Sunday, October 23, 2011

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, and Chia Seed

My favourite nut butter is peanut butter - boring yes, but it's so good! Sometimes I buy almond butter, but I don't really like it. I've bought the big jars from Costco because it's so much cheaper, then I'm looking for ways to use it up. But I've never tried making my own almond butter before (or any nut butter for that matter).

I've seen people making different types of nut butters on their blogs, so I finally gave it a try with this maple cinnamon almond butter. And it was really good! Much better than the store bought one. I like having plain nut butter, but it's nice to have something more interesting like this one too. My only complaint is that it's a bit sweet for me. I really hate having sweet things in the morning (unless it's fruit) and so next time I would maybe cut the maple syrup in half, but that's just me.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Peanut Butter Waffles
Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins
Energy Cookies
Peanut Butter Squares with Milk Chocolate and Oats

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, and Chia Seed
Adapted from Oh She Glows who adapted from Edible Perspective

Yield 1 & 1/4 cup

2 cup raw almonds
2 tbsp whole flax seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat mat. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Spread out almond mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through.

2. Remove from oven and allow the almond mixture to cool for a few minutes before placing into a food processor with the cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Process for about 10 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl every as needed (every minute or so). The mixture will be very smooth when ready.


Dawn said...

I'm with you; I love peanut butter too...but this sounds like an awesome version of almond butter. I love both cinnamon and maple syrup. What a great combo.

Helene said...

I never buy chia seeds but keep seeing recipes recently. That nut butter is probably good on toasts.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mm this sounds very flavorful and healthy. It's just if I bought those seeds I have a feeling I'd have a bunch leftover for years in my pantry like half the things I get haha.

Joanne said...

I love all nut butters equally, but almond and peanut are my two favorites. I know I'd love this!

Johanna GGG said...

I love peanut butter too - and prefer my nut butters as savoury - unless it is nutella - but I do love a bit of maple syrup - and am intrigued by all the seeds esp chia

janet @ the taste space said...

While I adore almonsd, I agree that I don't really like eating almond butter... but maybe I just haven't made it with the right fixins. This looks great! :)

kickpleat said...

peanut butter is my favorite too. but i like this take with the maple and cinnamon.