These fruit spreads make "butter" actually healthy.
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Sick of spreading the same ol' jam, honey, or avocado on your morning toast? Good news: There are lots of other spreads out there. Try one of these naturally sweet fruit butters to make your cheese board a little more interesting or your whole-grain toast a little less bland.
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Made with banana, pineapple, and coconut, "monkey butter" gets its clever name from the ultimate banana connoisseurs of the jungle. This spread has a tropical flavor twist that's nothing like the savory, salty butter you cook with. Simply spread it on toast or top waffles or pancakes with it for a late weekend breakfast.
Get the recipe: Monkey Butter
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Slow Cooker Apple Butter
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Fall means apple picking (and lots and lots of apples to eat), so why not use some of them to make your own apple butter? No churning required! Not only will it be healthier than store-bought brands, but it'll also taste fresher. And even better: This recipe has zero added sugars—thanks to apples' natural sweetness, it doesn't need any. With a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, it's the perfect, cozy snack for a chilly afternoon.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Butter
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Ginger Pear Butter with Cinnamon and Vanilla
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Pears are also in season during the fall, and with a surprising number of different varieties, it's fun to play around with different flavors and colors. Here, crisp, sweet Barlett pears are combined with the zing of fresh ginger for a unique flavor profile. (Bonus: Ginger has tons of health benefits, like reducing inflammation and boosting digestion.)
Get the recipe: Ginger Pear Butter with Cinnamon and Vanilla
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Vanilla Bean Plum Butter
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If you're looking for a more savory fruit butter, plums are a good option. The slight tartness of the plums works well with a touch of vanilla. Drizzle some on top of a baguette with goat cheese or on top of vanilla bean ice cream.
Get the recipe: Vanilla Bean Plum Butter
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This homemade Black Mission fig spread has a chunky, gooey texture to pair well with thick toasts or cheese. Figs are naturally sweet, so there's no need to add any extra sugar. Underappreciated figs are high in fiber, too, so you'll be full and happy with your snack. (Here are a few more delicious ways to enjoy figs.)
Get the recipe: Fig Spread
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Rhubarb and ginger come together for a slightly chunky, spiced fruit butter that's perfect for the fall season. (Looking for more ways to cook with rhubarb? Check out these delicious rhubarb recipes.) Since the consistency is a bit denser this makes for the perfect complement to your charcuterie board.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Butter
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Strawberry Honey Butter
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This whipped spread doesn't just have a bright, pink glow. It also tastes sweet and fruity, for a fun twist on traditional butter. And with honey and lemon juice mixed in, there's a nice balance of acidity and sweetness. Kitchen tip: Let it rest for an hour in a cool, dry place before storing in the fridge.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Honey Butter
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