Souped-Up Spreads

Dress up any nut butter of your choosing by swirling in a second ingredient and using it as a sandwich spread, or a dip for celery or apples, or turn it into an easy DIY dessert.

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Nut Butter Spreads, Dips and Desserts

Nut butter is good no matter what, but it's even more fun to eat something you made yourself. Try swirling in a second ingredient and spread the mixture on bread in your next sandwich, use it as a dip for celery or apples, or turn it into an easy DIY dessert.

Peanut Butter

Nuts and apples are a classic duo. Bring the pair into the 21st century by swirling apple butter into peanut butter. Spoon into oatmeal in the morning for a nice flavor boost.

 

Crushed yogurt-covered pretzels stirred into peanut butter provide the salty-sweet combination that you've been waiting for. Your taste buds will thank you.

 

A pinch of ground cinnamon and a few raisins are all you need to reinvent that jar of peanut butter sitting in your pantry. Mix it all together and use apple slices to transport it to your mouth.

Tahini

Today's the day you conquer snack time. Sweeten tahini with honey for a great dip that is perfect for pretzel sticks or pita chips.

Almond Butter

Do you love waffles? Us too. Top them with a combo of almond butter, ground cinnamon and maple syrup, and watch your affection grow.

 

Stir shredded coconut into almond butter as a nod to the classic candy-bar combo. Use it as a dip to make use of whatever's hanging out in the fruit bowl on your counter.

 

Almond butter + chocolate chips + crushed toffee. Need we say more? You can also add a scoop of ice cream for good measure.

Cashew Butter

It's time to give the traditional "ants on a log" a little makeover. Try mixing cashew butter with dried cranberries as a dip for crunchy celery sticks.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Give your peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich a remix. Combine sunflower butter with crispy rice cereal for an added crunch and pair it with strawberry or blackberry jam.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Nut-butter mousse? It's easier than it sounds. Simply swirl chocolate-hazelnut and marshmallow spreads together for a light and fluffy treat. Serve with graham crackers for a s'mores-inspired dessert.

 

We've got another excuse for you to eat chocolate in the morning: Mix chocolate-hazelnut spread with crushed banana chips and smear on toast for a quick and tasty breakfast.

Cookie Butter

OK, so it's not really a nut butter, but how could we not include this creamy favorite? If you haven't already been introduced to cookie butter, brace yourself. Make this addictive spread even better by adding some crushed corn nuts. All you need now is a spoon.

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