Raw Honey + Vanilla Almond Butter


It's a lovely day outside.  Some sweet sunshine has broken through the June gloom to lighten up the house. In this lovely setting I sit here to share a delightful recipe with you.  I've been longing to make homemade almond butter for a while now and I took the time last night to give it a try.  Most recipes I have encountered involve roasting the almonds. As tasty as this sounded, I wanted to create raw almond butter.  Instead of removing the vital enzymes inside the almonds with oven heat, I  chose to soak this batch of nuts.  Soaking brings out the numerous enzymatic benefits locked away in these delicious little treats. It removes the enzyme-inhibitors that reside in the skin of the nuts, making them easy to digest and less bitter.

I had hoped to use my Blendtec to quickly whip my nuts into a smooth butter. No such luck. I turned to my food processor and slowly pulsed my way to butter.  I would be lying if I said this was a quick and easy treat. It is a simple way to add your own twist to your butter.  I chose to add raw honey and a hint  of vanilla to give it a little something extra.  I found that soaking the nuts created a much fluffier butter.  As a result, I added more coconut oil than I thought I would need, but I truly don't mind.  Coconut has rich benefits as well! 
Once I finished my butter, I placed it in a lovely mason jar and let it cool overnight.  I woke this morning excited to spread it on some warm grain-free toast.  With a drizzle of raw honey, it was the perfect breakfast nibble.  Full of good fats and protein, my body felt satisfied and energetic.  I hope you have some time today to give this homemade almond butter a try! Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.


{Raw Honey + Vanilla Almond Butter}
1 lb of Almonds, raw
1 cup Coconut Oil, extra virgin, cold-pressed + organic
1/2 cup Honey, raw + organic
1/3 cup Water, filtered
1-2 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

This batch makes about 24oz of fresh raw almond butter.  Pour half of the nuts into a food processor and pulse until it forms a meal-like consistency.  Do the same for the other half of the nuts.  Place all of your meal with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Place half of this mixture back in the food processor and pulse until smooth and fluffy.  Repeat with the second half.  Feel free to add more coconut oil, honey or vanilla if you wish.  Create a butter you would enjoy.  Store in a 16oz jar in the refrigerator and when ready to enjoy, spread over warm toast or eat by the spoonful for an easy protein-filled snack!


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