15 Creative Uses for Nut Butter

On any given day, there’s a good chance I eat at least two different types of nut butter, if not three. The number of jars of nut and seed butter in our pantry may seem excessive, but it really elevates meals and snacks whether sweet or savory and everything in between.

Thanks to NOW® for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.

Last year when I started partnering with NOW® foods, I noticed their Nutty Infusions nut butters on the website, but they weren’t yet available. I kept asking when I could order them and finally they became available in March. I’ve already gone through two of the classic roasted cashew butter – the only ingredient is dry roasted cashews and somehow it maintains the perfect texture, no stirring required, just stored normally in my pantry.

In this post, I’m giving you my top 15 ways to use nut butter, and rounded up over 40 recipes to help you enjoy it. Even better, I’ve partnered with NOW to give away all 5 of the products in their new Nutty Infusions line! On top of the classic cashew, the mango chili cashew is amazing, too, and the cashew caramel is perfect to dip a piece of dark chocolate into or to drizzle over some vanilla ice cream! They also have a classic almond butter and ginger wasabi cashew, so there’s an infusion for everyone. See entry details at the bottom of this post!

1. Swap Your Breakfast Topping

Add nut butter in lieu of (or along with) maple syrup on pancakes or waffles.

Buckwheat Oat Pancakes

Use in on the go “pancake tacos“, too!

Also great to top your baby’s first pancakes.

Use in this Mocha Nut Butter Topping for S’Mores Waffles

2. Increase the Satisfaction Factor in a Pre-workout Snack

almond granola cups

Nut Butter Stuffed Dates – add a dash of salt on top if eating before or during endurance exercise

Drizzle Over a Sweet Potato!

Almond Granola Cups via Your Choice Nutrition

3. Whip up Energy or Protein Bites

Blueberry Coconut Energy Balls via Jenna Braddock

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls via Amy Gorin

4 Ingredient Pretzel PB Bites via Real You Nutrition

Banana Nut Butter Snack Bites (oat based, granola texture)

Banana Nut Energy Bites (almond flour based, creamier texture) via Perspective Portions

4. Make Protein Bars

Snickerdoodle Protein Bars (swap the peanut butter for cashew butter – they may even be better that way!)

snickerdoodle vegan bar

5. Add as a Filling Toast Topping

fig toast

Toast Toppings to Fuel Your Fitness

6. Use it in or on Muffins

Flourless Banana Oatmeal Muffins via Meals with Maggie

Chickpea Flour Banana Muffins (use as a delicious topping!)

Baby Led Weaning Muffins via Whitney E RD

7. Get Healthy Fat in a Smoothie

High Protein Vanilla Smoothie  (the secret ingredient will shock you!) via Amy Gordin

Green Cashew Smoothie via Nutrisense Nutrition

8. Use it in a Stir Fry

In any Asian fusion dish that uses peanut butter, you can easily swap in cashew butter and chopped cashews for a little change.

Spicy Nut Butter Tofu via Shahzadi Devje

Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

Soba Noodle Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce via Lettuce Veg Out

Thai Noodles with Chicken via Sound Bites Nutrition

9. Make Homemade Salad Dressing

Almond Turmeric Dressing via Meals with Maggie

almond turmeric dressing

10. Make Blondies


Pumpkin Almond Butter Blondies via Stephanie Lee Nutrition

Carrot and White Bean Vegan Blondies (swap peanut butter for cashew butter) via It’s a Veg World
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondie Bar (AB) via healthy inspiration
Marbled Cashew Cake Bars via Perspective Portions

11. Bake Some Cookies (or Just Eat Cookie Dough!)

cashew butter cookies

Cashew Sugar Cookies via Stephanie Lee Nutrition

Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt via Kara Lydon

5 Ingredient Flourless Cookies via Alyssa Lavy

Expedition Molasses Cookies (with cashew butter) via Gourmet Hiking

Edible Vegan Cookie Dough  via The Sensible Table (can sub sunbutter for almond butter)

Sweet Potato Vegan Cookie Dough Dip via Bucket List Tummy

PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough via Be Nutrition Co.

12. Create a Tasty Summer Snack

Frozen Nut Butter Banana Bites via Nourished by Nutrition

Crunchy Frozen Yogurt Snack Bites via Jenna Braddock

Drizzle almond or cashew butter over vanilla ice cream or banana ice cream

13. Elevate Bananas

Nut Butter Banana Boats via Parenting Diabetes

Nut Butter Banana Sushi via Alyssa Lavy

14. Make a Cream Sauce for a Savory Dish

Stuffed Eggplant with Savory Nut Butter Cream via Nutri Savvy Health

Dairy-Free Creamy Tomato Sauce (swap 1 Cup cashews for 2/3 Cup cashew butter)

15. Make Your Own Nut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Honey Eggs via Teaspoon of Spice / It doesn’t have to be Easter, just shape them any way you’d like

Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Cups via The Lean Green Bean

2 Ingredient Nut Butter Cups (try with cashew!) via Alissa Rumsey

The Giveaway

I’m so excited about these Nutty Infusions that I want you to try them, too. To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite way to use nut butter, or one way you’d like to try it based on this blog post. Bonus entries over on Instagram! You must enter by Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. Contest open to US residents only. Good luck!

4 thoughts on “15 Creative Uses for Nut Butter

  1. I would love to try to make the protein bites and on butter cups. Mango chili sounds weird but good to put in the protein bites

  2. My go to with a nut butter is on bananas but want to try to use it when making a savory dish.
    @madeline_sutorius

  3. Mango Chili cashew butter?? How interesting! I love using nut butter to make yummy energy balls for snacks / dessert. I have been wanting to make my own Reese’s peanut butter cups with dark chocolate.

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