When it comes to hobbies, few are as rewarding as cooking and baking. After all, if done right, you end up with some delicious results.
Unfortunately, delicious does not always equal healthy.
Unless you’re using almond butter. It’s the perfect combination of flavor and nutrition. Almond butter is rich in vitamin E, and includes calcium, magnesium, plant sterols, omega-3 fatty acids, and a host of other vitamins and minerals.
If you’re looking to eat good and healthy, you need to use more almond butter.
Here are a couple of almond butter recipes you must try.
1. Nut Butter Banana Smoothie
There are so many flavor options for smoothies. Why not substitute almond butter for peanut butter in your favorite smoothie?
A nut butter banana smoothie is a super simple recipe that makes for a great start to your day.
- ½ cup almond butter
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup (or more) of ice cubes
For a simple nut butter smoothie, combine your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!
For a little variety or added sweetness, consider adding a tablespoon or two of honey. You could also add chia seeds for extra antioxidants.
Want a thicker smoothie? Oatmeal will do the trick. Plus, you will be adding more soluble fiber to your diet.
2. Almond Butter Protein Balls
Looking for a quick snack? Almond butter protein balls are a healthy alternative to junk food. Here’s how to make them.
- 1 cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup oats (divided)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
First, start by placing parchment paper on a large plate, setting it aside for later. Then place ½ cup of your oats into a food processor, until it reaches a consistency similar to flour. Then add your remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stirring until combined.
Now scoop your batter using a tablespoon, rolling it into balls, then placing them on your plate. Repeat until all of your batter is used, then chill until firm.
The result is a sweet, easy-to-make (and eat) treat.
Make Your Own Or Buy?
For all of these recipes, you can either make your own almond butter, or buy the best nut butter online, and save yourself some time. Making your own almond butter isn’t an overly complicated process, but it does take a little time. Plus, buying pre-made means you have access to a host of different types of almond butter. If you’re looking to experiment with flavors or want to try something new, you can use flavored nut butters.
Try These Almond Butter Recipes
There are countless almond butter recipes for you to try – these are just the start! Really any recipe that uses peanut butter can benefit from substituting almond butter, so feel free to experiment with your favorite recipes.
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