Friday Food Finds – Argania Butter Review

Friday Food Finds – Argania Butter Review

Happy Friday friends! Are you familiar with Argan Oil? If not, keep reading! This week I’m sharing a review for two new to me almond butters from Argania Butter.

A good, solid almond butter is hard to find. So I was pretty excited when Argania Butter wanted to send their almond butters to try!

All of Argania’s products are gluten free, non-GMO, dairy free and contain Organic Argan oil. They make all of their products in small batches without preservatives or artificial flavors.

I was familiar with Argan Oil but not the amazing qualities of this super food! Argan oil is made from the fruit of argan trees, found only in Southwestern Morocco. It has been praised for both its health benefits as well as its rich, nutty flavor.

These are just a few of the the nutrients in argan oil:

  • Triglycerides, Sapponins
  • Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids
  • Triterpenes, Sterols
  • Carotenoids, Arganine
  • Squalene & Phenolic Compounds, Vitamin E
  • Gamma Linoleic Acid – (GLA)

Let’s get tasting!

Coconut Argan Almond Butter

My taste buds literally did a happy dance! Made from only five ingredients; dry roasted almonds, organic coconut sugar, vanilla powder, sea salt and organic Argan oil, the coconut flavor is a standout in both taste and texture. I made some almond butter fat bombs with this flavor! I’ll share the recipe soon over on Instagram, so keep an eye out for it!

 

Honey Argan Almond Butter

Amazing product with just four ingredients: dry roasted almonds, honey powder, sea salt, organic Argan oil. Super creamy with just a hint of honey! Add this to your morning oatmeal, yogurt or just eat it by the spoonful! Or better yet, try in this quick and easy flourlesss almond butter muffin recipe! These turned out supermoist with just a hint of sweetness from the mini chocolate chips. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Argania Honey Almond Butter
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ cup stevia powder or 2 TBS pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips(stir in at the end)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
  3. Stir until your batter is smooth.
  4. Lightly fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Grease your muffin tin with coconut oil or coconut spray.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared wells of the muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Allow the muffins to fully cool before moving them to a baking rack.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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September 27, 2017 by Nadia Gara
6 Amazing Benefits of Culinary Argan Oil

6 Amazing Benefits of Culinary Argan Oil

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen tons of Argan oil conditioners, shampoos, and other beauty products pop up in the recent years. Argan oil is amazing as a hair product, and you can achieve shampoo commercial worthy locks with it - but there’s so much more to it than just that.

Unknown to many, Argan oil is used most commonly in food in Northern Africa, where it originated from. There are tons of amazing benefits where culinary argan oil is concerned - read on to find out more!

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#1: Argan oil boosts your immune system

Published in the Critical Reviews for Food Science and Nutrition Journal is a study showing how argan oil contains the most amount of gamma-tocopherol (which makes up Vitamin E) amongst all the other oils. What does this do? It has extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties, and will help you boost your immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, amongst other things.

#2: Argan oil reverses cancerous effects

Yup, you heard us right. According to a 2006 study by the Cancer Investigation journal, Argan oil was found to decrease the cell division rate occurring in men with prostate cancer, and slow the growth of multiple types of prostate cancer cells. In addition, the Argan oil components also acted to reverse the cancerous effect of carcinogens on prostate cells.

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#3: Argan oil brightens and hydrates your skin

Put away your expensive skincare products that you religiously apply every night - with Argan oil, you won’t be needing them anymore! Argan oil consists of carotenoids, which forms a protective barrier to shield your skin from the damage caused by UV rays. Apart from this, it also contains sterols that help your skin to retain moisture, and improve its metabolism processes.

Baby smooth skin is truly attainable - and you can do it the all-natural way by using Argan oil!

#4: Argan oil helps in digestion

Frequently get tummy aches and gastric issues? By consuming Argan oil, you’ll increase the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juices in your stomach. Pepsin is a highly important enzyme that helps you to digest proteins properly - so with an adequate amount of pepsin, you can kiss all your gastric problems goodbye!

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#5: Argan oil reduces the chance of heart disease

We’ve all heard about how awesome Omega-3 oils are, and how they can decrease the chance of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death. Omega-3 oils are one of the best things we can consume - we get that. What we don’t like, though, is the fact that you either have to eat copious amounts of ‘oily’ fish (yuck!), or resort to taking supplements.

Fortunately, there’s another solution that will do the trick. Argan oil also contains excessive amount of omega-3, so simply use Argan oil in your day to day cooking. This gives you a lot more flexibility than having to stick to eating fish all day err day.

#6: Argan oil decreases insulin resistance

For the uninitiated, insulin resistance is usually a precursor of diabetes, so if you’re experiencing this, drop everything and make it your sole mission in life to reverse it. One way in which you can do so? Consume Argan oil, which can reverse metabolic changes in people with high-sugar diets, and also acts to decrease insulin resistance.

When purchasing Culinary Argan Oil, make sure that you’re getting Organic Argan Oil so as to unlock maximum benefits. If you’re not much of a cook and you’re looking for an easier, more fuss-free solution, you can also consider getting Argan Almond Butters - these are almond butter which incorporate Argan oil in them. Simply eat your butter straight out of the jar, or incorporate it into a tasty snack!

March 24, 2017 by Nadia Gara
Argan Almond Butter 101 The Origin of Almond Butter

Argan Almond Butter 101 The Origin of Almond Butter

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You might know Argan oil as a health craze that popped up in the last few years, but for the Moroccans, it’s been an essential part of their diet for centuries. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing… Amlou.

If you’ve grown up eating peanut butter, your first reaction might be to dismiss Argan almond butter, or amlou, as simply “their version” of what is your favorite childhood snack. But in actual fact, amlou is so much more than that - and we’ll tell you why you’ve been missing out!

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Amlou typically consists of almond butter, Argan oil, and honey. Each component is a superfood in its own right, and coming together, they form one of the most nutrient-rich, power-packed food we’ve ever seen.

The process starts with harvesting the Argan oil, which is a tedious, labour-intensive process managed by women who work in cooperatives. Past attempts to mechanize the process haven’t been successful, and it seems the old-school way of extracting oil produces the best quality. What this means is that it takes a whopping 30kg of fruit, and approximately 15 hours of backbending labour - just to produce a single liter of oil.

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Other steps in the process include processing and roasting the almonds, and combining the Argan oil, almonds, and honey to give you a delightfully creamy texture. The end result is a highly addictive, extraordinarily tasty snack which is also packed with vitamins, antioxidants, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and provides you with a host of health benefits.

In Moroccan families, amlou is traditionally taken as a breakfast food, and used as an accompaniment or a dip for bread and other foods. Because amlou has aphrodisiac properties, the Berber tribe of Morocco is said to have commonly kept it in their bedrooms. For this same reason, amlou is also a highly popular gift for newlyweds.

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Today, regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight, take in more nutrients in an all-natural way, or reap the skin-enhancing benefits of Argan oil and almonds, amlou is a great snack which is easy to prepare and delicious to consume. When buying amlou or Argan almond butter, always make sure that the Argan oil used in its production is organic Argan oil - this will allow you to get the maximum benefits possible.

PS: If you’re looking for amlou or Argan almond butter, check out Argania Butters, which makes amlou which is gluten free, GMO free, and dairy free. They also use organic Argan oil and produce their butters in small batches without preservatives and artificial flavors - which is as good as it gets!

March 23, 2017 by Zack Chine
6 Incredible Benefits of Almonds You Need To Know About

6 Incredible Benefits of Almonds You Need To Know About

 Just the other day, a friend came over and she was having a look around in the kitchen. She opened the cabinet, and was shocked to see packets and packets of almonds, as well as something like 8 jars of argan almond butter lined up on the shelf, staring back at her.

“Bloody hell, are you preparing for an apocalypse or something?”

Nope - we just love almonds. Is that a crime? *Shrugs*

If you don’t already know, almonds are crazy healthy and they have tons of incredible benefits. Once you start eating them or their derivatives (such as argan almond butter) as a snack, you’ll never want to stop. Want to find out more? Here are 6 health benefits of almonds that you need to know about:

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#1: Almonds prevent aging and disease

Heard of antioxidants? These bad boys protect you against the oxidative stress which damages your cells and causes cancer. For those who are trying to get pregnant, antioxidants can also give you a powerful boost in your fertility.

And, yes, almonds are a great source of antioxidants. Case in point: a study conducted with 60 men showed that consuming 84 grams of almonds per day reduced their oxidative stress levels by 23% over 4 weeks. That’s pretty impressive!

#2: Almonds lower your cholesterol

Been eating too much junk, resulting in your cholesterol spiking? Unless you want to get heart disease, you need to address this problem and fix it ASAP.

Almonds to the rescue! A study involving 65 pre-diabetic subjects showed that a diet which involved heavy consumption of almonds lowered their LDL cholesterol (that’s the ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels by a whopping 12.4 mg/dL. Pretty amazing, huh?

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#3: Almonds satiate you faster, and make you eat less food

Good news for everyone trying to diet - because almonds are high in protein and fiber, a small amount goes a long way. Basically, almonds satiate you more quickly, and you’ll end up consuming less food, and having a reduced calorie intake. Many K pop girl groups are renowned for going on ‘almond diet plans’ in order to control their weight and maintain their svelte figures - and if it works for them, it should work for us too!

#4: Almonds promote gastrointestional health

Always coming down with strange tummy flus and stomach bugs? You’ll want to start incorporating more almonds in your diet, because their high fiber content gives them prebiotic properties that strengthen your gastrointestional tract.

How this works, specifically, is that prebiotics serve as food for the good bacteria in your intestinal tract. The goal is to have as much good bacteria as possible, and as little bad bacteria as possible, and by consuming almonds, you’re on the right track!

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#5: Almonds make you smart

No kidding! Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, two vitamins which have long been considered vital “brain nutrients”. These vitamins will increase brain activity, which helps you form new neural pathways, increase cognitive function, and decrease the possibility of Alzheimer’s.

#6: Almonds contain extraordinarily high amounts of magnesium

What does magnesium do? It’s involved in over 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control. You need to get your recommended 310-420 mg of magnesium per day, in order to stay healthy and make sure everything is functioning properly.

One way you can do that? Eat almonds! Just 56 grams of almonds provide you with approximately half of your required dosage of magnesium - and you can supplement the rest through other food.

Pro-tip: If you’re a type 2 diabetic, you’re highly likely to be deficient in magnesium. In order to lower your blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, make sure you’re constantly snacking on almonds throughout the day.

Almonds are so chock-full of benefits that consuming a small portion every day will do wonders for your health. However, for those who dislike the taste and/or texture of almonds, you can choose to get your dose of almonds in an alternative product such as Argan Almond Butter. When you’re consuming Argan Almond Butter, you’re not just getting the benefits from almonds, but also that of Argan Oil - so it’s actually twice as good for you. Now you know why we keep several jars stocked in our kitchen at all times!

March 23, 2017 by Zack Chine
Why Argan Almond Butters Are The Next Big Thing

Why Argan Almond Butters Are The Next Big Thing

 If you’re a convert when it comes to almond butter, you probably already know all the health benefits that this yummy treat has over regular peanut butter: it has more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and less saturated fat. Not to mention - it tastes ahhhhmazing!

But here’s what you don’t know - not all almond butters are made equal, and there’s a specific kind of almond butter which is extra good for you. Wanna know what it is? It’s none other than... Argan almond butter!

What are Argan Almond Butters?

In a nutshell, Argan almond butters are almond butters that incorporate the use of Argan oil, which the Moroccans term “liquid gold”. You’ll no longer have to scramble to get your nutrients from different sources - Vitamin A from carrots, Vitamin E from spinach, antioxidants from cranberries, Omega-3 fatty acids from salmon - because a single spoonful of Argan Almond Butter will provide you with all that, and more.

What do Argan Almond Butters taste like?

 

Like you’ve just passed on and gone to heaven. We kid, but in all honesty, Argan Almond Butter is really the nut butter to beat when it comes to taste. Think of your favorite nut butter, and imagine it even more nutty, even more flavorful, and even more fragrant. That’s the taste of Argan almond butter for you!

For nut butter connoisseurs who appreciate variety and choice, you’ll be happy to know that Argan Almond Butters come in several flavors - maple argan almond butter, coconut argan almond butter, and honey argan almond butter, and of course, classic and raw Argan Almond Butter. We’ve never been accused of being indecisive - but when it comes to this lot, we love ‘em all, and honest to god can’t recommend one over the other. So we’d say, get the multi-flavour pack and try ‘em all!

How can I get the most benefit from Argan Almond Butters?

Make sure that you’re getting the real deal by checking the ingredients list and ensuring that Organic Argan oil is listed (as opposed to just argan oil!). If you’re even more particular with your food, try and go with a brand of Argan almond butter (such as Argania Butters!) that is GMO-free (no offence, but we find the thought of eating food which has been genetically altered in some way pretty nasty.)

March 23, 2017 by Zack Chine
6 Easy Steps To Fulfill Your Midday Snack Cravings With Argan Almond Butter

6 Easy Steps To Fulfill Your Midday Snack Cravings With Argan Almond Butter

 

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We can all agree that Argan almond butter is pretty much the best food that exists on the planet - apart from being super nutritious and good for you, it’s also amazingly easy to incorporate into a quick midday snack.

This article is for all of you out there who shiver in fear at attempting those insanely complicated cooking recipes that you see on Pinterest. We know you can’t afford to spend hours slaving in the kitchen just to whip up a snack - so check out our round-up of 6 easy Argan almond butter recipes below!

#1: Granola Coated Banana with Argan Almond Butter

 

Recipe from @thekitchn.

3 ingredients, guys. You can’t get any simpler than that. Slice your banana length-wise, slather on your Argan almond butter, and then top it off with your favorite granola mix.

Pro-tip: If you need to cool off from the hot weather, make up a whole batch of these and stick ‘em in the freezer. A few hours later, you’ll get to enjoy your yummy frozen Argan almond butter bananas!

#2: Argan Almond Butter Cookies

 

Recipe from @ifyougiveablondeakitchen.

This recipe takes a little more finesse - but look at those gorgeous cookies and tell us you can’t spare just 17 minutes of your time to make them. (You can’t, can you?)

To prep, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt; then use a mixer to combine butter, argan almond butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.

Add your flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar, and mix on a low speed until they’re combined. From there, stir in your chopped pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips, and use the mixture to make 1-inch balls of dough. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes - and that’s it!

#3: Argan Almond Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie

 

Recipe from @eatingwell.

This smoothie tastes so good (and is so easy to make), you’ll never pay for a smoothie in restaurants again. How easy is easy? All you have to do is combine a frozen banana, almond milk, argan almond butter, protein powder, cinnamon and ice cubes and blend till smooth. Blenders are magic, y’all.

#4: Dark Chocolate Coconut Argan Almond Butter Energy Bites

 

Recipe from @joyfulhealthyeats.

Ever stopped past the window display of one of those swanky health food stores and seen similar energy bites being sold at a few dollars a pop? Don’t be a sucker and pay for something so overpriced - when you can easily make it at home!

Simply combine rolled oats, flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut flakes, raw honey, argan almond butter, vanilla extract, and dark chocolate chips, and roll into 1 inch balls. These are no bake bites - so place them on parchment paper, pop them in the fridge, and they’ll be done in 2 hours!

#5: Argan Almond Butter Dip

 

Recipe from @thekitchn.

This argan almond butter dip is endlessly versatile, and will compliment your apple slices / celery sticks / crackers perfectly. All you need is argan almond butter, cream cheese, and cinnamon.

Also: if you’re looking for an easy to make snack to bring for potluck sessions or picnics, this dip is a surefire winner. Simply scale up the amount of ingredients accordingly!

#6: Argan Almond Butter Toast

 

Recipe from @thekitchn.

We don’t see the need to go fussing around with technically difficult recipes that call for a million ingredients, when you can achieve something equally delicious by sticking to the basics. This argan almond butter toast recipe, for example, is a perfect illustration of how something simple and pared down can still be incredibly delicious.

Spread your Argan almond butter atop a slice of toast, before you spread a second layer of chocolate spread. Top it off with some sea salt if you’re feeling fancy, and finish it off on either a stovetop or an oven.

Need to get your hands on some Argan almond butter so that you can start trying out these awesome recipes? Check out Argania Butters, which are gluten-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and extremely delicious!

March 23, 2017 by Zack Chine
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