Maple cinnamon almond butter

If you have the right equipment, almond butter can be super easy to make. I usually buy my almond butter at Costco because it's only $7.99 for 27 ounces, but when almonds go on sale, I stock up and make my own. The best part about making your own? The flavor combinations you can make! This recipe only requires three ingredients (4 if you count salt..) so it's super easy but absolutely delicious.

You'll need to have a high-powered food processor or blender (like a Vitamix) in order to make this. I soak my almonds overnight covered in water with 1 tablespoon of sea salt and then dry them out in a 170 degree oven (that's as low as my oven goes) for about 8 hours (or until dry). By soaking the almonds, you make them more digestible as it reduces the phytates and enzyme inhibitors that naturally occur in almonds. If you Google soaking nuts and seeds, you'll be able to find some great resources on why soaking your nuts is beneficial for your health. I'm not a nutritionist, so doing some research will help you better understand the benefits :)

Once your almonds are soaked and dried, you'll place them into your food processor and turn it on. The almonds will first turn into large clumps and as you leave the food processor on, it will get finer into a flour-like consistency. Once you get past that stage, the crumbs will start to stick together and you'll most likely need to turn off the food processor and scrape down the sides every few minutes. The overall process takes about 15-20 minutes in the food processor, so it's a bit time consuming, but you're really not doing much work besides scraping the sides every few minutes or so. It's a great time to do some reading or other food prep. You'll know the almond butter is coming together when the crumbs start to form one large ball. Let the food processor keep running and eventually it will smooth out and turn into a nice almond butter consistency. When you've reached that point, add in the maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt and let blend for another minute or so. Then, do your best not to eat the whole jar in one sitting :)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups almonds (soaked for 12 hours and dried if possible)

2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Soak your almonds overnight in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon sea salt and covered with filtered water (cover bowl with a cloth)

2. Dry out your almonds in your oven on the lowest setting (150 -170 degrees Fahrenheit)

3. Place almonds in food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed

4. Add in maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt and blend until combined

Enjoy!!

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