DIY Kitchen Essentials
My inspiration for this homemade almond butter stemmed from a simple conversation between my runner friend and I. We both love and prefer almond butter over peanut butter, but it's just so dang expensive. SO expensive. I like almond butter and all and prefer quality products, but I cannot bring myself to drop $8-12 on a jar. No thank you!
The perk in DIY almond butter is most definitely the ability to personalize the flavoring to your specific tastes. The downside: you must have a quality food processor and you best be patient! It will likely test your patience waiting for those nuts to breakdown to that ideal creamy consistency, but rest assured it's worth the wait. This stuff is melt-in-your-mouth good. I have made several varieties of cashew butter in the past, but it's been a while since I've played around with almonds. In this recipe, I took things one step forward to incorporate another favorite of mine, toasted coconut, but feel free to adjust this recipe to your personal tastes! Enjoy!
1 lb roasted, unsalted almonds*
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 c. + 1 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp maple extract
*Locals of Blacksburg: I love buying my almonds (and other bulk ingredients) from EATS Natural Foods.
Place roasted almonds in a shallow baking dish (I lined mine with foil for easier clean-up) and drizzle with 1 tbsp melted coconut oil. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp shredded coconut and place in pre-heated oven for approx 5 minutes until golden (do not allow them to burn!). Remove from oven and transfer to a food processor. Blend for 8-10 minutes, stopping occasionally to push-down any build-up on the sides. Once almonds have broken down into a smooth, creamy texture, add remaining ingredients and blend another 1-2 minutes. Pour immediately into prepared glass jars and refrigerate. Yield per 1 lb almonds is ~ 12oz almond butter.
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You can consider this a triple bonus recipe post- check out these fab snack ideas for utilizing that delicious almond butter you whip up!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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