Nut butters are one of the most well-loved, versatile foods – not only in the fitness industry – but in the world!
It just so happens that they’re an amazing ingredient in creating healthy alternatives of our favourite foods whilst trying to reach our fitness goals.
These are our top 10 favourite ways to eat ours…
#1 Straight From The Tub
… Because you don’t?
#2 Peanut Butter Banana Ice-cream
One of the best food crazes yet – banana ‘n-ice-cream’ is so incredibly versatile, quick and as nutritious as you want to make it!
✓ Freeze a bunch of ripe bananas…
✓ Blend with your peanut butter. It’s that simple!
Try adding your some delicious things – Nutella, Chocolate chips – or sprinkle some Cacao powder in for a healthier chocolate-kick.
#3 Protein Balls
Protein bites, balls – whatever you choose to call them! – are definitely one of the easiest and quickest ideas yet.
✓ These delicious treats are as simple as combining some delicious ingredients together in a bowl, rolling them into balls and letting them set in the fridge.
✓ Options are endless – it can be as simple as throwing together a scoop of protein powder, nut butter, oats and a squeeze of honey!
#4 Home-made Protein Bars
Like getting creative in the kitchen? Use your most-liked ingredients to make some delicious homemade protein bars.
✓ Homemade protein bars can be created using the same principle as protein balls – combine all of your ingredients together, place into a tray, leave to set and cut into individual bars!
✓ Dip them, coat them or leave them bare!
#5 On Toast and Rice Cakes
Two of the quickest, easiest options if you’re in a rush or just feeling a little lazy. However – they’re still delicious!
✓ Spoon nut butter over some rice cakes, squeeze them together and pop in a box/sandwich bag for a quick on-the-go snack.
✓ If you’re a real nut butter addict, you’ve most likely got a tub of nut butter under your desk at work… Just dip those rice cakes into the tub!
#6 A Delicious Dip
Love dips, sauces and sweet toppings but dislike the macros? Make your own with your favourite nut butter!
✓ Pour your nut butter into a small dish and use on it’s own as a dip for bananas, berries, protein bars etc.
✓ Use as a topping – smother over protein brownies, cakes, muffins etc. Delicious!
#7 Nut Butter Fudge
✓ Nut butter fudge is incredibly simple to make – just a case of mixing ingredients together and letting it set – with no worries of how much sugar/saturated fat might be in it! (Example above.)
✓ Try making almond, cashew or peanut butter protein-packed fudge – again, adding all of your preferred ingredients. Go all out!
#8 Over Protein Porridge
Pr-oats are one of the staple breakfasts in the fitness industry – which is why it’s important to keep them interesting with a range of different toppings.
✓ Take a spoon of nut butter and pour it over the top/mix it into your oats to liven it up a little.
✓ Mix nut butter into a bowl of oats, put it in a jar, put it in the fridge – and take it to work the next day!
#9 Savoury Meal Prep
Nut butters don’t just have to be used as a sweet treat. Mix up your meal prep with by using it as a sauce!
✓ Slighty heat up some almond/cashew/peanut butter to a sauce-like consistency and marinate your meat in it!
✓ Spread your peanut/almond butter on chicken breast.
#10 Gooey Protein Mug Cakes
1-minute mug cakes are one of the best ideas yet! Warm, gooey, filling cakes in less time than it takes to get a sugar-laden shop bought cake.
✓ Combinations are endless! For a base, try a combinaton of your best protein powder, nut butter and add egg whites, baking powder, a little milk and sweetener/sugar-free syrup.
✓ Try our Sticky toffee protein pudding mug cake – and add nut butter in the centre before heating up!
Take Home Message
Nut butters are delicious, versatile and cram in a ton of healthy fats and protein to not only satisfy your taste buds but contribute towards your fitness goals.
Get experimenting with your favourite nut butter and show @MyproteinUK on Instagram with the hashtag #ProteinNutters and #SpreadTheWord!