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almond butter?

Answered on March 16, 2014
Created March 15, 2014 at 2:43 AM

sorry if this is a stupid question but...I've read alot about almond butter here and on other paleo threads...but what do you do with it?...it seems as though a lot of people just eat it right out of the jar...is that right?...how else can it be used?...

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imo... it's the creamy smooth mouth feel and ease of eating.

Almonds require chewing, not a huge amount of work, that stops me from eating more than few small handfuls at a time. I get bored with chewing.

Rather, I just limit myself to a jar or less per month & 16 oz of the nuts....when they're gone, they're gone. Otherwise, I start to pack on the pounds.

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on March 16, 2014
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It is quite delicious. Avoid it if you're trying to lean out, and especially if you're not getting enough omega 3's.

Keep it in the fridge since it's high in n6 PUFAs, and you'd want to let it separate a bit so the oil on top can protect the butter (don't eat the oil, let it sacrifice itself by oxidizing.)

You can enjoy it with just a spoon. You can mix it with other stuff like coconut flour and make cookies or pancakes out it, etc.

Certainly use it instead of peanut, which not only is a legume and has its issues, but is more likely to carry aflatoxin which is a nasty carcinogen.

My favorite thing to do is scoop out a few tablespoons (part the oil on the top then push the oil back down on the meat), then mix the almond butter with some kerrygold butter (optional), cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a bit of stevia. Then roll it into a ball and powder it with more cocoa powder (you could also use instant espresso powder). You could stick an almond on top, or a berry, or coffee bean as a decoration... Very tasty - but absolutely not something to eat daily.

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on March 15, 2014
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If you need to lose weight...dont be eating any nut butters out of the jar!

Consider it a snack, a treat, a condiment to be used sparingly to enhance other food experiences. Unless of course you're very active but still it's not an optimal fuel.

Any nut butters that you find tasty can easily be overeaten and either stall fat loss or encourage fat gain.

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on March 15, 2014
at 12:45 PM

It's a replacement for peanut butter (which is not technically paleo, but I'd argue that it's unfairly villified.) It's very calorific, easy to over-eat, and generally not that healthy of a food (neither is peanut butter).

I actually prefer sunflower seed butter (sunbutter brand) to both peanut and almond butters on taste alone.

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on March 15, 2014
at 10:09 AM

Exactly what samc said - Straight with fruits or dark chocolate!

It also works great with a baked sweet potato/baked squash, or as a coating for chicken/turkey. It's best to brown the meat first, then cover with the nut butter and cook for another couple of minutes - It's delicious!

Works great with paleo pancakes too.

Like samc said, it's actually quite addictive - Moderation is key.

Enjoy experimenting!

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on March 15, 2014
at 05:28 AM

Straight, with chocolate, apples, bananas, etc. I have to really control my intake of the stuff. I find that I can eat 20 almonds and stop but for some reason when it is crushed and creamy I have issues. It is also used in baking Paleo treats.

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on March 15, 2014
at 04:38 PM

imo... it's the creamy smooth mouth feel and ease of eating.

Almonds require chewing, not a huge amount of work, that stops me from eating more than few small handfuls at a time. I get bored with chewing.

Rather, I just limit myself to a jar or less per month & 16 oz of the nuts....when they're gone, they're gone. Otherwise, I start to pack on the pounds.

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