11 Ways to Use Almond Butter
Anything peanut butter can do, almond butter can do better — or at least as well. More than a spread for bread, this thick, creamy nut butter shines in savory sauces, cookies, and more. Not to mention, almond butter comes in roasted and raw versions, so you can choose between a toasty taste (similar to peanut butter) or a more delicate flavor, respectively. Regardless, these recipes using almond butter will convince you to cook with it until your jar runs dry.
Almond Butter Blossoms
Made of banana, eggs, almond flour, and almond butter, these pancakes cater to a handful of dietary restrictions. Their sweet and nutty flavor, however, will appeal to your whole crew.
Raw Pad Thai
This fresh, totally raw version of pad Thai gets top ratings from home cooks who enjoy it as a salad. Though the sauce calls for raw almond butter, you can't go wrong using the regular (roasted) stuff, either.
Maple Almond Butter Salad Dressing
Thicker than the average salad dressing, this almond butter-based blend doubles as a dip for raw veggies. "The best part is that it is rather strong, so a little goes a much longer way than other dressings," recipe submitter Dara Harris says.
Chocolate Chip Coconut No-Bake Granola Bars
Date paste and almond butter hold these no-bake granola bars together. Oats, coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds give this snack a satisfying texture.
Almond Berry Smoothie
Almond butter and almond milk give this simple smoothie just the right amount of creaminess. Use the recipe as a base, adding leafy greens or swapping blueberries and bananas for other fruits.
Chocolate Nutty Crispy Treats
Not your average crispy rice treats. Melted chocolate, almond butter, corn syrup, and sugar bind these babies together.
Almond Butter-Coconut Curry Dressing
Almond butter, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and tamari (a kind of soy sauce) combine in a savory dressing you'll want to pour over salads or dip raw veggies into. Curry powder and ground cinnamon give it a kick.
Chewy Almond Butter Cookies
"These were the best nut butter cookies I have ever eaten," blueslovergal says. "These were flaky and delicious. Will use this recipe agan and again and again."
Paleo Chocolate and Cinnamon Banana Bread
Mashed bananas, almond butter, and eggs make up the base of this paleo-approved bread, while swirls of banana and buttery chocolate sauce taste more indulgent than you might expect from a recipe that uses no added sugar.
Giant Homemade Almond Butter Cups
"Had I known that making homemade nut butter cups were so easy I'd have made them years ago," Allstar Buckwheat Queen says of these quick, easy candies. "They taste so much better than industrial produced brands. The key is in the quality of the ingredients."
More Nut Butter Recipes
In recent years, nut butters have gained popularity, as peanut butter has seen almond butter, cashew butter, and even pecan butter take over some shelf space in grocery stores. Whether you're making your own nut butters or buying by the jar, these recipes will help you explore the many ways to make these silky smooth spreads exciting: