I have never been a big fan of peanut butter. I don’t mind it and will have it on a rice cake or some gluten free bread or add it into a smoothie but it isn’t really my first choice. We do always have it in our house though because the kids love it and a peanut butter sandwich is a quick and easy snack.
Then other nut butters hit the shelves and life as we know it changed forever. Almond butter may just be one of the most indulgent and delicious things I have tasted, closely followed by macadamia nut butter.
I don’t follow a banting or keto diet, I do, however try to keep my sugar intake low and prefer clean foods over things that are highly processed. Another advantage is that almond butter has a lot of benefits.
A teaspoon of almond butter contains about 27% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is important as an antioxidant and can neutralize free radicals, preventing these harmful chemicals from oxidizing your DNA and proteins.
Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats but it has a lower saturated fat content than peanut butter and is lower in sodium, making it a healthier choice than peanut butter.
If you are looking for a food that is rich in both magnesium and iron, then almond butter is the perfect choice. Almond butter is rich in both of these and as we all know, the older we get, as women, the more important these are to include in our daily diet.
Regularly eating almonds or almond butter has been proven to positively affect insulin sensitivity which means it can help to maintain stable blood sugar levels. A teaspoon of almond butter helps to prevent that afternoon energy level dip.
You can substitute peanut butter with almond butter when you are baking, it gives your cookies or cake a rich nutty flavour. I prefer almond butter in smoothies and it is delicious on a waffle.
Almond butter doesn’t only have to be used in sweet dishes, you can add it to a salad dressing or make a delicious humus dip with it. It really is a versatile ingredient that adds it’s smooth nutty flavour to whatever you are making.
I bake a lot with it, it is absolute divine in banana bread and it makes cookies that my kids fight over. You can also use almond butter to make an indulgent icing for your baked goods.
Do you eat almond butter?