The only nut butter I had growing up was good ol' Skippy peanut butter. While I still dearly love conventional peanut butter, I've discovered so many other options out there, including seed butters that are safe to serve and consume in nut-free environments like my daughter's school. Seed and nut butters also contain a good dose of protein, making them perfect for snacking on. Here are five fun ways to use them!
Buying Nut and Seed Butters
It's been amazing to see how many different kinds of nut and seed butters you can now find in grocery stores. Ever-popular peanut is now joined by almond and cashew, and seed butters like tahini and sunflower are also easy to find. In addition to adding great flavor, these butters also help thicken smoothies and hold cereal bars together.
There are so many options when buying nut and seed butters: conventional, natural, salted, unsweetened, and the list goes on. Because there is so much variety out there, get what you like the best and be ready to adjust these recipes as needed. If you buy unsweetened peanut butter, for instance, give the cornflake bars a taste before you press them into bars, and add extra honey if you need to. Likewise, if you use a sweetened almond milk in the chia pudding, dial back on the maple syrup first in case it's already sweet enough.
Nut and Seed Butters are Substitution-Friendly
One of the things I love about nut and seed butters is how versatile they are. They all generally have the same consistency, so if a recipe calls for almond butter, you can generally sub in sunflower seed or peanut instead if that's what you have on hand. These easy-to-make snacks are great for kids and adults alike — give them a try!
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