I haven’t posted many recipes lately and there’s a reason for that. Namely, I haven’t been cooking much right now. It’s been the holidays which means if it wasn’t a cookie or chocolate, I’m not bothering with it.
(Except for potato chips- I love potato chips. Eating gluten free with lots of traveling, holiday parties, and staying at other people’s homes, I end up eating lots of potato chips. But I don’t mind. Because I love them.)
But…now the holidays are over. I’m not big into resolutions, but I’m definitely into easing out of the craziness of holiday eating.
Delicious almond butter perfectly fits perfectly into my life right now. When I’m trying to eat somewhat healthfully but I’m still coming down off of wanting to EAT ALL THE COOKIES, my favorite go-to comfort food is almond butter. Sometimes I buy it at the store, but I love this easy DIY recipe, too.
The two best-kept secrets to making AH-mazing, super-yummy, scrumptious almond butter are:
- roasting the almonds and
- adding a little unsweetened, shredded coconut.
It may seem like it makes it more complicated to roast the almonds, but I’ve found that it actually makes it much easier. Roasting and processing the almonds while they’re warm seems to help them release their oils and break down faster in the food processor. You can process the raw almonds not roasted and cold but it will take an excruciatingly long time. (Trust me. I’ve done it.) The coconut adds a little oil to help it smooth out and it gives it a sweeter flavor.
Start off the almonds in the food processor by pulsing a few times just to break them up a bit. Then process them on low and medium speeds until you get the consistency you want. Smooth and drippy deliciousness is my preferred texture, but you can totally do crunchy if that’s your thing.
This is a fun recipe to play around with, too. Obviously, you don’t have to put the coconut in, or you could just put in a tablespoon of coconut oil. I like the sweetness that the shredded coconut seems to add, but that’s just me. You could add sweetener, if you’d like. You can throw in a handful of chocolate chips and make chocolate almond butter! (I just did that—it’s GOOD!) You could add a little more cinnamon and some other spices to make it taste like the delicious roasted nuts you get at the farmer’s market or festivals. Make it your own! And enjoy 😉