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Blogger Secret Ingredient

by Allie on October 6, 2009 · 43 comments

in Oven Lovin' (Baking)

On Sunday night I got an email from Coco offering me the opportunity to be this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient Host! What an honor :) Thanks for the offer, Coco!

Without further adieu I have chosen (you probably could have guessed it)…

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Almond Butter!!! (It won over 6 other ingredients I was thinking of choosing. That’s kind of a big deal!)

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To Participate:

1) Dream up a super-cool-fantastic recipe using almond butter.

2) Submit the recipe 1 of 3 ways: a) Comment on this post with a link to your submission b) Link to my blog (on your post) or c) Email the recipe (and optional photo) to allie@livelaugheat.com

3) Everyone is welcome to participate–bloggers AND non-bloggers!

4) Please send in your submission by Sunday, October 11th at 9pm EST

**I will post all the submissions, choose a winner and announce the next BSI host on Monday! The winner will receive a secret super-cool-fantastic prize :)

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I wanted to choose an ingredient that everyone would have relatively easy access to (hopefully!). If you do not have almond butter, feel free to use any other nut butter as they are usually easily exchangeable in recipes!!

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Almond butter is one of my favorite foods and I eat it practically every day–in the form of almond butter banana sandwiches (you know it!). It is high in [healthy] fat, fiber and protein and thus, keeps me satiated throughout the day. Almond butter is such a versatile ingredient–it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. The possibilities are endless!!!

Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowin’:

  • Baked goods–muffins, bars, cookies, breads, fudge, etc.
  • Smoothies
  • Pasta/noodle sauces
  • Sandwiches/wraps

I especially love to use almond butter when I bake! Here are my Aprican Almond Butter Bites that were auctioned off at the Healthy Living Summit Bake Sale to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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I hope you have a blast brainstorming a super-cool-fantastic recipe and making it…(and eating it, duh)!!! So? Whatcha waitin’ for? Your favorite jar of almond butter is waiting for you!!

I look forward to seeing what you creative people come up with! You all never cease to amaze me with your scrumptious creations! Thanks in advance for participating :)

Also be sure to check out the legacy of BSI, making it’s way around the blogworld. Here is a list of previous BSI hosts and their selected ingredients:

Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! – Cauliflower

Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living – Chickpeas

Week 48: Thought 4 Food – Yogurt

Week 47: London Foodie in New York – Chocolate

Week 46:  Johnstone’s Vin Blanc – Oats

Week 45: Guilty Kitchen – Figs

Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet – Peanut Butter

Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet – Brown Sugar

Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction – Lime

Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny – Coffee

Week 40: Chaya’s Comfy Cook – Broccoli

Week 39: Healthy Delicious – Plums

Week 38: Zoe – Feta

Week 37: ChezWhat- Potatoes

Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice – Blueberries

Week 35: Girlichef -Greens

Week 34: The Ungourmet – Watermelon

Week 33: Bread + Butter – Bell Pepper

Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn

Week 31: Say Yes to Salad – Kabocha

Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now – Cherries

Week 30: Thinspired – Bananas

Week 29: To Be The Whole Package – Almonds

Week 28: Kristas Kravings – Lemon

Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds – Coconut

Week 26: Plentiful Plants – Avocado

Week 25: Training Fuel – Eggs

Week 24: Dinner at Christina’s – Cabbage

Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? – Strawberries

Week 22: One Bite at a Time – Basil

Week 21: Just Sweet Enough – Black Beans

Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday – Kale

Week 19: What’s for Dinner – Orange

Week 18: BranAppetit! –Spinach

Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates

Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Zucchini

Week 15: Sweet & Natural –Peppermint

Week 14: bella eats [and runs] – Ginger

Week 13: Coffee Talk – Walnuts

Week 12: For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin

Week 11: Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes

Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Eggplant

Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears

Week 8: The Fitnessista – Cranberries

Week 7: Tri to Cook – Lentils

Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta

Week 5: Eating Bender – Butternut Squash

Week 4: Care to Eat – Apples

Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms

Week 2: Hangry Pants – Tomatoes

Week 1: sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dawn October 6, 2009 at 11:00 am

I love it! Great choice!!!

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2 coco October 6, 2009 at 11:01 am

Great choice girl~~~ Almond butter is the star of this Fall season! can’t wait to see awesome recipes! :D

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3 Carla October 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

Sooo wish I wasn’t allergic! lol!!! Can’t wait to see the results and your baked goodies look fabulous! Yum!! :)

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4 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 6, 2009 at 11:20 am

Love it! Great choice and your Almond Butter Bites looks yummy!

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5 Julia October 6, 2009 at 11:45 am

What a nice choice!
But no almond butter here, so I’ll have to think of something else!
Love all the things you bake, they all look so good:)

xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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6 Erin October 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

That is so fun! Such a cool content. I’ll be thinking of almond butter ideas … :)

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7 MegaNerd October 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

This is such a good idea!

I’m not that creative, but I would love to try something :D Those aprican balls are so good! I had one from the summit!!

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8 Krista October 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My wheels are turning….love this ingredient!!

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9 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) October 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I have that exact jar in my fridge (except chunky b/c that’s what the bf likes)!!!

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10 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full October 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm

How fun! I need to get crackin’ on a recipe!

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11 Biz October 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Great choice and thanks for hosting this week! I updated my BSI Page on my blog linking here. First I need to buy Almond Butter! :D

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12 Erica October 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm

such a great choice! Those bites you made look INCREDIBLE. I need to start thinking of something yummy!

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13 theskinnyplate October 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Great pick! Can’t wait for everyone’s creative recipes.

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14 Meghan October 6, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Great pick! I made a great almond butter sauce for my chopped challenge :)
Those aprican bites looked SO good!

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15 Errign October 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Hey Allie,
Would it be ok to submit an old recipe that I posted on my blog like a month+ ago?

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16 janetha October 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm

fun! what a great ingredient idea. i can’t wait to see the recipes!

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17 BroccoliHut October 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Oh man, I am SO excited about this one! Almond butter is like a food group for me. Can’t wait to get creative with it…

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18 Ellen (Peace in Motion) October 7, 2009 at 12:30 am

I’m going to have to figure out what I can make with peanut butter, in a dorm room, with no kitchen to speak of. Should be a good challenge.

Ps. that is my FAV almond butter of all time. fabulous choice mamacita!

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19 sophia October 7, 2009 at 3:06 am

AAARRRGGGHH!!! I just used up my LAST spoonful of AB! WAAAAAH!!! T__T

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20 Kristine October 7, 2009 at 3:24 am

ive never tried almond butter before. im almost out of my favorite trader joes peanut butter. maybe ill try it out for my next purchase!

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21 Simply Life October 7, 2009 at 7:57 am

Oh wow, I LOVE almond butter and have a jar of it at home (the exact same one you have photographed) but never get too creative with it – I’m so excited to learn more ways to use it! Thanks!

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22 Errign October 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm
23 Hangry Pants October 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I just really love that the BSI is still alive and kicking! :D

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