People can get stuck in a rut with almond butter. Occasionally one might go out on a limb and plop a spoonful in a salad dressing or smear some on an apple, but for the most part, almond butters are thought of strictly as something that goes on bread, as part of an AB&J sandwich or a spread for toast. But there's a whole wide world beyond this application. Almond butter is surprisingly versatile, and it plays nicely with a cornucopia of flavors, from herbacious to savory to smokey—not just the sweet fruit in your jelly jar.
Here are six ways to make the most of almond butter.
Almond butter is easy to find in stores, but making it with smoked almonds in the food processor is crazy easy, and the savory flavor is really unusual. Spread the butter on apples, pears, fennel and celery.
Chef Nate Appleman lost lots of weight by running. After a morning workout, he often makes this smoothie, which gets a dose of protein from almond butter.
"We have an entire garden bed dedicated to kale that we use for these chips," says Sera Pelle. She usually makes them in a dehydrator, but the oven method here works perfectly, too.
Almond butter, almond extract, and crunchy almond slices make these chocolate-cherry cookies especially decadent.
Cut back on the sugar and use fresh blueberries instead of jelly in this simple twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
This fluffy, nutty breakfast is a playful, delicious mash-up of French toast and PB&J. Instead of peanut butter, it's made with almond butter.
This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com.