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?
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!
Alright, all you ladies are MASTER GENUISES! I will be making this for sure. :) Happy Spring day to you!
This looks great! I eat so much of it, that it being half in cals really helps!
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 :)
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)!
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. :)
this is absolutely brilliant!i am making this ASAP!
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!
Omg omg, so excited to try this!!!
:| 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!
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??
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.
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!
Oh my lord must make as soon as possible. So simple and so yummy looking! I would drizzle it generously over pancakes. Holy yum!
that would be great with some raisins! I have no idea how I would eat it… but it would be with a smile!
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!
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.
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!!
Mmm this looks wonderful!! I’m going to whip up a batch RIGHT NOW!
That looks amazing! I’m going to make some asap!
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! :)
Great combination of flavors, and easy to make too! I am all about easy, yummy recipes!
i have one word….. GENIUS
i also happen to have some AB and some coconut ‘light’ milk…. I feel a plan coming along ;)
oh wow coconut milk would be great!
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!
Thanks for a great recipe! :)
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! :)
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! (;
heh thank you!
This was delicious, thanks!
Just a question: do you post the nutritional info only for readers or are you back to counting? Hope not;)
AHHHHH! This looks amazing! I MUST MAKE IT ASAP! :-D
yummmmm! perfect for a day of 100 degree weather before the pool!
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 :)
Never heard of this before… need to try with PB sometime.
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!
That looks awesome! I’m making it asap. I just found your site and am loving the clean, wholesome recipes. :)
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!
Oh my gosh, I have GOT TO TRY THIS!!!
talk about delicious!!!
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.
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!
this is such a great Idea! I always think that almond butter is too thick and too expensive. both problems solved!
Ok, you have me intrigued! You’re pictures are so tantalizing!!
This looks insanely good. I want to slather it on bread, apples, bananas, oats!
That’s amazing! I’m bookmarking this for sure.
Wow I’m gonna have to give that a try, it sounds so tasty and yummy.
This stuff looks amazing! How long do you think it will last in the fridge though?
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 :(
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. :-)
Haley rocked that song! :)
Love the pictures!
Hmm, I still vote for Enchiladas . Maybe I, like Eric, just don’t get nut butters?
Recipe of the week indeed :D I can see this going with oats and yoghurt just perfectly.
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.
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. :)
Im so doing this with my sunflower seed butter right now I cannot stop eating it!
I’m with ya girl, I am ADDICTED to sunflower seed butter! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
I’ve got to try this. Save those drips!
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 :)
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.