When you get a spoonful of its creamy goodness, almond butter sure can seem like a guilty pleasure. However, it’s anything but! With its ability to lower your cholesterol and deliver an array of vitamins, this high-protein treat is both healthy and heavenly. Here’s a look at the major benefits almond butter has to offer, and some recipe ideas so you can enjoy it in all new ways!

What Makes Almond Butter So Healthy?

Almond butter is an unexpected super food, bringing a number of health benefits to the table and so tasty that it will have your mouth watering for more!

Lowers bad cholesterol

Science generally agrees that LDL cholesterol is “bad” while HDL cholesterol is “good.” But, it’s hard to find foods that support good cholesterol while reducing the amount of LDL found in your blood. Fortunately for you, almonds are one superfood capable of doing just that!

Multiple studies show that increasing your almond intake can help lower your LDL while increasing HDL. That means regular consumption of almonds–or, subsequently, almond butter–can help you support a healthy heart and a healthier lifestyle over all.

Supports balanced blood sugar

While low in carbohydrates, almonds have a good deal of fiber, protein, and good-for-you fats. Plus, just two ounces of almonds will also provide you with about half of your daily recommended intake of Magnesium, which is essential for blood sugar control. Add it all together and almonds make the ideal snack for people with diabetes or other blood sugar related issues.

Good for your bone health

Supporting healthy and strong bones is essential no matter how young or old you are. Almonds are a great way to do it, too! Just one ounce of almonds has as much calcium as you’ll find in just a quarter-cup of milk. Plus, almonds have lots of phosphorous, which is critical in keeping your bones and teeth strong. These things will ultimately reduce the risk of fracturing or breaking a bone.

Rich in antioxidants

Another thing that makes almonds stand out from many other foods is their high antioxidant content, including Vitamin E. Getting a good dose of antioxidants means better health overall, with high amounts of antioxidant-rich foods connected to lowered risk of all major diseases (including cancer and heart disease) and a stronger immune system.

One study from 2010 concluded that “almonds and almond oil have many properties including anti-inflammatory, immunity-boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects.” This is yet another aspect making almond butter a standout choice next time you reach in the cupboard for a hearty, filling, and pleasing snack.

Promotes healthy vision

Almonds might not be much to look at, but now you know that they can do wonders for multiple aspects of your health. One final benefit worth mentioning is their potential to support good vision.

In addition to other essential vitamins and minerals, eating almonds regularly means you’re getting a solid dose of Vitamin E. Studies support that “almonds can help prevent abnormal changes to the lens, thus lowering the risk of developing cataracts.”

6 Delicious Almond Butter Recipes to Try

Here at Betsy’s Best, we’re always in the kitchen experimenting with new ways to share our delicious nut butters. Almond butter is one of the most versatile and widely loved, so we’ve put it into a variety of dishes, desserts, and even smoothies. Here are six of our most prized recipe ideas.

Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

You may know Pitaya by its more common name of Dragon Fruit. But, no matter what you call it, there’s no denying its flavor! This smoothie puts pitaya centerstage, complementing its sweet, earthy, almost watermelon flavor with delicious Cinnamon Almond Butter.

Dragon fruit is widely known for being both tasty and nutritious, offering a dose of fiber, lots of magnesium, and many vitamins to balance your gut while boosting your immune system. A few chia seeds and good dollop of greek yogurt bring it all together, making for a smoothie you’ll want to enjoy all season long. Check out the full Pink Pitaya Smoothie recipe.

Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping

This yummy baked oatmeal turns a breakfast favorite into a memorable dessert. While you might love it enough to make it a year-round staple, this recipe is clearly inspired by the tasty gingerbread men that everyone thinks of during the holiday season. But, this dessert is one you can enjoy without guilt thanks to smart ingredients.

In addition to your rolled oats, you need just a handful of ingredients to make this dish come together. Vanilla and cinnamon add a beautiful aroma while the sweetener of your choice (be it stevia or maple syrup) keeps you in control when it comes to nutrition. This recipe uses applesauce, mashed banana, or pumpkin to add extra sweetness and heartiness, and it’s all brought together with the perfect amount of cinnamon almond butter in the special topping. Check out the full Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping recipe.

Fall Harvest Salad With Cinnamon Almond Butter Dressing

This salad is tastily filled with goodness thanks to its fall harvest theme. Autumn veggies are best known for being some of the most savory and yummy thanks to creamy squashes and hearty greens. This salad brings out the best with its use of either spinach or arugula, paired with butternut squash, beets, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Unlike some dressings, this one works with the salad’s flavors to bring out the taste of each ingredient. It uses cinnamon almond butter for just the right amount of sweetness, complemented with honey and balsamic vinegar for balance. Whether you’re a proclaimed salad lover or not, you’ll love this tasty treat! Check out the full Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Almond Butter Dressing recipe.

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

The classic banana bread gets spiced up using cinnamon almond butter in this beloved recipe. It’s ooey, gooey, and perfect for breakfast thanks to its high protein content. You’ll adore its scrumptiousness slices straight out of the oven, but try serving it with a pad of butter for some extra creamy goodness.

This recipe uses fresh mashed bananas, which are great for digestion, vision, and even heart health. In the bread, you’ll find that the perfect amount of sugar makes for a memorable treat. You can substitute the butter used in the recipe for coconut oil if you prefer. Regardless, the trick is to top the loaf with a delightful crumble made of oats and cinnamon to balance the flavor and texture. Check out the full Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread recipe.

Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is truly treasured year-round, but it holds a particularly special place in everyone’s heart during springtime. While this recipe utilizes fresh cut carrots, this isn’t a dish even the pickiest eaters will pass up. Sweetened with your choice of honey or agave nectar, this recipe cannot be mistaken for anything other than a delectable dessert.

Cinnamon almond butter combines with vanilla, ginger, and sea salt to bring this dish to life. Chopped pecans and other add-ins help to add texture to this moist cake mix and a vanilla cream cheese frosting finishes it all off. Expect empty plates and no complaints when you fix up this mouthwatering indulgence. Check out the full Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake recipe.

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bars

Pumpkin may be the hallmark of autumn, but canned puree allows us to enjoy this beloved squash all year long. These layer bars utilize pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and maple syrup for the base of the filling. Plus, vanilla, cinnamon, and ground ginger add just the right amount of spice to each serving.

The real key is the crust, which we compel you to make by hand! A homemade crust will always beat the bland choices at the store. This one calls for chopped raw pecans, light brown sugar, some spices, and Cinnamon Almond Butter to bring it all together. The finished result is a flavorful dessert that everyone will adore. Check out the full Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bars recipe.

Go a Little Nuts In The Kitchen

Beyond our tasty cinnamon almond butter, Betsy’s Best makes many delicious, all-natural nut butters. We entice you to give our creamy cashew butter a taste next. Or, go a little nuts and grab the sampler pack to try all five of our gourmet flavors! Visit Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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