The simple decision between crunchy or smooth Peanut Butter is now a thing of the past! Nut butters and protein spreads have diversified, offering a wide array of nutritional values. So, whilst peanut butter can be spread on toast, these new nut butters are better added to porridge or even salads for a plate packed full of protein. These can all be made at home and require little effort, simply soaking the key component and then crushing it into a pulse. But, what is the difference and what are the latest spreads that we should get excited about?
Almond Butter and Cashew Butter
With much less sugar and healthy heart fats, these are both great alternatives. Mostly vegan but, of course, check the labels when buying the shop-bought butter. Perfect in porridge, chia, or granola before hitting the gym! They can also be used to make flapjacks, rice crispy, oat and nut nibbles with a healthier base than butter or chocolate. Don’t forget homemade protein balls!
Surely that is just hummus? Well it is but, chickpeas can be transformed into a sweet treat full of protein. Honey roasted chickpeas can be crushed to form a thick butter-like paste and spread on a toasted bagel.
Talking of hummus, this sesame spread is also popular in Middle Eastern cooking. The creamy texture and colour is often found in salad dressings, over roasted vegetables and most commonly found alongside hummus and falafel or Shawarma. Tahini is also a nice addition to a curry.
Pure Peanut Butter
No added ingredients making it not quite as sweet and often vegan. If if its a PB&J sandwich, the jam does the job! This is protein power so for those of you attempting to bulk up, pop open the jar and spread it thick.