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Almond butter is a food paste made from grinding almonds into a nut butter. Almond butter may be "crunchy" or "smooth", and is generally "stir" (susceptible to oil separation) or "no-stir" (emulsified). Almond butter may be either raw or roasted, but this describes the almonds themselves, prior to grinding. It is recommended that almond butter be refrigerated once opened to prevent spoilage and oil separation.
Compared to peanut butter
Almond butter is an alternative to peanut butter for those with peanut allergies or who dislike the taste of peanuts. Almond butter contains significantly more fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese than peanut butter, and about half the saturated fat, although a slightly higher total fat content. Almonds, a type of tree nut, are not legumes, whereas peanuts are, so almond butter can be consumed by those looking to avoid legumes.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||2,648 kJ (633 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||3.7 g|
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
Source: USDA FoodData Central
Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. It is considered a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, and copper, and an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Almond butter also provides dietary protein.
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