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If a person could buy stock in almond butter, I’d say sign me up.
It’s my go-to dip for apples, celery and carrot sticks, crackers, and more. One of my favorite ways to enjoy creamy raw almond butter is in these chewy and gooey snack balls. Packed with plant-based protein and healthy fats, just one will really stick with you. But heads up: they can be very addicting, especially for almond-lovers like me. You’ve been warned!
I feel all the more virtuous about eating almonds and almond butter every day because they’re a super food! Almonds are packed with monounsaturated fats (the same ones you’ll find in olive oil), which have been linked with a lowered risk of heart disease. These super nuts may also aid in balancing blood sugar. Some studies have shown that eating almonds with higher glycemic index foods (like carbohydrates) can prevent your blood sugar from spiking after the meal. Pretty cool, huh? If you want to know more about almonds and their superpowers, head over to WH Foods, one of my favorite nutrition data websites.
So what else can you do with almond butter besides eat it straight from the jar with a spoon? (Yes, I do this. Frequently.) Look no further than the list of fabulous almond butter recipes below gathered from around the web. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love.
15 Way to Use Almond Butter
Monster Cookies from The Spunky Coconut
Cranberry Almond Loaf from Elana’s Pantry
Banana Pumpkin Chai Muffins from Daily Bites
Sea Salt & Honey Almond Butter from Two Peas & Their Pod
Superwoman Green Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit
High Protein 5-Minute Muffins from Tessa the Domestic Diva
Chocolate Almond Butter from Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Zucchini Nut Bread from Simply…Gluten-Free
Almond Butter Freezer Fudge from The Detoxinista
Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, & Chia Seed from Oh She Glows
Almond Chickpea Cookies from Family Fresh Cooking
Vanilla Almond Flax Butter from Healthful Pursuit
Chocolate Almond Butter Cake from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Apple Coconut Snack Balls from Daily Bites
Almond Butter Blondies from Elana’s Pantry
What is your favorite way to use almond butter? Leave a comment to share.
Almond Butter Health Balls
Makes 20-25 rich and gooey balls
1 cup creamy raw almond butter
scant 1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates, chopped (about 5 dates)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 – 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds, for rolling
In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt to combine. Stir in the shredded coconut, dates, and sunflower seeds.
Form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, handling them as little as possible to avoid melting the almond butter too much. Roll the balls in the sesame seeds to coat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (The balls taste best after they have had a chance to firm up in the refrigerator for several hours.)
P.S. I was really touched by all of the kind comments left on my Raw Power Salad post earlier this week. If you commented or just sent me some “virtual good vibes,” thank you! They’re working. This week is miles better than the past few have been.
Find more healthy recipes at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.