For today’s Adventures in Bulk Foods selection, we’re experimenting with almond butter!
I found this where the peanut butter machine is, and was a little more than $3.50/lb if I remember correctly. It was kind of an odd looking little machine, and at first I wasn’t too sure what I was doing. My kids were quite curious, too – and I’m pretty sure the shopper an aisle over was checking out what I was doing in the corner of her eye.
So let me tell you what to do, if you want almond butter. You simply lift up the silver switch. The almond butter comes out. When you’re done, you turn it off. Don’t mess with the other knobs and jazz. It did look a little…questionable…coming out of the machine and I got a couple “ewwwws” from the kids. I guess I didn’t name this series Adventures in Bulk Foods for nothing!
Why Almond Butter?
Peanut butter, move over. It seems that other nut butters are appearing more readily on store shelves and in recipes.
Apparently, other nut butters – almond butter included – may be nutritionally superior to peanut butter. It has more of the good-for-you-fats and more Vitamin E. Plus that, you can use it pretty much the same way you would peanut butter.
Today’s Recipes: No Cook Almond Butter Balls
Sarah found this incredibly fast and easy recipe using almond butter! Not only are these no-cook almond butter balls a tasty snack, they are also pretty healthful too!
Mix 1 cup of almond butter and 3/4 cup powdered soymilk. I didn’t have soymilk, I just used powdered milk.
From here, make small balls with the mixture. I think I ended up using too much powdered milk because mine were kind of crumbly. If this happens, add a bit more almond butter – enough so you can make a little ball.
In a shallow bowl, mix together 1/2 cup shredded coconut and 2 tbsp ground flaxseed or hemp.
Then simply roll your almond balls into this mixture. That’s it! I thought it had a nice sweetness, but it was a bit chewy. It may be one of those recipes I’d work on tweaking a bit because it’s got a nice sweet flavor and is packed with healthy goodness.
According to the recipe at She Knows, you can save this up to 2 days in an airtight container.
Do you use other nut butters besides peanut? Have you ever purchased any in bulk before?
Stay tuned for more Adventures in Bulk Foods tomorrow!