Almond butter is made by grinding toasted almonds. The gritty-textured butter can be used just as you would peanut butter or any other nut butter. The butter is excellent on toast, spread on crispy celery, or added to your morning smoothy. You can also add the butter to cookies, candies and almost any recipe that calls for peanut butter.
Almonds are very high in magnesium and potassium, which are very important for bone health, regulation of your blood pressure, maintaining glucose levels, as well as 300 other biochemical functions.
Some health food stores are equipped with large nut grinders. Simply place your container under the spout of the mill and press a button to start and stop the process. Whole Foods Markets typically are set up for grinding your own peanut butter and almond butter. These pure nut butters do not require the addition of oil, sugar, or salt, but you can add those things to it if you wish once you get your ground nut butter home.
While peanut butter can be pretty bland without salt or sweeteners, almond butter is naturally sweet and flavorful. The almond butter should be stored in the refrigerator, but it is not as oily as peanut butter, so you don't have an issue with a lot of oil rising to the top.
If you don't have almond butter you then the best substitutes are:
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There are many brands of commercially packed almond butter. Most of the brands add salt, sweeteners like sugar or honey, and many add oil. You can find these in most well-stocked grocery stores, including Walmart and in most health food stores.