Almond butter is incredibly versatile. It can be used for baking in place of flour and much more. Check out these 10 delicious uses for almond butter – from sandwiches to dips to salad dressing.
So how many ways can you enjoy almond butter? You can substitute it in nearly any recipe or dish that calls for peanut butter. Here are a few ideas.
What is Almond Butter?
Almond butter is a delicious, nutty and and excellent alternative to peanut butter in flavor and versatility. High vitamin E and magnesium, almond butter is a great choice whether you make your own or buy it from the store.
10 Delicious Uses Almond Butter
1. Make an almond butter and jam sandwich.
Try an unconventional jam like fig, cherry or rhubarb for an easy sandwich with a gourmet bite.
2. Spread it on toast, pancakes or waffles.
This is a kid-favorite alternative to maple syrup. Top with sliced bananas and/or homemade chocolate syrup. Try it with these Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes.
3. Mix with organic cream cheese or Greek-style yogurt to make a light, nutty dip.
Serve with apples, pears, celery and other fruit and vegetables.
4. Make a smoothie.
Just blend it with a frozen banana and milk (any dairy or non-dairy milk will do). Simple and delicious. Here’s a yummy Vegan Coconut Smoothie recipe.
5. Make an Asian dipping sauce.
Just mix it with a gluten-free soy sauce or Coconut Aminos and raw honey. Serve with lettuce chicken wraps or summer rolls.
6. Stir in with your favorite breakfast cereal.
Mix it with a bowl of gluten-free granola with some raw honey for a delicious morning breakfast.
7. Make a non-dairy ice cream.
Add almond butter and a couple of frozen bananas in a food processor until well mixed to make a sugar-free treat that’s delicious and good for you.
8. Add to your oatmeal.
Make this Instant Pot Oatmeal and add a spoonful of almond butter, drizzle of raw honey, sliced bananas, and chopped almonds for a healthy, hot breakfast.
9. Mix it with granola to make a healthy protein bites.
Start with a healthy granola recipe (here’s an easy, delicious Paleo Trail Mix). If the granola pieces are too large, pulse in a food processor for a few seconds to make the pieces smaller and then mix about one tablespoon of almond butter with one cup of granola or trail mix.
10. Make homemade “peanut butter” cups.
Store-bought peanut butter cups candy is filled with artificial ingredients and preservatives. Create your own with almond butter instead for a healthier option. Try this Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cups (the recipe calls for sunflower butter but you can easily substitute almond butter).
Does Almond Butter Taste Like Peanut Butter?
Almond butter has a similar texture to peanut butter i.e. creamy, smooth and delicious. However, the taste is very different, just as the raw ingredients – peanuts and almond – taste different. Overall, almond butter has a milder taste than peanut butter, which makes almond butter even more versatile!
How to Store Almond Butter
It’s not essential that you store almond butter in the fridge but there’s some benefits to doing so. Almond butter has a stable shelf life, when unopened, but they can go rancid quicker if opened and left at room temp. This is especially true if you opt for almond butter with no artificial preservatives.
Storing in the fridge means the almond butter lasts longer and prevents the oil from separating, which means you don’t have to stir it before use. However, storing in the fridge means the nut butter will be harder to work with right away, but you can use in cooking recipes right away.
- Almond butter complements stronger flavors, for instance you can pair with richer jams such as cherry or rhubarb.
- If making your own almond butter, you can make a mixed nut butter by including raw walnuts, cashews or pecans with the almonds.
- Add a touch of honey to homemade almond butter for a a lovely honey nut flavor.
- If making your own, make sure you use a sturdy blender or food processor.
- If using store bought organic almond butter, make sure to store in the fridge once opened.
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