Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter Recipe • gluten/grain/dairy/sugar free, low carb, Paleo
I’ve been wanting to share this recipe here for a while now.
When I was first leaning what healthy foods were and which foods my body tolerated best, I also cut out all sweets from my diet. I was trying to reduce the inflammation in my body and I didn’t really know how to read labels and the difference between sweeteners. So I felt it was best to not eat anything packaged or any products that had any kind of sugar added.
This was a hard period for me and it took a very long time to adjust. In fact, I think it took me about 2 to 3 years before I began eating certain foods, sweeteners and even some fruits again.
My go to snacks back then were mostly low sugar fruits like berries. Then I started eating green apples which I have always loved, and then came the nuts. I began experimenting with making different snacks with nuts and fruits and this recipe for Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter was born.
If you eat a healthy diet, low in carbs you know that apples topped almond butter is THE perfect snack. Organic apples are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Almonds contain healthy monounsaturated fats, and are a rich source of protein, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamin E. Together with wholesome spices such as cinnamon and vanilla, this healthy snack also tastes delicious! Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, and vanilla has anti-infammatory properties amongst other benefits.
For this recipe I am particular about using ground vanilla. I think it enhances the flavor and texture of the almond butter. My favorite brand is by Bakto. Their ground vanilla is not cheap, but it lasts a long time and the flavor is unique and amazing. I’m not affiliated with them, I just simply like their products and I like recommending products I like to you 🙂
If you prefer to use vanilla extract, which is more readily available you can. Your almond butter will still taste delicious. If you use vanilla extract, I suggest you mix it into the almond butter with a spoon and not your processor or blender. Using the processor may give your creamy almond butter a thicker consistency. You can substitute 2 to 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract for the ground vanilla in this recipe.
This recipe takes literally about 5 minutes to make! I know you’ll enjoy it and it will be part of your healthy snack choices for years to come as it has been for me 🙂
You guys are so creative and I would love to see your creations. When you make this recipe, please snap a photo and post it here in the comments for me to see. Or share your picture on the social media networks and tag @livinghealthywithchocolate so I can find your post. Enjoy 🙂
- 2 teaspoons ground vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1½ cups almonds
- ½ cup pecans
- pinch of salt
- Add the almonds and pecans to your food processor or high speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy like peanut butter. This may take about 5 minutes depending on your machine.
- Add the vanilla, cinnamon and salt, and pulse to combine ingredients. Store almond butter in a glass jar or airtight container.