Vanilla also pairs extremely well with nuts and, as I found out, lifts the already delicious almond butter to a whole new level. I am a big fan of making my own nut butters for a number of reasons 1) it is much cheaper to make my own 2) I know exactly what is going into it 3) I can experiment with new flavour combinations.
It could not be simpler to make nut butter, you simply need a powerful food processor and a little patience!
Vanilla almond nut butter
150g skin on almonds
1 tsp unrefined coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla paste
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend! First the nuts will turn to a fine flour-like texture, keep going and it will come together as a ball, jut let it keep going and you will be rewarded with a super creamy almond butter. The time this takes will depend on your processor.
The amounts in this recipe make a small jar, I am definitely doubling it next time!
I have experimented with this almond butter a number of ways.
It is delicious stirred into porridge, especially delicious if raw cacao and a dash of maple are also stirred through, chocolate almondy porridge topped with a sliced banana is an oh so delicious and nutritious start to the day!
I also stirred a spoonful through pear overnight oats served with blueberry chia jam. More on the jam in a later post.
I also plan to experiment with other homemade nut butters... if I can drag myself away from this vanilla almond one that is!