No Bake Almond Butter Coconut Bites
Packed with protein the vegan and gluten free, No Bake Almond Butter Coconut Bites, is a delicious nutty, lightly sweet energy bite with only 6 ingredients.
Almond butter is a combination of almond, honey and sea salt blended in a food processor.
Health Benefit Of Almond Butter
A small serving of almond butter contains a significant amount of magnesium that boosts heart health.
Almond butter full of healthy flavonoids, is a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins (such as vitamin E), minerals, and fiber that promotes healthy digestion.
The low glycemic index and protective antioxidants of almonds makes almond butter a wise choice for those at risk for diabetes as it helps keep blood sugar stable.
Consuming almond butter weekly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by more than 35%.
Studies show that eating a few tablespoons of almond butter helps lower the risk of developing gallstones in women.
The antioxidant action from Vitamin E helps lower cholesterol.
The protein content of almond butter is the same as meat protein that is of the same quantity.
Is Almond Butter Healthier Than Peanut Butter?
Almond butter is slightly healthier than peanut butter due to more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Both nut butters are roughly equal in calories and sugar, however, peanut butter has a little more protein than almond butter.
Almond Butter Nutrition
1 TBS of almond nut butter contains 100 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 4 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
Is Almond Butter Good For Losing Weight?
If you are interested in losing weight, it has been found in a study that eating nuts, specifically an almond-enriched diet, helps in weight loss.
Almond Butter: Helpful Tips And Suggestions
- Store almond butter in a glass jar to maintain freshness.
- Use raw almonds to make roasted almond butter.
Do You Need To Refrigerate Almond Butter
It is best to keep almond butter in the fridge if you purchase nut butters without preservatives or if you like to make your own nut butter.
MaraNatha a company that makes organic nut butters, stated “nut butters can become rancid if left out of refrigeration for an extended period of time and/or exposed to warm temperatures”.
The easiest way to prevent almond butter from going bad and extend its shelf-life—is to pop it in the fridge.
How To Make Homemade Almond Butter
Use 2 cups of raw, no salt almonds.
Smooth Almond Butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread 2 cups of almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Check the almonds in 10 minutes.
- Add 2 cups of roasted almonds in a food processor and let it run for about 5-10 minutes until desired smoothness.
It takes a few minutes for the almonds to release the oils for a creamy nut-butter.
You will notice a dry, meal-like consistency within a few minutes.
The fibers will eventually break down. so continue to run the food processor until you achieve the smoothness you desire.
Chunky Almond Butter
- Roughly chop ¼ cup of roasted almonds, use a knife or a food processor. Set aside.
- Follow the steps above to make a SMOOTH Almond Butter with the remaining almonds.
- Once you reach a smooth, creamy texture, add the roughly chopped almonds and pulse for 10 seconds.
Recipe for homemade almond butter yields 1 cup. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
It’s very easy to incorporate the health benefits of almond butter into your diet.
You can substitute almond butter for peanut butter for smoothies, desserts, crackers etc.
Vegan & Gluten Free
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes
- ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup finely chopped almonds or chocolate chips, raisins, etc.
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