Chocolate Almond Butter

DSC_08360012- 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

  • Servings: 2 medium jars
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Ingredients:

  • 500 g almond
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2-4 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 0.5 vanilla pod (seeds only)
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

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.


Make Your Own Cajun Spice Mix

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For a long time I have enjoyed to cook with Cajun style spice mix. I love this blend of spices and I use it on everything from potato wedges in the oven to casseroles and marinades. But one day I happened to look at the list of ingredients on my store bought spice mix and I was completely terrified. It contained such a big amount of additives that I was truly wondering from where it got its flavour. One thing I don’t like in my food is flavour enhancers. Why would you need to add that to a quality product? You wouldn’t… and that tells me this product is of poor quality.

I finally decided to start making my own Cajun spice mix and I still haven’t regretted it. I got rid of all the additives and instead I gained a lot of flavour.

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Cajun Spice Mix

  • Servings: 1 medium jar
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Ingredients:

2 1/2 tbsp paprika
2 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp cumin (optional)

Method:

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until everything is well blended. Store in a glass jar and keep it next to the rest of your spices. Enjoy!