Easy Blender Healthy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
Yields: about 1 ¼ cups
 
This recipe is so simple to make, and it always cures my chocolate cravings! I keep a jar on hand all the time. It's great for spreading on toast or apples--or even eating straight from the jar with a spoon! This almond butter will keep for at least 3 months, if not longer, if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • 2 cups (285g) roasted unsalted almonds
  • ¼ cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • optional: sweetener, to taste (see Notes!)
  1. Add the almonds to a high-powered blender, and blend the almonds until smooth and creamy, with a texture similar to thick honey, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Add the cocoa powder and salt (and sweetener, if using!). Blend until everything is fully incorporated and smooth. Transfer to a glass jar or airtight container, and refrigerate.
Notes: It isn’t always easy to find roasted unsalted almonds, but you can easily roast your own raw almonds (sometimes called "natural almonds") at home! Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean-up!), and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant. Cool completely to room temperature before proceeding with this recipe.

Lightly salted almonds may be substituted, and reduce the amount of salt called for in the recipe to compensate.

I prefer my dark chocolate almond butter without any sweeteners, but you’re welcome to add some if you prefer! My favorite is ¼ to ½ teaspoon of vanilla stevia (I buy it online here because that’s the cheapest price I’ve found!). Pure maple syrup, honey, and agave also work. I typically avoid granular sweeteners because they don’t always evenly distribute throughout the almond butter.

You’ll want to use a blender (or food processor!) with very sharp blades and a strong motor. This ensures that the almond butter turns out smooth and creamy without overworking your machine. This is the blender that I own, and I absolutely love it! It’s worth every single penny, and I use it every day. (And if you check out this blog post of mine, you’ll see lots more recipes of mine you can make with it!) See the text of this blog post above for more information about the best blenders!

For the thickest texture, wait at least 12 hours after refrigerating before dipping in your spoon!

{gluten-free, vegan, clean eating, low carb, sugar-free}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2018/01/25/easy-blender-dark-chocolate-almond-butter/