9 Healthier Recipes You Can Make with Almond Butter

Now you can enjoy your favorite nut butter all day.

May 23, 2017
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Lindsey Johnson

It's no surprise that almond butter makes a healthy snack and lunchtime addition as it's loaded with heart-healthy fats, filling fiber, and is packed full of other nutritional benefits. Boost your intake of almond butter and get creative with your meals by trying something new in the kitchen. 

We consulted with nut butter brands, Barney Butter and Justin's to give you an assortment of their finger-licking delicious recipes (that you will love and devour). Just oozing with almond butter, your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, just got an upgrade.

More: The Matcha Recipes That Will Make You Rethink Your Afternoon Treat

Here are nine tasty recipes using almond butter that you'll go nuts over.

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Justin's
Honey Almond Butter Apple Bread

Ingredients:
For Bread

  • 1/2 cup apple sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup Justin's Honey Almond Butter

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/3 cup cugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 large apple, chopped

  • 1 banana, mashed

  • 1 teaspoon baking boda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Ingredients:
For Topping

Directions:

1. For the bread, mix all of the wet ingredients, apple, and banana together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and transfer to the large wet ingredient bowl, folding gently. Pour the bread mixture into a greased loaf pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix all of the topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of the bread mixture.

3. Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). Cool completely.

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Mitch Mandel
Chocolate Banana Stuffed French Toast

The whole grain bread and banana slices boost the fiber in this all-time favorite. Using sprouted whole grain bread gives you the advantage of magic carbs.

Get the Chocolate Banana Stuffed French Toast recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook.

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Justin’s
Gluten-Free Pancakes

Ingredients:

Directions:​

1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, nut butter, and oil.

3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth. Spoon approximately 1/3 cup pancake batter onto hot griddle. Flip when bubbly and edges are golden brown.

4. Serve with a drizzle of nut butter and, if you’re feeling extra nutty, top with a peanut butter cup.

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In it for the Long Run & Barney Butter
Winter Kale Salad with Almond Butter Dressing

This hearty Winter Kale Salad with Almond Butter Dressing is a reminder that salads never have to be boring. Recipe is courtesy of Georgie at In it 4 the Long Run.

Winter Kale Salad With Almond Butter Dressing
(Makes 1 serving)
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Ingredients:
For Salad

  • 2 cups of kale, massaged

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1 cup of roasted butternut squash peeled and roughly cubed

  • 1 Tablespoon of sunflower seeds

  • 2 heaping Tablespoons of pomegranate seeds

Ingredients:
For Dressing

Directions:

1. To cook squash: Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2. Peel and cube butternut squash.

3. Toss in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place on a greased baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, take squash out and flip it over then bake for another 15 minutes until tender, but not burnt.

5. To sautée kale: Massage kale to break up fibers.

6. Sautée over medium heat with 2 teaspoons of olive oil for approximately 7 minutes, until kale is wilted but not completely crispy.

7. To make dressing: Whisk together a 1/4 cup of almond butter, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of tahini, 2 Tablespoons of warm water, and salt and pepper to taste.

8. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

9. To assemble salad: Toss together sautéed kale, 1 cup of roasted butternut squash, sunflower seeds, avocado slices, and pomegranate seeds with 1-2 Tablespoons of almond butter dressing (depending on how heavily you want it dressed).

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Lindsey Johnson
Simple Monkey Smoothie

We’re not monkeying around when we say that this creamy, chocolatey treat is oh-so-delicious! It tastes so good that you'll kind of wonder how it can be good for you. Almond butter adds a boost of healthy fats to keep you fueled.

Get the Simple Monkey Smoothie recipe from Simple Green Smoothies.

 
 
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Justin’s
Tomato, Mushroom & Arugula Pizza with Almond Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Justin’s Classic Almond Butter

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 Tablespoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)

  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:​

1. Preheat oven to 450F.

2. To make sauce, combine first nine ingredients (almond butter through water) in the bowl of a small food processor. Blend until smooth.

3. In a small pan, sauté onions and mushrooms in 1 Tablespoon olive oil for 8-10 minutes, or until soft.

4. Spread almond butter sauce in a thin layer over prepared pizza crust. Arrange onions, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes over sauce.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned.

6. Sprinkle arugula on top of cooked pizza. Cut into 6 slices and serve warm.

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Mitch Mandel
Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Balls

Salty and sweet, these tasty little snacks pack the essential components of trail mix-nuts, dried fruit and, yeah, chocolate-into an easily portable package. Not only are they a delicious prerun snack but they also make for a quick breakfast on the go.

Get the Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Balls recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run.

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Justin’s
Almond Coco-Nutty Buddies

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chex cereal (any variety)

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (divided)

  • 1/2 cup Justin's Classic Almond Butter

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Directions:​

1. Place cereal in a large bowl, set aside. Combine Justin's and 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir until melted.

2. Pour melted almond butter mixture over the cereal and gently fold until cereal is completely coated.

3. Place sugar in a large zip top plastic bag, then fill with the coated cereal. Close bag and shake lightly.

4. Spread mix onto wax paper to dry. Toss together cereal, remaining chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds.

 
 
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In it for the Long Run & Barney Butter
Double Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies

These Double Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies are just oozing with rich dark chocolate that will melt in your mouth. The best part? They couldn’t be any easier to make. Recipe courtesy of Georgie at In it 4 the Long Run.

Double Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookies​
(Makes 20 servings)
Total time: 25 mins

Ingredients​:

Directions:

1. Beat egg, brown sugar, and almond butter together.

2. Mix in cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

3. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 350º F.

6. Scoop dough into 1 inch balls (makes approximately 20 cookies).

7. Cook for 10 minutes.

8. Warning: Allow cookies to cool, may be delicate and oozing with chocolate.

9. Can store in an airtight container for up to a week.