A few years ago my household made the transition to all natural peanut butter, which was void of the nasty preservatives and excessive sugar that can turn a healthy snack into a bad choice. Everyone including the kids got on board with this change and eventually came to prefer the more natural option.So I decided to take the next step and make the change to almond butter. Both almond butter and peanut butter can be healthy snack in moderation because they contain a healthy dose of protein, fiber and fatty acids. However; Almond butter contains a higher percentage of vitamins and minerals and is also lower in saturated fat. Along with these healthy bonuses the majority of brands of almond butter lean toward all natural ingredients.For this review I tested two brands of almond butter.
The first brand, Barney Butter is available in both a smooth and chunky variety. I decided to try their smooth almond butter, since this is what the kids prefer. The ingredients list was simple and only included almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm fruit oil, and sea salt. The texture was extremely smooth and creamy making it very easy to spread onto your favorite gluten-free cracker or bread. Overall the Barney Butter had a great flavor. To me it tasted a tad too sweet but that actually made it a better pick for the kids. Best of all Barney Butter is certified gluten-free and made in a dedicated all almond facility.
To learn more about Barney Butter visit www.barneybutter.com.
Naturally More was the second brand of almond butter I chose to try. Though both brands contained all natural ingredients the Naturally More Almond Butter was the less processed of the two. Unlike Barney Butter, you have to stir Naturally More Almond Butter well before serving since the oil separates. The ingredients list for this brand was still simple, however; a few additional ingredients were added to further fortify the almond butter. In addition to roasted almond, Naturally More Almond Butter also included soy protein, flax seed, evaporated cane juice, conola oil, salt and molasses. Though I really liked the texture and flavor of this product, I was very disappointed to discover that the Naturally More Almond Butter has a Gluten-Free label but is not certified. Furthermore when examining the area of the label dedicated to product description I found that the product is also fortified with wheat germ and other ingredients. As a result I can NOT recommend Naturally More Almond Butter for any one with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. If I discover that this product has become certified I’ll post an update.