I've always had a pretty (un)healthy obsession with nut butters, but lately I've been craving it with and on almost everything. I melt a little bit of coconut oil with whatever nut butter I have in my pantry (sunflower, cashew, almond, etc), give it a good stir and then drizzle it on top of sliced bananas for a mouthwatering sweet fix. And on anything frozen, such as ice cream, it quickly hardens and becomes this rich shell that reminds me of a much healthier version of the Reese's peanut butter shell topping that we'd drizzle on top of ice cream sundaes as kids. It's definitely worth ditching the artificial flavors for this two-ingredient creation that'll have you licking the bowl clean.
Lucky for you, that all was just a segway into spotlighting a few recipes and snacks that use nut butters in creative ways...
Like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites that I'll be making this weekend...and every other weekend after.
Meet Puffin Chow. Yes, as in one heck of an amazing twist on a childhood favorite (puppy chow or muddy buddies, depending on what you called it) using Justin's Classic Almond Butter. Swap the Chex Mix for Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins in this recipe for an addictive, yet healthier version of your new favorite guiltless pleasure.
And speaking of Justin's, did you know that they make Almond Butter + Pretzel snack packs now?! They're sold exclusively at Target, so hop to it and stock up.
And this is what happens when morning smoothie bowls get the PB + cereal treatment. Morning marathons of Saved By The Bell would have been so much better if this was my company. Much better than soggy bowls of Fruity Pebbles.
Don't mind me while I hibernate away with all of the Toffee Smoothies with Coconut Cream. Who knew that you could make a badass homemade toffee with coconut milk, medjool dates and honey? I'm in.
To follow up a little sweet with a little savory, here are a few more recipes - just in case you need a bit of inspiration to keep that creative spark alive in the kitchen.
A dressed-up, jazzed-up and spiced-up Two-Minute Hummus Avocado Toast.
Vegan ZA! With avocado, of course. The cashew basil spread sounds dreamy.
Here's a perfect mouthful: Summer Squash Ribbon Salad with grilled sweet corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes and a cilantro pepita dressing.
And if I haven't convinced you yet, then maybe these Vegan Nachos will do the trick. Yeah? Yeahhh.
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