Looking for the most delicious healthy almond butter you've ever tasted? This it it!
Almond butter is a nutrient-filled, bone strengthening, and bodybuilding spread designed to help you exercise more efficiently.
This recipe is also great for:
- Ketogenic Diet
- Gluten Free Diets
- Paleo Diets
And not to mention it's pretty delicious, especially when adding a dash of cinnamon. It's also a better option than peanut butter for most people as it has a number of great benefits that we'll go through.
Let's make some healthy almond butter!
How to Make Almond Butter
Almond butter is super easy to make, and depending on your processor can be made in only 1-2 minutes.
- 16 oz (3 cups) of raw almonds
- ¼ tsp of salt
Optional (to taste):
- ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- This optional step helps you speed-up the process of making almond butter. Just warm up the almonds in an oven at 250 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Make sure you have a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Put the almonds inside and process them until creamy.
- This process may take up to 25 minutes depending on your processing power.. You may want to stop the food processor from time to time and scrape the butter of its sides. This process will take less time if you heat your almonds first.
- Once almonds form a completely smooth and creamy butter, transfer it to a glass jar or plastic container and store it in the fridge.
If you find it easier to watch, check out this video for a creamy, vegan, keto almond butter recipe:
Almond Butter Nutrition
Almond Butter Can Aid Weight Loss
Healthy fats and dietary fiber stop you from overeating because they make you feel fuller. Almond butter has a ton of these. So, after dipping a bunch of carrots in this tasty spread, don’t expect to feel too hungry.
Almonds also keep your blood sugar stable, which reduces energy dips and food cravings. Studies even show that these nuts can support a healthy metabolism as well.
Almond Butter Can Help Your Body Absorb Nutrients
If you’re following my Get Shredded Program, your body is going need enough at to properly absorb fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A and D. This is why almonds are one of my recommended fat sources.
Almonds are some of the only nuts out there that can do this since they reduce acid buildup and balance the body’s pH. A healthy pH level helps stimulate proper digestion for nutrient extraction.
Almond Butter Can Promote Digestive Health
Almonds have probiotic components that can aid digestion, detoxification and promote the growth of healthy bacteria within the gut flora, which all help the body extract nutrients.
Almond Butter Can Help Protect Your Muscles
Almonds contain a type of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol that acts as a powerful antioxidant. It protects your muscles by fighting free radical damage and oxidative stress that can cause inflammation.
Almond Butter Can Strengthen Your Bones
Almonds are a good source of magnesium and phosphorus, essential nutrients for building bones that will strengthen your endurance while you exercise.
Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter
Both of these nut spreads have similar nutritional value, but almond butter definitely packs in more nutrients and has a range of other benefits. Personally I find almond butter much easier on the digestive system, plus loads of other benefits:
Both peanut butter and almond butter are great sources of monounsaturated fat, a type of fat associated with reduced heart disease and better blood sugar control. But, almond butter contains more.
A 2-tbsp serving of this nut spread has about 25 percent more monounsaturated fat than 2tbsp of peanut butter. Almond butter also has less saturated fat than peanut butter. Too much of this fat is never a good thing. High amounts can raise your cholesterol, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Vitamins and Minerals
When it comes to vitamins and minerals, almond butter wins. It contains nearly 3 times as much vitamin E, twice as much iron, and 7 times more calcium than peanut butter.
Two tbsp of almond butter has about two times the amount of fiber in peanut butter (which is roughly 3.3 grams). When following the any workout program, like the 12 Week Program to Get Ripped, a high fiber intake is important. It helps to removes waste that can exert biochemical stress on the body while exercising.
Make Healthy Almond Butter Today!
Incorporating almond butter into your daily diet is super simple. You can literally eat it with almost anything. Whether you want to put it on whole wheat bread, use it as a dip for your celery or spread it on a banana, you’ll have a tasty treat for after your workout, or even using it as a fat source following my Shredded program.
You might also want to check out my healthy sugar-free Nutella spread.
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Get cracking! Almond butter is a great treat, perfect for almost any type of dietary restriction in addition to being downright delicious.