Almond maple butter

by Suzanne on January 2, 2014

in Appetizers and Snacks

Almond maple butter | you-made-that.comHappy New Year!! I can hardly believe it’s 2014…but I’m ready for a great year. I’m starting the new year by making something I have been wanting to try for a while now, homemade almond butter. It isn’t hard at all so I don’t know why I put it off, because I love nut butters. Peanut butter is so popular and easily found but other nuts have great nutritional qualities too. Almonds have vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and are a source of fiber as well.  Let’s talk about vitamin E  for a minute, did you know that vitamin E has antioxidant properties which means it can kill free radicals in our cells. Free radicals damage our cells weakening the body allowing diseases to flourish. Vitamins play a important role in our overall health and vitamin E is one of the essential vitamins that isn’t found easily in our preferred foods. Some foods that are rich in vitamin E are wheat germ oil, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, cottonseed oil, corn, safflower oil, almonds and corn oil.

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While vitamins and minerals are important for us, we all want something to taste good and be good for you and that is where this recipe comes in.  I took the liberty of adding some sweetness to the almond butter with maple syrup and honey.  It wasn’t necessary to add coconut oil but it was taking forever for my little food processor to make the butter so I helped the process along by pouring a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil into the shoot.  After pouring the coconut oil in it wasn’t long until the almond butter was ready.   If you want to skip the coconut oil and sweeteners then go for it.

Almond maple butter

Ingredients:
3 cups raw almonds
3 1/2 T. maple syrup
3 1/2 T. honey
3 1/2 T. coconut oil melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. maple extract

Directions:
Step 1: Turn on oven to 325 degrees F. and roast the almonds for about 10 minutes or until they become fragrant, tossing them half way through cook time.  If you want to toast the nuts in a dry skillet that works too, keep nuts moving so they do not burn on one side.   Allow nuts to cool.
Step 2: In a 5-6 cup food processor put all the nuts in, secure lid and process until the nuts become paste like, then add the remainder of ingredients. Re-secure lid and turn on processor until it becomes a thick liquid.
Makes:2 half pint jars. Refrigerate the butter and use on toast,biscuits, crackers or in baking. When the almond butter is in the refrigerator it will harden but still be spreadable.

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1 Amy (Savory Moments) January 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Ooooh yum!! I love almond butter but have yet to make it myself. This looks really delicious and I love the addition of maple!

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2 Suzanne January 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Amy, it was really easy and good too.

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3 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction January 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

I love almond butter! Great idea to roast the almonds first!

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4 Suzanne January 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Thanks Jessica, you should try roasting them.

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5 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

This looks delicious and I am sure it is fairly good for you! Happy, Happy New Year Suzanne! Been great getting to know you via the blogs – if you are ever in Northern California, let me know – would love to have you over for Friday Night Bites! :-)

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I love almond butter but I’ve never made my own – love the maple syrup in this!

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7 Adam January 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Such a great recipe for almond butter and I love the small addition of maple!

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8 Suzanne January 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thank you Adam, it does make this almond butter just a bit more flavorful.

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9 Sophie January 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

Waw, Suzanne! What a tasty creation! It is so versatile to use too! It looks lipsmacking delicious!

Happy 2014 to you & your loved ones! xxx

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10 ela@GrayApron January 8, 2014 at 7:37 am

A wonderful spread! Love almonds, love maple – a delicious idea! :) ela

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11 The Café Sucre Farine January 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

This sounds so good Suzanne. I love the addition of maple syrup and honey.

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12 Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen January 22, 2014 at 1:23 am

Oh my goodness, I am drooling over your pictures! Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is my favorite, so I am incredibly excited to have found your recipe to make my own!! Looks delicious. Pinning! :)

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