What is Almond Butter?
Almond Butter! You already knew you could make butter from peanuts, and butter from milk, and milk from almonds, so why wouldn’t you be able to make butter from almonds, too?
Almonds are technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, much like the pit of a cherry. But people rarely eat almond fruits, instead preferring the crunchy snack inside.
You can make Almond Butter out of almonds by simply roasting and blending them. Although they may seem dry when eaten raw, there’s actually plenty of oil packed inside to turn regular almonds into gooey, delicious almond butter.
Almond butter can be eaten raw, by itself or as a topping. If you are keto, consider putting it on celery or broccoli sticks. You can also bake almond butter into breads or desserts, for some low-carb, nutty flavor.
By the way, you might be asking yourself: is almond butter healthier than peanut butter? Well, almond butter contains a lot more vitamins, minerals, and fiber. But peanut butter contains more protein. So both are good for you, but almond butter is healthier if protein is not your main priority.
Nutrition at a Glance
Almond butter is mostly just fat, but also contains tons of valuable vitamins and minerals. 100g of the stuff contains:
- 645 calories
- 20.8g protein
- 53g fat
- 21.2g carbs
- 9.7g fiber
- Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Thiamin, Niacin
- Vitamins B-6 and E
Note that almond butter does contain some carbs, so be careful using it on keto. 100g is a lot, though- more than six tablespoons. Also, read the nutrition label carefully before you buy almond butter prepackaged at the store. Some brands will mix it with honey or sugar.
Since almond butter is a minimally processed form of almonds, it contains nearly all the benefits of raw almonds. Some important health benefits include:
- Supporting Weight Loss
- Keeping Your Skin Healthy
- Improving Heart Health
- Helping Digestion
Supporting Weight Loss
Almond butter is high in fiber, protein, and unsaturated fat. All three of those components fill your stomach and help you feel satiated. Put together, they can reduce hunger quite a lot. Among all tree nuts, almonds have the highest protein and fiber content.
Research supports the hypothesis that snacking on almonds reduces overall hunger. Snack away!
Keeping Your Skin Healthy
Almonds are packed full of Vitamin E, a vitamin which affects skin health. It protects your skin from UV radiation and free radicals. It may also help with certain skin disorders, like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Consuming enough vitamin E won’t replace sunblock, but it may lower your chances of getting skin cancer.
Improving Heart Health
Eating almonds helps reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. This effect is noticeable with as little as 1.5 ounces of almonds every day. Over time, this can have a positive impact on your heart’s ability to function.
Almond butter is high in fiber. A single tablespoon contains more than a gram. Fiber helps slow down digestion and gives bulk to your stool, making it easier to pass through your body.
Almond butter is, overall, a very healthy ingredient. But it is high in calories, and can trigger allergic reactions in those who are vulnerable.
Almond butter is fairly high in calories, at 645 calories per 100g. That’s probably more almond butter than you will be eating, however- 100g is more than six tablespoons- so if you only eat a tablespoon or two a day, you shouldn’t have any issue.
Tree nut allergies are real, and they are very dangerous. If you or someone you live with has a tree nut allergy, stay far away from almond butter. It could cause swelling, hives, a rash, or difficulty breathing. Reactions can even be fatal.
How We Use Almond Butter
We use almond butter in all of our products, including our Butter & Salt bars and our Chocolate Mint bars. We even have an Almond Butter bar, made for all of you almond butter lovers out there.
Almond butter helps add a rich, creamy texture and also binds the product together. The high fat content is perfect for people on keto, as it is a great low-carb to quickly get energy.
Take a look at our products for more information. You can see the nutrition facts for each product by clicking “View Nutrition Facts”.