Hello! Happy Thursday! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?
Glad that you all enjoyed my Jay Robb brand loyalty.
Since that post was, in itself, a little nutty, I can’t think of a better way to introduce our next Guest Bender. Deb is a master at making nut butter — in fact, I was given the chance to try it out for myself back when we met in December. In a word, it was delicious. I hope you try out her recipe below!
Lower Calorie Almond Spreadable Goodness
I’m Deb from Smoothie Girl Eats Too and I LOVE nut butters. I make them and and eat them and love them. I do not, however love the calories in them. And sometimes I need a thinner version of nut butters, but not as thin as PBU.
So I decided to tweak some almond butter and came up with the following recipe for nut butters that are creamy and spreadable with a slightly lower calorie count than straight-up nut butters. The secret? Thin with a liquid, then make it creamy with coconut flour and guar gum.
Ya think I have enough measuring spoons?
Here is the recipe for what I am calling Nut Butter Silk, and in this case: Almond Silk:
- 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
- 1.5 Tablespoons water
- .5 Tablespoon Coconut Flour
- 1/8 tsp Guar gum
- (optional almond extract)
- (optional stevia)
Mix together the water and coconut flour to make a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients. Let sit on the countertop for a few minutes for the guar gum to stabilize the mixture and get thicker.
This batch turned out a bit thick. You can thin to desired consistency with your liquid of choice.
Incidentally if you want to go all chemical on me, you can substitute the water for sugar-free Torani or Da Vinci syrup in any number of nut flavors. The possibilities are endless.
Spread on apples, bananas, crackers etc. Or use as a sauce for drizzling or dipping.
This recipe makes one portion and has 125 calories. Enjoy!
Q: Do you have any creative ways to “thin” nut butters? I know that PBU is quite popular!
I’d love to hear your answers to Deb’s question above! Do you ever use alternative nut butters?
Perhaps you recall from last year my obsession with PB2 — I haven’t had any in quite some time and definitely miss it. You can check out some of the ways I used it by clicking here, here or here. I think I’ve just convinced myself to order some…ruh roh!
Hope you have a lovely Thursday!