Almond butter is a naturally sweet, nutritious alternative to peanut butter that generally has fewer additives, such as sugar. Many people opt to use almond butter instead of peanut butter for a variety of dietary reasons, such as weight control or because of food allergens. If a person is allergic to peanuts, but not almonds, they can replace peanut butter with almond butter in their diet because almond butter is peanut-free. Pure almond butter is also gluten-free, making it a healthy choice for a gluten-free diet. Look for jarred almond butter in health food markets and grocery stores, and make the transition away from peanut butter.
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Substitute almond butter for peanut butter in any recipe or meal that you make. Almond butter has the same buttery and thick consistency that peanut butter has, but does not come in a “chunky” or “smooth” option. All almond butter varieties are smooth and creamy. However, you can find almond butter that is salted or unsalted.
Make an almond butter and jelly sandwich. Spread the almond butter on a piece of bread, load the other slice of bread up with jam and combine the two halves to make your sandwich complete.
Add almond butter to your protein smoothies. Rather than using scoops of peanut butter, adjust the recipe so that you add spoonfuls of almond butter instead. Keep the rest of your smoothie the same. Add berries, protein powder, milk and other ingredients just as you would if you were using peanut butter.
Dip your veggies into a bowl of almond butter instead of peanut butter. Spread your almond butter onto your celery or carrot sticks, and even add raisins if you are making ants on a log for a snack.
Bake cookies using almond butter. Almond butter cookies can replace peanut butter cookies. Almond butter combines well with other ingredients needed to make these sweet treats, such as flour, brown sugar and eggs.
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Life Extension Foundation: Almonds, Benefits for Body Weight, Heart Health, and More