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Barney Butter and Brownie Batter

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A big, chocolate-covered “thank you” goes out to Jennifer of the Barney Butter Company for sending me a yummy free sample of Barney Butter so that I could see (and taste!) for myself what all the fuss is about. My verdict? I like this stuff!  But then again, I’m not exactly picky when it comes to nut butters– I love ’em all. The Barney Butter has a taste similar to almond butter (well duh! It is almond butter!), but its texture is smooth and creamy, kinda like Skippy peanut butter (from what I remember; I haven’t eaten Skippy in years and years).I first tried it plain, straight-up, which is my all-time fave way to eat nut butters. But I decided that I like Barney Butter better (say that three times fast) on sandwiches.

I spread one half of an Ezekiel pita with applesauce and the other half with Barney Butter. Slap it on a plate, throw together a huge salad, and call it lunch!

A quick lunch munch: the sandwich, a mondo kale-and-mix-green salad, and peach salsa


Chocolate-Covered Meal of the Day

My first try of Barney Butter. And what’s that chocolateylookin‘ stuff? That, my dear friends, is Brownie Batter Hot Cereal. To all you oatmeal haters: I doubt even you could maintain your oat-hatin‘ ways if your hot cereal tasted like brownie batter!

Brownie Batter in a bowl :)





Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. shellyfish says:

    Bring on the Barney Butter Baby! I hope it’s ok that I call you baby, Special K!?

    I don’t know any songs about nut butters, we should write one we love ’em so much!

  2. Meg says:

    I am dying to know what the mystery grain is!

    I totally agree that oatmeal can be a dessert. I had it every night for years.

  3. carolinebee says:

    you are so mysterious ;D! Yum i need to try Almond butter i’ve still been scurred! I love Heather..and Pink, haha..i’m really diggin’ the Sober song right now.

  4. Jen aka Jewbacca says:

    hmmmm, my guess is millet. and yes, even I (aka don’t give me no oatmeal as dessert)would eat a grainy-based dessert that tasted like brownie batter. you’re so adorable.

  5. Fitnessista says:

    i’m glad you liked the barney butter- you’re exactly right, it does remind me of skippy peanut butter!
    i just adore heather- that’s some well deserved blog love 😀
    happy monday, ccv!

  6. Alisa (Go Dairy Free and Frugal Foodie) says:

    I don't blame you on the PB&J's actualy, though I must admit I have never had PB & banana, which probably makes me un-American!

    Quinoa flakes? No idea really, can't wait to hear! I am a follower of Heather Eats Almond Butter, I love her blog too!

  7. Kate says:

    Is that just a chocolate kind of Lara? Otherwise NO! I don’t think I have!? And i’v enever had Ezekial flatbread-do you get those at whole foods???

  8. talieworld says:

    Looks like I need to hop on the barney butter bandwagon!

    It’s okay, it took me 17 years to like pb+j, come to think of it, it took me that long to even like pb!

  9. Marianne says:

    No love for the pb & j?! Awww, come on. Really good raspberry jam + peanut butter is awesome. But in my world, it absolutely has to be raspberry jam, none of this jelly crap.

    Not too sure what your mystery grain is, but I am intrigued. Especially your mystery grain as a bowl of chocolately goodness!

  10. Kate says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to go look for them! I think I’ve seen them b/f but I just thought it was one chocolate flavor. If there’s a choc HAZELNUT? O boy, gotta find it! And thanks for the tip w/ the Ezekiel!

  11. Eva says:

    Hey CCV,
    have you tried making your own nut butters? I especially love walnut butter. It’s fabulous on freshly baked banana bread with s drizzle of maple syrup or some fresh homemade jam! And all it is, is ground walnuts (grind until buttery texture is reached) with a pinch of salt and a bit of raw sugar (1tsp per 250g of nuts) – wow!

  12. Jessie says:

    Hmmm, is the mystery grain barley? Whatever it is, it looks good!

  13. Simple and Divine says:

    Puffed Wheat heated in the Micro? Some other type of cereal? Whenever I've tried heating Puffed Wheat with my fiber cereal it DISSAPEARS, CCV! Any pointers?

    Umm… Could it be Quinoa Flakes? What about Hominy? 00HHH IS IT H0MINY?? Do I hear a Ding Ding? Can I get an Amen? (Can she be D0NE already?) 😉

    Love you Twinny Baby! <333

  14. Kiersten says:

    I really have to try Barney Butter, I read nothing but great reviews of it. I love almond butter so I imagine it’s really good. Still, nothing beats peanut butter for me!

    I agree that oatmeal is an awesome dessert. I eat oatmeal at night quite often when I need a snack and am craving something creamy.

  15. shelby says:

    Ew, I don’t like jelly either. I prefer apple butter or some kind of natural spread.

    I’ve never tried BB but the texture sounds great. I’ve always found AB to be a little crunchy so I think I might try this next.

    That bowl looks HEAVENLY! I can’t wait to see the mystery grain. You should totally post the recipe too.

  16. Kiki says:

    Oooh, I’m so jealous of your BB! I haven’t been able to find it yet. Your combos sound good though!

    And lets see, what could the mystery grain be? Barley? Buckwheat (kasha)?

  17. acookinthemaking says:

    Your un-oatmeal is so intriguing! And sounds totally delish…

  18. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Sweet Katie, thank you for the shout-out and your kind words. I feel honored. :)

    Now about this brownie batter hot cereal. 3 words – You are brilliant! I can’t wait to read all about the “mystery grain”.

    Happy Monday CCV!

  19. HangryPants says:

    I totally agree about BB being like Skippy (but way better for you!)

    I love Heather! I also agree that oatmeal can be a dessert. Of course.

  20. I ♥ puggies says:

    I LOVE nut butters! I didn't like PB&J sammiches either until this summer I bought crates full of organic raspberries and made my own jam. Jam is different than jelly though. Anyway, I love homemade jam and I love it with nut butters. Sorry for this incredibly self centered comment, I am just really proud because it was the first time I made jam.

    Enough about me. CCV, have I ever told you how much you rock?? I adore reading your blog. I look forward to your posts. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  21. Erin says:

    I never liked PB and J either! Pb and banana is the way to go.
    Your blog is so adorable and I want brownie batter for breakfast!

  22. ttfn300 says:

    omg, i love all nut butters too :) and would prefer a pb & banana to jelly any day of the week! i can't remember the last time i had a pb sandwich though… need to remedy that!

  23. jrsimon56 says:

    What is that? :) Cream of wheat? Grits? Hmmmm…can’t wait to hear.

  24. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    I’m glad you loved the BB! I thought it was mediocre.

  25. Chelsea says:

    I’ve never been a fan of pb and jelly, either. When I was a kid I loved pb and pickle (and did I ever get made fun of at the lunch table when other kids noticed), but nowadays I’m all about nut butter and agave nectar.

  26. maybepigscanfly says:

    Yum that looks sooo good! I'm guessing that the mystery grain is quinoa flakes.

    Ya know, even though I grew up on pb&j and love it (although I haven't had a pb'j sandie for at least 2 years) pb and banana is waaaay better! So no need to feel ashamed of not liking jelly!

  27. aredcardigan says:

    hehehehe barney butter…i keep thinking of the purple dinosaur.

    how innnnnnnnnteresting all your food is.

    o’mystery grain, reveal yourself quickly and swiftly!

  28. Kelly says:

    I agree – the pb&j sandwich is overrated. My personal favorite is apple butter + peanut butter. Mmm. :)

    The "brownie batter" looks delicious! I'm going to try something like that. Yummy.

  29. Bex says:

    Barney butter looks like a cool company. I’m with you. I love nut butters and almond butter is divine!

  30. Tyler says:

    that looks exactly like oatmeal! can’t wait to see what it really is. whatever this mystery grain is, i’m sure it was awesome covered in chocolate!!

  31. Ricki says:

    Can’t wait to find out about that mystery grain. . . and wish I could get some of that Barney Butter over here! Looks delicious.

  32. Laci says:

    Is your mystery ingretient a grain or some type of spice like cinnamon… maybe chocolate hemp powder? Hmmm… I haven't gotten my hands on the BB but I'm currently addicted to PB&Co.'s nutbutter… besides the classic "elvis" PB+Banana sammie, My fav. cway to devor and savor lucious, creammy, dense, salty or sweet nutbutter is with a spoon!!! =D

  33. Theresa says:

    Three cheers for free nut butter!!

  34. Simple and Divine says:


    Wait for it….


  35. jodye says:

    I know this is completely unrelated to your post, but I just wanted to let you know that I used your agar pudding recipe to make a rocky road pudding using coca powder, chocolate chips, walnuts, and ricemellow, and it was absolutely delicious! So thanks for the recipe!

  36. sweetandfit says:

    I haven’t tried Barney Butter yet – not gonna lie, I feel kinda left out! I really don’t like peanut butter and jelly sammies, but I live for peanut butter and banana sammies! sososososo good! you should try a barney butter +nanner sammie.

  37. Eddie G says:

    Barney Butter sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it :)

  38. vegalicious says:

    Brownie soup! *drools*

    Don't worry, I don't like pb&j either. I put dried fruit or pomegranate seeds on my pb sandwiches instead!

  39. imadedinner says:

    I eat oatmeal as a dessert ALL THE TIME! My fave: PB-Choco-nana-chip oatmeal. Creamy oats w/mashed banana, cocoa powder, chocolate chips… oh and PB2.

  40. Erin says:

    I came back just to further drool at that chocolatey delight!

  41. Janet says:

    Brownie Batter Hot Cereal?! please, please, PLEASE tell us what the mystery grain is!!!!!

  42. ChickPea says:

    Now I guess I really am the last blogger on earth who has NOT tried Barney Butter. Must get some soon!

    PS Don’t you love Ezekiel pitas?!

  43. Buddha says:

    “Oatmeal is a perfectly acceptable desert food”
    What? Where? When? How?
    I use it as paper glue!
    Almond butter, almond butter ommmm…
    Now I feel much better 😉
    Every time I read your blog I get hungry for some reason!

  44. Lauren says:

    Mmm.. that butter sounds amazing!

  45. Burp and Slurp~! says:

    breakfast? the best! oatmeal for dessert? WHAT ELSE? you and heather are my kind of gals!

  46. Bethany says:

    barney butter should have a purple dino on it! who took the cookie from the cookie jar? that’s the only barney anything that I know.

    I could eat bfast all day. yum.

  47. Veganissexy says:

    let it be death by peanut butter & chocolate :) I want some now!

  48. River says:

    YAY for yummy free samples of nutty goodness! You had me at smooth and creamy.

  49. necesseaties says:

    Where did you find/what brand is your Extra Dark cocoa powder?

  50. Tricia says:

    I’m addicted to that brownie batter oatmeal. Make it almost everyday lol. Best stuff ever 😛 (‘cept i make mine thicker 😉

    1. Chocolate + oatmeal… what’s not to love??? :)

  51. Sarah says:

    Yuuuummmm brownie batter oatmeal! its like a dream come true! I will be making this in the morning :)