8 Unusual Uses for Nut Butters

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For those who are not allergic, nuts and nut butters are great plant-based sources of healthy fats and protein. All-natural or homemade nut butters serve as great spreads on sandwiches, but their uses extend beyond these obvious functions. Characteristics that contribute to their versatility include their high fat content, strong flavors, and creamy consistency. Here are eight of their unusual uses.

1. Substitute for butter

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In baking, butter serves both as a source of fat and a glue. However, you can use a nut butter as a protein-packed, vegan alternative. It is high in fat and will help make your dough sticky. Nut butters are also unique in flavor and can enhance the taste of your baked good—cashew and peanut tend to be more savory, while pecan and almond have a subtle sweetness.

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