The recent peanut butter recall may have left your pantry void of your usual brands of chunky and smooth varieties of peanut butter, but there are alternatives available. Nut butters such as hazelnut butter, soy butter and cashew butter are rich and flavorful spreads that can be used in a variety of ways. If you miss your usual PB&J sandwich or other peanut butter specialties, here are some tasty substitutes to hold you over through the recall:
Soy Nut Butter
You’ll find he classic SoyNut Butter in at natural food stores and in the special foods or organic food aisle at the local grocery store. SoyNut butter is just as creamy and rich as regular peanut butter and is available in both honey-flavored and Original varieties. You can use it in cooking and baking, or just slather it onto any type of bread product.
Almond butter is high in protein, low in saturated fat and has a slightly sweet flavor. IF you’re a fan of roasted almonds, this is the nut butter for you. Almond butter tastes great with green apple wedges, fresh fruit jams and melts easily when sandwiched between toasted wheat or white bread slices. Enjoy this nut butter with its intense, nutty flavor.
Cashew butter is one of the richest nut butters available, and is commonly used as a base for soups and in cooking a variety of ethnic dishes. It’s also high in protein and low in saturated fat, and is an excellent complement to strawberry or blueberry preserves on toast. It is best enjoyed on its own as a sandwich spread for toasted English muffins, wheat slices and on fresh French baguettes.
Pistachio Nut Butter
Pistachio nut butter is made from crushed raw or sproutable nuts and has a slightly sweet, mild nutty flavor. If you’ve ever tried pistachio ice cream or gelato, you’ll easily find pistachio butter to be a welcome addition to your pantry. This is a very rich butter that can be eaten on toasted breads or mixed into sweet breads and baked goods for extra flavor.
Hazelnut butter is often used in cooking and baking because of its strong flavor and rich texture. However, it also makes a great peanut butter substitute for sandwiches or to serve with fruit and crackers. The ultimate nut butter sandwich is a layer of hazelnut butter and a spoonful of Nutella; it’s an intense chocolate and hazelnut experience you’ll never forget.
Pumpkin Seed Butter
Pumpkin seed butter is not only high in protein, but it also contains a significant amount of zinc, potassium and iron. This butter has a slightly rich flavor and very smooth texture; it’s lighter than most other nut butters, and can be a great complement to strawberry and raspberry preserves, or a tart orange marmalade. Add this to baked breads or muffins for an extra special treat.