Now this is not to discount the coveted peanut butter. I mean getting your kids to switch over would prove to be a challenge that I think most parents wouldn’t undertake. However, if your child or anyone for that matter has a peanut allergy, well then this is where almond butter fits right in. Where they do share similar health benefits, almond butter is the front runner in this race.
- Cut up an apple and use the almond butter as a dip for a delicious snack
- Make almond sauce instead of peanut sauce for satay dipping or add to noodles
- Add it to a fruit smoothie for added protein
- Use in place of peanut butter for cookies
- Mix in with your oatmeal for a nutty bite
Here are some of the health benefits of almonds:
- Good source of protein
- Can reduce risk of heart attack by about 50% when consumed 5 times a week
- They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Rich in antioxidants
Homemade Almond Butter
Fresh almonds are roasted then blended for a healthy snack or add to a smoothie.
- 1 pound of raw almonds unsalted
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
- Spread the almond onto a baking sheet in an even layer.
- Roast for 10 minutes (remove from oven immediately)
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
- Add the cooled almonds to food processor and or blender and blend the almonds until they come together in a buttery consistency, it will take a few minutes and it will form a ball first then get smooth. Scraping down the sides if needed.
- Transfer to a jar with a lid and store refrigerated for up to 3 months.
Store in your favorite jar or container and since oil spoils, I keep mine in the fridge, it will keep in a sealed container for weeks.