I am absolutely (hands down) addicted (…only slightly) to almond butter.
I slather it on top of apple slices with a dash of cinnamon for a 3pm ‘sugar craving’ fix. I drizzle it on top of a smoothie bowl. I add a huge dollop to a chia pudding or to a porridge. I even go to the fridge and eat a tablespoon.
Just delicious stuff!
Almonds are fantastic for children too- they boast many essential vitamins and minerals are a great for luscious skin and healthy hair. Here are some other benefits:
+ Almonds are a great source of protein, with a quarter of a cup providing 8 grams (2 grams more than the protein found in a typical egg!). *High five to almonds*
+ Almonds are filled with the heart-healthy fats found in olive oil, which lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
+ They’re a great source of antioxidants and manganese, with one cup providing 50% of your daily intake.
+ Three quarters of a cup also contains 45% of your vitamin E intake, which protects your cells from damage, as well supporting healthy hair and clear glowing skin.
+ Studies also show that eating nuts also lowers the risk of weight gain.
Creamy Roasted Almond Butter
2 cups raw almonds *
1-2tablespoons melted coconut oil (optional)
pinch of fine sea salt (optional)
Pre heat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Place the lamonds onto a baking tray (note: don’t line it with any baking paper). Roast the almonds for 10 minutes, stirring them after 5 minutes to ensure they evenly roast. Make sure they don’t burn.
Place the almonds into a high powered blender (for best results) or a food processor. If using a food processor this recipe will take a little longer and you will need to scrape the bowl down a few times. Be patient as the recipe will look like almond flour for a while, then it magically forms a gorgeous butter as the nuts release their oils.
Blitz until smooth. If needed add the coconut oil to achieve a smoother consistency (I love mine a little runnier). Add the sea salt if you want a slightly salted version (I think it helps to release the roasted flavour beautifully!).
Pour into a jar. Best stored in the fridge or if you live in a cool climate store in the cupboard. Consume within 4 weeks (should be very easy!).
* Note: You can use store bought roasted almonds if you’re time poor or simply cant be bothered roasting your own (I hear you!).