What is Almond Butter?
As the name suggests, almond butter is a light brown creamy paste made from either raw or slow roasted almonds that have been ground to release their oils. It can be crunchy or smooth and has a delicate sweet flavour.
Good quality almond butter contains just almonds, nothing else. And it’s really easy to make your own. All you need is a blender and almonds. Simply whizz them up until the butter forms, pour into a jar and store in the fridge.
Sometimes almond butter can separate when it’s stored (unless it’s emulsified). The oil will come to the top but do not worry, this is normal. Just stir it before using. As it’s quite high in fat, it’s important to always store your butter in the fridge to make sure it doesn’t become rancid.
Almond butter is a slightly healthier alternative to peanut butter and is especially useful for those with a peanut allergy or if you just don’t like peanuts.
You can add almond butter to smoothies too. Pair it with strawberry, banana and berries for a perfect morning tonic. Or add a teaspoon to your protein shake for a more potent energy boosting drink.
That’s not all! You can add a dollop to your porridge or breakfast cereal, or include it in sauces for chicken, pasta, curries or oriental food. It also works well in cookies, cheesecakes, brownies and cakes.