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Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipe

I know that it might not always appear that we are healthy eaters at my house (cough, cough, cupcakes. Cookies. French fries.) The truth is, that we actually are.

Since I went back to school to be a holistic nutritionist, I’ve made a lot of changes to my family’s diet. More dark, leafy, greens. Colorful fruits and veggies. High quality protein. Healthy fats. Less processed foods. More meals eaten at home. We feel great, and for the most part, every one is on board. They indulge my whims, try new things and have adopted my new way of eating.

But there are a few things that they are not willing to give up. One of the non-negotiables for them is peanut butter. They really love the peanut butter with lots of sugar and salt. They eat a lot of peanut butter, so this is a big thing. It’s okay once in awhile, but for everyday, I want them to eat a healthier version. Not to mention that I feel better sending them to school with non-peanut options for the kids with allergies.

I tried everything. I tried every brand of natural peanut butter. They knew within one bite that it wasn’t their beloved Jif. They started to give me the side eye every time I put a PB&J in front of them. They knew what was up.

I almost gave up. My friend Brooke wrote a book about almonds (one of my favorite things to eat) and I tried this recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter. (Cue the singing angels.) One, it was really easy to make. Second, they liked it. They really, really, liked it!

Now, for 100% transparency, they still prefer their old peanut butter on a sandwich. But, I can get them to eat this (and actually enjoy it) almond butter on apple slices. And that my friends, is what I call a victory.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipe

2 cups raw almonds
4 Tablespoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla powder, 1 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons extract

raw almonds

Start with raw almonds. These almonds have not been salted or cooked in any way. I usually buy a big bag every time I go to Trader Joe’s.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipeToast the almonds in a dry saute pan over medium heat. It takes about 5 minutes, but you need to babysit or they will burn. Trust me on this one. Let the almonds cool.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipeAdd the almonds to a high powered blender or food processor. If you have a regular blender, use the food processor or you will burn out your motor. Again, trust me. I speak from experience on both fronts.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipeAdd the honey, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla powder.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipePulse until the almonds look sandy, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping as needed.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipeThen let it run for 10 to 15 minutes. The oils will release and will make a creamy butter. I stop and scrape a few times before I am done.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipe

My favorite way to clean out the blender? Make a smoothie before you rinse the jar. I added banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and spinach. My kids had it for an after school snack.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipe

Put in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter recipe

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Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter


Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 4 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder, 1 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons extract

Instructions

  1. Toast the almonds in a dry saute pan over medium heat. It takes about 5 minutes, but you need to babysit or they will burn. Trust me on this one. Let the almonds cool.
  2. Add the almonds to a high powered blender or food processor. If you have a regular blender, than use the food processor or you will burn out your motor.
  3. Add the honey, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pulse until the almonds look sandy, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping as needed.Then let it run for 10 to 15 minutes. The oils will release and will make a creamy butter.

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  1. Millie l Add A Little

    October 27th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I’m a nut butter obsessor and this looks amazing! I love the idea of making a smoothie in the blender before cleaning – genius!

  2. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Millie!

  3. Ellie

    October 27th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Delicious. I love nut butters but I’ve never thought of adding other flavours like this!

  4. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Maple syrup is also delicious.

  5. Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    October 27th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This sounds so good, and much better than store bought. Brilliant idea to make a smoothie in the blender. Love it!

  6. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you! I thought that it was pretty smart too. 🙂

  7. Lissa @ The Flourishing Baker

    October 27th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I love almond butter and even better now that I found this recipe! Cinnamon and vanilla? Yum. Way to go on you and your family’s healthy changes. I know how good that makes you feel!

  8. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    It hasn’t been anywhere near as hard as I thought either. Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    October 28th, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Making almond butter at home is one of my favorite things to do. This cinnamon and vanilla version sounds so yummy!

  10. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    It is sort of domestic-goddessy isn’t it?

  11. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    October 28th, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I’d totally eat that on a PB&J sandwich! I’ve never made my own nut butter, but this version with cinnamon and vanilla sounds like the best place to start. Pinned!

  12. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the pin!

  13. Carol

    October 29th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This was very clever, it is not easy to find a substitute for foods that kids are attached too(like their soother, blanket or favourite teddy!) I am with the kids on this one, their is no substitute for peanut butter. I always keep it in my fridge(I get all natural now) whereas Kraft Cheez Whiz only gets that honour when it comes on sale! My brother was the Cheez Whiz fanatic. In my opinion it is way overpriced, I would rather spend my dollars on nice creamy Canadian cheddar!
    Anyhow this looks yummy, I am certainly going to try it!

  14. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I hope you do.

  15. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

    October 31st, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    OMG, Bree, this looks insanely good! I making some and buying a pack of English muffins this weekend.

  16. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I hope that you did, I loved it. 🙂

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