Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Anyone else love almond butter, but hate the price?? I can’t justify spending $10-12 a jar for a nut butter spread. I am always on the hunt for coupons, discounts, and sales. I found some almonds on sale at target for $4.50 a bag for a 13.5 oz bag. I also had a coupon for $1.50 off two bags. I got two bags for $7.50 (only 3.75 per bag= score!).
I used my ninja food processor to make this delicious almond butter, but any other food processor or a vitamix would work as well.
You will need:
1 13.5 oz bag of salted almonds (I used archer farms brand from target)
5 dove dark chocolate squares (or 1/4-1/3 cup dark chocolate chips-whatever you have on hand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon natural honey
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (depending on desired chocolate taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pour the almonds on a large cookie sheet and roast them for 10-15 minutes. Roasting the almonds releases a lot of the flavor and gives the almond butter a great taste. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before adding to the food processor.
Add the almonds to the food processor and turn it on. It will take 10-20 minutes for the almonds to turn into a butter texture depending on the food processor you use. It takes a while for the oils to be released from the nuts, so be patient!
After about 10 minutes, start to prepare the chocolate mixture. On the stove-top, add the coconut oil to a pan/pot and allow it to melt. Then add the dark chocolate, cocoa powder and honey. Continue stirring everything together as the mixture melts. Next, add the vanilla extract to the pan.
Check to see if your almonds have turned into a smooth creamy butter yet. It may be necessary to scrape down the sides periodically. If the almond butter mixture is smooth, add the chocolate mixture to the food processor and turn it back on to blend for an additional 1-3 minutes. If the almond butter mixture is not quite done, keep the chocolate mixture on low until it is ready. Make sure not to burn it!
After you have finished making the almond butter, transfer it to a jar. This almond butter keeps in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, but it probably won’t even last that long!
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