Monday, September 16, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Butter

A few weeks ago, when we went to Saratoga Springs, we bought some locally-made Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Butter.  Obviously it was amazing.  So good.  The downside of this yummy treat was its $12 price tag, so this afternoon, while at Costco, I picked up some almonds so we could make our own at home.  $12 almond butter is not a habit one can carry on for long!

It's smooth, sweet, and a really fun way to switch up your snacks!  Almonds have vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.  They're a good source of protein and fiber and have a high monounsaturated fat content (the healthy kind of fat!), so they're a great thing to add to your diet.  Adding cinnamon to foods can help regulate blood sugar, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and can even reduce pain linked to arthritis. It's good for you...and it's delicious!



Ingredients 

2 cups roasted, salted (or unsalted) almonds
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Makes about 1 cup of almond butter
1 Tablespoon = 75 calories

Directions

Place almonds in a food processor.  (I used a small food processor, so you could double this in a large one easily.)  Start processing.  At first, almonds will crumble.  Then they'll start to stick together, so you'll need to pause and scrape down the sides as needed.  The almonds will become thicker and thicker (continue scraping as needed) until all of a sudden they'll turn a corner and start to look more like butter!




Once it's well on its way to "peanut butter" texture, it'll be time to add your flavors.  Add sugar and cinnamon, then process to combine.  Scrape down the sides and around the blade to make sure there aren't any pockets of flavor hiding and continue processing until you reach your desired consistency.



Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Just be careful - even though there are lots of health benefits to the foods used to make this treat, it's also high in calories.  Use a tablespoon to measure!

Enjoy with some apple slices, on a banana, or a bagel thin!







24 comments:

  1. Yum! That looks so good. I've never tried homemade peanut/almond butter and I might have to get a food processor just so I can make it!

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    1. It's SO easy! My little food processor cost about $35 - totally worth it!

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  2. Looks so yummy!! Never would have thought to make my own almond butter! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nancy! Super easy, hunh? Let me know if you make some...and what flavors you add!

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  3. This sounds so wonderful! I love that you added cinnamon to it. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Thanks Heidi! So yummy. Next up is going to either be banana or Nutella. Mmmmmm

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  4. Seriously, I wish I wasn't allergic to nuts. This looks sooooo good!

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  5. Wow this looks great and a yummy fall treat! I've never tried making my own "nut" butter but it does look so easy!

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    1. SO easy! It's super yummy and costs much less than buying specialty "nut butters". :)

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  6. hmmmm looks so yummy, might try making it

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  7. OMG I need this in my life ASAP! Stopping by from the Comment Promise Hop!

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  8. This looks so delicious and what is great is that there are health benefits. Thanks for sharing. I am now a Follower of your blog. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Thanks Judy! I'm such a huge fan of it! Thanks for following :)

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  9. Stopping by from the Comment Promise Hop!

    This LOOKS amazing and so yummy! I have to try it out!

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  10. Oh my goodness..this sounds divine! I am going to pin it so that I can make it for my daughter. It would make a great and healthy fall snack! Thank you for sharing!

    Becky @ mysweetmoose.blogspot.com

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  11. Couldn't find the Pin It Button. Do you have one that I am somehow missing?!

    Becky :)

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  12. That really looks fantastic! And sounds tasty. Wondering though, is it somewhat dry of a taste?

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  13. That looks so good...and simple to put together too! Might have to give it a try....pinning to pinterest :) Thanks for sharing...visiting from the Comment Promise Hop....

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  14. Yum!! This looks so yummy!!! I really want to try this!

    Amanda @ Happily Ever After
    http://karlshappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

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  15. Oh, I just made some the other day and it's a great treat when eating apples. I might have broken my food processor though. :/ Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-9.html

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  16. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  17. This looks SO yummy, Lauren! Being a runner, I love almond butter! I don't have a food processor...do you think a blender would work?
    Thanks so much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
    Katie

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  18. This looks so good! I'm excited to try it! I'm featuring this at my link party tonight and pinning!

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  19. Looks delish! Good reason to own a food processor ;)

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