If you love both nut butters and fruits, you’re in luck! There are tons of fruits that go with almond butter, which is even more delicious than peanut butter. Check out the list below to explore some new flavor and texture combos.
Apple slices are crunchy, sweet, and juicy, which makes them the perfect compliment to almond butter. If your butter is thick and crunchy, spread it onto each slice and savor slowly. If it’s on the runny side, then treat it like a nutty fondue and dip to your heart’s content.
Pear slices offer the same deliciousness as their apple-ish cousins, just with a deeper (and often sweeter) flavor. Experiment with different pear varieties to see which ones you like best. Alternatively, chop a bunch of pears and add them to your morning oatmeal or granola. Then drizzle almond butter over the lot and eat it like nobody’s watching.
If you’ve ever eaten a peanut butter and banana sandwich, you’ll know they’re pretty much the best things ever. So try this: get yourself one of those sandwich makers that presses the edges together. Then spread your favorite sandwich bread with almond butter, and lay on some banana slices. Spread the other side with some other spread (like vegan chocolate spread, or marshmallow fluff, or your favorite jam). Then close up the sandwich maker and allow it to transform the insides into molten heaven.
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You can dip fresh strawberries into almond butter for a protein-packed afternoon snack, but that’s not the best way to enjoy this combo. Instead, try making a smoothie with almond milk, almond butter, half a banana, a huge handful of frozen strawberries, and a spoonful or two of vegan vanilla yogurt.
There are a couple of different ways to enjoy plums with almond butter. For example, try slicing them and spreading the butter on them. Alternatively, add spiced plum preserves to your next almond butter sandwich.
Okay, so fresh oranges don’t go so well with nut butter, but orange juice is a different story. If you’re a fan of Asian-inspired flavors, mix some almond butter with orange juice, soy or tamari sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, scallions, and a tiny bit of agave syrup. Cube or slice your favorite tofu and marinate it in this mixture for a few hours. Then fry it, and serve it with a big handful of bean sprouts and steamed bok choy.
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7. Dried Apricots
While you can dip dried apricots into almond butter as a snack, you can get super fancy with them and make energy balls instead. Here’s a recipe on how you can transform these tasty fruits with almond butter, oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and slivered almonds into super-refuel snack bombs.
Those “ants on a log” snacks made with peanut butter on celery sticks are healthy, nutritious snacks. They’re ideal after a morning workout, or as after-school refuels for the kids. Try making them with almond butter and different kinds of raisins to see which you like best. Golden sultanas are spectacular in this pairing, for example.
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9. Dried Cherries
You can use dried cherries the same way you’d use raisins (as listed above), OR you can make something even more fabulous. Put together a Moroccan-inspired stew with potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, orange or red peppers, eggplant, and zucchini, in an onion or vegetable stock base. Add crushed tomatoes, a couple of generous spoonfuls of almond butter, a splash of coconut milk, and a generous handful of dried cherries. Add spices to taste, and prepare to purr.
Figs stuffed with almond feta-style vegan cheese are amazing… and they’re just as awesome filled with almond butter. Just get yourself some ripe, juicy figs (preferably the purple ones!), and cut them in half. Press your thumb into each half to make a divot. Then fill with almond butter and savor to your heart’s content.
Whether you’re allergic to peanuts, or you just prefer almonds, be sure to try out some of these flavor pairings. And don’t be afraid to get experimental! You may come up with some combinations that we haven’t found yet.
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