Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all enjoyed Nick’s post. I was very surprised, and of course, can’t think of a better way to get a ring than on top of chocolate! Looks like my cooking and baking won’t be slowing down any time soon.
This weekend I had a project I wanted to try. I LOVE peanut butter, and since my love is so great, I’ve also branched out to try other nut butters, like almond butter and cashew butter. My love for these is up there too, but my love for their price is not. A jar of Smuckers Natural peanut butter is approximately $2. An equal sized jar of any all natural almond butter is closer to $10! So, since I’ve been known to be super cheap, almond butter doesn’t find its way into my shopping cart very often.
However, I found a solution! I’ve seen lots and lots of recipes for making your own almond butter and I decided to give it a try.
Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter
- 2 cups unsalted raw almonds
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp peanut (or other light) oil
I started by dumping the almonds into the food processor.
I processed the almonds about 2 minutes, until they were fine crumbs.
Then I added the vanilla and cinnamon and continued processing.
Up until this point, I wasn’t planning on adding anything else, but it had been almost 10 minutes of processing, and I was losing faith that the butter would ever come together. All of the recipes I looked at claimed it would magically happen, but I wasn’t buying it. So I added a drizzle each of honey and peanut oil in the hopes of bringing the crumbs together. Processed a few more minutes…
At this point, I was convinced this was going to be a big Cinnamon Vanilla Fail, but it looked like SOME almond butter was forming on the sides, so I kept going.
After about 15 minutes total processing, the food processor was quite warm, and while I never got the “soupy” consistency that most recipes claimed I would, I did get a big lumpy ball of almond “butter,” if you can call it that. I decided to spare the motor on my food processor, and give up.
I stuffed the almond butter into a jar, with the hopes that my Cinnamon Vanilla Fail might actually still be edible, even if it only ended up in Kaiser’s bowl.
I decided to try it out smeared on a cracker. And you know what? It was really good! It was a bit dry and crumbly, so it was hard to spread, but the flavor was great! I’m not sure why the almond butter never got to a smooth consistency. Next time I might try roasting the almonds first. Even though it’s not very spreadable, this almond butter will be good plopped on top of some oatmeal!
This recipe was somewhat of a fail. It didn’t come out exactly as I was expecting, but the end result was still delicious, and that’s what counts, right? I’m considering this a Cinnamon Vanilla Success afterall.