Life is fast-paced and demanding, and you don’t always have time for that homemade poke bowl you’ve been dreaming of all day. Just because you can’t get gourmet, though, doesn’t mean you have to skip wellness altogether. Instead, you need to cultivate a go-to repertoire of healthy bites to keep you fueled and happy – rain or shine, day or night, at home or on the go. Without further ado, here are six healthy almond butter snacks to rev your engines and please your taste buds today.
1. Almond Butter Banana Smoothie
As far as healthy recipes go, this one is a shoo-in. It’s fast, the ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and it will fill you up for hours without giving you that sleepy, overfed feeling. Simply combine one pre-frozen banana with two tablespoons of almond butter, one tablespoon coconut oil and a cup of milk (or alternative milk) in a blender. With coconut oil added for flavor and creaminess, you can’t go wrong. (And if you can find an almond butter that incorporates coconut oil already, you’re winning at life for real. Hint: check out the bottom of the post!)
You can update this smoothie with a tablespoon of cocoa powder if you like a chocolatey burst, and for an ice cream-esque treat, cut the milk down by half and pulse it slowly until it comes together, adding more milk as necessary.
2. Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Who needs Reese’s when you have this healthy version of chocolate peanut butter cups? Any candy-lover will find these a satisfying alternative, but with hours of long-lasting satiety and none of that sick post-Halloween feeling. Plus, these healthy almond butter snacksare ideal for those following a Whole 30 or paleo diet.
3. Salted Almond Butter Maple Spread or Dip
Spreads are an awesome food item to have on hand. Any nut butter can become a spread or dip with the addition of a little bit of water and other flavorings. Simply combine one tablespoon of H2O for every two tablespoons of nut butter, then sweeten with maple syrup to taste. (Usually two teaspoons will do, but for sweet-lovers, a full tablespoon is fine). Et voilà: you’ve got a 250-calorie spread that can go on a piece of toast or is perfect for dipping an apple or crisp pear.
If you’re on a paleo almond kick and need lots of variations, you can try cocoa powder here too, or cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Keto fans, cut the maple and you’re fine.
4. Almond Butter Fat Bombs
Whether or not you’re a keto aficionado, these healthy almond butter snacks are sure to knock your socks off. An increasing body of research shows that it’s not fat that makes you fat; it’s carbs. You can avoid rounding out, but still stay full, when you combine fat with fat for a filling snack on which you can rely all afternoon long. With ingredients such as almond butter, coconut oil and a light sweetener, you’re bound to love fat bombs as much as we do.
5. Almond Butter Oat Balls
Many people think snacks aren’t “real food,” envisioning pretzels or cookies as the stand-in between lunch and dinner. But not so with these almond butter oat balls. With all the power of prepackaged bars, but none of the fillers, these oat balls are the perfect bite to stash in your purse or briefcase to get you through the day.
Oats are a healthier carb, high in fiber and relatively unrefined compared to wheat flour, so they make a good option for those who can’t get through the day without a carb fix. Lightly sweet and full of other good foods, these oat balls are true energy in a bite. With a bit of honey and coconut flakes for chewy flavor, they stay good all day in a purse, desk or car console.
6. Almond Butter Toast
Oh, you didn’t think we’d go there? Well, we did. Nothing fills you up quite like the carb-protein punch of almond butter and toast. Opt for a gluten-free version if you’re trying to go the anti-inflammatory route, or try this microwave keto bread, which takes 90 seconds in the microwave and then needs a quick toast in the pan. Spread with a few tablespoons of almond butter and you’re good to go!
Keep in mind that the quality of your healthy snacks is dictated by the quality of the ingredients you use. Wherever possible, those ingredients should be fresh and whole, without fillers or genetically modified organisms. If they happen to contain extra brain-boosting ingredients, like the nut butters here at SuperFat? So much the better.
If you’re looking to craft the healthiest almond butter snacks nature can provide, we invite you to come on down and start shopping today!
This article was written by: Sarah Moore
Sarah Moore is a freelance writer and health nut (no pun intended). With a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism and a Fitness and Nutrition certification, she specializes in nutrition, science and medical writing, and loves applying the hot laser of truth to foodie topics of all kinds. When she's not writing furiously, you can find her cooking with whole ingredients or spending time with her family.