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I have a food sensitivity. My stomach can’t tolerant certain foods. Peanut butter was one of my favorite snacks when I was a child. Now when I try eating a snack with peanuts I get stomach cramps.

Thank goodness I don’t have a food allergy. Symptoms of a food allergy can range from a rash to shortness of breath and anaphylaxis. If you know anything about having a food allergy the slightest contact can trigger a reaction hours after someone close to you has eaten the targeted food. The top eight foods children are allergic to are: peanuts, treenuts, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy.

Since I don’t have a food allergy I’m able to eat almond butter without getting stomach cramps. Almond butter is packed with nutrition.

Almonds have vitamins and nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamin E, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. The benefits of eating almonds help in many ways, such as:

  • Help to boost energy

  • Promote strong bones and teeth

  • Rich in fiber

  • Helps control weight

  • Controls blood pressure

  • Helps increase memory

If you like almond butter, try this almond butter cup recipe from Debra E. Smith:

Hint: Peanut butter fans may want to try making the original version of this recipe which can be found here:

INGREDIENTS:
Filling
½ cup unsalted, raw almond butter
3-4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

Chocolate Coating
3-4 tablespoons of 100% cacao powder
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons coconut oil
INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take some disposable muffin cups. (You can make 3-4 with the amounts
    given above.)
  1. Melt the coconut oil and then mix the cacao powder in it.
  1. Pour the cacao mixture into each muffin cup. Make sure each cup is well
    covered on the bottom.
  1. Place a good-sized glob of the almond butter mixture on top of the
    cacao mixture.
  1. Put more of the cacao mixture on top to cover the almond butter. Place
    the muffin cups in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
    (Mine stayed in there for 3 weeks without any problems.)

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