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7 Recipes That Will Get You Hooked on Almond Butter

February 19th, 2016

Breaking news: We’ve discovered the one food that Paleo eaters, vegans, gluten-free gourmands, and raw foodies all love equally. It can be smooth or crunchy, sweet or a little bit salty—there’s a version to please any palate.

Guessed it yet? It’s almond butter! Packed with beneficial fats, fiber, and protein, it’s picking up steam as a health food du jour—soon, it might even rival coconut oil.

All the hype probably stems from the fact that almond butter is incredibly versatile. It can add a lovely nuttiness to tons of savory recipes, and works beautifully in Asian-inspired dishes like spring rolls or chicken satay. But almond butter really shines in sweets, whether paired with chocolate, fruit, or honey—here are a few of our favorites.

Chocolate, Almond Butter, and Jelly Cracker Sandwiches

Snack time has never tasted so sweet. Assemble mini AB&J cracker sandwiches, then slather them in melted dark chocolate for an irresistible mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Chocolate-Pear Smoothie

Almond butter adds a hearty dose of protein to this oh-so-chocolatey smoothie. Though it tastes decadent, it’s nutritious enough to hold its own at the breakfast table.

Almond Butter Cups

Can’t get enough Reese’s? These homemade candies are meant for you. Free of refined sugar and dairy, they’re a healthier alternative to a classic candy.

Honey-Almond Popcorn Balls

Sweetened with honey instead of marshmallows and corn syrup, almond butter–infused popcorn treats are perfect for kids and adults alike. Wrap them up individually for adorable homemade gifts or party favors

Paleo Fudge

We couldn’t be more into five-ingredient recipes. Almond butter and coconut oil help this refined sugar-free dessert solidify in the freezer.

Blueberry-Ginger Smoothie

Tart blueberries and spicy ginger root can easily overpower other flavors, but not almond butter, which adds the perfect amount of creaminess.

Paleo Scotcheroos

Think Rice Krispie Treats, but made with coconut cereal and almond butter and topped with rich dark chocolate. Enough said.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Annalise MantzAnnalise is a foodie, Brussels sprouts lover, grammar nerd, and political pet aficionado.

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