Hello Friends! It’s time for another Recipe ReDux 🙂 The theme for this month is:
Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)
After looking through the spice drawer and not really having any jump out at me, I noticed a little bag in the back. It contained these twig-like structures and was bought a year, maybe two ago. Remember when I talked about being a food hoarder? …Yeah.
While vanilla beans are in no way new to anyone, it was my first time using them so I think this recipe is perfect for this month’s theme!
Let’s talk about this almond butter.
I was so excited to start making homemade almond butter when I bought my Vitamix. I had no idea how much better it would be than from the store! I love that you can customize it however you like and control exactly what’s going into it. The ingredient list for this:
- vanilla bean paste
- sea salt
Does it get much better than that? I considered adding a tablespoon of maple syrup, some coconut sugar, honey, flax, and chia, but I started getting overwhelmed with myself and just decided to stick with the basics. Feel free to add anything you’d like!
The layers of flavor in this are insane. First it’s the mmmm I’m eating almond butterrrr<3 then the ooooh what’s that flavor? and then OMG VANILLA BEAN. Then you take another bite and another until you run out of banana to smear it on.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spread almonds evenly on a large baking sheet and roast for 9-12 minutes, stirring once. Stop once you smell the nuttiness.
- Place almonds on a plate to cool. Split open the vanilla bean and scrape out the paste. Once the almonds are cooled, add them to a food processor or powerful blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend or process until almond butter forms.
- Scoop into a jar and enjoy! Keep in the refrigerator.