Chocolate Almond Butter ~ I dare you not to eat the whole thing!

I had a total fail trying to make my own version of Nutella last week.  It would really help if I read the whole recipe before diving right in.  I guess you have to roast the hazelnuts first and remove the skins.  I just threw everything in the blender hoping it would come out smooth and creamy – wrong!  Anyway, it was a chunky mess of hazelnuts and cocoa that tasted really good but not at all visually appealing or smooth.  I decided to move on to almond butter. Ever since I got the Vitamix I’ve been meaning to try nut butters.  I prefer almond butter to peanut butter so it was first up. You don’t need a high-speed blender to make this, you can also make it in a food processor!photo 3I know I’ve said it over and over how easy and cheaper it is to go homemade.  Sure, you can buy organic almond butter at the store for $10 or you can buy a big bag of bulk almonds and make your own for a fraction of the cost!

I wouldn’t really call this a recipe seeing as there really are only three ingredients. The recipe on the Vitamix website called for 1/4 cup of oil for 3 cups of almonds.  I thought that was a lot of oil so I tried making it without.   I still got smooth creamy almond butter without all the extra fat! I suppose if I was going to add oil, it would be coconut and I would use about half of what they recommended.photo 1First thing, you need raw, unsalted ALMONDS!  I used two cups, but you could go up to three.  Pour the almonds (yes, half of mine are blanched almonds…I was using up some leftovers!) and a pinch of salt into the blender or food processor and blend on high.  If you are using a Vitamix, use the tamper to push everything into the blades.  First it will turn to powder, then it will ball up, keep blending until smooth and creamy. This takes about a minute.  Now, the best part – add 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and blend on high until smooth.  The heat from the already blended almond butter and the blades will melt the chocolate chips.  Feel free to add more chocolate chips if you like it really chocolatey. Two tablespoons was just right for me!photo 2Spoon into an airtight container. I’m warning you though – it may not all make it into that container!!! Keep refrigerated for up to 2 months.

Have you tried making your own nut butters?

Nutritional Info for 1 Tablespoon (recipe makes about 1 cup total)
99 Calories, 4g Carbs, 7.5g Fat, 4g Protein, 9mg Sodium, 1.5g Sugar

12 Comments

  • wholefoodrunner October 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    YUM!! I ran into the same problem when making my own Nutella but finally got it right when I realized what you did – roasting and skinning. Very important steps! The almond butter looks delish 🙂

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Good to hear I wasn’t the only one 🙂 I think I’ll try it again sometime but I’m really loving the chocolate almond butter too!

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  • celestedimilla October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    It would be fun to make this and put it in pretty little jars for Christmas gifts. Celeste 🙂

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

      I agree! They would make great gifts! One year I made my own body sugar scrub and gave that as gifts to friends 🙂

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  • shinygreenlife October 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

    You lucky thing getting a Vitamix – I’m hoping Santa will bring me one. That butter looks awesome, nut butters are one of my biggest weaknesses 🙂

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

      The story goes I was saving up for one to buy this Christmas (yay Santa!) and my bosses at work have one here in the kitchen which I was using all the time. I would talk about the days when I couldn’t wait to get one and low and behold they bought me one as a “bonus”…best people to work for. Ever! So I totally lucked out. But I still think it is worth every penny to save for, I use it every day 🙂

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      • shinygreenlife October 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

        Never, ever leave that job … And start talking about how much you want a state of the art dehydrator or whatever 😉 are you in the US? Because I’m in Ireland & Vitamix are about double the price here 🙁

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        • thehappyhealthfreak October 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

          OK…well that is too funny. They have a food dehydrator here too!!! So they very kindly let me use it anytime 🙂 They practically live at the office….hence all the fun appliances!
          I live in Canada and they start at about $500-600 for the standard model. Pricey, but I like to look at it as if you were buying a new fridge or stove. Seriously, it will get a ton of use!

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          • shinygreenlife October 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

            Okay you have convinced me, I’ll start feeding my piggy bank 🙂

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  • The Jolly Beetroot December 26, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Ahhh why have I never thought of making chocolate almond butter before? So simple, and so deliciously indulgent! Will definitely be giving this a go in the new year 🙂 – Niki x

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