What is almond butter? It’s just like peanut butter, only better. It tastes better, and has a great nutritional profile. I find myself a bit addicted to it – but eating it out of the jar is just fine, since a 2 T serving has 8 gm protein and only 3 gm carbs. It’s very filling and helpful when you just need a quick protein boost.
Of course, there are lots of other things you can do with it. Almond butter is great on any kind of crunchy veggies – my favorite is bell peppers, but you can experiment. If you like celery, it’s a good substitute for traditional peanut butter. It’s also good spread on thin apple slices – any of these makes a good balance of protein and carbs.
And nobody said you couldn’t have ANY baked goods – your typical thin cracker will have about 2 gm carbs each. So you could have a few T of almond butter spread on several crackers (or a carbquick muffin) for a good, healthy snack.
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken
1/3 C soy sauce
2 T lime juice
2 cloves garlic
1 t grated ginger
3/4 t red pepper flakes
2 T water
Cut chicken into 3/4-in strips and combine with the remaining ingredients. Marinade in the refrigerator for several hours to overnight. Prepare the grill or broiler. Thread onto skewers, brush lightly with oil, and cook for a few minutes until done. Serve with satay sauce.
2 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 T oil
1/2 C almond butter
2/3 C coconut milk
1 T soy sauce
1 packet Splenda
1 T lime juice
Saute onions and garlic, then place all in a blender and combine.
Almond-chocolate chip cookies
Then there’s dessert :) No recipe list for almond butter would be complete without almond cookies. The version below very yummy and tailored to low-carb diets by using almond butter, Splenda, and carbquick. I did use semi-sweet chocolate chips, because that’s all I had in the house – you could keep the chocolate and lower the carbs by using sugarless chocolate chips.
1 C almond butter
1/2 C Splenda
1/3 C Carbquik
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix almond butter and egg thoroughly, then add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add chocolate chips last. Spoon out into 12 equal balls, and press down to make cookie-sized rounds on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool as they will be crumbly at first and softer after cooling.
Nutrition: Without chocolate chips, each cookie has 6 gm protein and 3 gm carbs. With chocolate chips, each cookie has 7 gm protein and 6 gm carbs.