20 Aug Recipe Redux: Back to School with a Better Butter
If you’re anything like me, back to school means getting back in the kitchen to pack sack lunches, and while the old standby peanut butter and jelly is nothing to scoff at, there’s always room for improvement. Perhaps it’s time to consider an update on the classic, using a healthy alternative to peanut butter.
Why not try a better butter this fall? Homemade almond butter, that is.
Making your own almond butter is as easy as toasting raw almonds in the oven, letting them cool and whirring them up in the blender with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of salt.
Your homemade almond butter, chock full of protein and fiber, will provide a delicious and nutritious accompaniment to thinly sliced apples on whole grain seed bread to create a sandwich worth celebrating.
Swapping jelly for fresh, crisp apple slices will save loads of sugar and bring a pleasing crunch to the sandwich made with super-healthy whole grain organic seed bread.
Reading the label on Dave’s Killer seed bread will leave you comforted knowing all ingredients are organic and nutritious and free of preservatives.
INGREDIENTS: Organic whole wheat (organic cracked whole wheat, organic whole wheat flour), water, organic wheat flour, organic good seed mix (organic whole ground flaxseeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic whole flaxseeds, organic unhulled sesame seeds, organic black sesame seeds), organic dried cane syrup (sugar), organic wheat gluten, organic steel cut oats, organic molasses, organic oat fiber, yeast, sea salt, organic cultured wheat.
Head back to school this fall with a better butter and Homemade Almond Butter and Apple Sandwiches on Seed Bread. Enjoy!
Healthy highlights of this month’s Recipe Redux: Homemade Almond Butter and Apple Sandwiches on Seed Bread include:
- Homemade Almond Butter- made from toasted raw almonds, olive oil and a dash of salt, this healthy alternative to peanut butter is loaded with fiber and protein.
- Apple slices- provide a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
- Dave’s Killer Bread- organic whole grain bread rich in fiber, protein and healthy omega-3 fats.
Recipe development and food photography by Sydne George.
Recipe Redux: Homemade Almond Butter
(makes about ¼ cup)
1 and ½ cups raw almonds (available at 2Js)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds out on baking sheet in single layer.
Toast almonds in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, being careful o watch them at the end to prevent burning.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
When cool, transfer toasted almonds to blender and puree until finely ground. (You can use a food processor for this, if you have one.)
Add olive oil and salt and blend to combine.
Almond Butter and Apple Sandwiches on Seed Bread:
2 slices Dave’s Killer Bread (available at Albertsons)
2 tbsp. Homemade Almond Butter
1 Fuji apple, sliced into thin slices
Spread a thin layer of Homemade Almond Butter on two slices of Dave’s Killer Bread.
Top one slice with thin slices of Fuji apple to cover.
Place other slice of bread on top of apple slices, almond butter side down and cut diagonally with a sharp knife. Cut halves diagonally in half again. Skewer with frilly toothpicks, of desired.
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sydne’s recipes from “Recipe Redux: Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.