Everyone knows about peanut butter and uses it for sandwiches, but did you know that there are so many more nut and seed butters out there and so many more uses for all of them? I'll give you a list of ideas for how to use the Charlotte's Choice nut butters, and it may even inspire you to come up with your own!
1) Sandwiches. The obvious option, but you can switch it up and make walnut or almond butter and jelly sandwiches if you're getting tired of peanut butter and jelly. You can also use crackers to make mini sandwiches, which are great for an on-the-go snack packed with protein!
2) Celery sticks or fruit. You can pair one with celery or apple slices to create a quick, easy, and healthy snack. You can even add raisins to make ants on a log, which is fun for the kids (or you... we won't judge). Bananas also go well with nut butters, especially peanut and almond. The nut butters provide protein and fats, and the produce provides fiber and potassium, among other nutrients.
3) Pretzels. Pretzels are already great, but when paired with a nut butter, they taste even better! You can dip them in peanut, almond, or cashew butter for a nutty, salty snack. There are recipes online for fun treats to make with flat pretzel crisps, such as this chocolate peanut butter one (you can substitute another type of nut if you'd like).
4) Smoothies. Instead of adding protein powder to your shake or smoothie, add a dollop of nut butter for a boost of flavor, protein, fats, and fiber! You can switch it up and see which type of nut tastes best with different types of smoothies. Here's a recipe for a strawberry banana smoothie with almond butter, just to give you an idea.
5) Granola or oatmeal. You guys know I couldn't make a list without including Charlotte's Choice granola as one of the options. We now offer a few flavors with the option of adding homemade peanut butter, but you could also buy another type of nut butter and mix it in at home! You can also make nutty granola balls for an on-the-go snack (that recipe is similar to the one I used for the Nutter Butterbeer Bites in the past). Another option is to mix a big spoonful into your oatmeal to add some protein to an otherwise carb-heavy breakfast. Add some fresh or frozen berries on top for a well-rounded, delicious meal!
6) Salads. People often try to eat salads as a way to eat a healthier diet, but a lot of store-bought salads dressings are loaded with sodium and sugar, effectively undoing all that hard work of eating your veggies! Instead of buying salad dressing at the store, try using nut butters to create a healthy alternative. There are lots of recipes online (like this 3-ingredient vinaigrette), and you can substitute different types of nuts depending on flavor preference. By making your own salad dressing, you can also get more variety and be more creative than the limited flavors at the store.
7) Peanut (or other) butter cups. I haven't actually tried these yet, but it would be a fun treat to bring to a birthday party or game night with friends. It's easy and pretty quick, and you can use any nut or seed butter you want, depending on the flavors you're going for or the health benefits you want. You can customize them by using dark or white chocolate, adding sprinkles or crushed candies, etc. The possibilities are endless.
8) Ice cream. One use you guys probably haven't thought of before is nut butter as an ice cream topping. You can heat the nut butter just a bit so it has a thinner consistency, then drizzle over a bowl of ice cream. Add sprinkles or fruit to make a complete sundae! It's perfect for summer, which is fast approaching, or for an ice cream bar at a birthday party!
As you can see, there are nearly infinite options when it comes to nut butter uses. Think outside the box and get creative. No need to get stuck in a rut. Explore the world of food and see what tastes good with each type of nut butter!