When I go to the grocery store (which is like every other day), I pretty much always get the same things.
Spinach, apples, pears, bananas, avocados, bell peppers, kale, almond butter, almond milk, eggs, wild salmon, tuna, beans, frozen berries, Ezekiel bread, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, tofu, tempeh and sweet potatoes. That’s the usual. Today I happened to get a bag of chia seeds–living on the edge, here.
I know the foods I’m obsessed with and the ones I can’t live without. No one can live without these dark chocolate almond bark thins–that’s fo sho.
For some reason, even though I always know exactly what I’m buying, I still spend ridiculous amounts of time at the grocery store. I stare at labels for way too long and ponder all the sugary treats that I stare at and never actually buy. I know what dark chocolate bars I’ll end up buying, but that doesn’t stop me from reading the ingredients of twenty other bars just to make sure I’m choosing the best one.
There’s definitely a long list of staples that are always in my pantry/fridge, but today I want to put the spotlight on almond butter. It’s versatile, deliciously creamy and incredibly healthy. It deserves a post of its own.
Did you know almond butter is SELF’s superfood of the week? Click here to learn why! Fun fact: studies show that dieters who snacked on almonds daily shed 62 percent more weight and more than half the fat than those who didn’t.
Let’s all get skinny from almond butter. Starting now.
Trader Joe’s raw creamy unsalted almond butter is hands down the most delish almond butter, ever. Period. Kapeesh?
I recently bought a creamy roasted one from Whole Foods and let me tell you–I love WF, but the roasted one just doesn’t compare and their raw version costs something ridiculous. The roasted one doesn’t have that perfect natural sweetness that makes the raw one so fabulous. That’s why I used up the roasted one to make almond butter and jelly bars (recipe coming soon–prepare to die).
I especially love almond butter on Ezekiel toast with sliced banana and cinnamon. Best snack ever.
You can find almond butter starring in lots of my recipes, including:
Paleo Almond Butter Zucchini Bars(my most pinned recipe)
Snickerdoodle Smoothie (my fave smoothie)
Spread some on toast, throw a tablespoon in your smoothie, add it to a stir fry, or eat it on a spoon with dark chocolate chips. Whatever way you serve it, it’s guaranteed to please.
My favorite way to enjoy almond butter is slathered on pancakes. Make a batch of these pancakes, spread on some raw almond butter and top with frozen mixed berries nuked in the microwave for a minute. It’s literally my favorite breakfast, hands down. I go to bed so excited for it that I can barely fall asleep. Thank God for melatonin.
Here are a few more delish looking homemade almond butter recipes from around the blog world if you don’t have a jar or three sitting in your fridge already:
- Maple cinnamon almond butter
- Espresso almond butter
- Dark chocolate macaroon toasted almond butter
- Sun dried tomato almond butter
- 4 ingredient dark chocolate almond butter (I’ve made this and it’s great!)
- Almond Joy Butter
Oh yeah–and these chocolate chip almond butter cookies are pretty unbelievable, too.
Peanut butter is so last month.