Looking for an interesting way to spice up your favorite nut or seed butter?
It can be pricey to buy flavored nut butters at the store, and they’re frequently filled with sugar. If you’re in search of a cheaper and healthier homemade alternative, all you need is a food processor or blender, some plain ‘ol nut butter like peanut, cashew, or almond, and a hefty dose of creativity.
From orange juice to cocoa powder, here are five tasty flavor combinations that are simple, fast, and guaranteed to please your tastebuds and help you save some money. We’ve also included recipes from the Food Monster App that pair perfectly with these flavored nut butters!
Each recipe makes approximately two to four servings, depending on how the nut butter is used. They can also be doubled or tripled if you’re serving a large crowd!
1. Citrus Twist Nut Butter
Want to add a little taste of the tropics to your breakfast? Simply blend together 1/3 a cup of nut butter with 1/4 a cup of juice of your choice. Orange, pineapple, or mango juice are great choices! If you wish, add a dash of ground ginger and cinnamon to give it a little kick. Note that you may need to add more or less juice depending on the thickness of your nut butter. Pondering how to use your new citrusy creation? Try slathering it on these Rum Raisin Pancakes, stirring it into a bowl of oatmeal, or eating straight out of the bowl with a spoon (no judgement here). The sharp zing of the citrus, combined with the rich nuttiness of almond or cashew butter, creates an unforgettable flavor combination. There’s no better way to bring a hint of summer to the table, especially on a chilly winter day.
2. Banana Cream Nut Butter
No monkey business here! Just a dreamy, creamy nut butter flavored with everyone’s favorite yellow fruit. Blend together one very ripe banana (the browner the better) with 1/3 a cup of nut butter and 1/4 a teaspoon of cinnamon. The banana adds sweetness and a distinctive creamy texture, especially when using a ripe banana. This nut butter tastes even sweeter when eaten the following day, once the flavors have had time to marinate. This spread would be perfect on top of these Chia Oat Banana Pancakes, or used as a dip for fruit or crackers. It could even be used to create the ultimate peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich! After all, there’s no such thing as too much banana-infused goodness.
3. Chocolate Fudge Nut Butter
Dessert for breakfast is always acceptable, and with this sweet-yet-healthy spread, you can truly have the best of both worlds. To get your chocolate fix on, blend together 1/3 a cup of nondairy milk, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or your sweetener of choice), and 1/3 a cup of nut butter. Add more or less milk depending on the desired thickness. This rich, fudge-y spread would be the perfect topping for these Chocolate Zucchini Waffles, or perhaps these Chocolate Orange Muffins.
4. Apple Cinnamon Nut Butter
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and when you combine the top-notch health powers of apples, nuts, and cinnamon, you may be set for life! For this fall-flavored treat, simply blend together 1/3 a cup of applesauce, 1/3 a cup of nut butter, and 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, depending on your taste for this antioxidant-packed spice. This delectable treat could be dolloped on top of this Nut-Free Apple and Strawberry Crumble as a unique alternative to whipped cream, adding both contrasting textures (softness and crunch) and complementary flavors. You can also stir this into a bowl of oatmeal or slather it on a piece of toasted cinnamon-raisin bread for a quick and nutritious snack.
5. Ginger Molasses Nut Butter
Ginger-flavored treats aren’t only for the holidays, and if you have a spare jar of molasses lurking in your cupboard, leftover from past winter festivities, this is the perfect recipe to put it to use! To make it, simply blend together 1/3 a cup of nut butter, 1/3 a cup of nondairy milk, 1 tablespoon of molasses, and 1/4 a teaspoon of ground ginger. For additional spice, you could also add a dash of nutmeg, ground cloves, or allspice. This would be an ideal spread for a slice of Sweet Molasses Brown Bread, or could be stirred into a bowl of piping-hot Gingerbread Oatmeal.
Looking for more tasty recipes using nut butter? Take a look at this delectable Raw Almond Butter Coconut Cheesecake, or sink your teeth into these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. For even more recipes, don’t forget to check out the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can be found on Instagram and Facebook. This app contains thousands of delicious vegan recipes, and subscribing will give you access to new ones each day!
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