Cooking With
Almond Butter

Looking for a delectable - allergy-free - alternative to peanut butter? Almond butter is not only a delicious grab for people with peanut allergies, it is also a rich, thick spread for those who are craving ways to lower cholesterol as well as their intake of saturated fat. Best yet, almond butter can replace peanut butter in both sweet and savory recipes, giving you a delectable array of new dishes to serve for your family. Here are some scrumptiously creative almond butter recipes.

Almond butter

Almond butter: The better butter

It isn't often that I find a product that is so superior to its ilk that I am compelled to rave about it in an article. But I can't help but give high accolades to a new almond butter that originated in Fresno, California, made with toasted California almonds and will soon be available nationwide.

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Barney Butter is a superlative almond butter – in both smooth and crunchy styles – that tastes like almond butter should taste. The smooth is a creamy, grainy-free spread that doesn't separate nor needs stirring or refrigeration. The crunchy is deliciously laden with coarsely chopped almonds that make you take notice of their taste.

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Almond butter is ultra versatile

Of course, there are other almond butters available in supermarkets and health food stores – and in some locations, you can even fresh grind your own almond butter - so if Barney Butter isn't available in your locale, take advantage of the brands that are. And regardless of the brand you choose, don't simply relegate it to lunchtime AB&J sandwiches (almond butter and jelly) or satisfying breakfast smoothies. Almond butter can be used in savory dishes as well as desserts.

Here are a few simple almond butter ideas:

  • Stir into hot cereal to add protein and healthy fat
  • Puree with ricotta for a luscious dip for apple and pear slices
  • Substitute almond butter for tahini in hummus
  • Replace peanut butter with almond butter in cookies
  • Add to cheesecake batter for an awesome almond butter cheesecake
  • Make almond sauce instead of peanut sauce for satays or other skewered foods
  • Stir almond butter into stews for a rich thickness
  • Spread almond butter on toast and top with bananas
  • Make an almond butter wrap filled with cucumber, red onion and sprouts
  • Stuff thick slices of bread with almond butter and cherry preserves for French toast
  • Simply replace peanut butter with almond butter in any recipe for a healthier, almond-delicious treat

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Comments on "Recipes with almond butter"

Andy Maynard September 03, 2013 | 5:58 PM

Almond butter is amazing. I made a cauliflower cheese-like dish, using a sauce made from wholemeal flour, hemp seed milk ("Good Hemp"), hummus and almond butter, with black pepper. It was sensational - I never expected it to be so good - there was no great finesse or science to what I did, anyone could do it, and as for quantities it was more a case of making it up on the fly and just using a bit of common sense.

Robert Carwithen July 26, 2011 | 6:27 AM

Come on, folks; lets stop picturing the wife of the 'great imposter', full-time destroyer of this great land, with wife michelle-o-belle. She is in no position to recommend anything - her size, first of all, and second, being a 'phony' about cutting calories and she goes to a big mack and gets 1,500 calories in a sandwich. C'mon, guys - more of fact and less of phantasy!!!

Cindy December 12, 2010 | 11:25 AM

The recipe calls for butter but does not say when to add it. Should I add it in with the shortening? Or not use it at all?

linda August 16, 2009 | 8:15 AM

This comment is to "E" who asked how many eggs to use in the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie recipe. The recipe I brought up says 3 eggs. They're listed right in the middle of that recipe and were rather hard to find when I first started reading it.

Chrys January 16, 2009 | 6:44 AM

Glad you found Barney Butter! It is the best and my kids love it! You can order it online if it isn't in your supermarket. www.barneybutter. Great article and great recipes!

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