Before I started eating a real-food focused diet, the extent of my experience with nut butter primarily centered around peanut butter. I’d occasionally had some almond butter, but generally stuck to and preferred the peanut.
When I began eating Paleo, however, I started trying other nut butters and discovered there are seemingly endless delicious possibilities! I still enjoy some peanut butter from time to time even though it’s not technically Paleo since it doesn’t bother me. But I’ve developed a love of almond butter and others (hazelnut, cashew, pecan… mmm!).
If you’ve looked at nut butters in a grocery store, especially the specialty kinds that include other flavors or nut blends, you’ve probably noticed that they can become expensive. But if you have a food processor or high-powered blender, nut butter is really easy and affordable to make!
I created this sweet cinnamon almond butter as a simple way to turn a snack into a small, but not overly indulgent treat. It takes plain almond butter to a whole new level of deliciousness and let me warn you — it’s addictive! I love to eat it with some fresh tart apple slices.
- Toast almonds in a skillet over medium heat until evenly toasted, about 10 minutes. Almonds should darken, but not turn black.
- Let almonds cool and place in a food processor.
- Process until the almonds are ground into a meal. Add cinnamon and coconut sugar. Turn the food processor back on and slowly pour in the almond oil, one tablespoon at a time.
- Process until the butter is smooth. This can take several minutes. It's hard to wait, but give it time and it will reach a smooth consistency. Enjoy!