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Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

22 Aug

I love this stuff! I eat a spoonful (for protein!)  every morning mixed in with some low-fat chocolate or mocha flavored yogurt, oats and flax seed.   We’ve only just recently bought a food processor so when I am able to make it, more on that in a second, we go through this stuff like crazy!  The almonds are first roasted in maple syrup and all the stores in Zug have been out of maple syrup for weeks now.  It’s a little strange. So we picked some up in Zurich this weekend.  I did try and make the almond butter without first roasting the almonds in maple syrup and it did NOT taste as good.

There is a weird reason why I love this nut butter so much.  I have a fake memory from my childhood – I know it’s fake because I asked my mom about it- of this cinnamon flavored peanut butter that we kept in the refrigerator.   I loved this cinnamon peanut butter so much!   Maybe it was a dream…. Anyway, this Maple Cinnamon Almond butter tastes just like my fake memory’s nut butter.  Hmmmm…..???

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

(From Edible Perspective)

INGREDIENTS:

( I double the recipe and it first perfectly in an empty peanut butter jar)

1 cup almonds

2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.

Measure out 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup and stir it into your almonds. Lay out the almonds on a non stick baking sheet, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (no foil or wax paper!!)  Roast your almonds for 15 minutes total, but stir after every 5 minutes, making sure they don’t burn. Once 15 minutes is up, remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. Ashley says you want to process the almonds when they are warm, so make sure you can make the butter after you let them cool.  After 5 minutes, place almonds into your food processor and process for the next 10-15 minutes, scraping the sides down as needed.  Keep processing past the ‘ball stage’ until very smooth.

  Measure out the cinnamon and salt and add it to the mixture. Process it for a few more seconds until it’s incorporated.

Christian is amazed out how liquidy it is  without the addition of any oil or water.

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