I've already talked about baking with blanched almond flour. Well, almond butter is great to bake with too. It's like peanut butter, only it's made with almonds instead of peanuts. We sell a lot of it in the natural foods department. It works well in recipes where you want a more neutral flavor than what peanut butter gives. As you know, almonds are very nutritious, thus, so is almond butter. It has healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and fiber. It also has more protein than peanut butter and also is less likely to cause allergic reactions. Recently, it was mentioned on the Dr. Oz show that eating two tablespoons of raw almond butter before bed aids sleep by regulating blood sugar. Which you can believe if you want to, but I think it will just aid in you gaining 20 pounds from the extra 190 calories being consumed each night. Personally, I think "the great and powerful Oz" has a tendency to over-hype things and I take his advice with a grain of salt. Just my opinion.
The same goes for my White Chocolate Macadamia Almond Bars. Only 1/4 cup pure maple syrup in the whole recipe (plus the sugar in the white chocolate chips). I also added some fiber in the form of flax seed and chia seeds. Love those little things! They have a tendency to get caught in my teeth, but I kind of like that. Weird, I know. My hubby loves these bars. I think even more than my Almond Flour Granola Bars. I absolutely love the peanut butter and chocolate chip combination, but he doesn't care for it as much (crazy). These white chocolate bars are more up his alley. I don't know whether these bars are granola bars or cookie bars. I'm thinking they are more like granola bars. Well, you can try them and decide for yourself.
White Chocolate Macadamia Almond Bars
Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Not Low-FODMAP*
makes 12 bars
1/2 cup creamy unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/3 cup finely chopped white chocolate (I use white chocolate chips which I chop into smaller pieces)
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 8"x8" square baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, egg and salt. Stir until smooth and completely combined.
- In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, macadamia nuts, white chocolate, flax seed meal, coconut, and chia seeds. Pour the almond butter mixture into the almond flour mixture and stir until combined.
- Press mixture evenly into prepared baking pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown around edges. Cool before cutting into bars.
*These bars are made with almond flour/meal and almond butter, which are high in oligosaccharides, and therefore may not be appropriate for the elimination phase of the low-FODMAP diet.