Monday, December 21, 2009

Barney Butter Review and Giveaway!

It's no secret that I have always been a peanut butter girl. I'm pretty sure I had wheat bread with peanut butter every day for breakfast for probably 5 or 6 years. However, when I started to have problems with my tummy a few years ago, I began to explore other breakfast options and spreads for bread.

I learned that almond butter had less saturated fat than peanut butter and more fiber, so that was one of the things I tried. For the past two years I have been getting my almond butter at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's so I was really excited to try a new kind of almond butter: Barney Butter!

My grocery store only had ONE left, and it was this tiny jar, but I figured probably smart to get a small one when I am testing it out anyways :)

You can read all about Barney Butter here, but in a nutshell Jennifer Barney started making Barney butter herself because she was sick of having to mix the almond butter you buy in stores so that the oil was not on top. She first shared it with family and friends, who named it "Barney Butter." I have to admit I'm a bit of a sucker for a good small business start up story.

So how does Barney Butter compare to the other almond butter I've been eating? Well #1- I have to admit the oil does come to the top sometimes on my other almond butter and that does annoy me, so I'm pretty happy I won't have to deal with that with Barney Butter! #2- Barney Butter has 3 grams of fat less than my Trader Joe's almond butter (same serving size!) and 1 gram of a fat less than Whole Foods. Not bad, huh? Barney Butter is comparable in price to the Whole Foods almond butter (that 10 oz. jar cost me $4.99), but Trader Joe's does charge the same price for a larger jar.

I tested out my new Barney Butter this afternoon as a pre work out snack. I spread some on an english muffin for the taste test...

The first thing I noticed was that Barney Butter has a different texture than other almond butters I've tasted. It looks and feels a lot more like peanut butter, and it was very smooth. The taste was REALLY good. I think the taste was pretty similar to other almond butters (which I just love in general), but the texture gave it that extra something that just made the whole thing really yummy. If I hadn't had to make it through a tough spinning class, I would've considered having another one...but that is what tomorrow's breakfast is for!

Not only did I get to enjoy a delicious and healthy snack, but there is even better news. Jennifer Barney herself has agreed to giveaway two jars of Barney Butter (a smooth, and a crunchy) to one of my lucky readers! Almond butter is SO good, but it has a reputation for being very expensive, so what could be better than winning some???

Here is what you need to do to win...
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Follow my blog (or add me to your blogroll if you have one)
2. Post about this giveaway on your blog
3. Twitter about this giveaway
4. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite healthy snack!

This giveaway will begin tonight and close on Sunday December 27th. I will announce the winner next Monday December 28th. A big sorry to my lovely Canadian, European and Australian friends (do I have readers from anywhere else), this giveaway is only open to those in the continental US. I still love you though :)

Good luck everyone!




71 comments:

  1. Girl, I've been wanting to try this stuff FOREVER! Wellll, I already follow you, so this is muh comment for that!

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  2. AND....my fav healthy snack is trail mix! Esp. the tropical kind that has dried bananas and pineapple in it! OMG so good :)

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  3. I love apples with PB and also a snack of cereal (e.g. frosted mini-wheats)

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  4. My favorite "healthy" snack is probably apples with peanut butter on them, which is why I'm so excited about this giveaway - I'm a total PB addict, but I've never tried out almond butter.

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  5. I just did a giveaway round up this morning, so I updated the post to include yours! http://teasinglydiverse.blogspot.com/2009/12/buddy-elf-whats-your-favorite-color.html

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  6. Cool! I've never bought it because it was so darn expensive ($8/jar?!) but it sure sounds good :) My favorite snack would be a piece of fruit, nuts or 1/2 a bar.

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  7. Barney Butter is SOOO GOOD! I love how creamy it is. Easily spreadable. My favorite healthy snack is definitely yogurt with granola and honey.

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  8. barney butter is awesome! my fave healthy snack is yogurt, for sure

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  9. You're TOO nice! I got the same package in the mail, but kept the crunchy, and gave away only the smooth! In other words, I'm obsessed with Barney Butter. I never buy it because of the price, but it's for sure my favorite snack. Barney Butter on a big chunk of granola. Yum.

    I'm tweeting about it, and posting it on my blog on Wed. Thanks!

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  10. fave snack is popcorn. love love love popcorn.

    thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. YUM!! I love almond butter! I'm already a follower. :)

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  12. I will link this giveaway on my blog tonight. :)

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  13. Yummy.. I've wanted to try Almond butter for awhile... and i am a follower..

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  14. I love almond butter on a whole wheat bagel or with apple slices. Those are my favorite healthy snacks. :)

    Great giveaway! Thanks to Barney Butter for sponsoring and thanks to you for hosting!

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  15. and my favorite healthy snack would be yogurt with granola..

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  16. So, confession. My original Christmas gift idea was to get you a couple of jars of this. Time got away from me and I failed miserably, but I'm glad I did seeing as you beat me to it anyways. I want to try some!! Let me win even though I'm your sister : )

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  17. oh fun giveaway considering I have NEVER tried BB!!! thank you for the oppourtunity...I follow you!!

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  18. favorite healthy snack is greek yogurt with berries mmm

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  19. My favortite healthy snack is either popcorn or apples with peanut butter.

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  20. My fave healthy snack is an apple and pretzels.

    I wonder if we would like the Barney Butter better than the Trader Joe's brand of almond butter. The way you described it, it does sound better :)

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  21. yum! I LOVE barney butter as well! My fav healthy snack is apple slices with almond butter!

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  22. I would LOVE to try Barney Butter. My favorite healthy snack... Tough because it changes all the time. I really like veggies and hummus.

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  23. I already follow you on my google reader!

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  24. My fav. healthy snack is plain greek yogurt, banana, and peanut/almond butter

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  25. i wish i could try almond butter, sadly, i'm allergic to almonds!

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  26. Hi Kelly! Thank you for stopping by my blog and congrats on the upcoming nuptials! Isn't it such an exciting time? I look forward to reading your blog :)

    My favorite healthy snack is an apple with mighty maple peanut butter... I've never tried almond butter!

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  27. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I'm sooooooooo sad!!!!!!!! I want to try Barney Butter soooooooo bad, but I'm Canadian!!

    I drool every time I see it. We only have 1 or 2 kinds of almond butter here....

    *sigh* good luck to everyone.. hehe :)

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  28. My favorite healthy snack is apples with peanut butter! Yum! Maybe I can try it with almond butter... ? ;)

    I'm a follower and I also tweeted! www.twitter.com/lilmissamber

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  29. I'm a follower and wasn't too interested in this giveaway until you wrote about it! Now I really, really want to win this!

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  30. My favorite healthy snack is probably almonds, believe it or not! They're a good way to fill up fast and are so tasty, with a little hint of salt. I love them!

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  31. I am now following you!

    My favorite healthy snack is apples w/peanut butter.

    I will tweet this too.

    If you stop by my blog, I am also having a giveaway.

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  32. well well well look how popular you are : )
    I just felt like commenting again, because I really wanted to try this stuff, and I'm glad I can now come over and try it!

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  33. I am such an almond butter fan.. love.this.giveaway!!

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  34. and my fav snack? hm.. toughie. I suppose greek yogurt with banana, granola, and PB :) m'mmm!

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  35. Well, I'm already a follower, and I'm going to comment on my healthy snack: a banana with peanut butter. YUM!

    I've never had almond butter but I really want to try it!

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  36. I'v always wanted to try barney butter!!!

    My favorite healthy snack would have to be carrots or cucumber with light dip or hummus! :)

    In your leave a comment section you don't have the *name and url* open and the other options wont let me put my blog on there..so I'll just use my google account..but my blog is Jocelyn eatsfresh.com :)

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  37. You have also been on my blogroll for awhile :)

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  38. I follow your blog on google reader!

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  39. My favorite healthy snack is laughing cow cheese spread on ak-mak crackers!

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  40. My favorite snack is apples with crunchy peanut butter! But if i win this giveaway...maybe apples with almond butter!! hehehehe

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  41. I just tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/stephanywrites/status/6972944012

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  42. my favorite healthy snack is vanilla yogurt and almonds :-)

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  43. WW tortilla with peanut/almond butter with spinach all rolled up!

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  44. My favorite healthy snack is cucumbers and hummus!

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  45. my favorite snack is yogurt and granola! :)

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  46. Link love! http://runtothefinish.blogspot.com/2009/12/community-yoga.html

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  47. oh my favorite healthy snack... 1 cup kashi cereal, 1 tsp almond butter, 1/2 cup blueberries and chia seeds!

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  48. I have so many fave snacks! I am currently loving hummus on sprouted bread with Kale Chips!

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  49. My favorite snack is a banana with nut butter (any kind of nut butter)

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  50. My fave healthy snack is a banana sliced in half and spread with some kind of nut butter, and topped with honey. Yum!

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  51. Hmm, my go-to "healthy" snack is def. a Larabar!
    (:

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  52. I'm new to nut butters this year. I eat pb, but it's still not my fave. I've been wanting to try almond butter and everyone RAVES about Barne Butter! My fave healthy snack is hummus! Or oatmeal with raisins. Or dark chocolate almonds!

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  53. I'm an almond butter freak- I would love to try this!
    I have just also added you to my blog roll- love your blog!

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  54. I have tried other almond butter, love BB just very expensive. Are the free samples still available?

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