Let’s talk about ALMOND BUTTAH. Before I got into cooking, nut butters in general kinda confused me. What sorcery is used to turn whole nuts into butter? What kinda ingredients are required to perform such magic? After I started educating myself on how to make healthy food at home while ballin’ on a budget, I learned that the process is for realz so easy and simple. Zero magic involved. I bring to you my Cinnamon Sea Salt Roasted Almond Butter, an awesome snack that keeps you full and feeling your best.
If I’m being totally honest, I’ve had a rough history with almond butter, and I usually don’t keep it in the house for my own emotional and physical safety. Moderation has never been something I’m great at, and throughout college a pricey addiction to almond butter was just not gonna happen for me. But I’m learning about this elusive term, “moderation” and I’ve made some great strides. So I thought it fitting to celebrate with my own unique almond butter creation.
I’ve talked a lot about how much I love almonds, and I should probably just marry them, right?! HAHA. Snacking, cooking, baking. They’re good for everything, so I thought I would mention a few fun facts. Perfect for starting conversations at parties or just keeping to yourself.
- Almonds grow on trees. Does that seem obvious? Not for some people, OKAY?!
- There are about 30 different types of almonds but only 10 are produced for consumption.
- Almonds are a SEED! I’ll let that settle into your brain meat. This “nut” isn’t a nut at all. It is the seed of a fruit that grows on an almond tree.
- If we didn’t have bees there would be no almonds since they rely 100% on honey bees for crop pollination (1).
- Almonds help support healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure with their beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants (2).
- Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin E, which helps nourish skin and reduce signs of aging (2).
Break out of your shell
We’ve all had that heartbreaking experience where we want a jar of nut butter that turns out to cost $15. Maybe that’s just me tho, but almond butter can be expensive! Like crazy unreasonable WTF is in there, expensive. Of course you can find some reasonably priced brands, but when you create your own you get the benefit of making it exactly how you want it to be. And leaving out unnecessary ingredients like preservatives and added sugars. That’s a gewd feeling.
This recipe can be used with any nut/seed you want or even a combination: walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews (LUXURIOUS), sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, hazelnuts
So much room for creativity here because almonds are a magnificent blank canvas. Smooth, chunky, roasted, raw, sweet, salty, chocolaty. Whatever!
Flavors: cacao/cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, pumpkin spice, ginger
Add-ins: shredded coconut, espresso powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, dried figs, dried blueberries, pretzels, flax seeds, chocolate chips
- 4 cups almonds, raw
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 375℉.
- Place 3 cups almonds on a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until they start to turn a little more brown and you can smell them roasting. Keep a careful eye not to burn them.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Place the roasted almonds, 1 cup raw almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth or desired consistency.