It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless chocaholic.
I’m talking about the whole works, chocolate bars, cake, pancakes, anything that’s slathered in chocolate has my name on it. And if it’s wrong, well then, I don’t ever wanna be right (I’m sure I heard that in a song somewhere?!).
So when I first heard of homemade chocolate almond butter *yummm*, I just HAD TO MAKE IT. It just sounds right doesn’t it?
What could possibly be better than almond butter on toast? Chocolate almond butter…on toast.
And with the holidays coming up, I thought it would be such a ridiculously easy recipe to make as a Christmas gift for your family and friends… or yourself. Yes, even if everyone around you hates chocolate, you should totally make it for yourself. Consider this recipe my early Christmas gift to you.
I even thought of pimping it up with Christmasy spices for ya to give it that extra happy holidays kick! But it’s totally optional, this homemade chocolate almond butter recipe works just as well without the spices, if that’s not your thing or if I dunno, maybe it’s like summertime. Btw, if you’re looking for something sweet and festive to make during the holidays why don’t you give my chocolate fudge energy balls a try? They’re soooo easy to make and are super addictive (you’ve been warned).
This time I really wanted to stick to my guns and make it completely sugar free (and by that I mean any form of free sugars (sugar that’s been extracted from fruit), only using sugar naturally found in fruit), so that you don’t have to worry about having too much added sugar, particularly if you wanna have the chocolate almond butter for breakfast. So I’ve only used dates to sweeten, and that’s it! Nothing else.
Let me tell you, this homemade chocolate almond butter is decadent yet light, sweet but not sickly and waaarming. Adding the spices to it makes it so fragrant and will stop you from binging. It really feels like a proper grown up treat! It works so well simply slathered on a piece of sourdough bread with a coffee in the morning, or just as well as a topping for porridge....or with steak or salad (ISSA JOKE, CHILL).
I also have another confession to make but don’t tell anybody. I like to also use it as icing and/or filling for my chocolate cakes, SO GOOD YOU GUYS!
So there you go. Why don’t you give this recipe a try and share the gift of love and chocolate by making this homemade chocolate almond butter recipe on your own?? I promise you, nobody is gonna be disappointed.
Ever tried making a chocolate spread before?
Don’t forget to tag @Earthandspoon on Instagram and use #EarthNSpoon when you make this recipe. It just never gets old seeing your creations!
Lots of love
what you’ll need:
Food processor or high powered blender
Clean, sterilised air tight glass jars (you can recycle used jam jars if you have any on hand)
Serves 500ml (2 cups) approx
150g (1 cup) roasted almonds
6-8 pitted medjool dates
30g (1/3 cup) raw cacao powder
175ml (3/4 cup) almond milk or any plant-based milk
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
1/8 tsp ground cloves (optional)
1/8 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 180C/Gas mark 4/350F.
Roast the almonds on a baking tray lined with baking parchment paper for 10 mins.
Allow to cool to room temperature.*
Blend in food processor for 8-10 minutes until the almonds turn into a smooth almond butter like consistency.**
Place all other ingredients in food processor and blend until ingredients are well combined.
Store in glass jars and keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Enjoy as spread on toast, pancakes, with porridge or simply out of the jar!
* Quick hack to help cool the almonds faster - place almonds onto a cold plate or place them outside if the weather is cool and dry.
** If you have a seriously high powered blender like a Vitamix then that’ll be 1-2 mins!
Almonds - an excellent source of vitamin E & protein as well as a good source of potassium, magnesium & manganese. Almonds help lower cholesterol and contain protective antioxidants.
Dates - rich in dietary fibre and a great source of iron. They also contain vitamin A to protect your eyes, vitamin K to coagulate blood and increase bone density.
Raw Cacao - high in antioxidants that combat free radicals in your body which can help prevent disease in your body.
Cinnamon - a powerful medicinal spice as well as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic & an anti-inflammatory.
Clove - has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties due to the high antioxidant levels contained in this fragrant spice. Great for boosting immunity and oral health.
Nutmeg - high in manganese which helps to prevent blood clotting and regulates blood sugar to metabolise carbohydrates and absorb calcium. Manganese also plays a part to form tissues, bones and sex hormones.
Sea salt - helps to balance body fluids and restores electrolytes. It is also a rich source of trace minerals.