Making nut butter from scratch is pretty easy. Once you have learned the basic blending techniques, you can easily whip up any kind of nut butters (such as peanut butter) or mixed nut and seed butters, in small or big batches, as and when you like.
This “so heavenly good” almond chocolate butter is truly the almond version of Nutella, as described by Love and Olive Oil, which I can’t agree more! If you are a fan of Nutella, this is a worthy (and definitely healthier) alternative. You would probably love, or maybe, become “obsessed” with this recipe after trying it out. This 5-ingredient homemade almond chocolate butter is our new favourite jam spread now. It provides us the nutritional benefits of almonds, and satisfies our sweet tooth with its robust chocolaty flavour at the same time.
You can use either semi sweet or dark chocolate chips, or a mix of both in whatever ratio that suits you. You’re also free to omit it if you want to. You don’t need to melt the chocolate beforehand as the heat generated by the friction of the blades of the blender or food processor is high enough to melt the chocolate chips during the grinding process.
I used toasted almonds as I find that roasting helps to give this nut butter a deeper and richer nutty flavour. You can either buy roasted nuts or roast it yourself.
The texture of this homemade nut butter depends very much on the strength of the blender or food processor you use. If your blender is not the powerful type like mine, then you may need to modify the steps in making the nut butter so as to avoid overheating the motor of the blender. You can read about my suggestions in the recipe. Regardless of whatever you use to grind, homemade nut butter will never be as perfectly smooth as the commercial ones. However, you can add a little oil to make the consistency smoother and creamier. This step should only be done, using your discretion, at the later stage when the almonds start to release its own oil. For this, I used extra virgin coconut oil as I like to add a hint of coconut fragrant to the nut nutter. Thenut butter will solidify when stored in the fridge, but you can let it soften at room temperature before using. If you are interested to know about more about almonds, please refer to my earlier post – Honey Roasted Almonds.
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