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Monday
Apr192010

nut buttery addiction

I felt like some super crunch action this morning.  Cereal time!!  The big round flakes was some type of Nature’s Path brand…but I can’t think of what kind it was…Oat Flakes maybe?  I sprinkled Raspberry Galaxy Granola on top.  Definitely the CRunch I was craving.

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My cereal was soaked in So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk.  I’m all for super crunchy, low sugar cereals, but this was a bit bland.  I wanted to slice a banana on top but they were under-ripe.  A banana totally would have saved it!  I ate about 3/4.  I also ate 1/2 vegan blueberry muffin and then a lot of sampling of the following creation.

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Almonds!!!  Time to make round 2 of homemade almond butter.  Previously I made a Crunchy Chia Almond Butter and a Vanilla Bean Almond butter.  They were good, but do not compare to the following.

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Roasted almonds with maple syrup.  It was hard to not eat all of these.

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They smelled fantastical.

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Time for some processing!

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The creaminess begins but takes many more bowl scrape-downs until it’s complete :)

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This is all I’ve been able to think about all day long.  I made it at about 10:30am this morning and have been sampling it every since.  You know, to make sure it’s still edible ;)  As I’ve talked about before, I like almond butter but it’s definitely not my favorite.  I love peanut butter a whole lot more.

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However…This was THEE tastiest nut butter I have ever had.  Insanity, I know.  So you want the recipe?  Okay okay, here you go!!

Nut butters are really easy to make.  You really don’t need a recipe to whip up a batch…but you miiight just want to follow this one!

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

**Updated – 3/29/2011**

  • 1c raw almonds

  • 2.5T maple syrup

  • 1/4t salt

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1/2T oil [optional]



  1. Preheat your oven to 325*

  2. Line a pan with parchment if you don’t want to clean a sticky mess!  Do not use foil or wax paper.

  3. Pour the almonds on the pan with and mix with the maple syrup.

  4. Roast for ~15min, stirring 3 times.  Watch so they don’t burn.

  5. Let them cool for 5min. [If you let them completely cool, they will be much harder to process]

  6. Put in the food processor.

  7. Turn the processor on + let it go until it’s buttery ~15min.  Scrape down the bowl as needed.

  8. Add in the salt + cinnamon and process again until smooth + buttery.


**Notes**

  • If you're having a really hard time getting it to smooth out, you can stream in 1/2T oil, after 12-15min of processing to help move things along.

  • If you have an 11c food processor, you can double this batch and make 2c.  If you have a 7c, I do not advise doubling this recipe..


I have never been so excited to make oatmeal in the morning.  Helllloooooo creamy oatmeal topper goodness!!!

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I use Grade B maple syrup.  Yes, maple syrup is expensive, but it is so worth it.  Make sure to store it in your fridge once you’ve opened it.  If you have a health food store around you, chances are you can buy maple syrup in bulk, which is SO convenient.  Definitely a money saver.

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Has anyone tried this brand before?  This flavor was pretty decent but still don’t love this brand of Kombucha in general.

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Lunch!!  I ate up the last little bit of the millet black bean burgers on a huge bed of GREEN.  Emily inspired me to do this with the leftover!  I threw the remains of the mix in a pan to get it crispy.  Then I topped it on a mix of kale and mixed greens along with about 1/4 of a large avocado.  YUM.  My dressing was olive oil, nutritional yeast, salsa, s+p.  The only thing missing were tortilla chips for some crunch!

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With a side of plain yogurt + a kiwi.  I got a tub of Stonyfield Plain yogurt and it’s just soooo boring compared to the Greek.  I was trying to save money and this was on sale, but I won’t be buying it again.  Blegh!

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I worked today and decided to pack my dinner to go.  I love having all of the options to choose from while working at Whole Foods, however it does add up!

Obviously, the almond butter played a large role in my dinner decisions.

  1. WF small batch organic sourdough bread

  2. ~2T Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter [to.die.for.]

  3. 1/2 banana that I found in the fridge – Could have used this on my cereal but forgot about it…better on the samich!


Although this looks like nutritionally deficient white bread, Sourdough is pretty good for you!  This brand has 4g protein per slice.  Sourdough also has a low glycemic index rating, so it won’t give you a carbo-load crash and will also take longer to digest, keeping you fuller longer.

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Move over Justin’s Nut Butter, there’s a new kid in town!!  No joke, this should probably be illegal…someone please make it and tell me what you think!!

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SF Oikos Strawberry is one of my favorite yogurts.  I think it is waaaaay better than Chobani, which I find overly sweet.  Crunchy pink lady apple was eaten as a snack.

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Something exciting happened today…

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I got a new toy :)  More on that soon!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Work is EXhausting.  Yowza!  My legs are achy and my feet are super sore.  Definitely did not need a workout with working 2 days in a row.  Someone asked if I posted yesterday’s post at 3:30am.  That was probably East Coast time.  I posted at about 1:30am and tonight I’m posting at 2am.  I didn’t get home from work until midnight.  When I got home I ate about 4 snacks obviously including some almond butter.  It’s already half gone.  Ooops.

Niight!!

xo

Ashley

Reader Comments (170)

This is actually a good time for you to update (it's 9am here in Portugal!).
I definitely prefer peanut butter too, but even that I eat very rarely. I prefer eating the almonds and peanuts, etc. :)
You bought a bike? Awesoooome, I want one too! :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Wow, that stuff sounds amazing!! Ok, I am definetly making some of that. Along with the pistachi coconut butter...so many nut butters to make! Oh my family are going to despise me, they hate the noise of the food processor :P

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

Love the burger salad! So delicious. I think you need to do a post about the new job at Whole Foods - I want to know what you do there! That nut butter looks amazing. Want it NOW. :)

Oh my, the AB sounds divine! I have been on the fence about AB. I am in LOVE with the Blue Diamond Honey AB but I can't get into Barney Butter or Justin's. Not sure why.

Hope you have a great week. Get some rest. It sounds like you are working hard!!! :)

Take care hun.

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That almond butter looks so good and amazingly creamy!!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Cannot wait to make this!

[That is if I EVER run out of nut butters!]

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

That looks SO good! This is why i need a food processor!!

Wow! I would make this, but I'm sure I'd just binge on it (if I'd be lucky enough to get the almonds from the oven to the food processor without eating them all!)

i want/need to make this soon...i like justin's but i can't justify spending the money on it! crazy too since it has, oh, 3 MILES to travel to the whole foods i see it at! maybe i can pick up some almonds tonight :)

Wow, I made some almond butter so similar to that before I came back to my dorm a few weeks ago! (Still have 1/2 of it left). I took 2 cups of raw almonds and blended until it started going creamy, then I added 1 tsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and some cinnamon (1-2 tsp?). It took forever and my food processor was starting to fog up from the heat (I'll stick to 1 cup of nuts at a time instead of 2 :x ) but it's so delicious! I put it on squash and have it as a snack all of the time!!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I just had Kombucha for the first time yesterday and loved it! It is a local brand to Asheville, NC and on draft at many area restaurants. Super yummy! Didn't know there were actual bottles of it out there...I'll be on the lookout!

Wow--now I'm kicking myself for opening a fresh jar of plain almond butter last week. After that runs out, I will be making this. And a road bike? I'm jealous!!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah R

Uh, yum. As soon as my test is over, I want to spend a lot more time in the kitchen. I believe almond butter just got added to my list. I'd like to experiment with homemade peanut butter too...I always want to try to crazy flavored peanut butters, but they are soo expensive!

I have been a huge fan of regular ol' lowfat plain yogurt by Mountain High (made in Englewood, CO). With regular plain yogurt, I think some fat content makes it a lot better. I haven't tried Greek yogurt...mostly b/c I'm afraid I'll never be able to go back to the regular stuff!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

that almond butter sounds amazing. I like peanut butter best too, but I'm willing to give that recipe a try. I trust you. :) So excited for you and your road bike! good to know about sourdough - i love that stuff but never buy it because it's white!

Homemade almond butter!??! omg that is your best creation ever.

I am definitely going to ask for a food processor for my birthday! Me and the husband are embracing the 5 fingers challenge. In a few weeks we are going down to London for a workshop with Danny Dreyer about Chi Running. Dead excited! We have also bought shoes from Vivo Barefoot so that we can keep up the barefoot livin' without the stares/conversations all the time! It is really difficult to wear normal shoes now...

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

OMG that almond butter looks AMAZING! i have tried makign it before and I burnt my almonds :( it made for a burnt batch...oh well, try and try again!! I am sure that won't last too long ;)

celestial seasoning is jumping on the kombucha bandwagon!! wow who knew!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi (onefitfoodie)

I can't wait to get my food processor so I can get going on this maple almond butter - looks so delish!!

Where are you working!? You sure have long days. Makes me feel lame that I go to bed at 8:30 to make my 5:30 a.m. spin class!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Ohhh my god, that nut butter looks amazing!
I can't even keep nut butters in my house because I could eat them all in one sitting :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

This post makes me drool. A lot. A lot. A lot.

Nut butter addictions are almost as good as oat addictions - yesterday we literally SPED down the highway in order to get to the natural bulk foods store before they closed just because we were almost out of both nuts and oats! BLASPHEMY!

That maple almond butter recipe looks fantastic! I go in stages with what I am craving. Sometimes all I want it peanut butter and then other times I only want almond butter.

YUM!! That nut butter looks to DIE for. I'm so going to make some soon!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person who finds Chobani WAY too sweet! (I thought I was just crazy!)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Toooo funny!! I made it yesterday while Chris was still asleep...I'm sure he could hear it..oh well!!! He reaps the benefits!! :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Love love love. I want to keep that mix on hand at all times. SO delish. If you come over I will make you a fresh batch of nut butter :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was on the fence until now. I don't think I'll ever buy almond butter again..or eat any other kind!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL!!! When will that be??? Maybe I'll just send you some ;)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Flipping LOVE my food processor!!!!!! I must use it 3-5x per week!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've never binged on a nut butter before...and i LOVE pnut butter...but this stuff has no chance..it will be gone in about 2 more days

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know girl. Everyone has been talking about justin's maple almond butter lately...so I was just thinking...I can make that!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I made some without roasting a few weeks ago..if you can roast the nuts [probably not in a dorm] they will cream quicker. I am going to try mine on sweet potatoes soon!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahh, we used to live in Charlotte and made a few trips to Asheville. Love it there!! Never found Kombucha on tap though..how fun! GT's Synergy Kombucha is my favorite..soo many flavors!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Craigslist is where it's at!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh I don't think I've tried that. Where do you get it?? I definitely like my yogurt with a little fat in it...that's the only thing I don't like about Stonyfield Greek yogurt..but it's just so tasty!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah..I seriously was more on the not-like side for almond butter...until now!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

agreed. :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooooh amazing!!! You HAVE to update me..I can't wait to hear about your experience! Yah, I have a hard time in regular shoes as well. When I buy shoes now I look for thinner soles and not tons of padding :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Set your oven lower ~325* and toss every 5min. You have to try again! :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm at Whole Foods, 3 days a week for 8hrs each day. It's an on your feet, go-go-go job that is extremely tiring. I'm at one of the biggest, if not the biggest store in Colorado. It's crazy! :) Props for getting up and making it to spin at 5:30!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

bahahaha LOVE it :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Making almond butter looks like so much less work than I would imagine - but Im still too lazy to try it :( I really should! The addition of maple syrup sounds amazing!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I just made some almond butter last night after being inspired by your original post! I made a cinnamon vanilla and chia-flax. I am totally adding this flavor to the list next time! Why would anyone actually BUY almond butter??? Are you going to try and venture into pb? I am curious to see how they vary.

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wow, yum on the almond butter! So glad you tried roasting the nuts this time. World of difference, right?? Love it!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

Oh. MY. The almond butter sounds AMAZING!!! I could eat those maple syrup roasted almonds just alone though, yum! My food processor is sadly, dead :( Boo.

oh boy that looks good!
And a new bike - HOW AWESOME!!!!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Hmmm...that almond butter looks delish, I totally agree that I prefer PB though. Have you thought about making homemade peanut butter??

Also, just curious, is there a reason why you choose the coconut milk over regular milk or is it a taste preference thing? I checked out the So Delicious brand, but don't like how low in protein it is. Thoughts? :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

i've got to make this! BUT i have a feeling that they won't make it to become almond butter because i'll eat them before they hit the food processor haha.

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ashley, I am starring your nut butter recipe to try this weekend. I made some plain almond butter last weekend and I'm still working through that right now.

And I agree, almond butter is yummy, but pb is where my heart's at!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria @ Chasing the Now

WOW Great nut butta recipe!! im gona have to try this! i LOVE maple nut butter..yum!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Making your own nut butter sounds satisfying. I think it would make nice gifts too : )

Definitely next on my list!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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