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7 Nutty Substitutes for Almond Butter: Upgrade Your Recipes

Almond butter’s great, right? Yet, we all hit that wall. That moment you reach for the jar, and it’s empty or, maybe, you’re just craving a switch-up. We got you covered.

Here’s the lowdown on seven nutty buddies ready to slide into your recipes like they own the place. Trust me, we’ve dunked our spoons into a lot of jars to find these. They’re not just stand-ins; they’re standouts.

Change is good. Especially in the kitchen.

Key Takeaways:

  • Almond butter alternatives are abundant and diverse, catering to various dietary needs and flavor preferences.
  • Sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, soy butter, and homemade almond butter are all excellent substitutes for almond butter in different recipes.
  • You can easily make your own almond butter at home, adding a personal touch to your spreads.
  • Keep the ratio of substitute to almond butter equal when swapping in recipes.

7 Easy Substitutes for Almond Butter

If almond butter is your go-to, the thought of switching it up can be a little intimidating. But trust us, these alternatives are just as tasty and versatile.

SubstituteTasteSmoke PointSuitable Dishes
Peanut ButterNutty, slightly sweet450°F (232°C)Baked goods, sauces, dips
TahiniNutty, slightly bitter350-400°F (177-204°C)Dressings, marinades, hummus
Sunflower Seed ButterNutty, slightly sweet450°F (232°C)Baked goods, smoothies, energy bars
Hazelnut SpreadNutty, chocolatey350°F (177°C)Desserts, crepes, waffles
Cashew ButterCreamy, mild350-400°F (177-204°C)Sauces, dips, baked goods
Walnut ButterEarthy, slightly bitter400°F (204°C)Oatmeal, baked goods, salads
Macadamia Nut ButterButtery, rich390°F (199°C)Cookies, energy bites, smoothies

1 – Peanut Butter

Oh boy, swapping almond butter for peanut butter? It’s a game changer. Peanut butter slides in with a creamy or crunchy option. We munch on it straight from the spoon or plop it into our baking adventures. The swap is a breeze; use it in the same amount as almond butter.

Peanut butter kicks in a rich, slightly sweet, and nutty vibe. It jazzes up smoothies, shakes, and even that morning toast ritual. Also, it’s a champ in baking—think cookies and cakes that make your taste buds dance.

Got a curiosity for more about switching up the peanut butter? Glide over to this guide on choosing alternatives.

2 – Tahini

Guess what? We stumbled upon tahini as a slick swap for almond butter. It’s creamy, it’s nutty, and oh, does it slide right into recipes where almond butter was the star.

Tahini, this sesame seed goodness, works wonders. The swap ratio? A perfect 1:1. Fancy that!

Ever tossed tahini into your smoothies or slathered it on a toast? We did. And believe us, the results? Absolutely yum.

Now, for all you kitchen magicians looking to shake things up a bit, we’ve got something neat. Check out these fabulous tahini swaps. You’re gonna love it.

Cooking with tahini isn’t just simple. It’s fun. Shake a spoonful into your next dish and watch the magic happen.

3 – Sunflower Seed Butter

We all need a good swap for almond butter, right? Sunflower seed butter steps up. It’s smooth, creamy, and oh-so-spreadable. We spread it on toast, blend it into smoothies, and sometimes, just eat it by the spoonful. No judgement here.

Our kitchens saw a lot of jars. Here’s the scoop: it swaps in easy-peasy. One to one for almond butter in any recipe. We tried it. Cookies, dressings, you name it. Success every time.

Personal story? We had doubts. Could this really stand in? Yes, and it did. Our taste tests proved it. Friends couldn’t tell the difference in our baked goods.

Keep this swap in your back pocket. It’s a game changer, folks.

4 – Hazelnut Spread

We found ourselves in a predicament needing almond butter for a recipe. Instead, we grabbed hazelnut spread. Turns out, it was a solid move. Hazelnut spread works well as a swap for almond butter.

We use it in a one-to-one ratio.

It brings a rich, nutty flavor that’s a bit more pronounced. Our pancakes have never been happier, and honestly, neither have we. It’s super easy to stir into recipes.

We once made cookies with it. The room smelled like heaven.

Seriously, try it in your next baking experiment. Your taste buds will thank you. Hazelnut spread is not just for spreading on toast, you know.

It makes morning oats taste like dessert. We’re not joking.

5 – Cashew Butter

homemade almond butter

Switching from almond to cashew butter can feel like navigating a maze. We got you. It’s smoother, creamier, and just as easy to use. Thinking of slathering it on toast or swirling into oatmeal? Perfect choice.

The swap? Super simple. One-to-one in any recipe. Got a favorite snack? Swap it in. Cashews blend into sauces and desserts without a hitch.

Ever tried adding it to cookies or smoothies? Your taste will thank you. Plus, stirring it into pasta sauce gives a rich, nutty depth. Intrigued by more alternatives and how they level up your meals? Glide over to discover other substitutes for cashew butter.

6 – Walnut Butter

Switching to walnut butter—a revelation in spreads. Rich with a unique, robust flavor, it stands out from the rest.

We tried it on pancakes—revolutionary. It’s the perfect replacement for almond butter in any recipe.

Baked goods love it. It adds warmth and depth that’s unparalleled. Ever tried it in your morning smoothie? Prepare to be amazed.

Recipes undergo a transformation with this swap. We added it to brownies and the room went silent. Yes, it’s that impressive.

Exploring new flavors is an adventure. Walnut butter was our discovery, and we’re not looking back. Making the switch is simple and breathes new life into any meal.

7 – Macadamia Nut Butter

Macadamia nut butter is a game-changer. It’s super creamy. We tried it on banana bread instead of almond butter and were blown away. Its smooth texture mixes perfectly. Just use macadamia instead of almond—one-to-one swap, no fuss.

Our smoothies? Next level. Sandwiches? Way tastier. Macadamia nut butter boosts every dish. Even in curry sauce, it added a creamy kick we loved. It’s magic in the kitchen.

Midnight sweet tooth? Add it to cookies for an irresistible treat. This butter is a must-have. Upgrade your meals with macadamia nut butter and never look back.

homemade almond butter

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

A simple and customizable recipe for homemade almond butter, perfect for those looking to avoid allergens or wanting a more personalized touch to their nut butter.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1656 kcal


  • Food processor or high-speed blender
  • Spatula
  • Airtight container for storage


  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • Pinch of salt optional
  • Honey maple syrup, or other sweetener (optional)


  • If desired, you can soak the almonds in water for at least 5 hours or overnight to make them easier to blend.
  • Drain and rinse the soaked almonds.
  • In a food processor or high-speed blender, add the almonds and blend on low speed for about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Continue blending until the almonds start to release their oils and turn into a smooth butter consistency.
  • If desired, add a pinch of salt or sweetener to taste and blend again for an additional minute.
  • Transfer the almond butter to an airtight container for storage, or use immediately.
  • Enjoy on toast, in smoothies, or in any recipe that calls for almond butter. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 1656kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 61gFat: 143gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 35gMonounsaturated Fat: 90gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 2096mgFiber: 36gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 769mgIron: 11mg
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