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

Mmmm, almond butter. 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.

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.

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10 Delicious Ways to Use 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).

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Almond Butter + Your WHOLE30: 6 Meal Ideas

By Melissa — @melissasfoodfreedom // melissasfoodfreedom.com

It’s easy to fall in love with almond butter during your Whole30. Even die-hard peanut butter lovers can’t resist a perfect creamy almond butter like Wild Friends Almond Butter. But as a six-time Whole30er, I’m often asked: “How do you eat Almond Butter on your Whole30?” Or more often, “How do you STOP eating Almond Butter on your Whole30?”

The Whole30 meal template suggests that each of your 3 daily meals should include a serving of animal protein, a serving of fat, a large serving of vegetables and the occasional serving of fruit. Additionally, those who exercise should also plan to eat a “mini meal” of protein and fat pre-workout as well as protein and carb-dense vegetables post-workout. I use Wild Friends Almond Butter as a serving of fat during meals, with protein pre-workout and on a carb-dense vegetable post-workout.

Here are a few examples of how you can incorporate almond butter into a balanced and delicious Whole30 meal or mini meal:

PRE-WORKOUT WHOLE30 MINI MEAL

I love using Almond Butter as a natural source of fat and protein before my workout. I’ll often pair a spoonful of Classic Creamy Almond Butter with a on-the-go beef stick or hard-boiled egg. It’s portable, easy to take to the gym before or after work, and the opportunity to consume almond butter gets me excited to head into my workout!

POST-WORKOUT WHOLE30 MINI MEAL

When I’m back from the gym I tend to forget about a mini meal, but the Whole30 guidelines are clear that a post-workout mini meal with a carb-dense vegetable and a small serving of easily-digestible protein is important for better and faster recovery from a workout. I love to spread Wild Friends on a slice of sweet potato toast with a sprinkle of raw cacao nibs: quick, easy, and delicious!

WHOLE30 BREAKFAST

The Whole30 guidelines suggest only an occasional serving of fruit: and I find myself usually incorporating fruit into my breakfast. A big vegetable frittata gives you the protein and vegetables you need to start your day, and the addition of blueberries drizzled with almond butter gives you both a serving of fat as well as fresh, natural sweetness!

WHOLE30 LUNCH

Every Whole30 lunch, especially the ones packed up and taken to work with you, need a little fun. I like to bake a sweet potato at home and then microwave it at work: drizzling it with almond butter, a bit of ghee and a sprinkle of cinnamon is a total dream! I’ll usually pair that with a serving of leftover animal protein and some extra greens on the side.

WHOLE30 DINNER

Thai peanut sauce is yummy, but legumes are eliminated during the Whole30. Enter: Thai almond sauce! I love to make Spicy Thai Almond Butter Zoodles with Sautéed Beef. It’s warm, and spicy, and gives you all the same flavors of your fave peanut sauce, legume-free!

ON THE ROAD

Nut Butter is the ultimate travel food. Taking along a packet or two of Classic Creamy Almond Butter on your road trip or work event means having nutrient dense protein ready-to-eat anywhere. Every Whole30er knows you occasionally find yourself “stranded” without a meal now and then, but keeping packets of Almond Butter on hand make things so much easier!

There’s a lot to love about the versatility of using almond butter in your Whole30. The creamy, salty, fatty taste can be quite addicting! That’s why I love to enjoy almond butter within the context of a meal or workout mini-meal. Stick to these simple meal ideas and you’ll fall in love with how almond butter makes your Whole30 absolutely amazing!

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Most store-bought nut butters have fillers. And we know that your body doesn’t like fillers. Instead, here’s how to make almond butter yourself! It’s creamy, filling, delicious, and makes for a great addition to healthy snacks (like “Ants on a Log” – celery with nut butter and raisins, to bring out the kid in ya).

To be honest, making almond butter sounds intimidating, laborious, and far too fancy for people like me. That’s what I thought at first. Growing up on Jiffy, I never thought that I’d be hookin’ up jars in my own kitchen…until a few years ago…when I actually read what the heck I was eating.

Have you checked out the back of your nut butter jars lately?

More often than not, the standard peanut and nut butters will have added ingredients – like less than healthy oils, sugars, salt, and mono and dyglicerides (which are added to foods to bind certain ingredients like oil and water). The truth is, many of these additives are there to: 1) increase shelf-life; 2) decrease cost in production; and 3) make it look a certain way. Notice that none of these are related to helping you feel healthy, energized, or amazing.

How about making it yourself?

To satisfy your cravings, it’s time for you to make it yourself (or buy the o’natural stuff). It’s super simple and actually more affordable than some of the store-bought, organic almond butters. TRUST!

WHY ALMONDS?

We choose ALMONDS over PEANUTS because almonds are slightly higher in fiber and vitamin-E, but there are healthy benefits to all types of nuts (including the traditional peanut legume).

HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE?

In less than 30 minutes, you will have a homemade jar of nutty goodness that will last you weeks! Whaaaaatt? 30 minutes?

Oh and if you like the recipe below, then you may be interested in the Dark Chocolate Almond Butter with Sea Salt recipe too.





2 cups almonds (plain, raw, no salt)

Steps for a SMOOTH Almond Butter:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread 2 cups of almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. (NOTE: Check the almonds at 10 minutes. Some older ovens may be hotter than others.)
  3. Pour 2 cups of roasted almonds in a food processor and let it run for about 5-10 minutes until desired smoothness.

Be patient. It takes a few minutes for the almonds to release the oils for a creamy nut-butter. Within the first few minutes, you’ll notice a dry, meal-like consistency. The fibers will eventually break down. (NOTE: older food processors may require a bit more time.)

Steps for a CHUNKY Almond Butter:
  • Roughly chop ¼ cup of roasted almonds (either with knife or a food processor). Set aside.
  • Follow the steps above to make a SMOOTH Almond Butter with the remaining almonds.
  • Once you reach a smooth, creamy texture, add the roughly chopped almonds and pulse for 10 seconds.

Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Yields ~ 1 cup

TRY THIS TOO

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter with Sea Salt recipe!

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Almond butter is the Kylie Jennerof weight-loss foods. While it’s totally new to some, others just can’t get enough of the stuff.

Some of the reasons we’re obsessed: Almond butter is rich in slow-to-digest nutrients that keep your blood sugar levels stable and make you feel fuller longer, says Bridget Murphy, R.D., nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center.

In fact, a single two-tablespoon serving contains over 10 percent of your daily fiber needs and 14 grams of unsaturated fat. Plus, it’s got seven grams of muscle-building, metabolism-boosting protein. That’s more than an egg! But wait, there’s more: Almond butter is rich in energy-revving iron, which can help you to crush any workout that comes your way, says Murphy.

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Even if you’re well aware of the powers of nut butter, chances are you’re selling its weight-loss powers short. To add some creativity—and a ton of flavor—to your almond butter habit, we tapped Justin’s, which recently published its own Justin My Kitchen nut-butter cookbook, and a ton of recipe-loving R.D.s to ID 50 (!) almond butter hacks you need.

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Breakfast Hacks

1. Top your oatmeal with a serving of almond butter to help you stay full until lunchtime.

2. Use almond butter as a flavor-packed substitute for syrup on your pancakes, waffles, and French toast.

3. Make almond butter and banana “sushi” rolls. Smear a banana with almond butter, roll the banana in a mixture of hemp hearts and cacao nibs, then slice them into bite-sized rolls.

4. Roll some energy balls using crunchy almond butter, chopped almonds, chopped cranberries, and a drizzle of honey.

5. Pack a savory almond butter sandwich: Spread almond butter on whole grain bread and add in some cucumbers, bean sprouts, jicama, apple slices, or chia seeds.

6. Add almond butter and diced apples to cooked quinoa for a protein-filled breakfast.

7. Blend a banana, kale, almond butter, almond milk, chia seeds, protein powder, and ice for an awesome flavor combo!

8. Use your almost-empty almond butter jar to make overnight oats. Just dump in oats, almond milk (or other milk), some banana slices, and a sprinkle of chia seeds and salt. Refrigerate overnight. Shredded coconut, berries, pumpkin, and cinnamon also taste fab mixed in.

9. Stack your favorite smoothie ingredients—like almond butter, bananas, berries, spinach, and coconut flakes—in a bowl for an Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl. Just go light on the liquids so that you can eat the smoothie with a fork.

10. Toast up a frozen waffle and spread on almond butter for a quick dose of energy before a morning workout.

11. Combine ½ cup honey with 1 cup almond butter and 3 cups rolled oats for easy, no-bake granola bars.

12. Make a pretty parfait by layering Greek yogurt with almond butter, granola, nuts, fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

13. Ever try a breakfast panini? All you need is some whole wheat bread, ricotta cheese, almond butter, and plum preserves. Delish.

14. Spice up your basic breakfast by topping a whole wheat tortilla with almond butter, sliced apples, cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey for an a.m. quesadilla.

Quick Snacks

15. To make a single-serve, no-bake cookie, combine 1 tablespoon of melted almond butter, with 2 tablespoons of oats, 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds, and a drizzle of honey. Yum!

16. Get more out of your fruit by spreading almond butter on apples and pears.

17. Mix a tablespoon of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa in to Greek yogurt for some added sugar-free flavor.

18. Stuff Medjool dates with almond butter for a sweet yet satiating snack.

19. To mix up a chocolate almond butter smoothie, throw Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, half a banana, almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of almond butter into your blender.

20. Make your own almond latte! Warm milk on the stove, stirring in 1 teaspoon of almond butter until it’s dissolved.

21. Make your own pudding by mashing up half a banana and mixing it with 1 tablespoon of almond butter and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

22. Spread some almond butter on a rice cake for an afternoon pick-me-up.

23. Swirl vanilla, almond butter, and dark chocolate chips into plain Greek yogurt for a treat that tastes amazingly similar to cookie dough.

24. Make some grown-up “ants on a log” by spreading almond butter on celery sticks and topping them with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.

25. The next time you go camping, spread almond butter on your graham crackers to add some protein to your typical s’mores.

26. Keep a packet of almond butter in your purse or gym bag at all times to fight hangriness whenever it strikes. Squeeze it on a piece of fruit or cracker, or straight into your mouth.

27. Take your apple slices to the next level. Instead of cutting them into wedges, cut them horizontally into quarter-inch disks, then top with almond butter, almonds, coconut flakes, and berries. So pretty!

28. Sandwich a scoop of almond butter between your favorite crackers for easy snacking.

29. Take your post-workout chocolate milk to the next level with a sprinkle of powdered almond butter.

Healthy Seasonings

30. Combine almond butter with tamari and minced ginger for an Asian-inspired sauce that goes great on salmon, shrimp, and other seafood.

31. Use almond butter as a dip for your vegetables like celery or carrots.

32. Top baked sweet potatoes with a tablespoon of almond butter and cinnamon for the ultimate sweet-and-savory spud.

33. Put a fresh take on any pad thai recipe by subbing out peanut butter for almond butter.

34. Make a protein-packed fruit dip by combining Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and almond butter.

35. Mix almond butter with orange juice, red wine vinegar, and olive oil, and marinade lean chicken or pork overnight.

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36. Make your own Asian-inspired dipping sauce by blending almond butter with coconut milk, ginger, and a dash of soy sauce.

37. Dip your sweet potato fries in almond butter, rather than ketchup, to get more protein while slashing your added-sugar intake.

38. Make your own spicy stir-fry sauce: Combine almond butter with low-sodium soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, garlic, water, and a drop or two of hot chili oil.

39. Love pesto? Try adding a scoop of almond butter to your favorite recipe or store-bought variety for an extra nutty flavor.

40. For a creamy, Ranch-free dressing, whisk together almond butter, plain Greek yogurt, and vinegar of your choice.

Cooking Tricks

41. Add a tablespoon of almond butter into your favorite smoothie for an added dose of protein and healthy fat.

42. Use almond butter to replace butter in baked goods like cookies, muffins, and banana bread. Use a one-for-one ratio in recipes.

43. Indian dish too spicy? Mix in some almond butter to tame the flames.

44. Add some whole or powdered almond butter to soups to thicken it up and add nutty creaminess.

45. When you’re jonesing for something sweet, upgrade your Puppy Chow recipe with almond butter and dark chocolate chips.

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46. Blend one frozen banana with 1 tablespoon of almond butter and a splash of almond milk for a nutritious faux ice cream.

47. Replace the mayo in your typical chicken salad recipe for almond butter.

48. Melt 1/4 cup of almond butter and combine with 1 tablespoon coconut oil for a healthy take on the Magic Shell topping. Pour it over ice cream and watch it harden into a nutty, crunchy dessert topping.

49. Give your grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe a healthy punch by adding in a tablespoon of almond butter to the recipe.

50. Before soaking the seeds for chia seed pudding, mix your almond milk with some almond butter for a flavorful health kick.

Snack Recipes With Almond Butter

This post is sponsored by Barney Butter. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help this blog run smooth like almond buttah.

I think if I were forced to change the name of my blog, I’d probably go with “In it 4 the Almond Butter.” Ok, I’m kidding… but maybe not… Anyway the point is, I’m definitely riding the almond butter train. In fact, at this point I’m probably driving the train.

I think one of the reasons I’m such a fan of almond butter is because it’s just so universally delicious. You can dress it up or down make it sweet or savory. It can rock out solo or with some chocolate or with some fruit or with some spices. Almond butter is down to party.

As a part of my monthly recipe series with Barney Butter, I’ve been bringing you monthly almond butter creations ranging from breakfasts to snacks to dinners using almond butter as a key ingredient. I thought this month, it would be fun to round up some of my favorite almond butter recipes I’ve shared, along with almond butter recipes from some of my blogging pals.

As I was putting this together, I was slightly taken aback by just how many almond butter recipes I’ve shared on this blog so far. I guess I wasn’t kidding when I said I like this stuff. It just goes to show you how may different ways you can use one jar.

One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Barney Butter is their amazingly creamy texture, which is perfect for so many of these recipes. This is a good gateway almond butter for anyone still on the fence and squarely on team peanut butter. Part of the reason their almond butters are so smooth is because they use blanched almonds. This means none of the skin on the almond goes into the nut butter. I also learned that this is great for anyone with a sensitive stomach. I typically get my Barney Butter from Homegoods (or TJ’s) or Whole Foods, but their sold at most grocery stores in the natural section.

Honey Flax Almond Butter Protein Bars via In it 4 the Long Run

Vegan Banana Protein Bars via Fit Mitten Kitchen

Pecan Pie Almond Butter Balls via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter & Jelly Balls via In it 4 the Long Run

Breakfast Recipes With Almond Butter

The Vegan Breakfast Sandwich via In it 4 the Long Run

Cinnamon Spice Granola via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter Cookie Cereal via rachLmansfield

Almond Butter Superfood Yogurt Bowl via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter Cup Smoothie via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter & Jelly Smoothie via In it 4 the Long Run

Dinner Recipes With Almond Butter

Winter Kale Salad with Almond Butter Dressing via In it 4 the Long Run

Spiralized Sweet Potato Pasta with Creamy Garlic Almond Butter Sauce via Imma Eat That

Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodles via My Sequined Life

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Curried Almond Butter Vinaigrette via Food Faith Fitness

Dessert Recipes With Almond Butter

Healthy Almond Butter Blondies via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter Stuffed Cookies via rachLmansfield

Vegan Cookie Cake via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter Chia Pudding via the Almond Eater

Double Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies via In it 4 the Long Run

Almond Butter Cups via In it 4 the Long Run

Your Turn

  • What are your favorite ways to eat almond butter?
  • Have you ever tried it in a savory recipe?
  • Are there any almond butter recipes you’d like to see next?

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By Sarah McColl

We think of it as peanut butter all grown up, so it’s no surprise almond butter’s fans are legion. And while we’re not above dipping a spoon straight into the jar, sometimes we do aim higher.

“Who doesn’t love the creamy feel and distinctive taste of almond butter?” asks Annie B. Kay, lead nutritionist at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Mass. “It’s a rich, delicious whole food and a nutritional plant-based powerhouse.” For those moderating their animal protein intake, almond butter gives the same amount of protein gram for gram as meat, while also providing fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an array of minerals for heart and bone health, Kay notes.

We turned to a roster of tastemakers for ideas that put the cupboard champion into easy, inventive new roles at breakfast, lunch, snack time, and dinner.

BLITZ INTO A SMOOTHIE

Kay likes to start the day with a smoothie loaded with fiber, monounsaturated fat and plant protein. For a super-thick A.M. shake (that would also double beautifully as the base of a smoothie bowl), blend apple, pear and frozen blueberries with hemp protein and raw almond butter. Want to thin it out a bit? Just add water.

FLIP FOR PANCAKES

You already spread almond butter on your gluten-free toaster waffle, but try upping your almond butter breakfast game with these protein-packed pancakes from New York City chef Jenny Dorsey. “It’s super easy. Just mix 1/2 cup almond butter with 2 large eggs and 2 to 3 ripe mashed bananas. Saute them in a non-stick pan with some butter or coconut oil. Super-Paleo, healthy, and delicious.”

ENJOY A SIMPLE SANDWICH

Consider it the grown-up version of PB&J. At True Food Kitchen in Chicago, chef Michael “Sully” Sullivan serves up a sweet-and-salty sandwich of almond butter, banana, and apple on seeded grain bread. Yeah, it’s on the kid’s menu, but we won’t judge if you want it and you’re over 12, or if you make one at home.

WHISK INTO A DRESSING

“Make a delicious dressing with a finely chopped chili, juice and zest of half a lime, a dash of soy sauce and sesame oil, and a heaped teaspoon of almond butter,” suggests Anna Jones, author of A Modern Way to Cook. Drizzle on steamed vegetables, massage into raw kale, or spoon on top of a bowl of noodles for a fast weeknight supper.

MAKE IT AN AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP

Grab ingredients you already have in your pantry for an Insta-worthy snap. Blissful Basil’s Ashley Melillo relies on almond butter to power her favorite snack of all time, which also happens to be super-easy and quick: Slather it on brown rice cakes, top with fresh raspberries or berry chia jam, and drizzle on a touch of pure maple syrup.

TRY NO-BRAINER ENERGY BALLS

No food processor? No problem. Nealy Fischer of The Flexible Chef whips up a quick batch of energy balls by hand-mixing equal parts almond flour, oats, and almond butter. Toss in a few chocolate chips, roll into ping pong-sized balls, and away you go.

USE IT FOR AN APPETIZER—AND THEN FOR DESSERT

Sub in almond butter for tahini when you blitz a batch of hummus, suggests Integrative Nutrition health coach and natural foods chef . Or mix it with Greek yogurt and fresh herbs for a super-fast dip. For a sweet treat, melt almond butter with a quick zap in the microwave, drizzle over sliced pears and sprinkle with a mix of rolled oats and shredded coconut. Fruit crumble time, no oven required.

SPICE UP A STEW

Nut butters may not immediately make you think of soups, but that’s where cookbook author smarties like Dina Cheney come in. “I love to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter to Indian stews,” says the author of The New Milks. “For instance, this week, I made a stew with cauliflower, potato, and chickpeas. I added almond butter for creaminess and to enhance the nutty flavor of the chickpeas.” We’ll have a bowl of that, please.

INDULGE IN A GOOD-FOR-YOU CANDY BAR…

We went nuts for this stone-cold simple sweet-tooth workaround from integrative health coach Caryn O’Sullivan. Spread almond butter on a fresh, pitted date and top with a dark chocolate chip. “It tastes like a candy bar and is completely satisfying,” O’Sullivan says. “The almond butter provides protein in a creamy, sweet texture, the dates are a good source of fiber and potassium, and the chocolate chip brings it all together in one sweet bite.”

…OR TAKE A DIFFERENT SPIN ON PB-CHOCOLATE CUPS

“Peanut butter cups are a fan favorite, but usually loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients,” says celebrated yoga instructor and holistic health coach Kerri Axelrod. “These almond butter cups are the perfect substitute so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite peanut butter treats.” In the bowl of a food processor, blitz 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1 cup almond butter, and 1-2 tablespoons of monk fruit. Pour mixture into a mini muffin tin and top with two melted 2-ounce bars of Stevia-sweetened dark chocolate. (Kerri likes the brand Pure7, which is sweetened with honey). Chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set.

USE UP EVERY LAST SPOONFUL

We hate to see good food go to waste, so we love this use-it-up idea from Ashley Pitt of A Lady Goes West. “When the almond butter jar is getting close to empty, and there are remnants all around the inside, I like to fill the jar with oats, Greek yogurt and chia seeds to make overnight oats. I let it sit in the fridge overnight, and in the morning take it out and eat it. It’s so good with that extra almond butter soaking into the oats for added flavor and fat.” Now, that’s an idea worth waking up for.

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40 “Betcha Never Tried This!” Ways to Eat Nut Butter

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Peanut butter-as well as almond butter and all the other thick nut spreads out there like cashew, macadamia, walnut, and pecan-can be used in a plethora of recipes to add flavor, make things rich and creamy, and raise good dishes to the purely amazing level. Try these fresh ideas from top cookbook authors and food bloggers, but be warned: You may find yourself adding nut butters to almost every recipe once you realize it’s good with pretty much everything.

RELATED: 10 Unbelievably Delicious Nut Butters You Can Make

Breakfast

1. Perfect Paleo Pancakes

Skip the flour. Instead, use a combo of your favorite nut butter, eggs, bananas, and cinnamon to make these gluten-free, protein-rich pancakes.

2. Chewy Maple Date Oat Bars

The ingredients list here is a tad long, but so worth it. These soft granola bars have a similar texture to a packaged brand, yet you’d be hard to find this mix of pepitas, almonds, coconut, cherries, and spices in stores.

3. Flourless Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These maple-syrup-sweetened treats prove that tasty muffins don’t only come in fruity flavors. And they’re a cinch to make.

4. Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars

Make this recipe on Sunday and have breakfast all week long. These chewy vegan bars with tart cranberries and crunchy pecans can also be made gluten-free or formed into cookies.

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5. Guilt-Free Maple Almond Butter Doughnuts

Made with healthy ingredients like whole-wheat pastry flour, almond butter, and applesauce, these are baked, not fried-and topped with a gooey, lick-your-fingers glaze.

No-Bake Sweets

6. Sticky Dried Fruit Nut Bars

These easy, no-sugar-added bars taste a little like Snickers and are packed with nuts and dried fruit. Pick your faves or whatever you have on hand to change up the flavor.

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7. Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

A creamy, thick icing made with protein-rich Greek yogurt and salty peanut butter to top all your favorite healthy (or not-so-healthy) treats, or use as a dip with fruit.

8. Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Nut butter, protein powder, and honey or agave are all you need to make these soft, fudgy-rich snacks. Feel free to add chocolate chips (because why not?).

9. No Bake Apricot and Dark Chocolate Bars

Soft yet crunchy, fruity yet chocolatey, these are good for breakfast or snacks, and will stay fresh in the fridge for a week.

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10. Chocolate and Cashew Bliss Balls

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and delicious! These bite-size sweets are perfect for when a chocolate craving attacks.

Frozen Treats

11. Banana Nice Cream

If you haven’t tried using frozen bananas to make ice cream, you’ll be surprised how much fruit can taste like the rich dessert.

12. Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Bites

We fell in love with these adorable little stacks (shown at left) as soon as we saw them in our Pinterest feed. Portion control, check.

13. Peanut Butter and Jam Cups

Made with real berries instead of jarred jam, these little frosty treats are bursting with the beloved PB&J flavors. What a genius use of a muffin tin!

14. Carrot Cake Almond Butter Popsicles

Cake, frozen, on a stick? Oh yes. And they’re made from simple, whole ingredients.

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Smoothies and Shakes

15. Cherry Almond Smoothie

With only three ingredients, this makes for a speedy vegan snack or pre-workout drink loaded with naturally sweet almond flavors. Be sure to use unsweetened cherries to avoid added sugars.

16. Cranberry Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie

This wacky (in a good way!) blend calls for some of our favorite superfoods: avocado, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and three types of berries.

17. Peanut Butter Chocolate “Green” Milkshake

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PB&J Remixes

18. Roasted Concord Grapes on Peanut Butter Toast

“Achingly sweet and an iconic deep purple when cooked, concord grapes aren’t just for kids,” says food writer Caroline Wright. We agree!

19. Banana Sushi

Avocado roll lovers may say this isn’t sushi (Where’s the rice? Where’s the fish?). We say who cares? Plus this almond butter and banana roll will stay with you.

20. Grilled Peanut Butter Rainbow Sandwich

This stunner combines sweet raspberries, crunchy carrots, and refreshing lettuce with nut butter. Surprisingly delicious!

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21. Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Peach Grilled Sandwich

Making this crazy good spicy-sweet roasted PB, then pair it with juicy peaches and toast it up for a taste of summer with a kick.

22. Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich

PB mixed with cilantro, onion, garlic, and vinegar plays well with cool cucumber slices and creamy avocado in this Thai-inspired twist. (No, really!)

Asian-Inspired Stirfries, Noodles, and More

23. Peanut Sauce Bento Bowl

A Bento box is a complete, balanced meal. This version with tofu, soba noodles, and lots of veggies uses a rich and spicy coconut milk-peanut butter sauce to jazz up the mix.

24. Spicy Peanut Noodles with Edamame and Shrimp

Peanut noodles get a dose of fresh flavor from buttery, slightly sweet edamame and fresh mint and cilantro. Mix up the vegetables based on what’s in your fridge, then serve it right away or let it sit so the flavors meld more.

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25. Crisp Tofu with Asian Greens and Peanut Sauce

The combination of quick-fried tofu, sautéed greens, and tangy Thai-inspired peanut sauce brings a ton of texture and flavor to the plate.

26. Creamy Paleo Cashew Curry Cauliflower

Spice up your night with this one-pot wonder of low-cal cauliflower in a nutty, chile-laced sauce that would be delish with grilled pork or salmon.

27. Peanut Chicken Roll-Ups

A few supermarket shortcuts (slaw mix and Thai chili sauce) make this wrap quick and easy. It also packs almost 30 grams of protein.

Soups and Stews

28. Creamy Green Pea and Cashew Butter Soup

A high-protein puree of cashew butter, white beans, and silken tofu form the base of this brilliantly green, almost-instant soup that’s excellent warm or chilled.

29. Vegetarian West African Peanut Soup

Peanut butter, tomatoes, and collard greens sounds, well, pretty disgusting, but you’ll be shocked at how amazing this comforting soup is. Be generous with the sriracha if you like heat.

30. White Gazpacho with Almond Butter

Blender soups are made for busy nights. This tomato-free gazpacho uses cucumber and green grapes for a quick and satisfying meal.

31. Chilled Strawberry Almond Butter Soup

A delicious, creamy, smooth dessert, this chilled soup is the perfect end to summer dinners.

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32. Peanut Butter Chicken Chili

The richness of peanut butter balances out the tang of tomatoes and the spices in this hearty one-pot chili.

Savory Sauces, Snacks, and Sides

33. Mashed Cinnamon Squash with Almond Butter

So long, sweet potato casserole! This egg- and butter-free side’s velvety smooth texture comes from almond butter, and it’s just as cinnamony good.

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34. Peanut Buttery Hummus

No tahini? No prob. Use PB instead-there’s no chance you’ll taste a difference.

35. 2-Minute Greek Yogurt Peanut Curry Sauce

The answer to even your busiest nights, this zesty sauce goes with just about any protein, whether you’re in the mood for poultry, beef, tofu, or legumes.

36. Sexy Spring Rolls with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

Unlike most spring rolls that have maybe three or four ingredients, these are stuffed with tons of flavors and textures, from crispy bell pepper to creamy avocado to sweet spinach to gingery sweet potatoes. And then, of course, there’s the lime-garlic almond butter dipping sauce. Heaven.

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37. Honey Sriracha Peanut Sauce

Sriracha + peanut butter = addictive. Serve this sweet, spicy, salty sauce as a vegetable dip, or try it on meat, noodles, and salads, and in wraps.

Salads and Dressings

38. Kale & Carrot Salad with Ginger-Peanut Dressing

A simple salad with a simple dressing, the nutty-ginger drizzle amps up the heartiness to keep you satisfied.

39. Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Look no further for the perfect picnic salad that’s as good for you as it is pretty. Raw cabbage and shredded papaya give it a satisfying crunch with a touch of tang.

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40. Honey Almond Butter Dressing

This five-ingredient dressing takes less than 5 minutes to whip up. No chopping or cooking required. Now pick your fave vegetables and dig in!

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  • By Nicole Cherie Jones

3 Delicious Ways to Flavor Almond Butter – These 3 kinds of flavored almond butter take healthy snacking to the next level! Don’t miss all the yummy ways to enjoy each flavor! Sometimes if you’re eating a more whole foods diet, it can feel a bit…repetitive. And I GET it.

There’s nothing fun about boring snacks and sometimes just switching a few things up can make everything feel fresh and new again, whether you’re mixing up a new kind of trail mix, blending up a new smoothie, or something as simple as changing up the dip you serve with apples.

One of our favorite easy snacks is apples (or pears! or bananas!) with nut butter. Peanut butter is always yummy, but we also like mixing things up with almond or cashew butter. The trouble is…my kids don’t think they love plain almond butter.

I get it! It can sometimes be a bit bland, so when we’re in the mood to mix things up, I like bringing out one of our favorite flavored almond butters. I’ve found that by changing things up a bit every few days, they stay interested and are eager to keep trying new flavors. Some work better than others, but we’ve found a few we love time and time again.

Here’s how we make flavored almond butters, three flavors we love, and a BUNCH of ways to enjoy them…

FLAVORED ALMOND BUTTER BASICS + TIPS

It’s EASY to make different flavors of almond butter. Basically, you take a good-quality almond butter, then mix in a few different flavorings or sweeteners. A few notes upfront:

  • I RECOMMEND NATURAL ALMOND BUTTER, WHEN POSSIBLE. I like to look for almond butters (and nut butters in general) with only nuts or just nuts and salt. Then, I can add my own sweetness and add-ins without competing with added oils and sugars. Amazon, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Target sell good ones! (Or, you can make your own!)
  • I LIKE TO STICK WITH NATURAL SWEETENERS. I like pure maple syrup, honey, or agave in these. Liquid sweeteners blend in really well without thickening the almond butter *too* much.
  • SPICES AND VANILLA WORK REALLY WELL. Vanilla and spices like cinnamon or blends like pumpkin pie spice or chai spice are awesome in flavored nut butters. They add sweet taste without any actual sugar!
  • POWDERED MIX-INS THICKEN ALMOND BUTTER. Powdered mix-ins (like cocoa powder, powdered sweeteners, etc.) can thicken the almond butter and make it a bit more like dough or batter. If your almond butter gets too thick, try loosening it up with a bit more liquid sweetener, some melted coconut oil, or even a bit of milk or water.
  • HOW TO STORE. I keep my flavored almond butters in the fridge. They do harden up a bit, so letting them come to room temperature or warming slightly will help loosen them back up. I keep flavored almond butter about 1 week in the fridge.


3 OF MY FAVORITE FLAVORED ALMOND BUTTERS

The combinations are endless, but 3 of my favorite flavors are:

1) HONEY VANILLA ALMOND BUTTER. This honey vanilla flavored almond butter is lightly sweet with a pinch of salt. I love it. The flavors are beautifully balanced, which makes this flavored almond butter extra versatile. Kids like it. Grown-ups like it. Win-win.

  • PS – My favorite salt for this is Maldon sea salt flakes. They’re gorgeous and taste so much better than table salt. Trust me!

2) MAPLE CINNAMON ALMOND BUTTER. Maple Cinnamon flavored almond butter is Michael’s very favorite. It tastes warm and cozy, and is especially nice in the fall, on chilly mornings, or when you’re craving a bit of comfort food.

  • PS. For variety, you can swap the cinnamon out for a bit of pumpkin pie spice or my chai spice blend. It’s AWESOME!

3) COCOA VANILLA ALMOND BUTTER. Don’t be fooled, this is definitely not a dessert spread. It’s mildly sweet and not intensely chocolatey, but is a really yummy change of pace and my kids LOVE it. This combination actually happened by accident. We were out of our favorite chocolate hazelnut butter, but Sophie requested chocolate to dip her apple in. A few teaspoons of cocoa powder, a tiny drizzle of syrup, and bam. She feels like she’s eating dessert, and I know it’s not too sugary. Win for everyone.

  • PS – If you want it to be more chocolatey, skip the cocoa powder and mix in 2 Tbsp chocolate chips melted together with 1 tsp coconut oil.
  • PPS – I love using dark cocoa powder (sometimes labeled Dutch Processed or alkalized cocoa) because it gives a more chocolatey look.

HOW TO ENJOY THESE FLAVORED ALMOND BUTTERS

The options are basically endless! Some of our favorite ways to eat these flavored almond butters are:

  • On sandwiches or toast. It’s great on it’s own, with sliced strawberries or bananas, topped with raisins, or with more honey or a bit of your favorite jam.
  • With bananas, apples, pears, or strawberries.
  • Spread on graham crackers or rice cakes
  • As a dip with pretzels
  • On a bowl of really good oatmeal with fresh berries or bananas.
  • Drizzled over apples slices for apple “nachos“
  • Spread on pumpkin oatmeal pancakes!
  • Dolloped on my Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal(maple cinnamon or honey vanilla) or over a serving of my Baked Berry Oatmeal(any flavor!)
  • In my Chai Spiced Smoothie recipe (the honey vanilla or maple cinnamon are lovely!)

*One note here is that I don’t recommend it for use in baking recipes (cookies, cakes, brownies) as the structure is slightly altered with the mix-ins and may disrupt the structure of your baked goods. You won’t run into this problem with oatmeal, toast, smoothies, sandwiches, etc.

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3 Ways to Flavor Your Almond Butter – These 3 kinds of flavored almond butter take healthy snacking to the next level! (Vegan, paleo, and gluten free options)

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Ingredients

FOR HONEY VANILLA ALMOND BUTTER:

  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 2–4 tsp honey (sub maple syrup or agave for vegan or children under 1)
  • 1/4–1/2 tsp vanilla
  • generous pinch salt

FOR MAPLE CINNAMON ALMOND BUTTER:

  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 2–4 tsp pure maple syrup (more, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

FOR COCOA VANILLA ALMOND BUTTER:

  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 2–3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I like dark cocoa powder)
  • 2–4 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Taste, and add additional honey, vanilla, or salt, to taste.
  1. Stir together ingredients. Taste, and add more cinnamon or syrup as desired.

FOR COCOA VANILLA ALMOND BUTTER*:

  1. Stir together. Taste, and add additional cocoa or syrup, to taste. Note: cocoa powder will thicken almond butter. If you find yours has thickened more than you like, you can thin it out with additional syrup, or a bit of melted coconut oil, or a bit of milk or water.

Notes

*PS – If you want it to be more chocolatey, skip the cocoa powder and mix in 2 Tbsp chocolate chips melted together with 1 tsp coconut oil, along with the syrup and vanilla.

  • Category: Snacks, Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Almond Butter, Flavored Almond Butter, Honey Vanilla Almond Butter, Cocoa Almond Butter, Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Almond Butter Recipes

Almond Butter Oatmeal Bowls

1. Up your pancake game by adding almond butter, which gives pancakes a soft and buttery texture without oil:

Almond Butter Pancakes

2. To make healthier baked goods, replace the oil in a recipe with an equal amount of almond butter:

Vegan Chocolate Cake

3. In some recipes, almond butter can also be used to replace the flour, such as in these flourless chocolate workout brownies:

Chocolate Workout Brownies

4. Combine it with coconut oil and pure maple syrup, for a clean-eating alternative to fudge that tastes AMAZING!

Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge

5. To lower the saturated fat in a recipe, simply replace regular butter with almond butter:

Almond Butter Donuts

6. Add a spoonful to your breakfast for extra fiber, protein, and vitamin E.

The Overnight Breakfast Cookie

7. Use almond butter to add richness to brownie recipes where you don’t want a peanut butter flavor:

Almond Butter Brownies

8. Stir together quick oats, cocoa powder, and almond butter to make a delicious “clean eating” alternative to those popular chocolate no-bake bars everyone loves:

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Bars

9. The next time you make banana ice cream, blend in a little almond butter to mask the banana flavor and give it the creaminess of real ice cream:

Banana Ice Cream Recipes

These almond butter recipes are perfect any time you have a jar of almond butter sitting in your cupboard and no idea how to use it.

For me, almond butter used to be such an impulse buy… I’d pick up a jar at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but when it came to using it, I would always choose peanut butter instead. For sandwiches or eating by the spoonful, I just somehow preferred the taste and texture of peanut butter. However, I’ve recently started to discover recipes where almond butter is not only as good a choice as peanut butter, it’s actually sometimes even a better choice due to its neutral flavor that won’t overpower baked goods where you might not want a peanut butter taste.

Do you have any favorite ways to use almond butter? Please feel free to leave links to your own favorite almond butter recipes in the comments below, to inspire other readers!

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Homemade almond butter made with just 1 ingredient – almonds – whips up into a delicious creamy nut butter. It’s inexpensive, healthy, and so easy to make!

Homemade almond butter is easy to make, healthy and tastes just as good, if not better, than store bought. Today, I’m excited to share with you how to make homemade almond butter in your own kitchen.

I eat it almost every day, someway, somehow! I may have almond butter for breakfast on my morning toast with sliced apples or bananas, or as a dessert or snack smeared on pieces of my favorite dark chocolate or apple slices. It’s delicious in more ways than one!

Homemade Almond Butter

This homemade almond butter recipe only requires one simple ingredient and a bit of patience. In the end, your labor of love will pay off and you’ll have the best almond butter ever!

We’ll use one pound of raw almonds, costing about $6 dollars. This is about the same price, for the same amount of almond butter I currently get from TJ’s. On the high end, I’ve also seen almond butter go for upwards of $16.00. Yikes!

Not only is cheaper to make yourself, but its nice knowing exactly what’s in your almond butter. Plus, I love the ability to add any special ingredients for special occasions or just because.

Add Flavor To Your Almond Butter

You can easily add flavor to your almond butter by adding any of these various ingredients with the almonds before blending.

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER – STEP BY STEP

Start by adding the almonds to the bowl of your food processor or high speed blender, and start blending.

After about 5 – 7 minutes it will start to bind and clump, as shown above.

Here, pictured above, we’re at about 10-12 minutes of processing the almonds. It’s starting to clump up at this point.

Now you see the almond butter after 15 minutes of processing. The almonds are starting to warm up, releasing their oils, creating a smoother consistency. It’s finally coming together now.

Below is after about 20 – 25 minutes. Your patience has payed off and you now have the best almond butter ever!

How To Store Almond Butter

I like to store my homemade almond butter in the refrigerator, it will last for up to a month, maybe more. It may be fine in the pantry as well, and last up to 2 weeks. Usually it never makes it past 2 weeks.

How To Use Almond Butter

  • Chocolate, Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl
  • Supreme Black Bean Brownie Cups + Nut Butter Swirl
  • Almond Butter Cookies
  • or drizzled on these Apple Nachos
  • See all Almond Butter recipes on TSV!

If you try this almond butter recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER

Easy to make at home, this raw almond butter is a staple in my kitchen. Spread it on sandwiches, use it in nut butter dressing and so much more!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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  • 1 pound (16 oz) raw almonds or 2 1/2 cups
  • a bit of patience

optional add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon or so of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, warmed

Add almonds to high-speed blender or food processor blend until creamy, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides as needed. If adding in extra ingredients, please do so after you have achieved a creamy consistency.

The total time from beginning to end may take 15 to 25 min, depending on your machine.

Makes 2 cups

NOTES:

To make sure you get that super creamy texture, just when you think you’re done…keep the blender going for another 5 minutes or so. I’ve stopped to soon and had a somewhat pasty batch, it wasn’t bad but the creamier it is the easier it is to spread.

Be sure if adding maple syrup it’s a little warm before adding. If you add cold maple syrup your mixture will seize up a bit and take longer to finish.

Roasted almonds will be fine too!

Enjoy and have fun experimenting with add-ins!

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