I love peanut butter. No, I really love peanut butter. Peanut butter and bananas is like one of my all-time favorite breakfast recipes. Seriously. A banana, slathered with peanut butter at every bite...oh how wonderful, oh how glorious...

Anyway, I don't always love to buy peanut butter, because, well, if you're going for the good stuff it can be rather spendy. 

So every now and then, I opt to make my own, but when I do, for some reason I actually lean toward almond butter instead. I think it has something to do with a general notion that almonds might have more to offer in the way of nutrition, but who knows. 

Anyway, I developed this recipe one afternoon as a result of my need to find a recipe for a nut butter that had everything I wanted: good flavor, good consistency, had a coconutty quality, and that was a little out-of the box as well. 

Well, here it is, the fruits of my labor! I hope you all enjoy! 

Salted, Soaked, & Spiced Almond Butter

Yield: 1 pint

  • 2 c. soaked almonds (covered in water and soaked for 24 hours, then dehydrated for 12 hours)
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. anise seeds
  • 1 tsp. pink himalayan sea salt
  • Seeds of one vanilla bean

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend for 10 to 15 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides as needed. Eventually, the almonds will release their oils, and the mixture will take on a more smooth consistency.

At this point, continue processing for 3 to 5 minutes. This reduces the grittiness of the final product.
Scrape the almond butter into a pint jar with a sealing lid. Store in the refrigerator or a bottom cabinet.

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