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Almond Butter is Your New Best Friend

A classic food that many of us grew up eating on celery or in sandwiches, peanut butter is a beloved snack that continues to be a crowd pleaser. Whether you spread it on crackers, dip apple slices in it, or simply eat it right out of the jar with a spoon (we’ve all done this), this traditional treat is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, and constantly has us coming back for more.

However, although a personal firm believer that you can never have too much of a good thing, peanut butter is still very high in fat, sugar, and calories—not to mention its highly processed—meaning this sweet and salty snack may make your heart happy, but it certainly won’t have your hips, or your waistline, feeling that way. A healthy alternative? Try almond butter!

Though a health trend slowly on the rise, almond butter has become increasingly popular over the past couple of months, and it’s no surprise why, seeing as it contains more protein and less sugar than regular peanut butter. Another bonus? It’s usually less processed, so you aren’t putting any unnecessary unnatural preservatives or additives into your body. Though it’s definitely not the same as our beloved PB (we will always love Skippy), almond butter is still delicious with so many snacks and treats. Here are a few of our favorites to try out if you’re looking to change up your diet!

Rice Cakes with Almond Butter + Honey
This one is pretty self explanatory, but rice cakes with almond butter are a great snack when you need a powerful “punch” of protein. The rice cakes are usually low-cal, so even though the almond butter still has a good amount of calories, you won’t be eating a snack that’s too heavy.  For an added touch, drizzle a bit of honey (or even Nutella J) on top, and enjoy!

The “Banana Boat”
This fun snack that I’ve dubbed the “banana boat” takes a unique twist on the classic combination of bananas and peanut butter. With only three ingredients including a banana, 2 tbsp. of almond butter, and a small handful of granola, this snack is the perfect blend of textures. Simply split the banana in two, spread the almond butter on both halves, and dip both halves in granola and voila, a yummy snack that is crunchy, nutty, smooth, and creamy.

Apple “Cookies”
A healthy take on the classic cookie, these apple “cookies” are a sweet and savory treat that is guilt free but tastes delicious. Simply core and slice an apple horizontally, to make apple “chips”, then spread almond butter across it, and sprinkle some walnuts and chocolate chips on top! This snack is great for when you need a little chocolate “kick” but still want to stay on top of your healthy eating. And even though we all love a good gooey chocolate chip cookie, this “cookie” will leave you satisfied without the bloat or the guilt.

Almond Butter Granola Bars
These homemade almond granola bars are great when you want a chewy, sweet snack, and since they are homemade, they have less preservatives, unnatural additives, and less sugar. Even better? These bars, made with only almond butter, honey, dark chocolate chips, old-fashioned oatmeal and granola, are no bake and can be made in just five minutes. That simply is too sweet!

 

By Annie O’Sullivan

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