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Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Posted by on 27 March 2011 in In The Kitchen | 5 comments

When I’m scouting for new recipes (yes, I’m food obsessed so this is one of my ‘hobbies’) I am looking for three things. First, I want something that packs a nutritional punch. Second, I adore anything I can make once and then use in different ways for the rest of the week. Third, I want to be able to play with the flavors a bit.

This recipe for homemade almond butter nails all three criteria. It’s packed full of nutrients, great on just about everything, and once you’ve got the basic recipe down it’s easy to add new flavors as you wish. As an added bonus, this is a fantastic recipe to enlist the help of your children!

To The Kitchen!

Preheat your oven to 300. Measure the almonds, flax seed meal and maple syrup into a bowl.

 

Give it a good stir.

 

Everything is evenly coated.

Place a layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Then spread the almonds on top.

Bake almonds for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. When you pull them out of the oven they will be roasted and VERY delicious. Resist the urge to stop here and scarf the entire tray. I tend to lose a good percentage of my almonds to ‘taste testing’.

Let almonds cool for a few minutes and then pop them into your food processor. Allow the machine to process the almonds for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.

Add your flavors: vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon.

Process for a minute or so and then jar it up!  Keep in an airtight container in a dark cupboard or the refrigerator.

Spread on sandwiches, dollop on oatmeal or pancakes, serve with apples slices or strawberries, bake into cookies… I have yet to exhaust the uses for this amazing spread.

Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Makes about 1 ¼ cups

 

Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds

3 T flax seed meal

3 T maple syrup

1 t ground cinnamon

½ t sea salt

1 t vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together almonds, flax seed meal and maple syrup.
  2. Spread almonds on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  3. Allow almonds to cool a bit and then place in food processor.  Process for about 10 minutes, scraping sides down as needed.
  4. Add vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt. Process for another minute or two.

 

***Recipe adapted from OhSheGlows.com

5 Comments

  1. This is delicious! I am never buying almond butter again.

  2. michelle: that is a fantastic point :) i am a huge fan of raw foods! in our home we consume so many (too many) raw nuts that I don’t worry much about roasting them for our nut butters. that is a great variation to get more omega-3′s though! for the nutritionally minded i would also recommend cycling through the type of nuts you use… different nuts offer different benefits so it’s a good idea to eat a variety. obviously peanut and almond butters are popular… i also like to use pecans, cashews, walnuts and even sunflower seeds. delish!

  3. Sounds delicious! Just one little thing, and I only mean to help… You may want to skip on the roasting part. Nut oils go rancid when roasted and retain much more of their healthy Omega-3′s when raw. I know roasting tastes wonderful, trust me! But I’ve decided to stop roasting pretty much all nuts to try and preserve more of the natural goodness in them. Otherwise, it sounds great, and I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been wanting a healthier and tasty alternative to store-bought peanut butter that won’t break the bank :)

  4. Recipe looks great – will try it soon. And the boys look scrumptious! See you soon.

  5. sounds delish. and your helpers are so handsome! :) jamielynn

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