Almond Butter Review and Giveaway

by HEAB on July 13, 2009

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Last week, I was fortunate enough to receive some goodies from the fine folks at Briden Wilson Farm, a family owned and operated almond farm in the north-central valley of California.

Loved the handwritten note - how's that for customer service!

Loved the handwritten note - how's that for customer service?

Upon delivery, I immediately opened the jar of creamy almond butter, inhaling the aroma of fresh roasted almonds.  The best (& only) way to truly judge any almond butter is with a spoon straight from the jar.

Watch out Maranatha!

Watch out Maranatha!

Afterwards, there was more taste testing…had to make sure it was good. The things I do for my HEABers. :)

Green oat topper - yep, it's good.

Green oat topper - yep, this spoonful was yummy.

Hmm, not 100% sure yet.  Better keep trying…

Stirred in my blueberry smoothie...um, I think it's good.  Better do one more test.

Stirred in my blueberry smoothie...OK, so this combo worked.

Now, for the ultimate test…

Oat bran in the jar.

Oat bran in the jar.

My review?  This almond butter is excellent in every way. According to Tom, owner of Briden Wilson Farm, the ingredients are nothing but dry roasted premium Carmel almonds, not the leftover pieces like most large companies use. My only complaint is that the jar was not big enough to hold all my oat bran. :)

As far as the raw almonds go, perfectly crunchy and slightly sweet, everything a raw almond should be.

Now, I’ll be honest, I was a bit hesitant to try the Wasabi Roasted Almonds as they contained both sugar and artificial ingredients. But, because I wanted to include them in this review, I decided on a small handful:

Just a few, right?

Just a few, right?

Well, then all hell broke loose, and I was eating these babies on everything.  They are the perfect combo of sweet and savory, and not too hot. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!

These veggies were just begging for a little Wasabi lovin.

Really y'all, I could not stop eating these.

Above was my favorite wasabi almond dish.  Using Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe, I made a veggie stir-fry and topped it with lots and lots of wasabi love.

Thanks again to Tom and Rebecca at Briden Wilson Farm for allowing me to review your wonderful products…but please, don’t send anymore more Wasabi almonds! 😉 Now, for the best part – Tom has graciously agreed to send one lucky HEABer their very own jar of Briden Wilson Farm’s creamy roasted almond butter.  All you have to do is click here to visit the company’s website, and then list in the comments below either one of their recipes you’d like to try or a health-related almond fact.  You have until midnight, tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 14 – Happy Bastille Day!), and I will announce the random winner on Wednesday.  Trust me, you want to win this one!

All gone. :(

All gone. :(