sweetener. They have a ton of fun flavors, like honey almond butter, maple almond butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter, the three flavors I was fortunate to try.

The honey almond butter was notably buttery with delicate hints of salt and subtle hints of honey, while the chocolate hazelnut was like a slightly more intense version of Nutella, favorably containing 2/3 less sugar and a few less ingredients. The only flavor I wasn’t a huge fan was the maple. I found it to be kind of bland, but Justin claims this to be his favorite.

You can click here to view their other products, which include my favorite, peanut butter cups. Yum.

Want to try some of Justin’s Nut Butter for yourself? Food-Fitness-FreshAir is giving away three jars (pictured above) to one lucky winner.

How to enter: (Leave a sepearte comment per entry.)
This contest closes on **Monday, March 14, 2011 at Midnight, 12:00am EST**

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to try Justin’s
2) Become a fan of F-F-F on Facebook
3) Follow me on Twitter
4) Link this giveaway on one of your blog posts and let me know that you did
5) Retweet this on Twitter: @GraceDickinson is giving away 3 jars of nut butter at Food-Fitness-FreshAir: http://bit.ly/dzXamL

One winner will be chosen at random by random.org.


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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Deborah
    March 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I share your love of nut butters – particularly in its purest form. But Justin’s community outreach aspect makes its products all that more attractive.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    March 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’ve only tried the maple almond butter and loved it. I would LOVE to try the other flavors!!!

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    Lauren
    March 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I LOVE Justin’s! I have only tried the maple almond butter but I really want to try the other ones.

  • Reply
    Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin
    March 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I want to try Justin’s because I’ve heard so many great things about it! I like that they use mostly local ingredients, too.

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    Lynn
    March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I love nut butters – I’d like to try Justin’s to expand my horizons. What a great idea to have some packets stashed in the backpack for the long day that invariably pops up.

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    Simply Life
    March 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    i want to try justin’s (again) because it’s the best almond butter I’ve ever had! 🙂

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    kayla
    March 5, 2011 at 4:46 am

    i want to try justins because the flavors sound amazing!

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    March 5, 2011 at 5:13 am

    oh wow, all three flavors sound delish, and it’s great they’re involved in charitable causes! you know i’d be in on this if i weren’t SO far away…sigh… 😛

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    The Candid RD
    March 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

    GREAT giveaway!! I love Justin’s almond butter (plain) and I think it’s great that they make the travel packs. They are really convenient for me when I have to go out of town for work. I also love putting them in my purse when I run errands for hours.

    I tweeted and am now a FACEBOOK FAN! 🙂

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    melindard
    March 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to try Justin’s because we don’t have access to it around here and I think it would be great to give it a try and then I can always have my mom look for it near her.

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    melindard
    March 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Liked on FB now!

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    melindard
    March 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Ok, following on twitter (@RDontheMove)

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    melindard
    March 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Tweeted it!

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    Cee
    March 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I have wanted to try Justin’s Nut Butters for some time! Thank you for this delicious giveaway! ~Cee~

  • Reply
    ikkinlala
    March 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    May Canadians enter? I want to try Justin’s because it would be nice to find a healthier substitute for Nutella.

  • Reply
    Jess
    March 7, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I’m a big fan of most nut-products, being a more or less vegeterian (aka low-protein consuming) student. Aaand being on the run in the morning it’s hard always coming up with a good healthy breakfast that doesn’t include nuts or nut-butter of some sort. Justin’s looks as if it would just about hit the spot!

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    Jenna Z
    March 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    YUM, I’d love to try their chocolate hazelnut butter (to compare and contrast to nutella!) I love any nut butter on crackers or on a banana!

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    Jenna Z
    March 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

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    anash
    March 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    i want to try almond butter because it packs more calories than the jar or regular old peanut butter@@!

  • Reply
    anash
    March 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I follow you on twitter @anashct
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Reply
    anash
    March 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/45323449987629056
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    anash
    March 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I blogged about your giveaway here: http://www.blogcontests365.blogspot.com/

    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    jordan westwind
    March 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Justin’s hazelnut /chocolate butters tastes like nutella! Love it!

  • Reply
    Sonia
    March 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I would love to try Justin’s Nut Butter, because someone keeps stealing my peanut butter in the company fridge (seriously), and I am getting pretty upset about it. This would make me feel much happier! 🙂

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    Hannahm
    March 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Brilliant! I’ve always secretly wanted individually packaged peanut butter. So it’s refreshing to see that Justin’s is creating a sustainable version…can’t wait to try their products!

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    Amanda
    March 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I would love to try Justin’s because of the organic ingredients! I love trying new things and these flavors sound awesome!

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    bonnie
    March 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I’d love to try them because I’ve read so much about them on food blogs!

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    Nina Schwartz
    August 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I haven’t yet tried any nut butters (except peanut butter, of course). The maple almond butter sounds wonderful! I visited this site because I had bought some red bananas at the store, and found them hard and not sweet. Thank you for cluing me in that they are not yet ripe!
    Best wishes!

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