Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter
As some of you may know, I started the Whole Life Challenge on Saturday. One of the big things in this challenge is that you can not have any sweeteners. I don’t really consume a lot of sugar to begin with, but I had a hard time finding almond butter in the store that did not have some form of sugar added to it (the only sweetener we can have is stevia – something like dates are fine too, as long as I’m using the whole fruit).
Another issue for me is going to be the no-processed foods thing as well. Though I rarely eat anything that I would normally categorize as “processed”, we can not have anything that would not normally be found in our kitchens such as guar gum or carrageenan, which is in most store-bought milks, including almond milk, coconut milk, etc. Knowing that I was going to have to make my own almond milk and butter, I stocked up and bought nearly 8 pounds of raw almonds (thank you, Sam’s Club!).
Though I love my traditional almond butter, I wanted to give it a bit of a sweet touch so I could use it for dessert as well. This almond butter comes together easily and is mostly hands-off prep. The subtle vanilla and cocoa flavors are enough of a flavor enhancement to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Though I sometimes prefer convenience to making things from scratch with my busy schedule, I am happy to be taking some time to mindfully create what I’m going to consume and I feel pretty fantastic knowing that I have full knowledge of what I’m putting into my body.
Do you have anything that you make at home that you can buy from the store or vice versa?