Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Better Butter & A giveaway!

I LOVE almond butter. I never really tried it till I started reading blogs, but now I just LOVE it. I usually just buy it bulk at my local co-op. I know it's all natural and organic and it's cheaper than buying a big jar of expensive butter. 

A few weeks ago when I went to the Minneapolis Blogger Meet Up, inside of our goodie bags was a little squeeze pack of Barney Butter. It was a single serving size already measured out, it was awesome! 


This is The Wedge Co-op almond butter with Agave sweeter on top, still a fan favorite! 


Last week as I was shopping in a little juice bar and cafe called Tao Foods, which is near my house and I always pass on my runs to the lake, I spied this: Justin's MAPLE Almond Butter! I grabbed a pack to try so I could blog about the Nut Butter Face off!! 


Verdict: While I am loyal to the bulk stuff at my co-op and I really like the consistency of the  Barney's Butter. It was a little smoother and not as grainy. The co-op stuff can get a bit grainy and separate, but it's in bulk, not a little pouch that keeps it mixed well, so that's understandable. I also think the Maple Justin's had a better taste, but I could be partial to the maple flavoring! I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

I am just NUTS about the Nut butter!! 

Speaking of the Minneapolis Blogger Meet Up, you have a chance to win one of TWO of the goodie bags that Jen at Prior Fat Girl had the sponsors put together for us...


The goods: snacks, coupons, recipes, treats a sweet sticker!


All really wonderful products to try and all in a great tote!! 


There are TWO to give away! And this is going to be a short one! 

I will pick two winners Friday --to enter, 
just leave one comment telling me your Favorite Nut butter!! 









This contest is open to those in Canada and the Continental US only, you must have a valid email address to contact you. The Winner will be selected by Comment number using an amazing random generating number machine and the giveaway is open until Friday, March 12th at 7pm Central time!

67 comments:

Jess said...

I haven't tried Almond butter but now I think I might have to. I love Sun Butter -- all natural made with Sun Flower seeds and made right here in North Dakota.

Danielle A. said...

My favorite nut butter is probably Trader Joe's Unsweetened Chunky Almond butter. It tastes great on toast with a bit of jam. Though - I'm also partial to an organic smooth creamy peanut butter on a cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted, while it's still warm. The peanut butter gets all melty and delicious. :)

Jessica said...

I love almond butter. I like justins a lot, but I usually just buy whatever they sell at my shoprite. I forget the name lol

Emily said...

I've never tried any nut butters besides peanut butter, but I absolutely love PB!

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Weighting Around said...

Although I love almond butter, cashew butter is my favorite. I could sit down with a jar and a spoon and it would be heavenly bliss! Fortunately I am dedicated enough to my diet to use it sparingly, but it is yummy stuff!

ladyarchivist said...

I have to say that maranatha almond butter on toast with honey and raisins is my absolute favorite breakfast. So, almond butter it is, though I'll never turn down peanut butter and jelly.

famishedtofantastic said...

My current favorite nut butter is Trader Joes Raw Almond butter. It too is a little grainy but I like it like that!

Gina said...

I just bought 5 different nut butter this weekend (a little overboard much?!?!) I picked up the Justin's maple, but haven't tried it yet. I also got cashew, coconut (which was fab!), dark chocolate dreams (which was insane!) and some fresh ground almond butter from the local co-op. I have to say I am a huge fan of the fresh ground stuff because I like the chunk consistency...but I've always been a chunky vs. smooth fan:)

soft coeur said...

Nut butter (mostly Teddie brand peanut) is a staple in my diet. I eat it on carrots, celery, bread, oatmeal, mixed into sauces and smoothies, everything. I tried sunflower seed butter this weekend and my mind was BLOWN! So crazy delicious. I'm definitely going to have to pick up a jar to add to the rotation.

sunflowerramos said...

I have never tried almond butter before but I would love to try it.
Right now, I use the Skippy Natural PB and I really love it! A little goes a long way!

Caitlin said...

I tried Justin's Honey Peanut Butter, and I loved it! However, I'd really love to try the Almond Butter too! I live in a place that has really limited choices when it comes to that stuff!

Kimmi said...

I'm new to the whole Nut butter stuff...I just use Natural PB..but I'm dying to try something new! Especially in my morning oatmeal!

shannonsfoodruns said...

haha, i would enter even if it were just for the barney butter packet! Everyone keeps talking about how amazing it is, but I haven't seen it in the store! My favorite almond butter is the new-ish Crunchy Almond Butter with Toasted Flax Seeds from Trader Jor's/

Angelalovesfood said...

oh oh oh, I would love to try everything from that bag. Does nutella count? it is from hazelnut atferall :)

I have never tried Barney, I would love to because I hear so many great things about it.

Betherann said...

I adore Naturally Nutty's toffee PB. YUM!

Tamara said...

oooh! I'd love that goody bag!

Although I have tried several nut butters including some really yummy Peanut Butter & Co. concoctions, I have to say I'm a bit of a purist. My fave is still 100% peanuts all natural smooth PB. Love it, can't live without it.

Great giveaway!

Bella said...

I usually have two jars of nut butter going at any time. One is what I call the "flavour of the month," meaning whichever nut I was hankering for the day I went grocery shopping. The always present jar is MaraNatha peanut butter. It's a classic go-to for me. Mmm... I may go for some right now.

Jennifer said...

I have 3 jars of nut butter that I can't live without!
1. Whole Foods Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter (perfect for toast)
2. Trader Joe's unsalted Almond Butter (just dip your carrots right in!)
3. PB and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams (for those days you just need some chocolate!)
I would love one of the goodie bags! I want the vegetarian sticker!

ktbwood said...

what a great giveaway! fav nut butter? that is so hard!!
1. blue diamond honey almond butter
2. PB and CO MIGHTY MAPLE!

Joey said...

I have only tried regular peanut butter (both creamy & crunchy) & blue diamond almond butter. I'm ok with both creamy pb & ab, but neither would be included on my list of favorite foods :)

Amanda@BustingThroughIt said...

I've only ever tried peanut butter (we don't have many options around here) so I suppose by default peanut butter is my favourite :)

Candice said...

It's more like a treat, but my favorite ever is PB&Co.'s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. To die for...tastes like dessert on a spoon! :P

LaShaune said...

Call me nutty too - I love peanut butter and almond butter. However, my all-time fav is Naturally More's Peanut Butter w/ Flax Seed - you can't beat double duty food!

KatDoesDiets said...

I've never tried almond butter...I am a natural peanut butter kind of girl.

April said...

I love maranatha creamy & roasted peanut butter! I haven't tried almond butter yet, but it sounds good!

BeeElle said...

mmmm. i love adam's crunchy natural peanut butter! holy yum!

spunkysuzi said...

I don't think i've tried any of the products in those bags!!
My favorite butter i have to say is Maranatha peanut butter or almond butter! But i do have an open mind to try other kinds :)

Sneaux said...

I keep seeing Barney Butter on blogs, and one of these days I'll take the plunge and try it. But other than the old stand-by PB, I have to say that one super indulgent nut butter that I absolutely LOVE is Cashew Butter. Holy Cow! That'll make you stay up nights hogging out in the kitchen. :) Yummy stuff!

madeline said...

My favorites are a winning toss-up between peanut butter and almond butter.

Heather @ Side of Sneakers said...

my favorite is whole food's almond butter...but I really haven't tried that many different nut butters- I really want to though!

Stacy L said...

My current favorite nut butter is cashew. Mmmmmmmmm :)

Paige said...

My favorite nut butter is White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter by Peanut Butter and Co. Just thinking about it makes me smile!

Steel Springs said...

The only nut butter I've eaten is peanut butter. I love crunchy and smooth. PB is great, but I have got to try some other nut butters!

mgonyeo said...

I love Maranartha Almond Butter!

Alexandra said...

I can't decide my favorite nut butter so I eat Nuttzo whenever I can! Can't beat the combo of all my favorite nuts :)

Ashlei said...

I am definitely a nut butter addict. I love Barnet Butter as well as any of the Naturally Nutty nut butters, Better Than Roasted, and Artisana products!!

McKristie said...

Hand's down - Trader Joe's almond butter -

Ashley said...

Wow - this has to be the best giveaway ever!! My fave nut butter is Krema Smooth and Creamy Peanut Butter :-).

Lori said...

Cashew butter! I love making cashew butter, yum...

EricaH said...

for a long time it was almond butter but I have recently returned to my first love peanut butter. I really like Justin's peanut and almond butter packets very convienent for trips.

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Ellen said...

maranatha roasted salted almond butter is my favorite all around. though justin's maple almond butter is a close second, depending on my mood.

Christina said...

My fave is PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin swirl!

Framboise said...

trader joes almond butter is my favorite so far!

J Mo said...

I love Maranatha's almond butter! (I like the roasted, even though I know that raw is better.) I also recently tried Artisana's coconut butter (which I know is technically not a "nut"), and it is yummy!!

Kimmy J. said...

I love almond butter! I think justin's maple is my favorite - or the new chocolate almond is pretty great too!

BAM said...

Not sure that there is a nut-butter that I DON"T like. I lurve them all.....

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~ Cee ~ said...

I've really been enjoying making my own almond butter in my food processor -- just toss in the almonds and let it run to the consistency that you like. That said, however, I also really like TJ's almond butter! Thank you for this giveaway! ~Cee~
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jmcourt6 said...

I am VERY partial to Trader Joe's Almond Butter.....YUUUUMMMY!!

Cindy said...

Almond butter is to diiiie for. :)

edmontonjb said...

The only nut butter I've tried is peanut butter. I would love to see what I'm missing out on.
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Ali @ Fat to Fit said...

Almond butter all the way!

Annika said...

Oh would love to be convert on the nut butter front! Only tried peanut butter and gosh, that is wicked good!
Almond paste was really big in Sweden but they use that mostly for baking, but that stuff is good right outta the pack!

Shan said...

I have never tried almond butter, even though I really want to and know I would love it, because as a one-income, at-home-mom-to-two-young-daughters family, it's just not in our budget. But my girls and I eat all-natural organic peanut butter on our sandwiches almost every day. :)

Karen said...

I agree on the Barney butter- really like the texture. I think being in the pouch helps as I hate stirring the oil in. My favorite is naturally nutty butter toffee. Insanely good. I am interested to try sunflower butter too but haven't seen it around.

NSGIRL said...

That giveaway looks amazing! The only nut butter I've ever tried is Peanut Butter!!!! I've been wanting to try some others...but just haven't gotten around to it yet. The Maple flavour would be amazing!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

I am a fan of almond butter. Oh yum! Now I want some on a bagel thin! Haha!!

Ann Marion said...

Where I live, we're lucky we get natural peanut butter, so I haven't had the chance to try any nut butters (except for some super oily almond butter and a nasty tasting chocolate soynut butter). I absolutely love hazelnuts though, so I think I'd love that (especially a healthy version of Nutella ;) )

AutumnTao said...

Most often I eat Trader Joe's crunch and salty PB, but I do LOVE almond butter... I'm afraid I can't be trusted around an open jar though :)

raebies said...

My favorite is still peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. They have soo many good flavors, but I think White Chocolate Wonderful is my #1. Anytime I feel like I have to have something sweet, I just have a little bit of it and craving gone!

musicmom24 said...

I've only tried natural peanut butter. I really want to try a new kind. This is such a great giveaway!!

musicmom24 said...

I love your new giveaway! I hope I win so that I can try all these new and good for you products!

Margaret said...

I used to live in Upstate NY and still miss the Wegmans almond butter ground in the store. My favorite thing to do with it was to halve a medjool date, remove the pit, and fill it with almond butter. So good!

Continuous Changes said...

I am new to all of the almond butters. I have only tried the kind from costco, but i put it in my oatmeal with some maple syrup and it is perfect. So, I imagine my favorite flavor would be maple nut butter. As far as peanut butter goes, I am a skippy "crunchy style" kind of girl :)

musicmom24 said...

I would love to try this almond butter. It sounds so good. Usually, we just eat peanut butter around here!

Katie said...

My favourite butter is plain old peanut butter. I'm 100% addicted!

I also love all the Peanut butter and co. peanut butters. Very yummy.

Great giveaway :)

Dani said...

Um, does ALL nut butter count as an answer?

NO, I didnt think so. Ive been in the groove of making my own almond butter the past few weeks - just some plain ol' roasted almonds , a drizzle of oil, a little vanilla for interest and that's it (although sometimes I will add in a little of the smuckers sugar free breakfast syrup which is mapley too)

Great giveaway - thanks so much !

Vivian said...

To be honest, I still haven't gotten a chance to try any nut butters other than peanut butter...but my favourite PB is PB2! The powdered and guilt-free PB! It's awesome! :)

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