ABU: Half The Calories, Double The Fun Almond Butter

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 5, 2011


On Tuesday, Eric said the Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce would be the best recipe all week.

Today, I politely disagree. :)

(And I secretly thought he would be right!) 


After making this recipe yesterday, I announced it was the best recipe of the week.

Eric rolled his eyes. He just doesn’t ‘get’ nut butter!

Let’s see, this recipe is…

  • Delicious & addicting
  • Creamy, smooth, buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and maple
  • Thrown together in 60 seconds flat. (2 mins. if you can’t find the cinnamon!)
  • Long-lasting in the fridge (I made that up, but I assume so)
  • Versatile- You can eat it every day with many different foods
  • Customizable- You could make many different flavours
  • You could make this nut free by using sunflower seed butter and a non-nut milk
  • FUN! You can use it as a dip, spread, mix in, topping, or main food group (ok maybe that’s just me)



Are you excited yet?


This little gem of a recipe called, ABU, comes from Heather of Heather Eats Almond Butter, which was adapted from Emily’s PBU recipe. Essentially, you blend almond butter (or nut butter of choice) with an equal portion of non-dairy milk and add any sweeteners, spices, or mix-ins you desire. I believe the names ABU & PBU are a play off of the PB2 powdered peanut butter product.

By doing this, you are doubling the volume of your nut butter, while preserving a creamy nut butter taste. It is also great for those of us who are sensitive to nuts. Normally, I get stomach pains when eating plain almond butter, but I didn’t have any when eating this ABU so that is a huge plus for me.

I saw this recipe on Heather’s blog a couple years ago and I am kicking myself for not making it sooner! I obviously need to get my priorities straight.



Maple Cinnamon ABU

Lightly adapted from Heather’s ABU, which was adapted from Emily’s PBU. (Ok, I just laughed when typing that out)

Yield: Approx. 28 tablespoons or 1 and 3/4 cup


  • 3/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste


Directions: In a blender add your almond milk, followed by almond butter, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Store in the fridge in a sealed container. Makes 1 and 3/4 cups.

Nutritional Info: (Makes approx 28 tbsp) Per tbsp: 45 kcals, 4 grams fat, 0.4 grams sugar, 1 gram protein, 2 grams carbs.


By making this, you are basically doubling the volume, and slashing the nutritional profile in half. The way I see it, I can eat twice as much now. ;)

I added a touch of cinnamon to the original recipe and increased the maple syrup by a couple teaspoons since I don’t use stevia. It was just amazing! My mind is already swirling with other flavour ideas. I will have to try it out with homemade almond butter too. Can you imagine how good this would be with Barney Butter? Or a vanilla bean?

It’s dreamy.


I tried it with a tart Granny Smith.


This was a very happy moment in my day. ;)


Some other ways you can enjoy ABU:

  • Drizzled on oatmeal or VOO 
  • Drizzled over cereal
  • Dips for fruit or veggies
  • Topping for a dessert like a brownie or cake
  • Spread on bread, muffins, or crackers
  • Baked oatmeal
  • messy s’mores
  • Baked granola
  • by the spoonful like I did!
  • poured on Banana soft serve or ice cream
  • poured over cooked vegetables like Broccoli (Heather does this!)
  • Blended into smoothies or drizzled on top


How would you eat this? What mix-ins, spices, or nut butters do you think would be good in it?


Eric took the day off work today to begin deck construction! Shayne and Dan are here to help out which is awesome. Zac is coming after work tonight and we have more friends coming this weekend. What would we do without our dear friends? Thankfully, today is a sunny day, so they are going full force all day long!

Early this morning I headed out for a chilly half hour walk and did some Whittle My Middle and stretching when I returned. Walking is a great way to ease back into exercise after being sick. I don’t want to overdo it, but I also want to get active so it is a nice compromise. I came back with a clear head and lifted energy to start the day.

Have a good one!

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oooh, this looks creamy dreamy! I’ve been meaning to make this PBU/ABU for forever! Thanks for reminding me to do it! :)


Christina @ The Athletarian May 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

Wow this looks so amazing! I think I might try it today! Maybe some cocoa powder, PB, maple syrup and almond milk would taste like PB chocolate heaven…hmmm something to try. Thanks for the recipe ;)


Sara May 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

Good for you for easing back into exercise. That’s almost harder for me than not exercising at all. I tend to hit the ground running, trying to make up for lost time, and then I re-injure myself, or whatever the case may be. It’s a lesson I keep learning over and over. I will, however, be making this almond butter…maybe a pumpkin version? :D

I love how the food in your pictures just drips all over the place, lol. That would drive me nuts, but looks wonderful for photography!


Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition May 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

That looks heavenly!! Your pics are always so gorgeous!


Nikita May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

Your photos are always so appetizing :) I’m going to have to try PBU/ABU! I blend pb into yogurt sometimes and use it as a dip for apples and bananas.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

I can not wait to try this, thanks for sharing!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Oh my goodness, these photos are gorgeous! I love the bright pink and green. I think I definitely need to make this…maybe I’ll use my PB & Co cinnamon raisin swirl!


Lisa Fine May 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

Sadly, I can’t eat almond butter, cause my throat gets itchy when I eat almonds. :(
But I would think I could do the same thing with peanut butter or cashew butter…don’t you think? This looks too delicious to pass up!


Joh March 27, 2016 at 3:56 am

It does! I just tried it with my homemade cashew butter and with my homemade ‘nutella’.

Thank you SO much for this. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this idea before. I adore my nut butters but I am always too fearful of the high calories to eat them. So they just sit in my fridge, staring mournfully at me. This way, I feel like I have substance when I eat them. And both versions are DIVINE on apple or frozen banana slices! Thank you!


Kirsty (gymbunnycoco) May 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

That looks DIVINE!!!
I am making your enchiladas tonight…. I can’t wait…. :)


Chloe @ 321delish May 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

I want to make this ASAP! I always go overboard with putting peanut butter on apples because it is so dense and I end up using way more than 1 serving…but this is great because the consistency isn’t quite as dense!


Shanna, Like Banana May 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

Drippy ooey gooey goodness…nom. I really enjoy PB2 – in fact, now I’m craving it!


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

Oh. Snap.
My heart just skipped a beat.


kristy @ kristyruns.com May 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

Ow wow. What a great idea! Can’t wait to try!!!


Carly May 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

I see you’re using your Apple Slicer. Seriously one of my fave kitchen gadgets. Call me lazy!
I can totally see myself eating (a non almond version) this with a spoon.


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

The consistency looks awesome! So drippy and creamy :) I’d definitely eat this with some messy s’mores or on top of pancakes/oatmeal!! Thanks for the milk tip!


Suzanne Williams May 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I am excited–this looks amazing and i eat almond butter pretty much every day.
Suzanne Williams


Amanda May 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I was just wondering, is there a reason why you don’t use stevia?


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

Yay for sunshine…finally!!


Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hazelnuts + chocolate = heaven. I actually had plans to make something similar to your recipe today but using hazelnuts, almonds and some chocolate swirled in at the end!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

I am an ABU/PBU virgin ~ I’ve never even heard of it before! I just so happen to have some natural peanut butter in my fridge and I think I’ll be making up my own special blend tonight. I love that you can cut the calories and customize your very own flavour – thanks for the great recipe!


Kelly May 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

Yummmm….I would have to add cocoa and cinnamon. I love chocolate + cinnamon together. If I left it plain, I would try dipping carrots and celery in it.


Emily May 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

This is sort of a silly omni question, but I’m assuming I can use regular milk and it’ll work just as well? My family refuses to buy non-dairy milk outside of Lent and Advent (the only times of the year when we eat a vegan diet) but I’d LOVE to try this. Sounds genius.


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

Ohh, yum – this looks incredible.


Gwenevere May 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

I might be able to get my kids to eat sunbutter if I can mix it with other things they love. Baby steps right?


Jenna May 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

This looks amazing Angela! I will definitely be making this ASAP! Can I ask why you don’t use stevia? I’ve never used it myself, but I see lots of people using it.


Katie May 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

I am not a huge almond butter fan, but these photos have me drooling!


birdie to be May 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

This looks absolutely amazing. These pictures seriously have my mouth watering. I am in search of some almond butter today! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to trying out this recipe.



Clare @ Fitting It All IN May 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

What a genius idea!!


Cristina | Positively Beauty May 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

Oh this is such a wonderful idea!!! I love nut butters but I’m watching what I eat because I want to lose weight, so this recipe comes just at the right time, thank you :)


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

That looks so delicious! I’ll have to check out HEAB’s original recipe!


Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL May 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

Yum, I’ve always wanted to try one of these concoctions. I’ve seen them around…



Dalai Lina May 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

Angela, I don’t know how you stopped yourself from eating the entire cup (or did you…)


Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. May 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

Why haven’t I tried this either?! I want to try it with different nut butters as well, or even a combo of them…YUM! Thanks for sharing and thanks to HEAB as well!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

I had no idea there was a whole movement!

I did this to thin out the Spiced Almond Butter I made the other day in order to toss it with quinoa. Deliciousness!


Rebecca May 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

Yes, oooooh YES! I’m drooling. I’ve been buying Better n’ PB because I am nut butter obsessed and can definitely OD on the stuff, but I don’t like it’s “unnaturalness”. This may just be the answer to my craving. Now I can eat twice as much almond butter! ;) Must try immediately!!!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

Wow – what a great way to make nut butter better! I could honestly eat half a jar in one sitting.. now I won’t feel so yucky if I do.. bye bye tummy pains!


Julie @ Shining From Within May 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

YUM! finally I can eat a whole jar of nut butter ;) i love walks.. they’re so relaxing. probably my favorite form of exercise rather than running. walking = meditation to me!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

I make something like this to put on my oatmeal sometimes. I love that it doubles the volume and helps to spread it all over my oats so that I get nut butter in every bite. :D


Liz @ Blog is the New Black May 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

Drool inducing photos, recipe is phenomenal!


McKella May 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

Genius. I’m doing it, because it looks amazing and almond butter is expensive!


Ellen May 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thinking out loud here, but since almond milk is just almonds + water, and almond butter is just ground almonds, couldn’t you just grind almonds and water with the seasonings to make this?? hmm. this may be an experiment for my vitamix!!


Ellen May 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

well, it didn’t take me long. I’m happy to report this does in fact work! I used 1 cup of chopped nuts (a mix of almonds and walnuts) and ~3/4 cup water. It’s easier and less mess than making almond butter OR almond milk. Next time I would use toasted nuts, but it is still amazingly delicious!


Nikki May 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Smart idea, Ellen!!!


Tawney (Eat Hike Sleep Repeat) May 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

Love it! I have the last 1/8 of a jar of almond butter left. I didn’t stir the jar well enough so the bottom is on the dry side. This is a perfect way to turn the dregs into something fabulous.


Rachel (tea and chocolate) May 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Hm, last time I tried PBU/ABU, I wasn’t too impressed, but I think adding maple syrup and cinnamon would make it much better. I think I’ll try it out with jar of Barney Butter I bought!


Roz May 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks Angela, I will SOOO be making this. (I have an almond butter addiction – and this will be fantastic!) Have a great day, hope the deck construction goes well.


Emily May 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

That looks so creamy and delicious! Does the flavor get diluted at all?


Char May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Looks so yummy…especially if you do decide to make your own nut butter then go from there. I like the idea of mixing maple syrup in because I have a delicious one right now! I would probably stick to the basics for the butter itself, then try toping it on new things!


Jess May 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! I’m going to have to make that ASAP. Thanks for sharing!


Nicole @ Fresh & Fit May 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Genius! I want this NOW!


Ricki May 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I’ve been eating sweet almond butter sauce over baked sweet potatoes for years, ever since I started the anti-candida diet (it’s one of my all-time favorite breakfasts–so easy and lets you eat something sweet!). It’s soooooo delicious! Your photos are stunning, too! Love the name “ABU,” though. Leave it to Heather to come up with something so cute and catchy! (PS sent you an email in response to yours from the other day–did you get it?). ;)


Alex @ Healing Beauty May 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I love how creamy this looks. I think it would be delicious over banana soft serve with some homemade vegan fudge sauce!


Moni'sMeals May 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Alright, all you ladies are MASTER GENUISES! I will be making this for sure. :) Happy Spring day to you!


[email protected] May 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm

This looks great! I eat so much of it, that it being half in cals really helps!


Michelle (your girlfriend for fitness) May 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I will have to try and make this… I like the idea of being able to make a bigger portion… more bang for my buck :)


Daniel May 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I never thought almond butter could be so photogenic. :P

I’ve done this before with bananas instead of milk and I’ve also seen recommendations for doing it with pumpkin (which I would guess is completely fantastic)!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

bananas and pumpkin are wonderful ideas! The shelf life would probably be less though so I would probably make a half batch. Either way, it will be fun to experiment with. :)


[email protected]"N"OATS May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

this is absolutely brilliant!i am making this ASAP!


Kristina May 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Woah, yum! My mom is visiting for Mother’s Day this weekend, I am thinking this, drizzled over steel cut oats will be perfect for one of our breakfasts!


ellalinea May 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Omg omg, so excited to try this!!!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

:| sooo what you’re saying is I can eat DOUBLE the nut butter with the same amount of calories? Brilliant! I have so many clients [myself included] that will love this!


Baking 'n' Books May 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The sun was out this morning…but looks like rain now.

Looks interesting…nut butter with the milk hey? Do you need a fancy blender for that though??

The only problem is that I would just eat the whole bowl – so much for the calorie savings ;)

May I ask why you don’t use stevia??


Ashley May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Holy fantastic and bright photos today!!! LOVE the pink + green!!! I do this a lot, but just a single serving at a time. Love it!!! :) Heck yeah, WMM. I think I’m getting close to 1 month, but I wasn’t really counting the days. I walk a few times a week and really enjoy it, unless the dogs are acting like fools, then it stresses me out, hahahaa.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Thank you…could you tell the SUN was out in those pictures! What a difference the sunshine makes. We’ve had a month of rain and I noticed how it was making all my pics look crappy. Anyways thanks for noticing…I had fun doing this shoot yesterday!


VEGirl May 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Oh my lord must make as soon as possible. So simple and so yummy looking! I would drizzle it generously over pancakes. Holy yum!


Katherine: Unemployed May 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

that would be great with some raisins! I have no idea how I would eat it… but it would be with a smile!


stephie May 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

American Idol literally just screened here in Dubai… so I wanted to pop in and say you were right! Haley is becoming one of my favourites on AI. She was so so so good tonight!
Steph xxx


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

She is my fav…and she was a fav of mine since I saw her 1st audition! I have a feeling she could go home tonight b/c the judges were hard on her for her 1st performance. I really hope she doesn’t…I think she gets a hard time from the judges! I truly love her unique voice.


stephie May 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I thought they were really harsh on her too! My BF thinks J-Lo is jealous of her because she has such a good voice. I’m not so sure….

I used to find Haley’s personality a bit annoying but she seems so much more confident with herself now. And there is no doubt she is the best singer in the competition. Fingers crossed!!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Mmm this looks wonderful!! I’m going to whip up a batch RIGHT NOW!


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner May 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

That looks amazing! I’m going to make some asap!


Steph @ Live Laugh Love May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Angela, this looks so good! I always make the mistake of reading Oh She Glows while I’m in the middle of the work day, and I go home with these huge cravings! :)


Angel7 May 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Great combination of flavors, and easy to make too! I am all about easy, yummy recipes!



vivoir May 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

i have one word….. GENIUS

i also happen to have some AB and some coconut ‘light’ milk…. I feel a plan coming along ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

oh wow coconut milk would be great!


Heather Eats Almond Butter May 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh my goodness, recipe of the week? I don’t know…those enchiladas sound pretty delicious. :)

Your ABU pics are gorgeous Angela, and they make me want to go make a batch right now as it’s been way too long. I am loving the idea of adding a vanilla bean. Yeah, that needs to happen soon. So may possibilities. Thanks again for reminding me of this one!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for a great recipe! :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

That looks so good! While I don’t mind the nutritional stats of PB/AB, I do love a LOT of it – which means I can quickly overdose! :)


Vivianne May 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

THIS LOOKS SO AMAZING. I can’t wait to try this. I don’t even know if I can wait until tomorrow to eat this. I’m thinking a late night snack? MMm…

I <3<3<3 your blog. It's good for the stomach and good for the soul! (;


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

heh thank you!


Denise May 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

This was delicious, thanks!

Just a question: do you post the nutritional info only for readers or are you back to counting? Hope not;)


The Teenage Taste May 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

AHHHHH! This looks amazing! I MUST MAKE IT ASAP! :-D


Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

yummmmm! perfect for a day of 100 degree weather before the pool!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I remember ABU and PBU from the 1st time around. Shows that I have been reading blogs for way too long. haha!

I love that you unearthed this recipe and made it. And I think I need an apple corer. That and more lenses, camera equipment, and kitchen gadgets and my world would be complete.

Great job on this one. YUM :)


Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Never heard of this before… need to try with PB sometime.


Kristy H May 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

OMG! When I saw the picture of the nut butter oozing down the side of the bowl I was speechless and just staring wide eyed at the screen trying not to drool on my keyboard. Have to make this asap!


Sunday Baker May 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That looks awesome! I’m making it asap. I just found your site and am loving the clean, wholesome recipes. :)



Andrea May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

My son and I make healthy “banana splits” Like your banana split voo but with the voo, we love that all on its own. I was trying to drizzle almond butter on them but it was too glumpy this is perfect. We take frozen strawberries, microwave till syrupy, slivered banana pieces, drizzled with almond butter, sprinkled with coconut, chia seeds, then dusted with carob powder and topped with a few chopped nuts. I love this as a dessert. Topped with ABU it will be perfect!


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh my gosh, I have GOT TO TRY THIS!!!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

talk about delicious!!!


Merage May 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I would put this (unsweeted) on a multigrain toast with fig jam. I love LOVE warm toast with almond butter and fig jam…with a cup of cardamom infused persian tea. omg.


kaila @ healthy helper! May 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

WOW this sounds amazing! I love flavored nut butters and this is such a great way to do it! Is the consistency still thick like regular nut butter? Or is it more drippy? Just curious!


Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

this is such a great Idea! I always think that almond butter is too thick and too expensive. both problems solved!


Molly @ RDexposed May 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Ok, you have me intrigued! You’re pictures are so tantalizing!!


Alexa @ Simple Eats May 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

This looks insanely good. I want to slather it on bread, apples, bananas, oats!


Amanda (Eating Up) May 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

That’s amazing! I’m bookmarking this for sure.


staceyhealthylife May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Wow I’m gonna have to give that a try, it sounds so tasty and yummy.


Kristin May 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

This stuff looks amazing! How long do you think it will last in the fridge though?


Paige @Running Around Normal May 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Uh, yum. I just stood up to make this rightnow, and then got a sad face because I remembered I’m out of almond milk :(


Alaina May 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I absolutely love this concept!! Double the recipe, but cut the calories? Dream come true! Especially since it contains nut butter. You have further fueled my addiction. :-)


whitney May 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Haley rocked that song! :)
Love the pictures!



Olya May 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Hmm, I still vote for Enchiladas . Maybe I, like Eric, just don’t get nut butters?


Tiffany May 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Genius!!! :)


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts May 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Recipe of the week indeed :D I can see this going with oats and yoghurt just perfectly.


Anne May 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

First of all, I want to say thank you. You have been an inspiration and I truly enjoy your honesty and recipes. Ultimate Walnut Lentil Loaf is on deck for this weekend.

As for this recipe, it reminded me of this Pumpkin Dip I loved but can no longer eat because of a milk allergy. Do you have any ideas on how to make something similar?

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. pumpkin, canned
2 tsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
Blend together ingredients and chill. Cut up apples, pears, bananas, etc. Serve with fruit for dipping.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2011 at 7:31 am

Hi Anne, Thanks for your kind words!
About the dip, I actually read that many people use pumpkin in this ABU recipe that I posted. Apparently you can blend it right in. Im sure you could add more sweetener and spices as needed too. :)


kate May 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Im so doing this with my sunflower seed butter right now I cannot stop eating it!


Livvy May 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I’m with ya girl, I am ADDICTED to sunflower seed butter! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!


FoodFeud May 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I’ve got to try this. Save those drips!


Brittany May 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Love this! Made it tonight, it is creamy and delicious! Can’t wait to add a dallop to my oats in the morning!! I eat almond butter like it’s my job, so I love that this will spare me a few calories at the end of the day :)


Mimi (Gingersnaps) May 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Be still, my heart! I had the dumbest revelation ever. I HAVE A BLENDER! All the stirring used to put me off of PBU. But no longer!

Yummm…considering I love to drizzle everything in tahini…good times are ah-coming.


sarah May 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I wanted to literally cry when I saw this! I can’t eat much in the way of fat and I’ve been trying to get in some healthy fats, but often end up having too much pain to make it worthwhile, so this is genius! I’ve been craving almond butter soooo long now, this just might be breakfast tomorrow!
A thousand thank you’s…
I’m not sure if you realize how much impact your blog along with many others, has had in my life. Going through a major health crisis 3 years ago, I was left with little information on how to nourish myself until I discovered this little community of food bloggers who have helped to sustain me and give me more to eat than just apple sauce and oatmeal, so thanks for being part of that!


Sarah May 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Dude! I make something really similar to this for apples, carrots and celery.. I just call it “dip” (which kind of sounds like I’m a character in Who Framed Roger Rabbit), but if you mix 1T nut or seed butter with 1c of plain greek yogurt it is bomb. Not as drippy looking as this one, much thicker, but super delish!


[email protected] Dishes Daily May 6, 2011 at 1:26 am

Yum. I would be so tempted to just take a spoon to that bowl and eat it straight.


Mama Pea May 6, 2011 at 1:52 am

I’m trying this with coconut butter in the morning. Oh yes. I am.


[email protected] May 6, 2011 at 2:08 am

awesome! I always wondered how nut butter+milk would turn out. Now I know~! :)


Jennifer Drummond May 6, 2011 at 6:17 am

I am so happy! You made my day! I woke up this morning and said no more peanut butter, I am consuming way to much! Between granola and PB, I have been consuming 75 grams of fat a day! Not good!!!! But now! He he I can have ABU on everything, well in moderation of course! Thank you so much for sharing, I am going to make this, this afternoon!!!


Natalie May 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

This looks soo good! Thanks for sharing and giving me something to look forward to make for the weekend. I would even try this with Dark Chocolate PB, or my sunflower seed butter.


Brittany May 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love how drippy this looks – perfect for drizzling. :)


Heather May 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

Naturally I made a batch of this last night and all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Amazing is an understatement. I have what you might call an almond butter addiction and gladly welcome the opportunity to up the volume and not the fat/calories, although it hasn’t stopped me in the past :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm



Nichole @ www.shinyhappyliving.com/wordpress May 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m thinking sunflower seed butter, which is my absolute obsession. YUM.


Amber K May 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

It sounds delicious, but I think the problem for me is that it’s way too runny that way. I enjoy my nut butters on the side of things because I enjoy tasting them by themselves. And I keep them in the fridge so that they stay hard and thick, melting them on my tongue. But super neat idea, maybe would be good in some sort of recipe that calls for a nut butter that I could make lighter.


Lauren (PB&G) May 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

I did this IMMEDIATELY after reading this post with my peanut butter this morning. Awesome! I did cayenne, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Yum, yum! Thanks for sharing!


Hayley @ Oat Couture May 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I recently tried your dark chocolate almond butter and the whole batch was gone within days! Oops! :) This also looks ahhhmazing! However I may have to wait a little before attempting it myself… my taste buds are still pretty non existent after being ill and I would hate to miss out on the full taste/effect! Thanks for sharing!


Tanya May 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Those pictures are making me drool!!! That looks fantastic. I’m going to try it. Thank you :)


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

That looks so good!!! I would eat it for sure, and I think it would be good with some cocoa mixed in!


Vanessa May 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I just made this and drizzled it over apple slices…heaven! I can see this being my go-to topping for banana soft serve, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, any fruit I can get my hands on, and…oh man, I’m in love.


Livvy May 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

OMG- I LOVE this idea!! And I totally have TONS of TJ’s almond butter to use (which is so incredible; it’s roasted sea salt flava’!!) and can’t wait to make this tomorrow! Hopefully my mama likes it as part of her huge mothers day brunch!


[email protected] May 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I always have it on pancakes – perfect drizzling consistency!


Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls May 10, 2011 at 10:10 am


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Charissa May 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Half the calories! That’s what I’m talking about….thanks for sharing this delightful recipe…almond butter is something I muuuuust make soon!


[email protected] May 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Genius! I’m definately making this soon. Excellent way for me to get more fruit into my diet- covered in this deliciousness!


Sandra May 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Yummmmmm……..I just made this recipe and poured it over a banana. *drool*


kristin May 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

i cannot wait to try this! i’ve removed all processed foods from my diet and the post baby weight is just melting off. i do miss the yummy indulgences, but something tells me this will help with my sweet and savory tooth… thank you!


Albert May 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

Just made “Banana Almond Butter Sandwiches” with this….. OMG!!!!


Sonia May 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Hi there! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, “lurking,” I guess!! I’ve made about half a dozen recipes..all delicious! However I just made this and gave a spoonful to my 6 year old daughter and she sang the song “If your happy and you know it” while liking her spoon CLEAN! She then asked for some in a bowl, like ice cream! Thanks a bunch for this one!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thats awesome Sonia! Thanks for sharing!


Clea May 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I’ve been making this lately (my new favorite is salted sunflower butter with almond milk) and adding chia seeds to the mix. It gets a little gel-y, in a good way!


Val May 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I think its great! Also love that you are from Ontario (me too!!!) I love that you have a featured recipe of the week! I tried this today! And I dipped my sliced apple in it for dessert! Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes!


Dana June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I bookmarked this eons ago and just got around to making it. It tastes as just good as it looks, thanks!


Kelly July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Amazing. I just made this and I had to put it in the downstairs fridge to avoid eating the whole bowl! I just put some in my popsicle mold and topped it with puréed strawberries… Pb&j popsicles! My girls will be so excited.


Peggy August 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I have changed my entire way of eating over the past six weeks and it feels great. I am eating primarily vegetarian/ vegan after a lifetime of poor eating habits. Your recipes and photos are amazing and have been so helpful on my new journey. I have recently started using PB2 in my shakes, but this maple cinnamon ABU looks wonderful. Keep the great recipes coming!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Congrats Peggy! So happy to hear about the changes you’re making. I’m glad you enjoy the blog too.


Laura Seymour September 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

OMG!! Im not a vegan or even a vegetarian but have just made ur amlond butter and wow ur right i want to eat it all!!! Amazing. Now just got to decide what to put it onto first!!!
Also made ur overnight oats pie also very good. Keep coming back to ur site im sure now ive tried a couple of recipes i will keep coming back for more!
Thank you!! :)


Julia November 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Yum!! This thing is a lifesaver! I have used this trick many times and it works so well!!! :) I love how it makes it so much lower in calories so u can eat TONS! YUmmmm!! :D Thank uuuu!


alexa February 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

i used sunflower seed butter instead of nuts and it’s amazing! reminds me of a frosting! so light and fluffy. Helps me feel a little bit better about my addiction to consuming nut butters [ you know the 10 extra licks and bites from the jar ;) ]


Rosa July 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Oh my! thank god I am not the ONLY one that does this – however, as I am now trying to shift weight and still can’t control myself!!!


Kerrie April 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I can’t digest peanut butter, so I searched for a pure, raw almond butter, but was not successful. I then learned about transforming my own raw almonds into butter. I also added stevia and cinnamon and was very thick. I then tried your method and love it soo much. Now my new nightly snack!!


Penny July 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

This is awesome!!

Would I use the same ratio of nut butter and milk for peanut butter, as well?

Thank you!


Penny July 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I wanted to love this, because almond butter is expensive and it would allow me to eat more of a food that I love, but it just tastes so watered down and bland, even with the maple and cinnamon. I also tried it with peanut butter and added chocolate to it, but still couldn’t enjoy it. I’m going to stick with regular nut butters in moderation. Thank you for the recipe, though!


bree December 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

How did you know how many calories it contained?


katie January 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

I just made this a couple days ago and it was amazing! But its only been a week and its starting to taste kind of sour.. is that still alright to eat? I put it in the fridge in a mason jar :S


Alejandra April 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

How long does it last in the fridge?


Kerry October 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I am soo excited to try this! Only one question. Why do you call it ABU? I am assuming the AB stands for Apple Butter but what does the “U” stand for? Is it for the “U” in butter? If so why? Then it should be APBU. Right? I’m so OCD I call it CDO so that the letters are in order. :)


Alison January 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

SO! This is an absolutely incredible recipe and I love it! However, after about a week and a half, my double butter began to bubble and ferment, and now it’s…gross. Ha. So, I suppose it doesn’t last that long in large quantities unfortunately. Nonetheless, it is delicious!


Maja October 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

Such a brilliant idea, I can imagine how amazing it must taste! How long does it keep in the fridge though?


Kara June 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Love it! Just made a variation of this. 1 cup Adams Natural Creamy pb, 1 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp orange blossom honey – blend in my power ninja on level 3. Delicious!


Carly April 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm

First of all, great idea! Secondly, I tried this and incorporated some powdered almond butter to thicken it up without adding too many more calories and some oats for texture! It is so so tasty!


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