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Almond butter, unsalted (raw?, organic?)

Unsalted organic almond butter is quick to make yourself, but very high in energy. It is only raw if the unpeeled almonds are not roasted.
Macronutrient carbohydrates 19.75%
Macronutrient proteins 22%
Macronutrient fats 58.25%

The three ratios show the percentage by weight of macronutrients (carbohydrates / proteins / fats) of the dry matter (excl. water).

Ω-6 (LA, 13.6g)
Omega-6 fatty acid such as linoleic acid (LA)
 : Ω-3 (ALA, <0.1g)
Omega-3 fatty acid such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
 = !:0

Omega-6 ratio to omega-3 fatty acids should not exceed a total of 5:1. Link to explanation.

Here, essential linolenic acid (LA) 13.61 g and almost no alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Unsalted almond butter (almond puree) usually consists of 100% unpeeled almonds (dark). The puree is rich in vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, calcium, potassium and manganese and, depending on the processing method, is raw or contains roasted almonds. Make sure it is organic quality.

Use in the kitchen

What is almond butter? Almond butter is made from ground almonds ( Prunus dulcis var. dulcis ). It is available in a light and dark variety. Light almond butter consists of peeled almonds. For the darker variety, unpeeled and partially roasted almonds are used. The darker almond butter has a more aromatic and nutty taste, while the lighter tastes slightly sweet. Both varieties can be used in cold and warm, sweet and savory dishes.

Is almond butter raw? If you roast the almonds at temperatures above 42 °C before processing, the almond butter is no longer considered raw. Almond butter is very popular as a spread for breakfast or as a snack. It gives sauces, curries and smoothies a creamy consistency. Its nutty flavour is excellent as an ingredient in a vegan red cabbage and apple salad with walnuts and almond butter or in pasta dishes with mushrooms and vegetables. It is used in baking, e.g. in a vegan exotic banana bread with mango and ginger , or in the form of homemade ice cream, as a dessert. The almond flavour also harmonises with (dried) fruit and other nuts, e.g. cashews , macadamia nuts , hazelnuts or pecans . Apple slices can be spiced up as a healthy raw food snack with a dip in almond butter.

Homemade dark almond butter

Almond butter without sugar and without salt can be made in no time at all. For one jar (approx. 200 g content) you need 200 g of almonds (organic) and a high-performance blender. To make the homemade almond butter a success, you should soak the almonds in lukewarm water for at least four hours. Then put the almonds in the high-performance blender and grind until the consistency is firm and creamy. Depending on the blender, the production process takes 5 to 20 minutes. Finally, pour the mixture into a sealable container.

Vegan recipe for smoothie with almond butter (dark)

Ingredients (for 1 glass, approx. 300 ml): 1 banana , 1 handful of spinach , 1 handful of strawberries (fresh/frozen), 100 ml almond milk , 1 teaspoon of almond butter (dark).

Preparation: Put all ingredients, organic if possible, into a blender and puree well. Pour into a glass and enjoy the vegan smoothie.

For a sweeter version, add some agave syrup . 1 tablespoon of oatmeal or chia seeds will help make the smoothie a little creamier.

Vegan recipe for porridge with dark almond butter

Ingredients (for 2 servings): 1 banana , 1 tbsp almond butter (dark), 380 ml oat milk , 100 g oat flakes , 1 tbsp flaxseed , 1 pinch of salt , ½ vanilla pod , 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional).

Preparation: Cut the banana into slices, remove the pulp from the vanilla pod and put it in a pot with all the ingredients except the almond paste and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until a creamy porridge is formed. Pour the vegan porridge into a bowl and serve with the almond paste.

Vegan recipes with almond butter (dark) can be found under the note: " Recipes that have the most of this ingredient ".

Not only vegans or vegetarians should read this:
Vegans often eat unhealthily. Avoidable nutritional mistakes

Purchasing - Storage

Supermarkets such as Coop , Migros , Spar , Aldi , Lidl , Rewe , Edeka , Hofer , Billa stock almond butter (unsalted) either in their standard range or at least during special offers. Denner and Volg rarely have almond butter on offer. Organic supermarkets such as Denn's Biomarkt and Alnatura offer both dark and light almond butter, in organic quality. In online stores, almond butter can be found under the name "almond butter". In contrast to nut butter, vegetable oil is often added to nut butter to make it easier to spread. Since there are no general guidelines for the designation of nut butter or nut butter, it is sometimes necessary to look at the ingredients in ready-made products. We use the term "almond butter" here as a synonym for "almond butter".

The availability of almond butter varies depending on the size of the store, catchment area, etc. Our recorded food prices for the DA-CH countries can be found above under the ingredient image - and by clicking you can see their development at various suppliers.

Storage tips

Unsalted almond butter usually has a long shelf life if stored in a cool, dry place. If an oily film forms during long-term storage, there is no need to worry. It protects the puree from spoiling and is quickly mixed with the rest of the puree.

Ingredients - Nutritional values - Calories

Is almond butter vegan? Yes, almond butter is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Dark almond butter has 614 kcal per 100 g, is very fatty and rich in protein. 56 g of fat per 100 g, followed by proteins (21 g/100g) and carbohydrates (19 g/100g). Although the fat it contains consists mainly of unsaturated fatty acids, dark almond butter has an unfavorable ratio of inflammation-promoting omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid; LA) to anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linoleic acid; ALA) (see chapter Dangers - Intolerances - Side effects). 1

With 24 mg per 100 g (202% of the daily requirement), almond butter is rich in vitamin E. This is mainly found in nuts, vegetables and fruit. In addition to raw almonds (25.6 mg/100g), hazelnuts (15 g/100g) also contain higher amounts of this vitamin. Peanut butter contains significantly less (6.3 mg/100g). 1

Manganese is present in almond butter at 2.1 mg/100g (107% of the daily requirement). Peanut butter has similarly high levels (1.8 mg/100g). This important trace element is found primarily in nuts and seeds. Hazelnuts contain almost three times as much manganese at 6.2 g/100g and walnuts (tree nuts) are also good sources of manganese at 3.4 mg/100g. 1

Dark almond butter contains higher amounts of magnesium (279 mg/100g; 74% of the daily requirement). This essential mineral is involved in more than 300 enzymatic metabolic reactions and is also found in nuts and seeds. Similar amounts are found in cashew butter (258 mg/100g). Peanut butter contains 160 mg/100g and tahini (sesame butter) 95 mg/100g. 1

Almond butter has nutritional advantages over peanut butter. Almond butter contains significantly more fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. In addition, the puree only has about half as many saturated fatty acids - despite a slightly higher total fat content. Almond butter also has more than three times the amount of vitamin E compared to peanut butter . 1

The complete ingredients of dark almond butter (unsalted), the coverage of the daily requirement and comparison values with other ingredients can be found in our nutrient tables. In the article Nutrients explained you will get a detailed insight into the topic.

Health effects

Almonds ( Prunus dulcis var. dulcis ) have a positive effect on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in the blood, among other things, due to their antioxidant properties. They are also a possible source of folic acid when there is an increased need (e.g. during pregnancy). You can find out more about the health effects of almonds, their omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and more in the article Almonds (sweet almonds), raw .

The popularity of nut and seed butters has increased significantly in recent years. The development of technology and the growing awareness and interest in plant-based diets have led to the development of countless types of butter based on various nuts and seeds. These alternatives are establishing themselves as good sources of protein, fiber, essential fatty acids and other nutrients. The butter form is a healthy way to incorporate nuts and seeds into the diet. 2 Despite the growing range of alternatives to animal butter, only a few studies have examined the health effects of almond butter. The effects may also vary depending on the production process and composition.

A study from the USA with 38 participants with hypercholesterolemia (too much cholesterol in the blood) showed that the daily consumption of 100 g of almond butter (roasted), in combination with a plant-based diet, significantly reduced LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and slightly increased HDL (high-density lipoprotein) in the blood. Blood pressure did not change significantly. 3 The task of LDL is to transport cholesterol from the liver to the body's cells. If the cells no longer absorb the LDL cholesterol, it remains in the blood, changes its structure and leads to deposits on the artery walls. HDL is responsible, among other things, for the return transport of cholesterol to the liver (for excretion there). HDL therefore contributes significantly to healthy arteries and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. Is almond butter healthy? Almond butter undoubtedly contains important nutrients and, consumed in moderation, is a good source of unsaturated fatty acids. Further research is needed to confirm health benefits.

Dangers - Intolerances - Side effects

People who are allergic to nuts should also be careful when consuming almonds ( Prunus dulcis var. dulcis ) and products made from them.

Due to the high fat content and high calorie count, almond butter should be consumed in moderation. The fats it contains also contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid; LA) and hardly any omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linoleic acid; ALA). The human body must obtain both fatty acids from food. The Western diet is generally rich in omega-6 and poor in omega-3 fatty acids. 4 Excessive amounts of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio promote the development of numerous diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. 5 A maximum ratio of 5:1 (LA:ALA) is still considered desirable. Instead of a ratio, the Federal Nutrition Commission ( EEK ) now advocates absolute intake levels and recommends amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids of 2.5-9% (omega-6 fatty acids) or 0.5-2% (omega-3 fatty acids) of the daily energy requirement. This corresponds to a maximum of 20 g per 2000 kcal (omega-6 fatty acids) or 1-4.4 g per 2000 kcal (omega-3 fatty acids). 6

The intake of omega-6 fatty acids is significantly higher in vegans and vegetarians than in omnivores. As a rule, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is higher in vegans (< 14:1-20:1) and lacto-vegetarians (< 10:1-16:1) than in omnivores (< 10:1). 7 A high consumption of cashews, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and products made from them such as butter and vegetable oils can lead to this ratio and promote inflammatory processes in the long term.

We can only warn: vegans and vegetarians who are misinformed or uninformed generally live worse than normal eaters - and a study is sure to come out that will ruthlessly expose this (see link in the box above). This could stop the vegan hype that is so important for animal welfare and the environment and discredit the oriented minority. This has been our fear since 2014! See this link to see what happened with raw food: The Giessen Raw Food Study .

Ecological footprint - animal welfare

The CO2 footprint of a food depends on various factors. The type of agricultural production (conventional vs. organic), average or seasonal or regional production, domestic production or import by truck, ship or plane, different types of packaging and whether the goods are fresh or frozen all play a decisive role.

When buying almond butter, look for fair trade and organic certifications.

Worldwide occurrence - cultivation

Information on the origin, cultivation and harvest of almonds can be found directly on the ingredient . The increase in health-conscious consumers, especially in industrialized countries, has been a key driver of demand for almond butter in recent years. The growing popularity of plant-based diets and increasing awareness of healthy eating are contributing to further market growth. Europe had the largest market share in 2022. The countries with the highest consumption include the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, India, Japan, Brazil and South Africa. 8

Industrial production

The industrial production of almond butter generally follows the same steps as in-house production, but differs depending on the manufacturer. After harvesting and quality control, the almonds go through a crushing and drying process to remove any residual moisture. They are then gently ground into a puree in stone mills. Some producers roast the almonds to give the almond butter a more intense flavor (Maillard reaction). 9 Some manufacturers use temperatures below 42 °C. With this production process, the dark almond butter can be described as a raw product.

Further information

The vitamins contained in almond butter are making the puree and its ingredients increasingly popular in the cosmetics industry. 8

Alternative names

Incorrect spellings, such as "mandelbitter" creep in. Almond puree is called "almond butter" in English.

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