Apples dipped in almond butter are probably one of my favorite snacks of all time! I also love to add almond butter to my morning oatmeal. It’s delicious! The problem is that raw almond butter in grocery stores can be a bit expensive. That’s why I wanted to share this recipe with you! Not only is this fun and easy to make, it’s a great way to save money! It tastes super yummy and is loaded with nutrients to help you look and feel your best. The beauty of making it yourself is that you can easily adjust the ingredients to make it taste how you like it. Sometimes I add more cacao powder and sometimes I will double up on the cinnamon. If you are vegan, swap out the honey for maple syrup. Enjoy!
Homemade Raw Almond Butter
- 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds (you can find these at the bulk bin of most natural health food stores)
- About 1 Tbsp raw, cold-pressed coconut oil (melted but not hot)
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Using your food processor or high-speed blender, process the almonds until they are in tiny bits. This can take up to four minutes depending on your equipment. Once the almonds are processed add the other ingredients and process until smooth. Store the almond butter in a small mason jar with a tight lid. Spread it on toast, fruit, celery, or even add it to smoothies!
Almonds are a great source of immunity-boosting antioxidants and monounsaturated fats for a healthy heart. They are also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, and copper. Try adding almonds to your breakfast smoothies or include chopped almonds to your morning cereal. You can also spread almond butter on apple slices or whole grain crackers for a fabulous midday treat. If you love salads, add almonds to the top instead of croutons. I’ve also seen people add raw almonds to rice and fresh fish dishes. You can always just snack on raw almonds plain and take them with you wherever you go!
Are you a big fan of almonds? Did you know that almonds are loaded with antioxidants to help your immune system stay strong? Add some almonds to your morning smoothie/juice routine with this recipe. It’s not only delicious but it’s full of beneficial nutrients. Strawberries contain vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamins B2 and B5. Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. Give this smoothie a try today!
Almond, Banana and Orange Smoothie
- 1/2 C fresh orange juice
- 1 C fresh organic strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 Tbsp flax oil
- 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
In your blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!