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!
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!
I absolutely love this creamy combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, maple, and vanilla.
Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Dash Himalayan sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 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)!
- -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)!
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.
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?
March 28, 2014
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