Whenever I am in for a real treat I make Chocolate Almond Butter. As a former Nutella fan, my choco-nut-spread-craving sometimes becomes to big. This recipe will not only provide you with a substitute for those commercial spreads but it will also make you forget all about them! Slow roasted almonds together with cacao, bourbon vanilla, raw cane sugar and a pinch of salt are the only ingredients in Chocolate Almond Butter. It is the perfect sandwich spread that contains only a small amount of sugar and no added fat beside the almonds.
I always use organic nuts and almonds for my spreads. The quality between organic and non organic is huge so your choice here will definitely have an impact on the result. I also use organic and Fairtrade cacao powder. Certain products are important to buy Fairtrade, if there is such alternative, and cacao is one of them. Choosing Fairtrade will make a great difference for all people working within the cacao industry. If you are in the mood for a delicious weekend breakfast you must add Chocolate Almond Butter to the menu. Make sure to also try my recipes for Creamy Hazelnut and Almond Butter with Sea salt and Cashew and Sesame Butter.
Chocolate Almond Butter
- 500 g almond
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 2-4 tbsp raw cane sugar
- 0.5 vanilla pod (seeds only)
- a pinch of salt
1. Start by heating the oven to 150°C ( 300°F ). Roast the almonds for about 25 minutes. After twenty minutes, take one out and cut it in half. If it´s done it should be golden on the inside. Take them out and let them cool.
2. Place the almonds in a food processor and blend until you get a creamy spread. It might take some time for it to get the right texture and at one point it might seem like it is never going to cream up but just continue to blend and help any pieces of almond, that has gotten stuck to the side of the blender, with a dough-scraper. Whatever you do DON’T ADD ANY WATER since any liquid make the texture go crazy.
3. When you are happy with the smoothness of the butter you add the rest of the ingredients and continue to mix until everything is well blended. Add a little sugar at a time until you get the sweetness that you want. Enjoy!
Note: If you wish to change the sugar for another sweetener, swap it to something dry. Sweeteners like honey and syrup contains water and will make the texture bad.