The Versatile Nut Butter That Will Instantly Upgrade Creamy Soups

Whether you're kicking back on a chilly afternoon or just need some cozy comfort food to give you the warm fuzzies, there's nothing better than a big bowl of creamy, homemade soup. But while the nostalgic flavor of thick, rich soups made with things like roux or cream of chicken may hit the spot, these ingredients aren't ideal for those sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet. 

Although soy-based creams, coconut milk, and even silken tofu can stand in as vegan substitutes for heavy cream and other dairy ingredients, you may be seeking something with more substance for your smooth, creamy soup base. Fortunately, there's a more unexpected way to liven up your next bowl of soup — with added vitamins and minerals to boot. If you want to take your next recipe to velvety tiers you never thought possible, then there is a nut butter addition that you should definitely try.

Almond butter can amplify any creamy soup

That's right! Almond butter has long been a great alternative to peanut butter, especially for those who suffer from peanut allergies, but it has another role: It can also help thicken up your creamy soups and make them even more filling and delectable, per Everyday Food. With a more versatile, less distinct flavor than peanut butter, almond butter can jam-pack your hearty soups with healthy monounsaturated fats and a more luscious mouthfeel. Not to mention, almond butter is also high in antioxidants and fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin E, and calcium, according to Healthline.

Just as creamy peanut butter forms the body of a West African peanut stew recipe, a couple heaping tablespoons of almond butter will help add a bit of silkiness to any of your favorite soups. If store-bought brands are not your thing, then DIY almond butter is as simple as making peanut butter at home. Simply roast the nuts for 10 minutes to release their natural oils and blend them in a food processor until smooth.