Whole30 almond butter choices abound. Whether you’re buying it directly from a store or wish to whip up your own homemade version, you’re certain to find a version that’s tasty. But all Whole30 almond butter isn’t created equally. If you’re on a quest to find just the right one, the information below will help guide you.
Basic Whole30 Rules
Before we delve into almond butter options, let’s first understand the basic rules of Whole30. In general, the guidelines for the first 30 days exclude:
- Any added sugars
- Alcohol in any form
- Most legumes
- MSG, carrageenan and sulfites
- Baked goods or junk food
Again, this is a general guideline and there are a few exceptions to the rules. The idea is to eat whole, unprocessed foods.
Approved Whole30 Almond Butters
To help reduce your time reading the ingredients on all of the almond butter containers, we’ve compiled a list of approved store-bought almond butters to make your life a bit easier.
- Trader Joe’s Almond Butter
- California Almond Butter
- Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
- Barney Bare Almond Butter
- Kirkland Almond Butter
Ideally, the only ingredients would be almonds. However, most of these also contain palm fruit oil. That is acceptable because it is also Whole30 compliant.
Homemade Almond Butter Recipes
The good news is that Whole30 compliant almond butter is super easy to make yourself. Plus, freshly made food typically taste better than what you can buy in a store. So if you have a little bit of time to spare, consider this quick recipe below courtesy of Taste’s Lovely.
- 3 cups of organic, raw almonds
- 1 tsp of kosher salt (or more to taste)
Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Spread the almonds in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast the almonds for 10-15 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown.
While the almonds are still hot, add them to your food processor along with the salt. Blend for 20-25 minutes, scraping down the bowl and lid with a spatula if the clumps get stuck.
Will keep in a pint mason jar for two weeks at room temperature, or at least two months refrigerated.
No Bake Whole30 Apple Almond Butter Bars
And then there’s this recipe from Food Faith Fitness. If you’re looking for that healthy snack that incorporates Whole30 almond butter, this should do the trick.
- 1 cup almonds, (145g)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon plus additional for topping
- Flaked sea salt
- 1 1/3 cups Dates, loosely packed (200g)
- 5 tablespoons creamy almond butter, melted, divided
- 1 cup dried apples, very firmly packed (90g)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Bake the almonds until lightly brown and nutty smelling, about 10-12 minutes.
- Add the almonds, cinnamon and a pinch of salt into a large food processor and process until broken down and crumbly.
- Add in the dates and dried apples and process until well mixed and the mixture begins to form a ball.
- With the food processor running, stream in the water and 1 Tablespoon of the almond butter until well mixed.
- Transfer to a square 8×8 pan and press out evenly. Spread with the remaining almond butter.
- Chill 1 hour, or until the almond butter is tacky. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and sea salt flakes.
- Cut and DEVOUR!
**Note: You must use the very soft, light-yellow colored dried apples rings (like the photo) for this recipe, or else it will not work. If your apples are not very soft, they will not break down. Store bars in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.**”
There are many options for Whole30 almond butter in its pure form and for use in recipes. Whether you choose to make your own or buy it premade, it’s sure to be a filling, yet compliant, choice.