Ways to Use Nut Butters

Ways to Use Nut Butters

WHAT IS NUT BUTTER?

A nut butter is a spreadable foodstuff made by grinding nuts into a paste. The result has a high fat content and can be spread like true butter, but is otherwise unrelated.

Almond and peanut butter may be the most popular nut butters, but don’t underappreciate the power of cashew butter or hazelnut butter. Open your horizon to the variety of nut butters out there to make your life a little tastier.

Yeah, nuts may be high in fat, but not only are they healthy fats, but they also contain a lot of nutritional benefits. They are energy and brain power boosters and can aid in weight loss and helps with memory impairment. So to help you take advantage of the endless possibilities to be creative with your nut butter, I’ve compiled a list of must-try ways to eat nut butter, all which are vegan/vegan-friendly.

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10 WAYS TO USE NUT BUTTERS

ALL THINGS BREAKFAST

1. Throw in Smoothies

Adding in nut butters can amplify protein and healthy fats in a smoothie. Use peanut butter and berries for a nontraditional peanut butter and jelly, almond butter and chocolate protein powder for a chocolate covered almond, or mix macadamia nut butter with pineapple and coconut for a tropical, Hawaiian flavor.

2. Add in Oatmeal 

People generally stray away from oats related to the bland flavor in its simplest form. However, oats can be extremely versatile and offer bountiful nutrients and fiber. While warm, mix in a dollop of peanut butter for a creamy, tasty bowl of oats!

3. Top on Pancakes 

Say no to large pours of maple syrups and let the richness of nut butter top off your next batch of flapjacks. For optimal nutrients, choose a whole grain pancake or waffle. Get creative with additional toppings such as banana, apple, and honey.

4. Layer Parfaits

Accelerate the flavor of Greek yogurt by layering it with any type of nut butter. Experiment with textures by using a chunky or creamy butter. Kick start the day and let nut butter yogurt embrace all your favorite yogurt toppings!

 

LUNCH AND DINNER IDEAS

5. Throw in Chili

Peanut butter in chili...? Do not let the uniqueness throw you off! Adding in a half cup of peanut butter further maximizes not only the richness of chili, but the protein and healthy fats chili is known to provide.

6. Add into Stew

Like chili, nut butters can be added into stews. The next time you prepare your favorite beef stew recipe, enhance the creaminess with a half cup of smooth peanut butter. Bulk with extra veggies for an exceptionally well-rounded dinner abundant in healthy fats, nutrients, and protein.

 

SAUCES AND DRESSINGS

7. Try Thai

Thai dishes typically highlight peanut sauces. Ordering out, though, may contain a little bit more fat and ingredients than what you may have expected. Other proteins, such as lean beef, can also be swapped for the chicken if desired. Do not be reluctant to add in other favorite veggies!

8. Get Asian-Inspired

Instead of resorting to fried rolls, enjoy light and nutritious spring rolls. Pair with this Asian-inspired peanut butter sauce for ignited flavors! Additionally, sauce compliments fresh veggies such as cucumber, carrot, and bell pepper.

 

NUTTY TREATS AND SNACKS

9. Scoop into Cookies

Yes, cookies can fit into a healthy diet! 

10. Spread on Toast

For a healthy snack to satisfy the taste buds of all ages, spread nut butters onto bread or toast and add sliced up fruit on top. Apples, bananas, and strawberries all compliment peanut butter. For added protein, mix nut butters with plain Greek yogurt!

 

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Sources: WikipediaSpoonUniversity, BistroMDSpread The Love, @spreadthelove

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