Glam Up Nut Butter

Prachi Joshi

Foodhall has launched a homegrown range of peanut & almond nut butters. Just scoop the nuts and grind your own butter in a specially designed nut butter maker. You can’t get fresher than this…Available only at Foodhall@Palladium, Mumbai.

Rich, creamy nut butters are a healthful alternative to the plain ole salted table butter. They are full of monosaturated (good) fats that are heart-friendly and make for a perfect snack even when you’re on a diet.

Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, peanut butter is a nutrient-rich snack. It’s high in protein and fibre, and is packed with vitamins (E and B6) and minerals (magnesium and potassium). Almond butter is also loaded with vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Amongst all the nut butters, this is the highest in fibre and lowest in saturated fats (all nut butters contain some amount of saturated fats, though the benefits of monosaturated fats far outweigh them).

As with anything else, the key is to eat these nut butters in moderation. You can spread them on your toast or on crackers, but there are more creative ways of including them in your diet. Here are some fun ideas for you to go nuts over.

Healthy Starts

Power breakfasts are all about kick-starting your day with a nutrient boost. Apple slices dipped in peanut butter are a great pre-workout snack as they are high in protein and fibre. Add a spoonful of nut butter to your favourite smoothie to make it more flavourful and healthful – a mix of banana, strawberries, yogurt, and nut butter is a delicious and filling breakfast on the go. Swirl some nut butter into your morning oatmeal to amp up its protein content. Blend almond butter with oats, dried fruits and seeds to make nutrient-rich granola bars. For gluten-free, paleo-friendly pancakes, make your batter with bananas, eggs, nut butter, and cinnamon. Or try making apple and almond butter pancakes for a decadent Sunday brunch.

Main Meals

Nut butters make great dips and sauces to go with your main meals. Switch up the tahini in your basic hummus recipe with almond butter for a nutrition boost. Or whisk it into a basic vinaigrette recipe and use it to dress your salads. Amp up your noodles recipes by stirring in some nut butters – whisk a tablespoon of miso paste with 3 tablespoons of almond butter, and toss up your favourite noodles with this umami-rich sauce (use a tablespoon or two of apple juice to thin the mixture to sauce consistency). For a more complex almond butter sauce, mix it with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, ponzu sauce, sesame oil, and honey and serve with cooked soba noodles and garlic shrimp. If you love the spicy peanut sauces of Thai and Indonesian cuisines, make it your own by mixing peanut butter, soy sauce, Sriracha, sesame oil and lime juice; add a dash or honey or agave for the sweet-spicy balance. Use this sauce on a cold noodle and veggie salad, or use it as a dip for vegetable batons or chicken (or shrimp) satay. You can also stir nut butters into soups for extra protein.

Sweet Endings

There’s always room for dessert, especially if it’s made with healthy nut butters. Make peanut butter cookies or add a spoonful or two into your muffin batter. Nut butters also make a delicious addition to cakes and pies. Or make nut butter frosting for your cakes and cupcakes – blend together almond butter, unsalted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and a dash of almond milk to make a silky, smooth frosting, which will go perfectly with chocolate cake, pumpkin pies, and red velvet cupcakes. For ice cream aficionados, blend your favourite fruits (use frozen bananas, mangoes, raspberries etc.) with nut butters to make ‘nice creams’.  

Visit Foodhall@Palladium to try fresh nut butter today!