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Nut Butters

Everyday Food, March 2011

Move over, peanut butter: These smooth selections made with other nuts offer the same satisfying protein but with a flavor twist. Try them in sweet or savory dishes, or homemade granola bars.

Cashew Butter
This mildly sweet butter is versatile enough to bake into cookies or swirl on top of brownies, but it also pairs well with spicy flavors. Try it cooked into Indian curries or mixed into a stir-fry sauce to add depth and a creamy texture.

Hazelnut Butter
Its deep flavor and thick texture make this naturally sweet nut butter perfect for indulgent treats. Try a chocolate version for the gianduja flavor made famous by Nutella. For the richest spread, make sure hazelnuts are the first ingredient.

Almond Butter
Look for one with dark flecks -- that means it was made with almond skins, which pack extra roasted-almond flavor and antioxidants. Spread this bold butter on toast or stir into oatmeal for a healthy, filling breakfast.