The Other Nut Butter: Almond Butter

Ingredient Spotlight

Almond butter needs no introduction. It's peanut butter's hip younger sibling that went to school at Berkeley, traveled after college, and now look at her! All grown up and populating pantries everywhere. Are you in the almond butter fan club?

Almond butter can be used exactly like peanut butter. Spread it on toast, pack it into celery sticks, whiz it into salad dressing, dollop it into you favorite batch of cookies - almond butter is up to the task. It should also be no surprise that almond butter tastes like almonds. To me, it has a less forward flavor than peanut butter, tasting mild, sweet, and earthy.

Not so long ago, you could only find almond butter at co-ops and gourmet groceries. Now every grocery store carries nearly as wide a selection of almond butter brands and styles as peanut butter. Choosing between chunky and creamy is just the beginning.

What's your favorite brand of almond butter? Or do you make your own?

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