8.18.2021

Almond Butter Sauce w/ Veggies

Try an almond butter sauce recipe that’s versatile and made with whole food. Plus, try this tasty zoodle dish for an easy dinner win.

almond butter sauce recipe

Almond butter is such a deliciously creamy + healthy alternative to peanut butter, and totally works in this sauce. I really fell in love with almond butter while recipe testing for my Thrive Summer cleanse, and hope that this sauce can become a staple in your house too. Let’s talk about almond butter benefits, and what makes this sauce a win.

Almond butter sauce recipe

I love a sauce with complex flavors and a slight kick, and this one really ticks off all the boxes.

Full-fat coconut milk is recommended, to give it the creaminess + healthy fat. Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce. If soy isn’t your thing, then swap with coconut aminos for a similar flavor. While you can swap in ground ginger for fresh, the fresh ginger has more health benefits… and just tastes better (so don’t swap if you can find fresh!).

Pro tip: Don’t feel like you have to buy the giant ginger claw from the produce section. The grocery store should let you break off a smaller piece. That cuts down on the price and on the amount of ginger you have find recipes for.

I usually add in a healthy amount of chili paste and fresh ginger because, like I said, I like the kick. Yet if you don’t do spice, then omit the chili sauce altogether and add in a little extra almond butter.

Sunbutter is a good swap for those that can’t have almond butter. Make sure to really mix up whatever nut or seed butter you use before adding so that all the oil gets mixed in properly. You can even use an immersion blender right in that nut butter to fluff it up and ensure every bit is mixed together.

Almond butter benefits

Why do I love almond butter? I’m SO glad you asked! First, as someone who likes to eat a lot of plants, I’m always looking for good sources of healthy fat. Our bodies need fat in order to properly break down the food we consume, but not all fat is created equal. This lovely nut butter contains 9.5 grams of fat per 1 tablespoon. Almond butter helps keep cholesterol down (hello healthy heart), and helps control blood sugar.

Since almonds are a nut, when turned into butter they hold onto that great fiber content as well. Fiber is our friend, and something many Americans don’t consume enough of on the daily. I strategically add plants to recipes, just like I did with this almond butter sauce, to easily boost the health benefits I get. And bonus, it tastes great!

delicious plant based meal

How to choose the right brand

As with many packaged condiments, read the ingredients before you buy that fancy new almond butter. I like Barney’s Bare Smooth because it’s just almonds and palm oil. Costco also has a great option that’s solely roasted almonds (and is a great price!). Both work great in this almond butter sauce since they are super creamy.

Thankfully there are dozens of brands and flavors of almond butter on the market today, so find the one that fits your needs. Do you have a current fav? Let me know in the comments. I love trying new kinds!

Easy recipes with nut butter

  • Almond butter smoothie– Adding healthy fat to smoothies is a great way to help your body break down the natural fruit sugar. This recipe really does taste like a PB&J!
  • Chocolate covered banana bites– The perfect snack for a nutty + sweet treat! Super easy to make, and so good you won’t stop at eating just one.
  • Peanut butter chocolate smoothie– Breakfast or dessert? I’ll let you decide, yet which ever you choose, know that this is a great choice!
  • Apple ‘donuts’– A fun yet healthy snack that the whole family will love. Turn into a great playdate snack with a fun toppings bar and a few nut/seed butter choices.
  • Chocolate protein shake– This smoothie is a great pre-workout shake that will fuel you up right.
  • Overnight oats– level up breakfast with these super simple oat recipes. Nut butter adds an extra dose of healthy fat + protein.

FAQs

Is almond butter a condiment?

Yes! Any place you would use a peanut butter spread, you can swap with almond butter. Use it on toast, in a sandwich, sauce, dressing, or as a dip for fruits + veggies.

Can you use almond butter in place of regular butter?

Yes! The high fat content in almond butter makes it a good swap with butter in many recipes.

Is almond butter healthier than peanut butter?

Honestly, they are both good options depending on what brand you buy. Always read the ingredient list to ensure your nut butter uses real food. Almond butter is slightly more nutritious, yet has similar amounts of fat and calories. Peanut butter is a bit higher in protein.

Don’t forget to try this quick and easy zoodle recipe with almond butter sauce, then leave a rating + review on how it turned out! It’s a meal straight from my Thrive Summer cleanse, and can fit any vegetarian night in, or be used as a side dish for anyone wanting to eat more plants.

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Almond Butter Sauce w/ Veggies

The almond butter sauce is AMAZING and takes this zoodle dish to the next level.
4.9 from 11 votes
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ginger root - finely grated
  • 1 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 clove clove garlic - finely minced

Sauce Mix Ins

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp green onions - sliced diagonally into ½” pieces
  • ½ cup broccoli - cut into small florets
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper - sliced
  • ½ cup carrot - thinly sliced

Serve with

  • 1 zucchini - spiralized
  • red pepper flakes - for sprinkling
  • sesame seeds - for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Whisk sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Heat oil in large pan. Add the green onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add broccoli, carrots, and red bell pepper. Lower heat, if needed. Cook until vegetables are bright in color, and just barely tender.
  • Toss gently to coat the veggies with the sauce. Let simmer to thicken the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately on top of the spiralized zucchini. Garnish with red pepper flakes and sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

  • The sauce and veggies can be made ahead, and the zucchini can be spiralized ahead. But don’t combine with the “zoodles” until right before serving. Otherwise, the liquid from the zucchini will seep out and make the sauce watery.

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 1359mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 12668IU | Vitamin C: 132mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Kelly says:

    5 stars
    I love everything almond butter, so this sauce hits the spot!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Kim says:

    5 stars
    Seriously, one of my favorite sauces to make! Yum!

  3. DeAnna Keenum says:

    5 stars
    This was soooo good!! I added a little water to my mixture because it was thicker than I would like but this is definitely something I would like to keep in my menu from now on!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Deanna,

      I am so glad that you loved this recipe and that it is being adding to your regular menu. Yay!!!

  4. andrea says:

    Can I use soy sauce instead of tamari?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Andrea,

      Totally. They’re interchangeable in all of our recipes!

  5. Genevieve says:

    5 stars
    One of my favorite recipes EVER. I prefer to not heat/thicken the sauce and use it on almost any sauteed veggies. Adore!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Genevieve,

      Mine too! I make this recipe any chance I get!

  6. Judy says:

    What if you can’t tolerate coconut in any form?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Judy,

      Coconut not your friend? Don’t worry, swap in water or almond milk. The consistency will be a little thinner, but it will still be yummy!

  7. Angela says:

    I like the tip about not adding zoodles until very end .i always end up with a soup broth! My question is do you not heat up the zoodles at all? My process has been to season with salt and pepper – toss with olive oil and sautée a few mins.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Angela,

      In this recipe we leave them raw. But you can definitely season and sautee the zoodles before enjoying if that’s your preference!

  8. Ranell says:

    For those that have made this, I’m imagining it tastes something like Pad Thai… Would you say that is true? Just wondering before I try it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Ranell,

      Definitely!! It was inspired by those flavors!

  9. Kristen says:

    5 stars
    I am eating this meal right now and I had to see if there was somewhere I could leave a comment. This is so freaking amazing. The sauce is magical. I completely forget that I’m eating healthy food when I’m eating this!

  10. Lucrece P. says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes from Thrive. I had no idea the sauce ingredients would create such a devine flavor. The combination of veggies makes it a filling dish. The best thing is that it is was so easy to make. I will be making this again and again.

  11. Jen says:

    4 stars
    The first time I did Thrive, I skipped this recipe. This second time I was determined to give it a try. Unsure my kids, who prefer no sauce on pasta, would like it, so I didn’t toss it with the veggies. I heated it up and then spooned it on top. But after just one bite, I was hooked. It was very good. Even one of my kids ventured to try and like a bit of it.

    Pretty easy to make. Spicy enough.

  12. Faith Walley says:

    5 stars
    As a vegetarian, I am not “creative” with my own recipes, but I can follow one. The struggle of coming up with “new” ideas for dishes has existed for years for me. I am SO glad that I came across the almond zoodles recipe! By far one of my favorite dishes, and my husband who eats meat loved it too! Thanks SGS for expanding my mind and introducing an amazing recipe to me!

  13. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorites from the Thrive recipes. I make it quite frequently. So easy to prepare and at times I add whatever vegetables I have on hand. The sauce is so amazing that I always end of licking the plate (husband laughs at me). Love this one!

  14. Robyn C. says:

    5 stars
    This is seriously one of my favorite SGS recipes! Simple, super tasty and quick to make I will definitely be making it as part of my regular meals from now on!

  15. Kate Schnur says:

    5 stars
    This was our favorite Thrive recipe! It was so easy to prepare but so tasty!!! When we finished, my husband and I both said we would want it in the regular dinner rotation. I raved about it to my daughter; she came home from college tonight for her birthday dinner and requested that I make the Zoodles. She loved it!

  16. Nicki says:

    This looks yummy! what spiralizer would you recommend for the noodles?

  17. louise says:

    This was by far my favorite recipe in the 7-day reset. I thought I would eat just half of it but it was so yummy that it was all gone before I realized it! Will make it again and again and again. Thanks for such a rawkstar recipe!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Louise!

      Thanks so much for reaching out + for sharing! This is one of our favorites, too :). So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

      Thanks for being a part of our community!

  18. Shirley Hayes says:

    GOOD MORNING!!I AM READY TO START MY 30 DAY CHALLENGE!!! I HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR CHEERY E-MAILS FOR JUNE 1ST!!! COULD YOU RESEND–TO SEE IF THEY COME THRU??THANK YOU SO MUCH!!—SHIRLEY

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Shirley,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. We host of 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge four times a year, with our next challenge kicking off on July 1st. Can’t wait that long? Check out our 30-Day Challenge E-Guide available in our shop and complete an entire challenge on your time!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/challenge

      Cheers!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Hi, i want to make this for dinner tonight for me and my 2 teenagers. would you triple all the ingredients, even the sauce?

    Thanks, Jen

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jen,

      You’re right! Our recipe is for 1, so triple the ingredients to feed your family. Reach back out + let us know what your teenagers think of this delicious veggie packed recipe!

      Cheers!

  20. Susan says:

    Thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious, tomatoes are not my friend, soy is iffy, so I love recipes without those ingredients or ones that I can just omit the soy. Started 21 day challenge late, into first week and lost 5 lbs! You two really RAWK!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Susan,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. We’re all about making healthy living work for you!

      Cheers to rawkin’ Fresh Start 21!

  21. Laura says:

    I made this for dinner tonight for 2 and , WOW, that was good! Doubled the veggies and the zucchini and there was plenty of sauce. My husband said he could eat it every night! Also love the smoothies and you have officially gotten me to try beyond spinach in them! Thank you for your recipes!

  22. Janae Foster says:

    Thank you for all the responses about the spiral tools. Very helpful!

  23. Kat says:

    Can I substitute peanut butter for the almond butter??

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kat,

      Of course! Feel free to swap in another nut butter you enjoy!

  24. Janae Foster says:

    This may sound like a silly question…but is there any alternative for those of us who don’t yet own a machine to create spirals of zucchini?

    • Zahra Husein says:

      I use a julienne adapter on my mandolin. You can also try a peeler and peel long strips of it.

    • Claire says:

      Hi Janae, The tools are really easy to find. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $15 I think. But you can also get a handheld spiral tool on Amazon for less than $10 most of the time. I’ve since upgraded to a larger machine because it’s easier to do potatoes and other hard vegetables.

    • Meredith says:

      Hi Janae,
      I just use a standard hand held vegetable peeler to make my noodles. It takes a little bit longer than a spiralizer, but I didn’t have to buy something new for my kitchen this way.
      You can’t really get the tiny noodles that you see in the pictures above, but you can get thin, broad noodles, almost like linguini with the peeler. Just adjust the pressure to get the size and thickness you want.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Janae,

      You received some great tips from our community! I personally love using a vegetable peeler in place of a spiralizer. It’s super simple and while the zucchini may not be as pretty…it sure is tasty!!

      Cheers,
      Amanda F.
      Community Happiness Specialist

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Janae,

      I found a handheld veggie spiralizer at Dollarama last year and it is the perfect size for zucchini, carrots and long, narrow sweet potatoes. The length and circumference is about the size of a standard drinking glass so it is easy to hold and doesn’t take up a lot of space when not in use. Because of the price, I thought it wouldn’t last very long, but it is a year old now, very durable and gets used several times a week. There are similar ones on Amazon.

  25. Lea says:

    Some of my absolute Favorites (almond butter, coconut milk and zucchini) combined into one dish, can’t wait to try it!
    I have a question: do you cook your spiralized zucchini? I’ve always thrown them into some boiling water for a minute so far…

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lea,

      We love our zucchini raw, but feel free to toss it in boiling water for a few minutes before enjoying. It’s all about finding what works for you + your taste buds!

  26. Hey there! I was wondering where you buy Tamari. Or where anyone buys it. I haven’t quite found it yet. I’m sure it’s on Amazon, but before I go that route, I was just wondering if anyone would share where they normally get it. 🙂 Thank you! I have never had Zoodles, but if there ever was a recipe to get me to try them, this is it!

    • Candice says:

      I found mine at sprouts its in the soy sauce section! I’m sure every whole foods store carries them!

    • Desiree says:

      San J makes a wonderful tamari that’s easily found in a lot of stores, although you may have to look in the natural foods section too. You can try the product finder at San J’s website to see if it’s available near you.

    • Shae says:

      Tamari is an aged soy sauce. Maybe in the international or Asian aisle in most US grocery stores.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Meggan,

      Great question. Having trouble finding Tamari? Take a peek at your grocery’s asian food aisle. You can often right it right next to soy sauce!

      Cheers!

  27. Karyn says:

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe. 🙂
    Quick question… Are the recipes in Thrive different from the Fresh Start 21?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Karyn,

      YES! We’re sharing all NEW delicious cleansing whole food-vegan recipes in Thrive! We’re so excited to share them with you!

    • Karyn says:

      Yay! I was hoping they were all new recipes. 🙂 I’ll be placing my order in a few minutes. Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Thanks for your support, Karyn! We hope you love Thrive as much as we do! 🙂

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