Thai Almond Sauce

I'm just nuts about nuts, especially almonds. Can I get an amen to almonds? How about a mound of almonds? All the almonds?

Okay, okay, the recipe. You're here for the recipe, not my nutmeat puns. And you should be, 'cause this sauce is spicy and a little sweet. In short, it's all the goods things. I use to make it with peanuts, but those circus staples are as acidic as a hippie after Burning Man. In an effort to reduce inflammatory foods in my diet, I've switched from peanut butter to almond butter. Although almond butter is a bit more pricey, I've found the switch to be worth the extra five bucks. 

Let your inner spice girl be your guide. 

You've got a few options with this sauce. You can keep it on the thick side and serve with spring rolls or chicken skewers, or you can thin it out and mix it into a rice noodle dish as I do below. Play around with the spice levels, saltiness, and sweetness by tweaking with the recipe. All my recipes here on These Words are meant to be mere guidelines. I'm a firm believer in intuitive cooking. Here's your map, but let your tastebuds be your compass. (There's no cheese in the recipe so I had to put it somewhere.)

Without further a(lmon)do..


Thai-inspired Almond Sauce

What You'll Need

1/2 C almond butter

2 T tamari

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 T honey

Garlic, ginger, salt, and chili peppers to taste

What You'll Do

1. Bring 1C of water to boil

2. Add all ingredients and whisk on occasion as the sauce returns to a boil

3. Simmer, whisking by whim

4. Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency (I added two half cups over 20 minutes)

5. Salt, spice, and sweeten as necessary


Noodle Dish Ideas

  I steamed some broccoli in pan with coconut oil and salt. Add water, place the lid on, and let science do its thang. 

I steamed some broccoli in pan with coconut oil and salt. Add water, place the lid on, and let science do its thang. 

I then added the steamed broccoli to cooked rice noodles, raw spinach, and raw carrot peels. 

For garnish I chopped up almonds and cilantro and sliced some avocado. 

Ta da! Num num lunch with leftovers galore. 


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