Barney Butter Almond Butter

Our California almonds are grown right in our own back yard in Central Valley , California and then processed in our own 100% peanut free and certified organic facility. We use only the finest quality ingredients, including organic and fair trade when possible. All of our Barney Butter products are peanut free and gluten free, and all but Honey + Flax are Non GMO Verified. We make all of our artisan, small batch almond butters in our state of the art facility and package them for you in #1 PET, recycled jars, which are BPA Free.

Barney Butter Almond Butter Products include:

Certified Paleo: Barney Butter Bare Smooth (10,16, 0.6 oz.), Barney Butter Bare Crunchy, Barney Butter Raw & Chia (10, 0.6 oz.), Barney Bakery Raw Unsalted Almonds, Barney Bakery Almond Flour/Meal, Barney Bakery Sliced Almonds, Barney Bakery Blanched Roasted Almonds.

Paleo Friendly: Barney Butter Smooth (10, 16, 1.06, 0.6 oz.), Barney Butter Crunchy (10 oz.), Barney Butter Honey & Flax (10, 0.6 oz.), Barney Butter Cocoa & Coconut (10, 0.6 oz.).


“So I’d give this world just to dream a dream with you on our bed of California stars.” -Wilco

We have a nutty love story that involves a random introduction in sunny southern California, a shared passion and dream for “making something positive for the world”, and a splash of serendipitous circumstances that led us to Fresno, and a little almond butter company trying to get off the ground.  We’ve been spreading the love about Barney Butter ever since.

We are BARNEY. Thank you for being a part of our almond evolution.

Dawn & Steve Kelley, Co-owners

Bare Is Better

All of our almonds are California born and California bred, and our almond butters are made right here in sunny California, surrounded by the beautiful almond trees on our Farmer’s ranches.

We start with the highest grade and quality almond you can get and then we make it even better than you thought possible by blanching it.

We call it our almond evolution, and we’re glad you’ve joined us! BARNEY blanched almond butters have a taste and texture completely unique to BARNEY. Extra smooth, no grittiness, and no bitterness from the roasted skin. You just have to taste the difference. Along our journey of re-imaging the familiar, we’ve come up with some pretty tasty spins on our classic almond butter.

In these small-batch blends we use the following amazing ingredients:

Fair-Trade, Organic Espresso Beans

Fair-Trade, Organic Cane Sugar

Non-GMO Chia

Non-GMO Flax


Non-GMO, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

Non-GMO, Allergen-Free Chocolate (Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips)



Do you have a recipe link?

Answer: Oh do we! A variety of Barney Butter recipes, including entrees, snacks, desserts, and almond flour recipes can be found on our website at Additionally, many loyal Barney Butter fans often post recipes on their blogs and social media channels. We encourage you to follow us on FB, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for all the latest recipe ideas. (Include links to these pages)

Is Barney Butter a more premium product than other nut butters?

Answer: Barney Butter uses only the very top quality California almonds, which we then blanch (take the skin off) before grinding. This results in the ultra smooth taste and texture of our nut butters that are completely unique to Barney Butter. In addition to using only BEST California almonds, we have also transitioned to all organic, fair-trade ingredients, where possible. Ingredients matter.

What is the new requirement for almond pasteurization, and does it affect all almonds?

Answer: Effective September 1, 2007, almonds produced in California and sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico are required to be pasteurized prior to sale. This effectively covers all almonds grown in the U.S., because the entire U.S. almond crop is grown in California.

How do you pasteurize your almonds?

Answer: All of our almonds are steam pasteurized and PPO free.

How does pasteurization affect Barney Butter’s Raw + Chia almond butter?

Answer: The pasteurization method used for our almonds employs moisture from steam to kill surface bacteria that might reside on the almond skin. This extremely rapid process requires less than one minute and does not heat the internal almond meat. The Almond Board of California has conducted extensive testing on the impact that this quick treatment has on the nutritional value of the almonds and has determined that the raw almond characteristics remain unchanged. This finding has also been confirmed by independent laboratory analyses of pasteurized and unpasteurized almonds, which showed no degradation of the nutritional value of almonds after treatment. It should be noted that raw is not a regulated term and we do not wish to mislead consumers who are following a strict raw-eating plan. At Barney Butter we make our raw almond butter using the almond industry’s definition for raw, which calls for the use of almonds that are not roasted prior to grinding.

At what temperature are your raw almond butters produced?

Answer: Heat is generated by friction during the grinding process of our almond butters; this is the only head our raw almonds are exposed to other than the steam pasteurization.

What are the benefits of Barney being a manufacturer vs. using a co-packer like many other nut-butters?

Answer: We make all of our own almond butters in small batches in our facility in Fresno, CA. Our facility is certified peanut free and our products remain free from cross contamination with other tree nuts (coconut being the exception), dairy, eggs, grain, and seed products. Barney Butter has not been impacted by the recalls affecting many nut butters using co-packers.

What certifications does Barney Butter have?

Answer: All Barney Butter almond butters are certified peanut free and Kosher. All Barney Butter products with the exception of Honey + Flax are verified Non-GMO and certified vegan. Honey + Flax cannot be verified Non-GMO because honey can’t be verified and cannot be certified vegan because honey is not vegan.

Is the salt you use iodized?

Answer: No, the sea salt used in Barney Butter is purified, but not iodized.

Are Barney Almond Butters dairy free and vegan?

Answer: All of our products are dairy free. Besides Honey + Flax, which contains honey, all of our other flavors are vegan.

Are Barney Almond Butters Kosher?

Answer: Yes, they are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and bear the OU symbol.

Are Barney Almond Butters gluten free?

Answer: Yes, all Barney Butter almond butters are free of gluten-containing ingredients and are produced in a facility that does not process gluten-containing ingredients. All of our products are certified Gluten Free by the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Why do some of your products have salt but others don't?

Answer: The minimal use of natural sea salt enhances the flavor of the almond. For those who choose to not use salt, Barney Butter offers both Bare Smooth and Crunchy with no added salt as well as Raw + Chia.

Why do you add sugar to some of your almond butters?

Answer: A small amount of organic, fair trade cane sugar enhances the rich roasted flavor of the nuts, providing a taste experience many consumers prefer. We do offer three no sugar added flavors: Barney Bare Smooth, Barney Bare Crunchy, and Raw + Chia.

Do your products contain GMOs? (Genetically Modified)

Answer: Barney almonds and almond butters are certified Non-GMO by the leading certifier, the Non-GMO Project. You will see the “Non-GMO Verified” seal on all of our packaging. The one exception is our Honey + Flax flavor because technically honey can’t be verified, due to the nature of a bee and the pollination process.

What is the nutritional breakdown of Barney Butter?

Answer: The nutritional panel of each of our products can be found on the individual products page on our website

What are trans fats?

Answer: Trans fatty acids, or trans fats, are chiefly liquid oils that have been converted to solid oils though hydrogenation, a high heat chemical process. Trans fats are present in hardened vegetable oils and many margarines, commercial baked foods and fried foods. Medical health experts recommend avoiding trans fats, which have an adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats raises bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowers good (HDL) cholesterol levels. The risk of developing heart disease and stroke also increases. Barney Butter products contain no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and are 100% trans fat free.

Why do I need fat in my diet?

Answer: Some fat in your diet is a good thing. Fats are required for a lot of the body’s basic processes. Children and pregnant women especially require sufficient fat for healthy development of mind and body. Other benefits of fats: Efficiently provide calories for energy Required to support cell growth Help protect the body’s organs and keep the body warm Help the body absorb some nutrients (including vitamins A, D, E, and K) Needed for production of important hormones

Why is there saturated fat in your nut butters? Isn't saturated fat bad?

Answer: All oils and fats contain some amount of saturated fat, even the healthy ones, but in varying degrees depending on the type of oils and fats. The oil content of nuts is primarily heart healthy monounsaturated fat, along with a smaller percentage of saturates and polyunsaturated. The American Heart Association recommends aiming for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat. That means, for example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fats. That’s about 13 grams of saturated fats a day.

Can I eat your raw products as part of a raw foods diet?

Answer: It depends on how you define raw. The term raw is not regulated and we do not wish to mislead any consumer following a strict raw eating plan. If you follow a strict raw diet where foods cannot be heated above a certain temperature, we recommend at home grinding and temperature monitoring throughout the grinding process.

I always thought that palm oil was bad for you – are your almond butters still healthy?

Answer: The palm oil used in our almond butters is not hydrogenated, contains zero trans fats and is lower in saturated fat than butter. It’s a vegetable oil and is cholesterol free. The palm oil we use is extracted from the palm fruit, using mechanical (not chemical) means. Trans fats have come under scrutiny from the FDA as a link to major diseases including heart disease and cancer. Palm fruit oil is often confused with palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is derived from palm kernels and contains 82% saturated fat. Palm fruit oil comes from the fruit of the palm and has a nutritionally balanced profile of approximately 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fat.

Why are there white particles floating in my Cocoa + Coconut Barney Butter?

Answer: Don’t worry, it’s not mold! The white particles you are seeing occur because of a phenomenon called cocoa bloom. When cocoa reaches a temperate of 75° F or above, the cocoa changes from solid to liquid and will rise to the surface of the nut butter. After this bloom, the cocoa butter reaches the top of the jar; as they’re exposed to cooler air temperature, crystals begin to form. These crystals are white and can be smaller or larger depending on the temperature the product was exposed to. Please note that while it can be mistaken for mold, we assure you that it is not! Consuming nut butter when these crystals have formed will not harm you and should not change the taste of our products! Although we do our best to keep our products at a cool temperature, once it leaves our manufacturing facility, it is hard to have complete control over the handling of the product.

Do your products ever last beyond the code date?

Answer: We guarantee the quality of our products up to the code date, assuming they have been stored correctly. If the product has already been opened, refrigeration will often keep the product usable for a longer period of time. If the product has not been opened but has been stored in a cool, dark place, then it may still be usable. The best way to tell is to open it up and carefully evaluate its smell for any rancidity. If in doubt, dispose of the product.

How do I read the date code on your jars?

Answer: U.S. date codes are usually listed as month, day, year, (MM/DD/YYYY). For example, 01/01/2015 is January 1, 2015. Our “Best By” dates are listed as one year from the date of manufacture.

How should I store Barney Butter products?

Answer: While not required, refrigeration after opening does prolong the freshness of Barney Butter products.

I would like my local store to carry your product. How can I make this happen?

Answer: If you would like your local store to carry your favorite Barney Butter products you can fill out a “Barney Butter Product Request Form”, available on our website at and submit it to your local store manager encouraging them to reach out to become a Barney Butter retailer.

Is there a current list of places to purchase Barney Butter?

Answer: To find a list of stores that carry Barney Butter closest to you, please use our “Store Locator” at

Do you ship to APO and FPO military addresses?

Answer: Yes, we happily ship to all APO and FPO military addresses using domestic United States Postal Service (USPS) shipping. Thank you military families!!!

Are your products sold internationally?

Answer: Our products are currently available in the United States and we have distribution in western Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other areas of Europe and the Middle East. Our international distribution continues to grow. For specific availability of our products outside the United States please contact us by email at or by phone at (855) 404-6184.

Do you private label?

Answer: Yes, we have the ability to do large quantity private label, contact us at to discuss your needs with us.

I would like to make a product with Barney Butter in it. Who should I speak with at Barney Butter about making custom Barney Butter products?

Answer: If you are interested in making a custom product using Barney Butter products, please email your interest to along with your daytime contact information. A Barney Butter representative will reach out to you to discuss your idea and how we can be of help in getting you the Barney Butter products you need to be successful.

I would like to export your products. Who should I speak with at Barney Butter about becoming a Barney Butter exporter?

Answer: If you are interested in exporting Barney Butter products, please email your interest to along with your daytime contact information. A Barney Butter representative will reach out to you to discuss becoming a Barney Butter exporter.

I would like to distribute your products. Who should I speak with at Barney Butter about distributing your products?

Answer: If you are interested in distributing Barney Butter products, please email your interest to along with your daytime contact information. A Barney Butter representative will reach out to you to discuss becoming a Barney Butter distributor.

I would like to sell your products in my store. Who should I speak with at Barney Butter about carrying your products in my store?

Answer: If you are a small retailer and would like to order directly from Barney Butter you may place a wholesale order on our wholesale tab (insert link). For orders greater than $500 or a pallet please contact us as at along with your daytime contact information. A Barney Butter representative will reach out to you to discuss becoming a Barney Butter retailer.

How do I become a Barney Butter Ambassador?

Answer: For more information about becoming a Barney Butter Ambassador please email us at with the subject line “Barney Butter Ambassador” and we will get you on your way to helping promote wonderful Barney Butter products.

How can I receive samples?

Answer: Our sample program has always been intended to help our loyal Barney Butter customers try flavors that they may have never tried and to help those who have a genuine interest in making the switch to almond butter as an alternative to other nut butters, sample our almond butters before purchasing in stores. Unfortunately due to the excessive number of sample requests as a result of recent posts on “freebie” websites and blogs, as well as the demand from readers and viewers of those websites and blogs being too overwhelming we have suspended our sample program and are no longer able to fulfill requests for samples.

Who should I contact with product satisfaction and customer service inquiries, comments, and feedback?

Answer: If you have any issues with our products, have product or customer service inquiries, or general questions, comments, or feedback please contact us by email at or by phone at (855) 404-6184.

What is your refund policy?

Answer: We only refund for product if the wrong item was shipped. Please notify us by email at or by phone at (855) 404-6184 if you experience an issue.

Who should I contact for press or PR inquiries?

Answer: Please contact the Barney Butter Almond Butter team at for press and PR inquiries.

Is the cane sugar used in Barney Butter sustainably sourced?

Answer: Yes, the organic cane sugar used in Barney Butter Smooth, Crunchy, Cocoa + Coconut, Honey + Flax, and Vanilla Bean + Espresso is sustainably sourced through Florida Crystals. Florida Crystals is committed to sustainable sourcing practices through its participation in the Non-GMO Project, The Carbon Fund, and many other initiatives.

How do I get Barney Butter to sponsor my event?

Answer: We receive numerous requests to support many worthy causes and events, and unfortunately, we cannot support them all. Due to the large number of event sponsorship requests we receive, Barney Butter supports Non-GMO food and awareness causes and tree nut allergy related organizations, as well as communities where our employees live, work and play. For individuals and organizations wishing to submit sponsorship requests or seeking product donations, please complete our Donation Form. Each sponsorship request is carefully reviewed and considered individually.

Are the squeeze packs recyclable/compostable?

Answer: No. Right now there is no technology that exists for a fully recyclable or compostable squeeze pack. We are currently testing multiple, partially renewable squeeze packs.

Which Corporate Social Responsibility programs does Barney Butter support?

Answer: In addition to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Barney Butter supports numerous non-GMO food and awareness causes each year as well as food allergy related organizations.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the destruction of rain forests in Indonesia to create palm plantations and that the indigenous orangutan population is in danger. Where does your palm fruit oil come from?

Answer: The palm fruit oil used in Barney Butter almond butters comes from Malaysia. Sustainability is a primary concern to both Barney Butter and to our supplier, and we are both members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). A copy of our RSPO Certification can be viewed and downloaded at The RSPO is comprised of governments, palm growers, palm oil users, and non-governmental organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. The goal of the RSPO is the preservation of the natural environment in a sustainable way that also permits reasonable growth of palm oil plantations that support local populations. For more information about the RSPO please visit their website at At Barney Butter we are always on a quest to find a 100% sustainable palm fruit oil that works with our almond butters without affecting the taste or texture.

There are air bubbles in the jar I purchased or space at the top of the jar. Is this normal and is the jar completely full?

Answer: Don’t worry, air bubbles can and do occur from time to time during sealing during production and space at the top of the jar of Barney Butter you purchased should be expected. The jars are actually 2 oz. larger than the amount of product they are filled with. Jars are filled by weight using an automated process with 10 oz. of almond butter filled into 12 oz. jars and 16 oz. of almond butter filled into 18 oz. jars. Usually jars are filled with a little extra almond butter as the extra space in the larger jars allows, just for good measure.

What is Barney Butter's charitable giving and product donation policy?

Answer: We receive numerous requests to support many worthy causes and unfortunately, we cannot support them all. Due to the large number of charitable donation and product donation requests we receive, Barney Butter supports Non-GMO food and awareness causes and tree nut allergy related organizations, as well as communities where our employees live, work and play. For individuals and organizations wishing to submit charitable requests or seeking product donations, please complete our Donation Form. Each donation request is carefully reviewed and considered individually.

Where can I buy Barney Almond Butters?

Answer: Barney almond butters are available all over the USA and internationally, as well as online at and other leading e-tailers such as You can also use our store finder to find Barney Butter near you, down to the exact flavor and size you are looking for.

Is oil separation natural and is my Barney Almond Butter still safe to eat?

Answer: Oil separation is totally natural. All nuts have oil in them, and while we do process our almond butters in a way that minimizes to oil separation (almost to a point of non-existence) certain environmental and shipping conditions can cause oil separation. Believe it or not, driving our product to the East coast over the Rocky Mountains can cause separation because of the altitude. That delivery guy that throws your packages, yep, also causes oil separation. It’s a tricky thing. The national brand peanut butters don’t separate because they use hydrogenated oil to stop separation and all hydrogenated oil contains trans-fats. Trans-fats = bad. Barney Butter almond butters have no trans fats, whatsoever, so enjoy!

What is the shelf life on your almond butters?

Answer: All of our almond butters have a shelf life of one year sealed on the shelf from the date of manufacture. Once opened, we recommend eating within 3 months if stored at room temperature on the shelf or within 6 months if kept in the fridge.

Do Barney Almond Butters have to be refrigerated?

Answer: This is a great question. Totally up to you and your preferences. Technically, Barney Butter almond butters, like other nut butters, do not need to be refrigerated. One reason that refrigeration is often recommended is to prevent oil separation. We have also found that refrigeration after opening does prolong the freshness of Barney Butter. We have many customers who prefer our almond butters refrigerated, especially after they have been sent in the mail. If you live in a warm or hot climate, our almond butters could arrive thinner than you would like. Putting them in the fridge and giving them a good stir produces a thicker texture and stronger flavor. Do what feels right for you and your almond butter spreading needs.

Are Barney Almond Butters peanut-free and are other allergens processed in your facility?

Answer: You are safe with us!! Barney Butter almond butters do not contain peanuts and are made in our own facility that is certified peanut-free. We perform an exhaustive clean-out between production runs of each of our almond butter flavors because we do also process coconut, chia, and flax, which are ingredients in some of our almond butters. Our facility is certified peanut-free and gluten free. In addition we do not process any other tree nuts in our facility including walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, etc., nor do we process any dairy, eggs, grain, soy, or fish products of any kind.

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Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of helping Paleo Diet Adherents easily identify products that met the basic tenets of the diet.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Paleo Approved, Paleo Vegan, and Paleo Friendly Certification Programs.


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