After Trying Justin’s Almond Butter, Fall in Love With Betsy’s Best

After Trying Justin’s Almond Butter, Fall in Love With Betsy’s Best

Many people turn to nut butters like Justin’s for a quick and healthy snack that gets them through the day. But how exactly did Justin’s come to be, and how do the products — including Justin’s Almond Butter — stack up to alternatives like Betsy’s Best?

 

What Is Justin’s?

Justin’s is a health-focused company that sells nut butters and nut-butter snacks made from simple ingredients. The company puts its focus on sustainability, sourcing locally wherever possible and striving to retain transparency with all ingredients and practices.

Back in 2004, Justin Gold moved from Pennsylvania to Boulder, Colorado, for greater access to the outdoor lifestyle. He wanted a healthy, protein-rich way to refuel and began blending nut butters in his kitchen. These nut butters featured his own flavor combinations, and they served him well on many adventures.

His housemates grew to love the taste too, encouraging him to sell his nut butters at the Boulder Farmers Market. He created a business plan, used an FDA-compliant facility, and sold his first four flavors — under the name Justin’s — to wild success.

Within a few years, Justin’s Almond Butter and other nut butter jars had made their appearance in local retail stores, along with the first squeeze packs. In 2007, a local producer loan from Whole Foods Market helped the company rise even further.

The company rebranded in 2009, introduced nut butter cups in 2011, and reached revenues of $50 million by 2015. The company took a new step in 2016, selling to Hormel Foods for $286 million to facilitate greater distribution and further support of sustainable goals. Today, Justin’s remains committed to community health through partnerships with Conscious Alliance and Whole Planet Foundation.

What Does Justin’s Offer?

You’ll find a variety of nut butters in 1.15-ounce squeeze packs and 12-, 16-, and 28-ounce jars; newer products include snack packs and nut butter cups. Nut butters have a nutritional breakdown that ranges from 1-3 grams of dietary fiber, 4-8 grams of protein, and 2-7 grams of sugar.

A Look at Products and Price Points

According to their website, pricing for Justin’s nut butter jars varies according to the type of nut butter. Cashew butters start at $13.99 for a 12-oz jar, while almond butters and hazelnut butters start at $13.99 for a 16-oz jar. Peanut butter is the most affordable of all Justin’s nut butters, starting at $4.54 for a 16-oz jar and $9.74 for a 28-oz jar.

Squeeze packs start at $0.79 for peanut butter and $1.59 for all other nut butters. As for newer products, snack packs start at $2.29 and nut butter cups start at $2.49 for a two-pack.

Justin’s began with four flavors, two of which are still around today: Honey Peanut and Honey Almond. The company also sells flavors like Cinnamon Almond, Maple Almond, Maple Cashew, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Vanilla Almond, along with Classic nut butters.

Why Do People Choose Justin’s Almond Butter and Other Products?

From food allergies to dietary restrictions, and concerns about the environment to concerns about product quality, there are many reasons why people seek out health-conscious companies and their products.

People say they choose Justin’s nut butters because the taste is like nothing else. Justin’s Almond Butter in particular is a perennial favorite, with reviews touting everything from the textural consistency to the minimal ingredients.

Lori L. at Influencer notes the creamy texture, while Nichole W. from Pittsburgh, PA, likes the minimal sugars and rich protein. Other reviewers like Amanda B. from New York, NY, aren’t convinced of the price, stating that although it is good, it is rather pricey for a nut butter. Bri C. from Bellevue, WA, fits in at the other end of the spectrum, noting a lack of flavor that left her unimpressed.

Some people choose Justin’s nut butters out of curiosity, whether drawn in by the packaging or perhaps bored with their usual purchases. When local stores bring in new flavors, people may feel compelled to test them out and pass along their reviews.

Others choose a nut butter like Classic Almond or Classic Cashew due to peanut allergies that have prevented them from enjoying peanut butter. Dietary restrictions, such as a vegan or vegetarian diet, may compel others to seek out certain food alternatives.

Apart from these reasons, some people choose Justin’s Almond Butter and other products because of the company’s sustainable, ethical, and social stance. They appreciate how the company sources ingredients sustainably and takes efforts to help the community. They also like the high-quality products and the lack of filler ingredients.

Where to Find Justin’s Products

You can find Justin’s nut butters in a variety of grocery and supermarket stores, such as Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, Publix, Kroger, Safeway, Shaws, and many natural foods stores. You can also visit the Justin’s website for online purchases.

Alternatives to Justin’s

While Justin’s Almond Butter and other nut butters offer a variety of flavors and uses, not all customers end up enjoying the product. Alternatives to Justin’s could include Wild Friends, Barney Butter, and Artisana Organics, but the best option might just be Betsy’s Best.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon & Chia Seeds, 12 oz, (Pack of 6)

All About Betsy’s Best

From its founding in 2012, Betsy’s Best has grown from a one-woman kitchen operation to a fully established gourmet brand found in retail stores around the country.

Betsy Opyt, a registered dietitian, licensed diabetes educator and certified personal trainer, started making nut butters in her kitchen, much to the delight of her daughter, Peyton, and her clients from the Cleveland Clinic, Florida. Like Justin Gold from Justin’s, Betsy then ventured into her local farmers market — the Shoppes at Vanderbilt Farmers Market in Naples, Florida. Betsy soon gathered new fans and increased her reach with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.

She found greater exposure when Ron Nordmann asked her about starting a company for her products. Within a year, her nut butters had found their way to Whole Foods stores throughout Florida, before expanding to Bristol Farms and other health food stores in California and beyond.

Where to Find Betsy’s Best Products

You can find these nut and seed butters in stores around the country including Kroger, Whole Foods, Florida, Bristol Farms, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, QFC, Fry’s, and select health food stores. Of course, if you can’t find it locally you can visit the Betsy’s Best website, or head directly to the Betsy’s Best store on Amazon that offers all delicious flavors in singles, two-packs and six-packs.

What Does Betsy’s Best Offer?

You can choose from a variety of nut and seed butters in 12- and 16-ounce jars. Each product has between 2 and 4 grams of dietary fiber, 4-6 grams of protein, and 2-4 grams of sugar. Those concerned about sugar content will likely be drawn to Betsy’s Best more than Justin’s products, that can have up to 7 grams of sugar.

Unlike Justin’s products, Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters include chia seeds and replaces palm oil with sunflower oil. They also include Himalayan pink salt, demerara sugar, and organic honey.

A Look at Products and Price Points

Betsy’s Best products are similar in price to Justin’s. According to the Betsy’s Best online store, cashew butters and almond butters start at $12.99 for a 12-ounce jar. Sunflower seed butters and peanut butters are more affordable, starting at $9.99 for a 16-ounce jar.

You’ll find several options for sale, including Cardamom Cashew, Cinnamon Peanut, Cinnamon Sunflower Seed, and perennial favorites Toasted Coconut Cashew and Cinnamon Almond.

Why Should You Try Betsy’s Best?

Simple: You’ll likely fall in love the first time you try it. Betsy herself summed this up when she said, “As I always say, it only takes one bite and you’re hooked.”

Plenty of moms on Moms Meet loved the texture, flavor, and nutritional content, and they appreciated how many of their kids went back for more. Other moms didn’t have as much success, and a few commented on the grainy chia seeds and slightly sweet taste.

However, judging by how many five-star reviews and exclamation points you’ll see when searching for “Betsy’s Best,” it’s clear that people across the country are loving these nut and seed butters.

Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters offer more variety than Justin’s, with the focus on cinnamon, cardamom or toasted coconut in cashew, almond, sunflower seed or peanut butter bases. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO project verified, helping those with dietary restrictions to find delicious and nutritious nut butter spreads.

Betsy’s Best and Justin’s nut butter products are easy to combine into recipes and smoothies to give a touch of richness. While Justin’s has some healthful recipes, Betsy’s Best has a stronger focus on clean eating such as recipe dishes like Berry Divine Acai Bowl, Baked Kale Chips With Cardamom Cashew Butter, Betsy’s Best Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad, Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes and Crab Cakes With Lemon Cardamom Cashew Butter Aioli. Because of its bold flavor profiles, most people find that Betsy’s Best are the best nut butters for mixing into all types of recipes.  Other nut butters tend to not add much flavor.

While Justin’s and Betsy’s Best offer high-quality products made with simple, healthful ingredients, the final choice comes down to personal preference. If you like plain or lightly flavored nut butters, you’ll probably find yourself drawn to Justin’s. If you prefer a bit of crunch along with bold ingredients like toasted coconut, cardamom and cinnamon, you’ll want to grab a jar of Betsy’s Best.

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4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, we’re sure many of you have already begun planning out your Halloween parties, but have you thought about the snacks and treats you’ll serve? Skip the standard calorie-, sugar-, and fat-packed Halloween snacks this year and opt instead to create healthful treats that taste amazing without sacrificing flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, we have several for you! In our last post, we shared with your four tips for creating healthy, yummy snacks for your costume party using one key ingredient: natural almond butter. These snacks included:
  • A healthful holiday party platter with all our favorite snack recipes
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Homemade pumpkin dip served with an assortment of fruits, veggies, baked goods, and crackers
  • Lemon and coconut energy balls

Here are a few more of our favorite snacks featuring gourmet almond butter and other wholesome ingredients. Need to restock your supply of all-natural almond butter? Head over to Betsy’s Best where you’ll find delightful gourmet nut butters and seed spreads!

4 Halloween Treats Made With Natural Almond Butter

Almond Butter Cups

This is a new take on a Halloween favorite. Make your own peanut butter cups, replacing the peanut butter with natural almond butter, and using cocoa, honey, and other healthy alternatives for creating these treats. If you’d rather go for almond butter balls coated in chocolate, you can do that too! The best part is, these are no-bake treats. Simply combine almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Making your own chocolate sauce by melting dark chocolate or using cocoa. Then, coat the almond butter in the chocolate, and refrigerate for an hour or until the chocolate hardens. Then serve in decorative Halloween cupcake cups and enjoy!

Gourmet Almond Butter and Jelly Finger Sandwiches

Using a wholesome whole grain bread, smother one side with almond butter, the other with fresh fruit or jelly, and cut into Halloween-themed shapes like ghosts and pumpkins. These are simple, yet filling and very easy to eat. You can refrigerate them for 30 minutes before serving them so to eliminate any gooeyness.

Almond Butter and Crackers

Rather than serving processed cheese dips and crackers, opt instead for healthy, yummy almond butter. Find an assortment of sweet and savory crackers or make them yourself. In a small serving bowl, add natural almond butter topped with crushed almond slices and a honey or maple syrup drizzle.

Homemade Pumpkin Granola

This is a crowd-pleaser for sure. This granola mix combines fall favorites like oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw cashews, sea salt, honey, and, among other wholesome ingredients, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter. This is easy to make and delicious to enjoy!  

Shop Betsy’s Best Today!

If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, or cashew butter to create all your yummy Halloween treats, visit Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with healthful, certified non-GMO ingredients. Head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut butters today!

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4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re like us, you’re probably already planning out your Halloween party eats for the kids, the office, or your adult-themed party. Rather than the usual buckets of store-bought candy, cookies, popcorn, chips, and other processed snacks, why not create your own using healthful yet tasty ingredients? Today, let’s look at some fun ways to transform the boring Halloween party snacks of old by looking at ways to put a new spin on classic favorites using natural almond butter as the secret ingredient. Be sure to visit Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters so you’re fully stocked for all your snack making this Halloween.

4 Natural Almond Butter-Based Halloween Treats

Holiday Party Platter

Create a fun, healthy holiday platter that combines all the best snacks into one. From almond butter apple-berry finger sandwiches and apple slices dipped in almond butter, to no-bake almond butter balls and chocolate pumpkin seed clusters, this Halloween party platter won’t scare anyone away.

Homemade Trail Mix

Give the kids and adults something healthy to munch on with this homemade trail mix recipe. Combine all the best fall harvest nuts of the season, including peanuts, cashews, and pecans with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, and, of course, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. Toss the mixture together and enjoy! Say “goodbye” to store-bought trail mix for good, and “hello” to a sweet and savory mix that both parents and kids will love.

Homemade Pumpkin Dip

What is a Halloween party without pumpkin-flavored treats? A boring one! There’s no need to stock the snack table with greasy potato chips and calorie-packed processed cheese dips when you can make a delicious, nutritious homemade pumpkin dip that satisfies the craving for sweet and spicy. This dip pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, crunchy veggies, baked goods, and crackers.

Lemon Energy Balls

Okay, while this one doesn’t contain our natural almond butter, it is made with our delicious cardamom cashew butter, so we couldn’t resist. These little delights combine the sour zest of lemon with the richness of cashew butter and the sweetness of coconut. Why do these make a great Halloween treat, you ask? For one, they are extremely tasty. And two, you can make them look like little ghost faces by adding a few pieces of dark chocolate for the eyes and mouth.

Visit Betsy’s Best Today!

If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter or cashew butter to make these and other tasty Halloween treats, shop Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with wholesome, certified non-GMO ingredients. Stock your pantry today!

Tune in next time to learn even more spooky Halloween treats to make using wholesome, delicious ingredients!

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3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

Welcome back, almond butter lovers! Here at Betsy’s Best, we love snacks and have found many fun ways to make game day snacks a little healthier, wholesome, and flavorful using all-natural almond butter made with only the most wholesome ingredients. In celebration of football season, we began looking at ways to transform football Sunday snacks, offering you and your guests healthier selections without sacrificing flavor. Here are the yummy snacks we suggested trying in part one:
  • Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches
  • Apple Slices and Almond Butter
  • No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

Ready to learn more ways to up your football food game using almond butter? Here are three more tips for you! Don’t forget to head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters to get your supply of gourmet almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, cashew butter, and more!

3 Delicious Natural Almond Butter Snacks for Game Day

Almond Butter Oatmeal Football Cookies

Cookies on game day aren’t just for the kids. Almond butter cookies made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter puts a healthy twist on baking. These cookies are a year-round favorite, but can be made especially for game day by forming the cookies into the shapes of footballs. You can get really creative and use a few of the rolled oats that the recipe calls for and placing them on top of the cookie to form the laces on the football. Serve these protein-packed cookies with a fruit plate full of the best seasonal berries complete with a side of gourmet almond butter or toasted cashew butter perfect for dipping.

Almond Chocolate Brownies

These ooey gooey sweet treats are perfect for an autumn football game. Made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter, our delightful, gluten-free brownie recipe features such flavors as honey, cinnamon, and cocoa. Unlike heavy traditional brownies, this recipe offers the rich flavor and texture you crave, but without all the added heaviness and empty calories. Plus, this yummy treat is filling, thanks to the all the protein and fiber.  

Homemade Roasted Almonds

Rather than buying a bag of roasted nuts at the store that may contain maltodextrin and palm oil, make your own at home! When it comes to making this staple football game snack, the limits are nearly endless. You can go for sweet, savory, or something in-between. Simply grab a pound of raw almonds from your local grocery or health food store, a few ingredients, and mix them together in a bowl before popping them into the oven. You can use our Homemade Honey Roasted Cashew recipe to create honey roasted almonds. Or follow the same instructions only changing up the seasonings. Here are some seasonings you might consider:

  • Spicy cayenne and honey roasted almonds
  • Honey and cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Chili and cracked pepper roasted almonds
  • Chili and lime roasted almonds
  • Maple and brown sugar roasted almonds

Or, you can come up with a flavor of your own! This is one of the simplest snacks and only takes a few minutes to make. Just make sure you have a jar of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter on hand, as this is the key ingredient! You can even make a few different types so that you cover all your bases, appeasing both the sweet tooths and those who prefer savory flavors.

Shop Betsy’s Best

Visit Betsy’s Best to order your supply of the finest nut and seed butter for all your game day snacks! From natural almond butter to toasted cashew butter and gourmet sunflower seed butter, all our spreads are made with all-natural, non-GMO-verified ingredients that come from the best foods on earth. While you’re there, be sure to check out our recipes, created in Betsy’s very own kitchen. We’re sure you’ll find something you’ll love!

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3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

Hello, friends! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog! Along with the cooler days, crisp air, and yummy fall foods, one of the best things about fall is that it’s football season. Watching football with family and friends, cheering for your favorite team, and, of course, munching on all the best football snacks makes for a fun Sunday. But if you’re tired of the same old football game snacks that are packed with more empty calories, fat, sugar, and sodium than healthful ingredients, we have some snack ideas for you that are both tasty and nutritious. Today, we’ll look at three football game snacks and treats made with yummy natural almond butter. Need to get stocked up on your supply of gourmet almond butter this fall? Visit Betsy’s Best to shop our selection of nut butter made with the most wholesome, all-natural ingredients.

3 Gourmet Almond Butter Snacks For Football Games

Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches as they’re sometimes called, are always a hit for small get-togethers, making them a perfect snack for watching football games. All you need is a few different types of bread, a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a delightful, easy-to-eat, light snack! Here are some tasty combinations to try:

  • Almond butter, apple slices, and a honey drizzle
  • Almond butter, bananas, agave nectar, and cinnamon
  • Almond butter, granola, berries, and banana
  • Almond butter, cream cheese, and honey

Apple Slices and Almond Butter

Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best way to tackle your football party snacks, and apples and natural almond butter are always a winning combination. Simply slice up three different types of apples. Some of our favorite apples for this dish are Honeycrisp apples, pink lady apples, and granny smiths. Lay out your apples on a plate and in the center, place a dish of natural almond butter topped with sliced or crushed almonds and drizzled with honey. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a spicy fall twist. This is much healthier and tastier than greasy chips dipped in some kind of calorie-packed, processed cheese dip.

No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

These are one of the easiest snacks to make for a football game. Simply mix gourmet almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Then, roll about 1-1 ½ tablespoons of the mix into a small ball and place on a plate lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy! You can even dip them in dark chocolate and then into crushed almonds for a little-added flavor and crunch.

Get Stocked Up On Almond Butter

The key ingredient for all of these football gam