Baking with nut butters? Who knew you could do such a thing? But I love it! Making nut butters couldn’t be more simple, recipe down below, and then using the nut butters for tasty recipes is even more deliciously fun.
So why use almond butter (or any nut butter for that matter) in your recipes? Well to start, nut butters are an amazing source of healthy fats and fiber. Because of its amazing fiber and fat content [each serving of almond butter contains 18 grams of fat, made up primarily of unsaturated fatty acids], these both work to improve your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease, and also provide energy. So yes, I think those are great reasons to enjoy more nut butters.
With a lot of people on the grain free, or paleo diet, these Blueberry & Almond Butter Bars are a great go-to recipe, so go ahead and give these a whirl and find more nut butter recipes here.
Blueberry & Almond Butter Streusel
- 2 ripe plantains
- 2T coconut oil
- 1/4c applesauce
- 1/4c almond butter
- 1T vanilla extract
- 1/2t baking soda
- 2t baking powder
- 1-2t cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4c non-dairy milk (plus 1T lemon juice); let sit 5-10min
- 1T coconut oil
- 1t cinnamon
- 1/3c almond meal
- *stevia to sweeten
Preheat the oven to 330°F and lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan. Into a blender, place the two peeled plantains, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla extract and non-dairy milk. Blend until smooth.
In a separate bowl add almond butter and begin to stir in contents of blender. [you could do this all in the blender, but it is a pain in the boot-ay to blend and “pour out”]. Now stir in all of the dry ingredients until well combined. Finally stir in the blueberries!
To make the “streusel topping”, brush the top of the batter with coconut oil. Using a small separate bowl, stir together the cinnamon, almond meal and stevia and sprinkle liberally over the batter. *instead of stevia, you could also drizzle or sprinkle the sweetener of your choosing.
Place pan in oven and bake for 45min. When finished, remove the bars and allow to cool before slicing.
Note, these bars are by no means dry… in fact, they taste and feel like your biting into a pb&j (or in this case, almond butter and jelly) sandwich, heavy on the filling but oh-so-deliciously healthy!
If you’re interested in making your own almond butter, it’s über simple:
- 1 1/2c almonds (roast at 350°F for 10 min)
- *optional- vanilla extract; maple syrup; honey; cinnamon; nutmeg; chocolate chips; coconut oil or butter; whatever you like!)
Remove almonds from oven and let cool. Next place them in a food processor and let them blend (5-10 min) until you have almond butter! Add whatever optional ingredients you’d like to kick it up!