OH MY. Straight off the spoon, this rich, creamy and ultra smooth chocolate almond butter is a wicked treat. The best part is, it’s made from nothing but wholesome-nourishing-ingredients that won’t leave you feeling remorseful.
Almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter and this chocolate almond butter variation is a great substitute for the commercial hazelnut spread- Nutella.
Almonds are a healthy source of protein, good-for-you fats and natural fibre. This creamy almond butter recipe is super easy to make and is free from refined sugar, dairy and hydrogenated fats. Home-made nut butters taste better than store-bought versions, are healthier for you and cheaper too.
Not sure what to do with your chocolate almond butter? Here are a few simple suggestions:
- Eat it on its own straight from the jar
- Drizzle over (healthy) pancakes or grain-free bread
- Pair with your favourite fruit- spread over sliced apple or banana
- Mix with oatmeal or chia pudding
- Add to your favourite smoothie
- Blend with frozen banana for a healthy ice-cream alternative
- Add to home-made chocolate for chocolate almond butter cups
- Use in baked goods- there are plenty of almond butter cookie, cake and brownie recipes to be found online
Making your own almond butter, or any nut butter for that matter is really simple to make. Providing you have a high-speed blender or powerful food processor and a few nuts you are on your way to nut-butter-heaven.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/4 cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- Pinch sea salt
*Depending on the power of your appliance the time needed to go from whole almonds to a creamy almond butter will vary greatly. I personally use a Thermomix which takes approx. 5 minutes to get to the consistency I want.
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor.
- Continue to whiz up the ingredients, stopping every so often to scrape the sides down until a smooth creamy paste is formed. Be patient as this may take up to 10 minutes, depending on your processor.
- Store in fridge
I would love to hear from you…
+ Have you made your own nut butter before?
+ Have you tried using cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts or other nuts to make a nut butter?