Almond butter recipes

Michele Borboa, MS

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With peanut allergies abound, almond butter has become the darling of sandwich spreads. This delectable peanut butter alternative isn’t just for pairing with jelly, however, almond butter can become a star ingredient in many savory meals and sweet treats. Here are three tasty – and healthy! – almond butter recipes.

Almond butter

Chicken with almond butter sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to an even thickness
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned.
  2. Flip chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (time will vary depending on the thickness of the breasts). Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil, and keep warm.
  3. Add more oil to skillet if it is dry. Cook onion and bell pepper, stirring often, until vegetables are softened.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together honey, almond butter, seasoning, and lemon juice. Pour it into the skillet and bring to a vigorous simmer.
  5. Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl and pour into skillet, stirring until thickened.
  6. Place chicken on a plate and serve with almond butter sauce.

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Pasta and chipotle almond butter sauce

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces whole wheat linguini
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, more for a thinner sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Grated cheese of your choice

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine cilantro, peppers, garlic, almond butter, lime juice and zest, and goat cheese. Puree ingredients and, with machine running, add olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add almond butter sauce and toss to coat. Serve warm.

Whole grain almond butter muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup dried currants

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees and coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand up mixer, blend almond butter, eggs, honey, and buttermilk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix just until moist. Stir in currants.
  4. Fill muffin pan with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when gently touched.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for SheKnows.com specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at michele.borboa@sheknows.com or give her a tweet at http://twitter.com/micheleeborboa.

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