Almond Joy: Because Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Who ever thought something as simple as PB&J could get so complicated?

Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks.  Some 3 million Americans have peanut allergies, and the allergy has doubled among children.  Peanut allergy symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis).  For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction. Many preschools and some schools have in fact banned peanuts from the classrooms and cafeterias.

Barney Butter, an all natural almond butter with Premium California Almonds, was conceived by Jennifer Barney in her Fresno, California home for friends and family.  She began experimenting with homemade almond butter for the simple reason that she was unhappy with the other almond butters on the market.  She knew that almond butter would be healthier for her peanut butter-loving kids and she wanted them to grab for it on their own without any big fuss.

According to its website, Barney Butter “is craveably delicious, with a texture just like peanut butter. Made in an almond only facility, it is peanut free, ideal for those with peanut allergies. Barney Butter is naturally no-stir and does not need to be refrigerated. Gluten free, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and half the saturated fat of peanut butter make Barney Butter a healthy and delicious treat.”

Barney Butter can replace peanut butter in any recipe.  The company’s website offers tons of recipes, including Noodle Stir-Fry with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce, Almond Butter Pumpkin Muffins – Gluten Free & Vegan, and Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Since manufacturing her first batch of just 20 cases in 2006, Barney Butter has s-p-r-e-a-d to independent and national grocery stores all across the country.  Barney Butter retails for $5.99 to $6.99 for a 10 oz. jar or $7.99 to $9.99 for a 16 oz. jar.  Convenient on-the go 90 calorie .6 oz. squeezable snack packs retail for $0.79 to $0.99, and are available in boxes of 24.

Additional information is available at http://www.barneybutter.com/.

Not only is it delicious, but you won’t be breaking any New Year’s Resolutions.  Barney Butter contains fewer calories, less than half the saturated fat, more fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium than peanut butter.

 

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Lainie Gutterman - Before giving birth to her son in 2009 and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Lainie was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm. Lainie describes herself as "a natural born publicist who is constantly spreading the word about new products, activities and events." When Lainie is not chasing after her son or they are not watching Nick Jr or reading together, she scrapbooks and writes posts for her blog, "Me, Myself & Baby I" at http://memyselfandbabyi.wordpress.com. Lainie and her family live in New York City, where she sacrifices living space (but not style) to be in the center of it all in "the city that never sleeps." (Fortunately, her toddler is a sound sleeper who doesn't rise until after 9am, on most days.)

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Dawn Coppolo
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I LOVE the reversible handle bar and the car seat adapter to make it a travel system!!!

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