Almond butter is delicious.  Can we all agree on that?  I remember trying it for the first time and thinking, “Yum! Where have you been all my life?” Then I looked at the price.  What? 7.99? 8.99? That’s insane.  When I first purchased my Vitamix (love! love! love!), I was looking through the recipe book that came with it and I spotted a recipe for almond butter.  OMG, I can make homemade almond butter in my Vitamix, in addition to my green smoothies?  This would be way cheaper than buying it in the store.

Next step, start searching for recipes.  The Vitamix recipe book had a basic one, but I remembered seeing a recipe from Edible Perspective that included cinnamon and maple syrup. Yum!  My family and I love cinnamon so this recipe caught my attention immediately.  Ashley has a bunch of nut butter recipes on her blog.  The ones I have tried are delicious and definitely worth checking out.   I had most of the ingredients already and made my very first batch of Roasted Maple Almond Butter in the Vitamix.  I quickly learned how powerful that thing is, and also that I will use the food processor next time.  The almonds scratched the sides of the Vitamix pitcher, so every batch I’ve made since has been in the food processor.

First step in making this deliciousness is to roast the almonds. I use a bag of raw almonds from Trader Joe’s, which is 16 ounces.  According to the recipe, this is a double batch. It fits perfectly in a 16 ounce mason jar.

To roast, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread out the almonds, mix with maple syrup and a little salt, and roast at 225 degrees for 15 minutes, tossing halfway through the baking time.
Roasted Almonds

After roasting, let them cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer them to the food processor.  Once in the food processor, you just let them go until smooth.  You have to stop the processor a few times to scrape down the sides and make sure everything is incorporated.  The entire process in the food processor takes about 15 minutes.  I add the cinnamon toward the end and a little more salt after I give it a taste test.  Depending on the consistency, sometimes I add in a little coconut oil to speed up the process, but there is no need to add any oil, the almonds will become smooth butter on their own.

I do this about once a month and we always have a jar in our refrigerator.  My son will often request bananas with almond butter or sometimes celery with almond butter.  Adding a tablespoon of almond butter to my smoothie is also delicious. 😉

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