Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chocolate Almond Butter

I've been making this delicious spread for months, but it hasn't lasted more than 2 days in our house, and every time I've gone to photograph it, the jar has been empty! 

My chocolate nut butter progression:  
  • spends a lot of time in Italy eating Nutella = gains 5 pounds 
  •  goes off Nutella except for special occasion desserts *sad face*
  • discovers healthier alternatives, like Justin's Nut Butters *happy face* 
  • remembers making homemade peanut butter as a kid = light bulb flashes 
  • throws some almonds and melted chocolate chips in a food processor = delicious!

The kids' favorite way to eat homemade chocolate almond butter: in a triple layer apple sandwich! Just thinly slice an apple crosswise and spread with chocolate almond butter.
My favorite way? Slathered on toasted baguette. What can I say... I love my carbs sometimes.

Chocolate Almond Butter recipe 

Makes about 1 1/2 cups 

1/2 cup semisweet or dark (60% cocoa) chocolate chips  
2 1/2 cups whole roasted salted almonds 
1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil (optional)

Place chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between intervals, until chocolate is almost completely smooth and melted. Stopping before chocolate is completely melted ensures chocolate will not burn. Stir chocolate until completely smooth. Set aside.

Add almonds to the bowl of a food processor. Process until nuts are finely ground. Continue processing until the ground almonds come together and turn into a peanut butter-like consistency, or the nuts clump together in a ball in the processor, about 5 minutes. If the nuts are still powdery, keep processing. Pour melted chocolate over ground almonds and pulse until combined. If the chocolate almond butter is too dry, add the coconut oil and process to combine.

37 comments:

  1. Genius! I love the progression. Now I'm going to be making this today. :) <--Happy Face!

    xo
    Heather

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  2. My kids would love this, as they are addicted to hazelnut butter. We love Justin's as well as Loacker. I often serve it up topped on challah bread. It's almost like eating cake and one of my kid's favorite after school snacks.
    xo,
    Jackie

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  3. This makes me totally happy - chocolate and almonds turned into a spread. Oh yumm!!

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  4. Lol on your progression! I am with your girls: love eating almond butter or nutella with apples. Highly addictive. sigh... But delicious! :)

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  5. This simple recipe looks fabulous! I love the cute little apple sandwich - adorable!

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  6. I'm obsessed wirh Nutella so this will do just fine!!!!

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  7. I love chocolate almond butter!

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  8. That looks so good! I think I see a new snack coming our way : )

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  9. Love this idea. I love hazelnuts, but when used in products {like nutella} I think they oftentimes taste rancid. Almonds seem to be much more stable. Really fabulous idea!

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  10. Marina,
    I think I'd like this recipe even better than Nutella. I love almonds and chocolate together...yummy.
    Karen

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  11. Michele2:15 PM

    Cannot wait to make this! My daughter will love it on an apple!

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  12. nothin' wrong with a little carb lovin' :)

    this sounds seriously delicious...i'm getting the goods from the store tonight!

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  13. Anonymous5:20 PM

    How long will this keep in an airtight jar and is refridgeration necessary? Sounds yummy. thanks !

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    1. Hi there, I have always kept natural peanut and almond butters at room temp. However, I wasn't sure if the added moisture from the chocolate meant it could spoil quickly. Justin's chocolate nut butter spreads don't have any preservatives and this is what their website says:

      "Do I need to refrigerate after opening?
      Nope! Actually, no nut butters need to be refrigerated but some people choose to in order to minimize oil seperation"

      Ours has been consumed within a week, but I think it would keep in an airtight container for several weeks.

      I hope that helps, sorry I don't have a definitive answer for you - ours has disappeared too quickly!

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  14. This looks almond butter looks incredible, I love the apple sandwich!

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  15. I love this post. Your recipe looks fantastic. As always your pictures are wonderful.

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  16. Finger-lickin' good! What a brilliant idea!

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  17. Chocolate and almonds with coconut oil...sounds and looks like bliss!

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  18. Would I be a meanie if I took that apple sandwich out of your daughter's hand and ate it myself? ;) Marina, I love this idea and your enjoyable post!

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  19. This looks awesome!

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  20. I'd love some of this on my morning bagel. YUMMY

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  21. This is just fabulous! I am such a lover of Nutella as well, so this looks like a fabulous alternative!

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  22. how funny- I just posted "nutella" today, made with Marcona almonds instead of hazelnuts. Great minds/Nutella-addicts think alike :)

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  23. We LOVE Nutella, so you can bet I will be making your recipe this weekend!!!

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  24. I have been meaning to make my own almond butter for ages, and this post has given me new inspiration! Slathered on a fresh baguette - heaven!

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  25. Yummy! It's been too long since I experimented with nut butters - this looks great!

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  26. Yum! I must now go to the kitchen to find chocolate before heading off to bed. XOXOX

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  27. yummy yummy! good tasty treat. thanks for sharing

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  28. Added this beauty to my fall favorites post. Love it Marina!

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  29. Oh my...so yummy!! Pinning!

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  30. This sounds wonderful, so glad I found your blog via the "pumpkin post" @ The Cottage Market this past weekend. I used to love Nutella but we've been sugar-free for a long time and Nutella isn't :( The 60% or greater choc chips are so low sugar they work on our diet :) I also loved Mounds Bars and I could see adding a pinch of coconut flakes in addition to the coconut oil and having another version of this spread. Thanks! Robin

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  31. Made it and its delicious, thank you.

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  32. Kathy5:45 PM

    You really have no idea how happy you've made me. I mean..there are no words! I have been a fan of Justin's for a while now, and have only gotten the little packets at Earthfare when they are 99 cents. I can't bring myself to pay the price for the jar, and now..I don't have to! I just made it..and the only thing I did was add a little sea salt. It is DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  33. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Just made this and it's delicious!
    I made mine with almonds and cashews.
    Will this keep on shelf or fridge?
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad you liked it! It IS so good :)

      Ours didn't last long so it was fine on the shelf. Nuts do go rancid, so I would only keep it a few days in a dark cool place. If you think it will last longer, I would refrigerate it.

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