Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

I am just loving this Healthy Food Friday series with American Express. I can’t believe this is the last friday in March! Have you caught on that the emphasis this month was DIY and foods that give you energy/keep you healthy? Next month is all about budget-friendly!

Let’s recap: We started the month off with the immune system-boosting garlic, then for week two we had eggs, to give you protein-packed fuel for a busy day (plus a DIY homemade mayo recipe), last week we had coffee (which has more health benefits than just keeping you focused), and now we’re here with… ALMONDS!

The Benefits of Raw Almonds

Almond butter is a no-doubtly a delicious snack. I mean really delicious. Some days you just need a spoonful, but on other days, the options are endless; spread it on some fruit, top your morning pancakes or cereal bowls, even add it into a smoothie for additional healthy fats. A good quality almond butter can be over nine dollars in your grocery store. Making your own DIY nut butter is so easy, SO delicious, and budget-friendly. Plus, you know the exact ingredients that are going into it. Although healthy fats, keep moderation in mind: 2 tbsp of almond butter are about 200 calories!

Vanilla Maple Almond SunbutterI absolutely love this creamy combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, maple, and vanilla.Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

 

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Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

Aside from a fun take on your traditional almond butter, here are a ton of other recipes using almonds, all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly.
Usethemin

7-Minute Warm Apple Crumb Minis 

Sweet or Savory Protein Crepes

Paleo Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins

Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites

Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Double Chocolate Raspberry-Filled  Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies 
Aroundtheweb

Almond Ricotta Cheese from Beard and Bonnet 

Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites from So, Let’s Hang Out 

Crunchy Almond Cookies from Gourmande in the Kitchen 

Chipotle Almond Spread from Tasty-Yummies 

Almond Flour Coconut Waffles from PaleOMG 

Gluten-free Cinnamon Bun Twist from Kitchen-Tested 

Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust from Seasonal and Savory

Homemade Almond Milk from Nutmeg Nanny 

Date Almond Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn

Cocoa Dusted Almonds from Corner Kitchen 

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What is your favorite way to sneak almonds into your diet?

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