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How do you like your almond butter?

(Besides the direct transfer from spoon to face)

Thank you so much for all of the kind words about Tucker’s return. Within minutes of putting the post up, my friend Carrie found him on Craigslist! He’ll be back home with my family today. Social media is an incredible thing, indeed. 

While I waited for news last night, I snuggled with Bell and had a snack. 

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(2 eggs, 2 egg whites, lots of chile sauce)

Drank some tea,

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and watched girly TV since the Pilot was flying. Last time he came home late, I was sucked into My Sister’s Keeper. Random side note: the movie is SO different from the book. And as always, book > movie. Always.

One of my snacks yesterday was almond butter straight out of the jar, and as I was devouring my scoopful while lunch cooked, I was thinking about how beautifully versatile it is. I wouldn’t kick any nut butter outta bed, but almond is my favorite because of the healthy fat and protein content (peanut and cashew butters are actually legumes instead of nuts, so I think of them as starchier options).

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Here are some of my favorite unique uses for almond butter:

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Protein fluff 

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Nut butter fries

Breakfast cookie and cookie dough cereal 

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Almond butter chocolate chip cookies (still one of my all-time faves and staples in our casa)

-Noodles or spring rolls with spicy almond butter sauce 

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-Stirred into curry sauces, marinara sauces or soups for a richer flavor

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-On top of ice cream (especially banana soft serve

-As a savory or sweet sandwich/wrap sauce

 

Almond butter

I like to consider myself a bit of an almond butter conossieur, since I go through a jar a week and have tried as many brands as possible.

My top 10 in order:

10. MaraNatha- It has a good flavor and texture, but for the price ($10+ per jar), it’s nothing special. 

9. Trader Joe’s Raw, crunchy- I love having a crunchy option and for the price, you can’t beat it. Raw almond butter is usually very expensive, and Trader Joe’s always has awesome prices

8. Artisana- This one is very good, but a little too earthy tasting. I like the smooth texture, though.

7. Barney Butter– I would like Barney Butter a lot more if it weren’t so sweet, but love this almond butter for more sweet treats. Because it’s so sweet, it’s harder for me to eat it straight out of the jar, so it lasts a while longer. I love the crunchy Barney Butter, too.

6. Trader Joe’s, roasted with sea salt- the flavor is this one is fantastic and the amount of sea salt is perfect. It’s not too salty and awesome in savory dishes.

5. Trader Joe’s with flax- I love the addition of flax seeds, especially for breakfast toppings. It’s a fun way to switch things up, especially for a textured almond butter.

4. The kind you grind yourself- this will always be one of my favorites, and I especially love the grinders at Fresh Market and Sunflower Market. The texture is fluffy and the price is reasonable. I also think the novelty of grinding it yourself adds bonus points.

3. Woodstock Farms- for a raw almond butter, there is a really deep and pleasant flavor- raw almond butters can be on the bland side. The price is comparable to most almond butters, and if I see this one, I’ll almost always buy it.

2. Justin’s– I fought the Justin’s train for a while, because it’s overpriced for a small jar and thought it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I was so wrong. The texture of the Justin’s nut butter is out of this world- perfectly creamy and smooth. Because it’s more of a drippy almond butter, a little goes a long way, and I love the flavors they offer, too. Chocolate tastes = almond butter frosting

1. Nuttzo (peanut-free)- Nuttzo will always have my heart. The regular nut butter is ok, but the peanut-free is incredible. It’s a mix of different nuts and also includes cashews (which gives an amazing sweetness) and chia seeds for a little crunchy texture. I can’t justify buying it on a regular basis and will usually stock up when we run an OpenSk deal, but it’s my fave, hands down.

So tell me friends, what is your favorite nut butter? Any fun or unique uses or recipes to share? Feel free to link away!
Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later <3

xoxo

Gina

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68 Comments

  1. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    My favourite is Barney Butter because I love the sweetness of it! Plus it’s made in a peanut-free facility so it’s safe for me to eat. Score! 😀

  2. Jenny on August 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I had to laugh as I ate my vanilla ice cream slathered in almond butter while reading this post. Yeah for TJ raw AB!! Love the quote today also–worrying is something I am too familiar with, but find strength is looking ahead and not worrying about now. Thanks as always for the awesome posts and quotes!!

  3. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen on August 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I was seriously just wondering if I would have to taste test all of the almond butters out there in order to find the best. Thanks for the list. I love Trader Joe’s Almond Butter and the different varieties they offer. I also enjoy grinding my own at Whole Foods. Roasted Almond butter is the best though with a little sea salt. 🙂

  4. Bek @ Crave on August 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I was a peanut butter girl but as of lately I’ve been loving the almond butter! It’s ridiculously expensive over here, as all nut butters are apart from peanut (us Aussies aren’t in with nut butter craze yet). Oh and in regards to my sisters keeper- I saw the movie before I read the book and I actually preferred the movie version, especially the ending!

  5. Torie =) on August 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I’m a peanut butter person, mainly because I am allergic to tree nuts so almonds are off my food options list, but also because pb is so delicious! My favorites are the pb from Peanut Butter & Co in New York. It’s natural peanut butter, and all of the flavors are amazing!

  6. Staci on August 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I always get the kind you grind yourself at Winco. It is 3.50 a pound…can’t beat that with a baseball bat LOL because I am on a budget I don’t really look at other brands. 🙁
    Do you put yours in the fridge?

  7. Tia on August 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    -Amazeballs

    I really can’t stop laughing hahaha it’s so cute. I want to go home and ask my husband if he wants some ‘Amazeballs’ I can ONLY imageine the look on his face hahah!!

  8. Sara on August 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Soooo, I’d never had AB before this week! I bought the TJ with sea salt…SO good! I’m impressed! Thanks!

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