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Almond butter has seen its popularity rise as a delicious and healthy alternative to peanut butter. Its wonderful taste, numerous health benefits, and versatility have placed it on the mainstream food map as a choice with many possibilities.
A simple jar of either dry roasted or raw almonds yields a smooth, velvety taste. Almond seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, plant protein, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and offer an option to people who suffer from peanut or other nut allergies. These seeds are more readily available than before and can easily be purchased at most supermarkets or online. Better yet, with a solid food processor and fresh almonds, you can even make the butter in the comfort of your own home.
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Almond butter can be a featured ingredient in some recipes as well as a great complement in others. Below, check out a list of suggestions for enjoying it in any variety of sweet and savory possibilities.
12 Creative Ways to Use Almond Butter
- On toast or other starches (bagels, muffins, crumpets, English muffins, pancakes, waffles). For example, enjoy your morning toast with a smear of it.
- On fresh fruit. For example, a banana topped with almond butter
- On dried fruit, like dried apples or apricots dipped into it.
- On fresh vegetables, like with celery sticks and raisins.
- In hot cereal. For example, try oatmeal, with a dollop of almond butter and a milk or milk substitute.
- In yogurt, and maybe mixed with a sweetener like honey.
- In shakes and smoothies. For example: take a spoonful of it, mix with milk or a milk alternative, add frozen fruits of your choice, and ice, and then blend together in a blender. Optional: add protein powder, yogurt, silken tofu, ripe avocado, greens, and/or added sweeteners.
- Added to savory dishes, condiments, sauces. It helps thickens and adds nutty body and flavor.
- On frozen desserts. For example, mix a spoonful of it with warm chocolate syrup and drizzle over scoops of vanilla ice cream
- On chocolate—you can simply dip chocolate pieces into it and enjoy the combination.
- Incorporated into sweet treats or baked goods, like these brown rice crispies by Sprouted Kitchen.
- Of course, as a replacement for peanut butter. Like a classic PB&J with almond butter instead.