by Sarah-Jane Bedwell
Courtesy of TuttiDolci.com It doesn't take much to make almond butter taste good. [Ed. note: Amen to that. - RJ] It has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture that makes it perfect on a sandwich or for slathering on a banana. But these unique recipes take this protein-packed superfood to a whole new level of deliciousness. From savory burgers to sweet baked bread, you'll be surprised at what this better butter can do. And, natch, thank me later.
Almond Butter Banana Bread: When I saw this recipe, I was frankly a bit disappointed I didn't concoct it myself. Nutty almond butter is the perfect accompaniment to creamy, sweet bananas; the almond butter was an easy stand-in for the butter or oil typically found in banana bread recipes. What's more? This recipe also keeps things light by using low-fat buttermilk and subs whole-wheat flour for some of the regular flour. Nutritional score!
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Smoked Almond Butter with Crispy Rosemary: Sure, you probably know that you can make your own almond butter by grinding up some of the nuts in a food processor. But did you ever think to make a smoky version and add rosemary? It may sound a little out there, there, but this recipe hits all the right notes of chic. Simply start with smoked almonds in your processor and add fresh rosemary that has been crisped-up in a skillet with a little oil. This combination yields a crowd-pleasing unique flavor that pairs perfectly with slices of apple, pear, celery and fennel for dipping.
Simple Smoky Black Bean Burgers: The black beans, onion, roasted corn and oats may give this amped-up veggie burger its texture, but the almond butter serves as the secret ingredient to bind 'em all together. The healthy fat in the almond butter prevents the breakage that happens more often than not when cooking up these meatless mains.
Spanish Almond Chicken: Chicken with a savory, thick sauce is comfort food at its best, but what makes this version even better is the almond butter that's used in place of heavy cream and regular butter. Plus, healthy and authentic Spanish flavor is infused in the chicken and mushrooms from the saffron, sherry, lemon and spices. We're in.
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by Sarah-Jane Bedwell