Upgrade your PB&J (or any snack!) with this chocolatey nut butter spread!
Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Pillepich and I am currently interning for Healthy Aperture. I’m in the very early stages of my own journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. My love of food and cooking, plus a never ending curiosity about nutrition, led me to pursue this path. I am so excited about helping others learn about good health through food, and about one day tacking ‘RD’ onto the end of my name! I spend a lot of time sharing Healthy Aperture blog posts on social media, and today I am popping in to share a favorite recipe of my own. I hope you enjoy!
Anyone who has ever lived with me is well aware that I absolutely love nut butter. I was a peanut butter sandwich fan as a kid (just peanut butter, no jelly!) and I still love to spread it on nearly all my snacks. A spoonful of peanut or almond butter completes my go-to breakfast of oatmeal with fruit. Bananas, dates, toast, and even plain greek yogurt also get topped off with a dollop of a favorite spread.
After perusing your grocery store aisles, you might be aware that stocking up on fancy, natural nut butters can cost a pretty penny. For someone who finishes a jar more quickly than most, I needed a little help financing this habit. Once I learned the quick and easy process to make your own version of these spreads at home, I was faced with a world of opportunity!
Peanut butter is a classic, but branching out to other nut butters offers tons of different flavors and textures. Almond butter is another popular option, and pecans, cashews, and hazelnuts are all worth trying out. For those who are nut free- you can absolutely make your own sunflower seed butter as well!
If anyone shares my giant sweet tooth, you may also be a fan of the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combination. In an effort to get away from processed candy, but still enjoy a sweet (and not guiltily indulgent) treat, I decided to try making a chocolate almond butter that could bump up my oats or fruit just as easily as the simpler flavors. This chocolate almond butter makes your breakfast or snack feel like a treat, but with sweetness from a little pure maple syrup you won’t be crashing in a few hours.
Chocolate Almond Butter
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Roast the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.
- Place the roasted almonds in a food processor and process them until they form a smooth consistency. Stop to scrape down the sides as often as needed.
- While the nuts are being processed, mix the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the mixture, or stir with a fork, until it is completely combined and smooth.
- Once the almonds reach your desired nut butter consistency, add the chocolate mixture to the food processor with the almond butter and process everything until combined.