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    Substitutes for nut butter

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    I'm interested in making a recipe which involves almond butter, however I'm avoiding nuts for various reasons, does anyone know a good substitute? Probably neutral flavored, I think the almond butter was mostly for texture, not taste.

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    coconut butter? It's sweeter, but might do the job. Depends on what you're making.
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    That's a thought, thanks. It's for maple gingerbread, so I don't know how the coconut taste would go though... does coconut butter have a strong flavor?

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    depends on what you consider "strong". Artisana sells sample packet sizes. See if you can find some. I think it would be perfect in those cookies!
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    Nutiva coconut manna is a perfect substitute. It is delicious!
    https://store.nutiva.com/coconut-manna/

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    mashed avocado could work, if you are using eggs or butter or chocolate and using nut butter as a fat source; also the good old apple sauce/apple butter with butter could work or mushed banana; maybe even bacon fat if you are working on a savory application. I am not sure what supplies dry component in your recipe, like rice/tapioca/potato starch etc. I would just go with nut butter i you are avoiding it for weight loss reasons i.e. as a domino food, not an allergy. If you are afraid of what to do with the rest, soak and grind as many almonds as you are going to use. Or use tahini or ground linseed.
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    Another vote for Nutiva Coconut Manna. Very peanut-buttery texture. And darn tasty.

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    Coconut is still a nut. Did the recipe call for creamy almond butter? If it is just for texture, I second using and avocado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuroraB View Post
    Coconut is still a nut. Did the recipe call for creamy almond butter? If it is just for texture, I second using and avocado.
    While coconut is a "nut" is does not contain many problem components that other nuts do like high levels of phytates, VERY high oxalates, and PUFAs!

    I'd use the Coconut manna.

    I was eating raw nuts until recently... they are OFF my menu now. The oxalate content did them in for me as I need to be on a kidney stone prevention plan, and they are really REALLY bad as far as that is concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cori93437 View Post
    While coconut is a "nut" is does not contain many problem components that other nuts do like high levels of phytates, VERY high oxalates, and PUFAs!

    I'd use the Coconut manna.

    I was eating raw nuts until recently... they are OFF my menu now. The oxalate content did them in for me as I need to be on a kidney stone prevention plan, and they are really REALLY bad as far as that is concerned.
    Agreed. OP didn't really say why 'no nut butter' except maybe for texture, I guess.

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