Saturday, June 29, 2013

Product Review: Barney Butter

Peanut butter is one of my most favorite foods.  I could live on PB&J!  But when we learned of Bubs' and GirlyGirl's peanut allergy, peanut butter quickly went by the wayside. 

I went out looking for peanut butter alternatives.  There are plenty of them out there.  Some are made with soy and others with sunflower seeds (all the almond butters I looked at were processed with peanuts).  We used some of these for a while.....until we learned about Bubs' whole slew of food sensitivities (which include soy).  All of the alternative peanut butter options we were using either contained soy or were processed with soy.  So I resumed my search for a safe peanut butter alternative.

I was looking in the peanut butter section of our natural grocery store, and I came across Barney Butter.  I quickly noticed the statement on the front that states this almond butter is made in a dedicated peanut-free facility (and it's gluten-free!).  Woo Hoo!  This is the first time I have seen a dedicated peanut-free almond butter.  While Bubs and GirlyGirl are not allergic to almonds, we avoid tree nuts due to the possibility of cross contamination.  Unless, that is, they are made in a dedicated facility. 

This opened the doors to the "peanut butter" world once again.  There is so much more than just PB&J that I was missing.  Lots of yummy recipes call for peanut butter, (like cookies, puppy chow, etc,), and we were back in the game.  A healthy treat my kids love is Chocolate Brownie Cookies, and Barney Butter tastes great in them. 

Making Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I also use Barney Butter served with apples, spread on a tortilla with a banana and some honey rolled and sliced, spread on celery and topped with raisins for "Ants on a Log," and so much more.  Bubs' favorite lunch is almond butter and jelly.  He likes the crunchy kind for sandwiches, and I like the smooth kind for baking.  We always keep both on hand.

A lunchtime staple

Barney Butter is available in smooth and crunchy as well as in squeeze packs for on-the-go snacking.  They also offer almond flour and bulk almonds, both of which are manufactured in an almond only facility (also hard to find).

It is so nice to have a safe alternative to peanut butter.  We use it as if it were peanut butter.  Anything you can make with peanut butter, you can make with Barney Butter

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