Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

I am just loving this Healthy Food Friday series with American Express. I can’t believe this is the last friday in March! Have you caught on that the emphasis this month was DIY and foods that give you energy/keep you healthy? Next month is all about budget-friendly!

Let’s recap: We started the month off with the immune system-boosting garlic, then for week two we had eggs, to give you protein-packed fuel for a busy day (plus a DIY homemade mayo recipe), last week we had coffee (which has more health benefits than just keeping you focused), and now we’re here with… ALMONDS!

The Benefits of Raw Almonds

Almond butter is a no-doubtly a delicious snack. I mean really delicious. Some days you just need a spoonful, but on other days, the options are endless; spread it on some fruit, top your morning pancakes or cereal bowls, even add it into a smoothie for additional healthy fats. A good quality almond butter can be over nine dollars in your grocery store. Making your own DIY nut butter is so easy, SO delicious, and budget-friendly. Plus, you know the exact ingredients that are going into it. Although healthy fats, keep moderation in mind: 2 tbsp of almond butter are about 200 calories!

Vanilla Maple Almond SunbutterI absolutely love this creamy combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, maple, and vanilla.Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

 

Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

Preparation 2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350, Line a baking sheet with 1 cup sunflower seeds and 1 cup raw almonds and roast for 5-7 minutes
  • 2. Add your roasted nuts to your food processor (I use a 10-cup food processor, this is the one I use- It is inexpensive and works great)
  • 3. Start your food processor and blend until nuts become flour-like for 3-5 minutes
  • 4. Now it's time to be patient, add in your coconut oil, put your food processor on, and let it do the work. After another 8-10 minutes or so, scrape down the sides
  • 5. Put the food processor back on and blend for an additional 10 minutes. Stop every few minutes or so to scrape down, add in vanilla and pure maple syrup here- at this time it should be just about almond butter consistency- blend until fully smooth and creamy (just when you think it'll never happen, it does, so be patient)!
  • Recipe Notes

  • -The process should take about 20-25 minutes. If you use a different size food processor you'll need to adjust the amount of nuts you use, and the time as it will vary.
  • -I don't recommend using a food processor smaller than 10-cups (I've broken one before)!
  • Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

    Aside from a fun take on your traditional almond butter, here are a ton of other recipes using almonds, all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly.
    Usethemin

    7-Minute Warm Apple Crumb Minis 

    Sweet or Savory Protein Crepes

    Paleo Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins

    Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites

    Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Chips

    Double Chocolate Raspberry-Filled  Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

    Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies 
    Aroundtheweb

    Almond Ricotta Cheese from Beard and Bonnet 

    Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites from So, Let’s Hang Out 

    Crunchy Almond Cookies from Gourmande in the Kitchen 

    Chipotle Almond Spread from Tasty-Yummies 

    Almond Flour Coconut Waffles from PaleOMG 

    Gluten-free Cinnamon Bun Twist from Kitchen-Tested 

    Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust from Seasonal and Savory

    Homemade Almond Milk from Nutmeg Nanny 

    Date Almond Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn

    Cocoa Dusted Almonds from Corner Kitchen 

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    What is your favorite way to sneak almonds into your diet?

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