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Comparing Barney Butter and Peanut Butter

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Barney Butter features the taste of premium California almonds.

If you did not realize that Barney Butter is actually almond butter, you are not alone. Barney Butter is a name brand almond butter. It was first made by a mother in Fresno, California, who knew that almonds were a healthy alternative to peanut butter. It does not need to be stirred or refrigerated like most other almond butter products, and it is ideal for anyone with a peanut allergy who needs to avoid peanut butter.

Nutritional differences between Barney Butter and peanut butter

In many ways, Barney Butter and peanut butter are very much alike. They can both be spread on bread or crackers, and they are loved by most children and adults.

Both spreads have about the same number of calories per serving, but Barney Butter has less saturated fat at 7 percent (peanut butter has 18 percent). The USDA recommends that a serving of food have 10 percent or less saturated fat. So Barney Butter is a better choice for anyone concerned about the amount of saturated fat he or she eats.

Both Barney Butter and peanut butter contain calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium, but Barney Butter has greater amounts of these ingredients. Peanut butter has no calcium, but almond butter has 8 percent. Whereas peanut butter has only 2 percent iron, Barney Butter has 8 percent. As far as vitamin E goes, Barney Butter wins with 25 percent versus only 13 percent in peanut butter. The same is true for magnesium at 20 percent in Barney Butter and 13 percent in peanut butter.

Barney Butter can be used in most recipes that call for peanut butter

Barney Butter is a great substitute for peanut butter in recipes when you are doing some peanut-free baking. It can be used to make all kinds of treats like candy, cookies, muffins, and desserts. Simply substitute the same amount of Barney Butter for the amount of peanut butter called for in a recipe.

Another use is in entrees like Toasted Sesame Almond Noodles, Pasta and Chipotle Almond Butter Sauce or Almond Chicken Soup. There are many more recipes available on the Barney Butter website.

Barney Butter milder than peanut butter

Most young children will not notice when you make their sandwiches with Barney Butter instead of peanut butter. Some kids actually prefer almond butter to peanut butter because the taste is slightly different and a bit milder.

Kids also love Barney Butter because it can be served at room temperature like peanut butter. Most other brands of almond butter recommend refrigeration once the jar is opened.

Barney Butter is safe to eat for people who are allergic to peanuts

Those who have a peanut allergy do not need to be concerned about cross-contamination if they eat Barney Butter. It is produced in an all-almond facility, and peanuts never touch the equipment that is used to make Barney Butter.

When you eat a Barney Butter sandwich, you will not need to be concerned about peanut allergy symptoms. Many reviews on this almond butter reveal that it tastes much better than homemade almond butter, so it has many devoted fans.

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