Almond butter is super healthy and also really yum. Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nuts out, and make a great substitute for peanut butter, or butter in general! Here's a little list of why almonds are so healthy:
- Almonds are really high in protein
- They are a great antioxidant, containing vitamin E which is great for lowering cholesterol levels
- Almonds contain calcium and copper which is why they are said to be great brain food + great for bone strength.
- They contain healthy fats, which is great for cholesterol levels, and keeping you fuller for longer!
- They're packed with fibre which is great for digestion + magnesium which benefits heart health!
Above is just a small list of the nutritious benefits almonds hold! Almonds are best consumed raw and should be stored in an air tight container in the fridge. Almonds should be stored in the fridge as they contain essential fatty acids, which can be damaged at room temperature; making them highly perishable. Also, almonds last longer in the fridge than at room temperature!
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ALMOND BUTTER RECIPE//
- 2 cups raw almonds (Which makes about 1-1.5 cups butter)
Even though I stated above that almonds are best consumed raw - I roast mine as it gives the butter a much nicer flavour and depth, but if you prefer raw, feel free to skip the roasting steps!
- Preheat over to 180 degrees celsius.
- Spread your almonds out flat on a tray and place them in the oven for 10-15 minutes (depending on how roasted you like them)
- Once your almonds are roasted, let them cool for 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, place them in a food processor or very high speed blender and blend! Stop every 2 or so minutes to scrape the sides and make sure it churning well.
- It took me about 12 minutes to get a smooth butter texture, but depending on your processor, this may differ. Below is a guide to how your butter should look every few minutes!
NOTE: DON'T add any liquids to the mixture at any stage!! The natural oils from the almonds will eventually help break the almonds down into a butter.
COCOA ALMOND SPREAD//
- 1 cup Almond butter
- 2-3 tbsp Cocoa powder or Cacao powder (I used cacao)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3-4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- This is super easy once you've made your almond butter, and tastes delicious. I haven't written the exact measurements on some ingredients because this depends on how strong you want it to be (cocoa) and how thin/thick you want it to be (coconut oil) - So just add in the smallest measurement, and then add more if you like!
- Place all ingredients into your food processor and blend until everything comes together smoothly (a minute or so)!