Two weeks ago I hurt my ankle in a climbing fall Which cut me off from any workouts besides arm weights and core. Since I can’t climb, run, hike, or do anything too crazy, I’m trying to focus on eating well and finding some comfort dishes. Nine times out of ten, I am 100% content with normal peanut butter, but my discontent has made me want to change things up. After several cups of some new tea, “Winter is LØV”, that I bought from LØV Organic, I was inspired to create a Chai Almond Butter. This chai almond butter met all of my requirements; flavorful, different, cozy, creamy, and delicious. I’ve been putting it on just about everything these last few days; bread, apples, banana chips, smoothies, and on top of smoothie bowls. I know it may seem a little unseasonal to have chai flavor in the spring, and maybe you’re right, but that doesn’t mean it won’t hit the spot!
It’s really easy to make your own nut butters! It may even make you wonder why you ever bought nut butters once you realize how simple it is! When I make mine, I will add the nuts to my Blendtec Twister Jar* and within 1-2 minutes (depending on the nut) I’ve got silky smooth, warm, fresh, nut butter! The Twister Jar* is perfect because it has two tines (spatula like things) on the lid which push the contents toward the blade. This allows you to blend thick things without having to stop the machine and scrape down the sides. If you don’t have a Blendtec*, a mini food processor or a Vitamix will work too! I can’t attest to how easy/doable making nut butter is in a $30 blender, but you could smoke out the motor because of the load the nuts put on the motor. Just a heads up!
When you make this nut butter it will be thin and smooth until you add in the maple syrup. After adding the sweetener, the butter will thicken up. To thin it back out blend in 1-2 tsp. of coconut oil, this will make it way easier to spread later! You can store your Chai Almond Butter in a mason jar*, weck jar*, or other air tight container in your pantry. If you are feeling adventitious try replacing the peanut butter in these bars or PB cups with the chai almond butter! By the way, the bread in these pictures is from Minimalist Baker. It’s super good, but for the love of God, do NOT use a glass baking dish!!
- 3 cups Almonds
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Ginger
- 1/2 tsp. Cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground Cardamom
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 2 tsp. Maple Syrup
- 1-2 tsp. Coconut Oil (optional)
- Blend almonds in a high speed blender or a food processor until smooth (1-2 minutes in a blender and ~4-5 in a processor)
- Add in spices and maple syrup
- If your butter is super thick add in 1-2 tsp of coconut oil to smooth it out
- Store in an air tight jar in the panty
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