Chocolate nut butters boast a number of impressive health benefits: They're packed with antioxidants (thanks to the chocolate); they're so satiating that they can cut down on cravings for unhealthy foods; and they may even help reduce "bad" cholesterol levels. Plus, they're tasty and they go well with a huge range of dishes.
Need some inspo? Consider putting chocolate nut butters to use in any or all of the following ways.
Amp up your breakfasts.
Add chocolate nut butter to breakfast classics in order to infuse the dish with healthy fats and amp up the flavor. Chocolate nut butter serves as a great topper for everything from toast to oatmeal, pancakes to waffles, or cereal to yogurt. You could even add nut butter into the recipe for muffins, scones, or what have you. The world of breakfast is your oyster!
Blend them into smoothies.
Whether you down a smoothie for breakfast or any other time of the day, adding chocolate nut butter is a quick way to make your smoothie more substantial and filling (not to mention tasty). Toss a spoonful of nut butter into your favorite smoothie, or experiment with adding chocolate nut butter to any of these smoothie recipes or whipping up this Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl.
Add ‘em to sandwiches.
There’s a reason the PB&J remains one of the most iconic American sandwiches: Nut butters taste delicious in sandwiches of all stripes - crunchy vs. smooth, grape vs. strawberry. Up the ante even more by using chocolate nut butter in lieu of regular peanut butter. Keep things classic by pairing chocolate nut butter with jam or jelly, or go a little crazy and try adding chocolate nut butter to the likes of roasted eggplant pitas or tofu-vegetable wraps.
Make baked goods even tastier.
Cakes, pies, brownies, cookies: Name a baked good, and it’ll probably taste even more amazing if you add in some chocolate nut butter. For proof, whip up these recipes for Nutella Cake (feel free to make your own version of Nutella using this recipe), Creamy Hazelnut Pie, Incredible 3-Ingredient Brownies, or Easy Fudgy Cookies with Sea Salt.
Experiment with homemade ice cream.
Prefer your treats frosty? Then give this recipe for Toasted Hazelnut and Chocolate Ice Cream a try. It might sound complicated, but the ingredients list (which includes eggs, semisweet chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts) is surprisingly short. You’ll start by making a custard, then refrigerate it overnight before transferring it to an ice cream freezer and freezing for a few hours until set and ready to scoop!