Have you ever made your own nut butter? It’s actually really easy to make AND it’s a lot more affordable than purchasing a ready made nut butter from the store. It’s also great to make your own nut butter because you can monitor what ingredients are put in & how they are processed. Every time I make my own nut butter, I’m left with a great sense of empowerment because “I made my own nut butter” and then I feel awesome (and like a culinary genius).
But this is no ordinary nut butter… this is super special nut butter recipe!
Almond butter is my favourite nut butter to make because I feel like almonds go with so many things AND the almond just happens to be my favorite nut (I LOVE almonds).
This is no ordinary almond butter either, this is a really special, totally delicious almond butter that’s totally healthy and totally addictive – you’ve been warned.
I created this very more-ish (“must eat more”) almond butter especially for the Christmas season because it feels really festive and just suits this time of year perfectly. However, I will without a doubt continue to make this (and eat this) all year round… because it’s really yummy and it will make me feel like it’s Christmas all year round. I’m also a total nut butter addict!
This maple & cinnamon spice almond butter is perfectly smooth & creamy with just the right amount of sweet and a little bit of spice. It’s also totally refined sugar, dairy, grain, gluten & soy free!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do…
Ps. Make sure you check out my serving suggestions at the end! xo
Here’s what I like to use…
-500 grams raw almonds
-1/4 cup cold-pressed coconut oil
-2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup (or to taste)
-2 teaspoons ground vanilla powder/ pure vanilla extract
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-tiny pinch sea salt
(makes 1 big jar of delicious almond butter – YUM!)
Here’s how I like to make it…
You can use either dry roasted almonds or raw almonds for this recipe – both work & both are delicious! (dry roasted almonds will add a delicious toasty flavor but raw almonds are always awesome)
-if you are going to use roasted almonds then simply preheat your oven to 180 degree’s Celsius, place your almonds on a baking tray and roast for roughly 10 minutes making sure they don’t burn. When the almonds are roasted to perfection, remove them from the oven and leave to cool
-if you would like to use raw almonds, then skip the 1st step
-blend the almonds (raw or roasted) in a high-powered blender or food processor for about 15 minutes or until smooth
-you may have to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender/ food processor every few minutes before continuing to blend
-melt the coconut oil by pouring boiling water into a large bowl and a placing smaller bowl into the water (without burning your hands or getting water into the small bowl), then place the coconut oil into the small bowl and wait for it to melt // you can skip this step if your blender will blend solid coconut oil
-once the almond butter is smooth to perfection or to your satisfaction then add the coconut oil, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla & sea salt
-blend again until smooth
-pour the almond butter or spoon it into a jar or an airtight container
-store in the fridge to keep fresh & delicious!
See serving suggestions below…
Here’s how to eat your amazing maple & cinnamon spice almond butter…
Suggestion 1: Eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon
(I do this ALL THE TIME – it’s amazing and highly underrated)
Suggestion 2: Spread it onto a fresh slice of gluten-free or seed bread (or hot toast) – YUM!
(I like to spread it on a crispy toasted slice of seed bread, or a fresh slice of gluten-free bread)
Suggestion 3: Enjoy it on top of a hot bowl of oatmeal
(I like to eat it with oatmeal, cinnamon & chopped pecan nuts)