Soooo, I’ve been eating spoonfuls of almond butter basically since yesterday afternoon. I can’t believe it took me so long to try making my own. Making almond butter at home is easy. I mean, I’ve heard people say it was easy before, but I guess I didn’t realize HOW easy it was, and just decided I’d rather buy the $12 jars at the store. Well, THAT isn’t happening anymore.
Grocery Stores Like to Sell Sugary Almond Butter
I decided to make almond butter today because I was about to have apples and almond butter as an after work snack when I realized that the almond butter I bought had sugar in it. Lots of it. I just started Whole 30, to clear my body of all of the nasty things I ate at Christmas (Whole 30 is basically meats, vegetables, fruits, no processed stuff, no sugar, no grains), so I didn’t want to eat the almond butter. Snack time ruined.
But then I saw a bag of almonds that I bought from Aldi and figured I might as well try making my own! (you can buy almonds in bulk here) I poured them into my Vitamix and started blending with the tamper for about 2 min. I noticed that the almond butter was nice and smooth but not quite runny enough, so I threw in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil. I tasted it. SOOO amazing. Smooth, warm, perfect. All it needed was a little salt. So I threw some in salt, blended for a few more seconds and poured about half into a container until I realized that this is MY recipe, I can make it any way I want!
This is when I added cocoa powder to the remaining almond butter, blended a little more, and poured the chocolate almondy goodness into the same container, swirled it around and I had beautiful chocolate swirled almond butter. Yum.
If I wasn’t on Whole 30 I might have added some maple syrup to add a little sweetness, but that part is up to you!! I think it would taste amazing!
Want to know the best part?
When you are done making your almond butter, your blender container will be covered with it. (I bet you’re thinking this sounds awful, but just wait!) Pour in a cup or two of water, and blend on high for a minute or so. Now you have chocolate almond milk!! If you like it more almondy, just add a small scoop of the butter you just made. Delicious!
- 14 oz almonds (about 3 cups)
- 2-3 Tbps coconut oil
- 1/2-1 tsp salt (depending how salty you like your almond butter)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Dump 14 oz almonds (about 3 cups) into your Vitamix or high powered blender. Add 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil and salt (add maple syrup if desired).
- Turn your blender on high. Use tamper to tamp down the almonds as they blend. If you have a different kind of blender you may need to open the lid a few times and scrape down.
- Blend until smooth. Pour half of your almond butter into a sealable container. Put 2 your cocoa powder into the blender covering the remaining almond butter.
- Blend again on low-medium for a few seconds until completely blended.
- Use spatuala to remove chocolate almond butter and combine with regular almond butter. Swirl with spatula or knife. Store in refridgerator for up to 2 weeks.
Let me know in the comments how you liked it!