As I write this post, I’m sitting in a little coffee shop in Soho munching on veggies topped with a dollop of nut butter.
Not just any ol’ nut butter.
I combined almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, pistachio nut butter, stevia, ground cinnamon and chili powder for an awesome concoction.
I swear it tastes good.
It’s like dessert on a spoon. I’ve been caught red-handed 3 times already spooning it directly into my mouth.
Last time I sat in a coffee shop to write my book, I couldn’t help but drool over the hot cocoa and scones staring me in the face. Yup- you guessed it. Lots of gluten and dairy that I couldn’t eat- so as you can imagine- I had a lotta distractions.
Well I got a little smarter since that last coffee shop visit and now I bring my snacks.
The theme of today’s snack is Nut Butter.
And I’m all over it.
So, while I sit here and procrastinate from writing my book- and gaze out the windows on the bustling streets- I thought of 10 fun ways for you to enjoy a bit of nut butter in your day, too.
Go ahead, try ‘em out and let me know what you think.
Because life’s just a lil’ bit more fun with some nut butter in it.
(And if you’ve gotta nut allergy- swap in some sunflower seed butter and you’re all set to roll).
So, I’m passing along a few of my hand-dandy nut butta tips that you can use to spike the flavor in your meals n’ snacks.
Because even if you’re not a fan of peanut butta- there’s always almond, pistachio, cashew and hazelnut too!
Does your favorite cake or cupcake recipe call for chocolate ganache or frosting? Skip the extra step and frost cakes with chocolate almond butter instead.
Whip up a sweet dip with almond butter and cream cheese; use it with fresh cut fruit and jicama sticks.
Swap peanut butter for almond butter as your go-to dip for carrot, celery sticks and apples slices.
How about some chewy, gooey chocolate almond butter balls? Combine chocolate almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl; stir in shredded coconut, dates, and sunflower seeds, roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and coat in sesame seeds.
Try using almond butter instead of the usual peanut butter to make homemade chocolate almond butter cups.
Add a dollop of honey almond butter to your rice crispy treats; add a spoonful to the marshmallow batter for a creamy and protein-packed treat.
Whisk together almond butter, rice vinegar, hot sauce and gluten-free soy sauce for a sweet dipping sauce to serve with fresh spring rolls.
Use almond butter in place of the tahini in traditional hummus recipes. Garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Try a hearty gluten-free sandwich filled with almond butter, sprouts and thinly sliced red onion.
Add almond butter to butternut squash, pumpkin or sweet potato soup to kick up the protein content and add a sweet flavor to each spoonful.