Monday, December 9, 2013

Cocoa and Toasted Coconut Almond Butter



For the most part, I would have been a good pioneer woman. I love making food from scratch; it's cheap and satisfying therapy. Churning butter? Sounds like a muscle-building blast! Kneading bread? Aggression-buster! A garden that would make a master gardener jealous? Tiring but so rewarding! Of course it'd be hard to make almond butter by hand. I guess that's the trade-off I'll have to live with.




My daughter adores peanut butter, but the ones that only have 1 or 2 ingredients are fairly expensive and I like knowing what's in my food.

I didn't add any sweetener because I wanted it to still be almond butter, not some kind of almond nutella. Although it would probably be delish with some honey.

This is great by the spoonful, spread on toast, or on apple slices.




Cocoa and Toasted Coconut Almond Butter

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups raw almonds
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Heat a pan over medium high heat and toast the coconut flakes, shaking or stirring frequently until lightly browned and fragrant. Immediately transfer the coconut to a small plate so it doesn't continue cooking.

In a large food processor with the blade attachment, process the almonds until they make a smooth paste. This takes longer than you'd expect and it will go through a few stages until it smooths out. You may have to periodically scrape the sides of the container.

Add the toasted coconut flakes, cocoa powder, and sea salt to the processor bowl. Process until fully combined.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


9 comments :

  1. Mathew would love this!

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  2. This looks like a much fresher and healthier spread than Nutella, Loretta! Nutella has its place but it is really frosting in a jar. Even sugary peanut butter has less sugar and way more protein than Nutella. I have made home made peanut butter but never tried adding the cocoa. Sounds good!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I love making these kinds of things at home so I can control the amount of sugar, because when I eat store-bought stuff, that's the part that bothers me the most!

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  3. I would have made a terrible pioner woman. I love that you added coconut to this butter!

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    1. Then you're lucky you were born now instead of then! I love how coconut seems to add sweetness without any actual sweeteners. So interesting and useful...

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  4. Yum! I make my own almond butter but I've never tried adding cocoa. Love the addition of the coconut, I can imagine eating this on pancakes on a cold morning as a healthy alternative to Nutella or chocolate sauce. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Ooohhh! Pancakes?! That sounds fantastic! Or, since I'm hopeless at pancakes (I can't explain that hole in my ability), waffles! Especially topped with additional coconut flakes and a little drizzle of honey...Haha, now you really got my wheels turning!

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  5. I can't wait to try this, it looks so good and I'm guessing it tastes even better!

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