The ingredients are Whole 30 compliant, but combining them into a muffin is not compliant to the Whole30 philosophy. These are also a great post Whole30 muffin, or great with Paleo or gluten free diets. These Banana Almond Butter muffins are a huge hit with the entire family (special dietary meal plan or not!).
Want to hear more about Whole30? We talked to Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the original Whole30 program, and a five-time New York Times bestselling author. We talked about Whole30 and motherhood. You can listen to the full interview HERE.
Banana Almond Butter Muffins in the Blender
Banana Almond Butter Muffins Recipe
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Banana Almond Butter Muffins Ingredients
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tsp. baking soda (I updated this from 1/2 tsp. because I found they raise better)
- Optional: I like to add 1/2 tsp. of salt
Banana Almond Butter Muffins Instructions
Blend (if using a Blendtec blender I use the “Smoothie ” setting)
Grease muffin tin (we like to use Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil spray)
Pour batter into muffin tins
Cook for 12-15 minutes (muffins should be fluffy all of the way through and should not sink or settle)
Enjoy! We like to lay the Kerry Gold butter on THICK!
(I adapted this recipe from Thirty Handmade Days Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins. Check them out – also super delicious!)
Almond Butter Banana Berry Muffins
Similar recipe with my favorite secret ingredient! I love the texture and flavor of these muffins. They stay moist for days. Check out the recipe HERE.
Can You Replace Butter With Almond Butter?
What if you want to replace butter with almond butter in a recipe? When it comes to baking (banana muffins especially), almond butter is an incredible substitute for dairy butter or any other type of oil or fat. Furthermore, the natural flavor of the almond in the almond butter makes for a great complementary flavor in most of your baked goods. With some recipes, you may be able to significantly reduce the amount of sugar or other sweeteners you are using, which in turn makes your baked goods not only delicious, but a little bit healthier as well. Trim the sugar and you trim the guilt. Not a bad trade-off.
Make sure you test out each recipe before you do a wholesale substitution. Some won’t taste as good. Some will taste a lot better. As we’ve stated before, when it comes to almond butter, getting the highest quality is of utmost importance. We’ve got the best almond coconut butter recipe on the web anyone who is serious about cooking or eating almond butter needs to try.
Can You Substitute Almond Butter For Peanut Butter?
Not all fats and oils are created equally. When baking, not only is it fun to substitute ingredients, it’s fun and oftentimes more nutritious and healthy to create a customized recipe and customized end product designed for you, Sometimes it just for taste preference, but in some cases it’s for health reasons like special diets (peanut free and gluten-free for example) and allergies (more below on the nutritional advantages almond butter has over peanut butter). Can you substitute almond butter for peanut butter? Let me let our a resounding YES!
Almond butter (much like peanut butter) has a natural sweetness to it. The store bought brands of almond butter have less additives and fillers than peanut butter. When using it as a peanut butter substitute, replace it on a one to one ratio. Almond butter cooks almost exactly the same as peanut butter and as mentioned before, other sugars can be omitted from recipes by simply adding almond butter instead of peanut butter. Some of our favorite places to swap peanut butter for almond butter are: smoothies, protein shakes, sandwiches, cookies and cakes, and yes veggies. Do you like celery with cheese or peanut butter? Try it with almond butter next time ;)
Is Almond Butter Or Peanut Butter Healthier?
A very popular substitute for peanut butter is almond butter. And they are not created equally! At the very basic level, both of these butters have extremely beneficial nutritional value. In terms of which is more nutritious or which is healthier, almond butter has the slight edge because almond butter does have more fiber, minerals and vitamins than peanut butter on a per volume comparison. At the very least, substituting almond butter OR peanut butter for dairy butter and sugar in recipes in a healthy choice which has high nutritional payoff. And don’t buy into the myth that just because nuts are high in calories means they will contribute to weight gain.
Quick Breakdown On The Nutritional Comparison Between Peanut Butter and Almond Butter
Let’s take a brief, high-level look at the differences in nutrition between what is arguably the two most popular nut butters and why we think almond butter is the better option between the two.
We’ll start with sugars because eliminating as much sugar in your diet is paramount to healthy living. Comparing almond butter to peanut butter for sugar is difficult because both are extremely low in sugar content. And...determining sugar content in a nut butter depends on the source. If you buy your nut butters, chances are there will be higher levels of sugar in them. This makes it hard to compare. But if we look at just the natural, organic versions of each, almond butter has slightly less sugar than peanut butter.
If you didn’t know already, nuts are incredible sources for protein. In fact, most people’s original choice to use nut butters is because of their protein and fiber content. Nuts are one of the best sources of vegetable protein. Compared to each other, peanut butter has more protein than almond butter. Not by that much though. Peanut butter has a little over 7 grams of protein per serving where almond butter has a little less than 7 grams of protein per serving. Peanut butter has slightly more protein than almond butter per serving. However, both still have more protein per serving than an egg.
What about fiber? Fiber is the most underrated macronutrients. Its role in digestion and overall health is so important. The beautiful thing about fiber is that it is found in all nuts! When comparing just these two nuts though, almond butter has the edge. One tablespoon of almond has about 1.7 grams of fiber compared to peanut butter which has about 1 gram of protein per tablespoon. Even though those are both great sources of fiber, almond butter has almost twice the fiber nutrition as peanut butter.
First off, not all fats are created equal. There are bad fats and there are healthy fats. When comparing fat content in nuts, less does not necessarily mean better. Both almonds and peanuts are high in monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to the reduction of a lot of diseases including heart disease. One tablespoon (or one serving) of almond butter has about 25% more of this healthy (monounsaturated) fat than peanut butter. On the flipside for saturated fat, peanut butter has more than twice the amount per serving than almond butter. Saturated fat isn’t an evil or bad fat, but when consuming more than allowable amounts recommended by nutritionists, it can lead to higher cholesterol. When it comes to healthy fats, almond butter definitely gets the nod.
Minerals and Vitamins
This comparison is a little more difficult because both nuts are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Each nut has vitamin E, iron, and calcium as well as biotin, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. And all of these nutrients do amazing things for the healthy functioning of your body. But what separates these two nuts is the amount of vitamin E, calcium, and iron of each. Almond butter has seven times more calcium per serving than peanut butter, twice the iron, and almost three times the amount of vitamin E. When it comes to nutritional value in regards to vitamins and minerals, almond butter gets two thumbs up compared to peanut butter.
What If I've Never Tried Almond Butter And Don't Want To Buy An Expensive Store-bought Brand?
I get it. I've been in those situations where I see a new recipe or a new "thing" and am motivated to try it, but when I go to the store to buy a main part of the new "thing" I bail. It's kind of the same thing with almond butter. But making your own almond butter in the first place is a better choice than buying almond butter in the store. For starters, it's about half the cost and in almost all cases making your own almond butter is healthier (no additives, sugars, etc). So...if you've never tried almond butter before, try this simple, yet tasty homemade almond butter.
Quickest Homemade Almond Butter Recipe
2 cups of dry roasted almonds or raw almonds
1/2 teaspoon of salt (sea salt or pink salt ~ none of that refined stuff)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (the better the quality, the better the flavor)
Food processor or Blender (our recommendation below)
Homemade Almond Butter Recipe Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredients in your favorite blender or food processor
2. Turn your blender on high. Let run for at least 10 minutes. Be patient and let this mixture combine and create a buttery texture.
3. After 10 minutes, check the almond butter mixture and continue to process until the texture has reached your
4. Spoon out the mixture and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Your almond butter will taste fresh for about a month. After about two months, the quality and freshness begins to dwindle.
Our Top Blender Recommendation
About the Blendtec Designer 725
- 1725 watt, 3.4 peak horsepower motor
- Illuminated, capacitive touch interface
- Pre-programmed cycles: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Clean
- 100-speed capacitive touch slider
- Illuminated display indicates remaining blend time
Blendtec Blender Review
I was skeptical. How much could you really love a blender? The answer is a lot. Like really – more than a friend.
Here’s what I love:
- It’s digital. When fire it up the Blender takes you through a tour of the machine. It’s also intuitive to use.
- The settings! There are preset settings for Smoothies, Ice Cream, Soup, Whole Juice, Salsa . . . just press the button and it will work it’s magic!
- It can do, well, everything. Those settings I just outlined can knead bread, juice whole foods, chop nuts and cheese (dry chop), grind soaked grains and meats (wet chop), make ice cream, blend and heat soup, and of course . . . it blends things.
- There is a “Clean Cycle”! Just dump in 1 cup of water with a drop of dish soap, hit clean and it will take care of itself.
- It keeps track of how many times I’ve blended! Congratulations on your first blend! There are incentives for certain milestones built in!
- The spatula. I mean a spatula is a spatula right? But the one that comes with the Twister is the most amazing spatula I’ve ever used. It’s a silly thing to be pumped about – but I think you’ll see what I mean if you ever use one. It scrapes the sides of the blender perfectly.
- The Twister Jar perfect for homemade nut butters. We spend a fortune on almond butter and the fancy Jason’s nut butter mixes. I’ve got a couple of recipes I’m dying to try all ready. I’ll be back with a new post soon!