Because of increased awareness of aflatoxin (a carcinogenic mold found in peanut butter) and recent salmonella outbreaks found in peanut butter, more and more people are turning to almond butter these days. Jam-packed with Vitamin E, flavonoids, phosphorus, riboflavin, protein, and fiber, and the only nut that is alkaline-forming, no wonder almonds are growing in popularity. Organic, raw, freshly-ground almond butter will yield the highest health benefits. If you own a food processor, you can easily make your own with crispy nuts, making the butter easier to digest and absorb all the wonderful nutrients. Because most of us are used to peanut butter, switching over to almond butter can be challenging. Here are seven tasty recipes that can help the transition go over more smoothly:
- Kimball over at Heavy On Wholesome shares a delicious maple almond butter spread that is perfect for dipping apple slices into or jazzing up a sandwich or wrap.
- These cookie dough bites are perfect for snacks, desserts, picnics, or any packed lunch. Sweetened with raw honey, these treats are rich in protein, fiber, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. They take minutes to make and children love to help roll them into balls. My family claims they don’t like almond butter, but I buy it in nine-pound buckets because we mow through these bites like nobody’s business. Another even simpler and very yummy option are Kimball’s almond butter balls, made with her almond butter balls.
- Popcorn becomes a protein-packed snack when you use almond butter in this nut butter and honey recipe. Add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to make it extra special.
- When you’re in a hurry for a quick breakfast or are just in the mood for something with chocolate, the two-minute raw chocolate breakfast shake is here to save the day. It is even GAPS and paleo-friendly for those who are on a restricted diet.
- Do you enjoy protein bars? Almond butter can also be used in these raw nut butter cacao bars. The dough is very easy to shape into cookies or even squished into a pan and cut out like larabars.
- Spreading almond butter and cream cheese in a tortilla and placing apple slices on top will prove to be a delicious lunch. Roll it all together into a wrap and take it anywhere you go.
- Lastly, almond butter can be enjoyed in these grain-free protein bars, which are also GAPS and paleo-friendly.
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Grease 8x8 inch pan.
- In a food processor, mix all ingredients until well-blended.
- Press dough in greased pan (sprinkle some coconut sugar on top if desired) and bake 15-20 minutes, or until not jiggly in the middle.
- Cool slightly and cut into squares. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.