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10 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butter

With so many types of nut butters, how do you use each one differently? Get creative and go beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by trying these 10 ideas and recipes using nut butters!

10 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butter

From cashew to almond butter, the world of nut butters has dramatically evolved. With so many types of nut butters, how do they uniquely come into use? Get creative and go beyond the infamous peanut butter and jelly sandwich by trying these 10 ideas and recipes using nut butters!

10 Nut Better Uses and Ideas

All Things Breakfast

1. Throw in Smoothies
Adding in nut butters can amplify protein and healthy fats in a smoothie. Use peanut butter and berries for a nontraditional peanut butter and jelly, almond butter and chocolate protein powder for a chocolate covered almond, or mix macadamia nut butter with pineapple and coconut for a tropical, Hawaiian flavor.

2. Add in Oatmeal
People generally stray away from oats related to the bland flavor in its simplest form. However, oats can be extremely versatile and offer bountiful nutrients and fiber. While warm, mix in a dollop of peanut butter for a creamy, tasty bowl of oats!

3. Top on Pancakes
Say no to large pours of maple syrups and let the richness of nut butter top off your next batch of flapjacks. For optimal nutrients, choose a whole grain pancake or waffle. Get creative with additional toppings such as banana, apple, and honey.

4. Layer Parfaits
Accelerate the flavor of Greek yogurt by layering it with any type of nut butter. Experiment with textures by using a chunky or creamy butter. Kick start the day and let nut butter yogurt embrace all your favorite yogurt toppings!

Lunch and Dinner Ideas

5. Throw in Chili
Peanut butter in chili...? Do not let the uniqueness throw you off! Adding in a half cup of peanut butter further maximizes not only the richness of chili, but the protein and healthy fats chili is known to provide.

6. Add into Stew
Like chili, nut butters can be added into stews. The next time you prepare your favorite beef stew recipe, enhance the creaminess with a half cup of smooth peanut butter. Bulk with extra veggies for an exceptionally well-rounded dinner abundant in healthy fats, nutrients, and protein.

Sauces and Dressings

7. Try Thai
Thai dishes typically highlight peanut sauces. Ordering out, though, may contain a little bit more fat and ingredients than what you may have expected. Create this Pad Thai dish and sauce at home to limit unwanted ingredients without negotiating flavor. Other proteins, such as lean beef, can also be swapped for the chicken if desired. Do not be reluctant to add in other favorite veggies!

8. Get Asian-Inspired
Instead of resorting to fried rolls, enjoy these light and nutritious spring rolls. Pair with this Asian-inspired peanut butter sauce for ignited flavors! Additionally, sauce compliments fresh veggies such as cucumber, carrot, and bell pepper.

Nutty Treats and Snacks

9. Scoop into Cookies
Yes, cookies can fit into a healthy diet! This guilt and gluten-free cookie recipe features almond butter, but you can swap and switch out nut butters to your liking.

10. Fruit Dip
For a healthy snack to satisfy the taste buds of all ages, chop up fruit and dip into nut butters. Apples, bananas, and strawberries all compliment peanut butter. For added protein, mix nut butters with plain Greek yogurt!

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on June 22, 2016. Updated on July 20, 2016.


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