Roasted Maple-Cinnamon Almond Butter

Once you try our homemade almond butter naturally sweetened with maple syrup and deliciously flavored with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, you may never buy the store-bought version again!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp good-quality oil (such as organic sunflower oil or melted coconut oil)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (or to taste)

Directions

Please read “Cooking Tip” below before making this recipe :)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a small baking sheet (10 x 15 is perfect) with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together almonds and maple syrup until every almond is coated with syrup. Spread almonds on parchment-lined sheet and spread into a single layer. Use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the maple syrup out of the bowl.

Roast almonds for 20 minutes, stirring once about halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 10 minutes. Processing the almonds when they’re warm (not hot!) is important.

Process almonds in food processor (fitted with “S” blade or all-purpose blade), starting with the pulse feature, until your almonds looks like breadcrumbs. Add oil. Switch to high power and process almonds until they’re smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the bowl every minute or so. Be patient. This could take 5 minutes or 15 minutes, depending on your food processor. If, after 15 minutes, you aren’t looking at smooth and creamy almond butter, add more oil by the teaspoonful until desired consistency is reached. Once creamy, add cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Process again until well blended.

Store almond butter in refrigerator in an airtight container with a lid for up to 3 weeks.

Makes just over 1 cup almond butter

Per serving (1 tbsp): 100 calories, 8.2 g total fat (0.6 g saturated fat), 3.2 g protein, 5.3 g carbohydrate (2.5 g sugar), 1.8 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium

Cooking Tip: You will need a high-quality food processor or powerful blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) to make this almond butter. Mini food processors (sometimes called “choppers”) don’t work well for making nut butters. Though we LOVE our blenders, we prefer making nut butters using a food processor. Anyone who has the patience to scrape out the nut butter hiding underneath those pointy blender blades deserves a culinary medal of honor! If using a blender, follow the manufacturer’s directions for processing nuts into nut butters.