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Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 by in Recipes and Reviews | 2 comments

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!).

Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter Recipe

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.

Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter

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.

Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter


  • 1 1/2 cups Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Inside of 1 Vanilla Bean (more if you want a heavier vanilla taste)
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread your almonds evenly on a cookie sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant (be careful not to burn them). Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Place almonds in a food processor and run for 3 minutes or so, until the powder starts coming together. Scrape down the sides and process another 3-5 minutes or until it begins to turn into a smooth paste. Scrape down sides and let the food processor rest for 3-5 minutes. Add in the vanilla and cocoa powder and process another 2-3 minutes or until the butter has reached your desired consistency.
  3. Please note: the time it takes for your nuts to turn into a butter will depend on the power of your processor. It may take more or less time than noted here. Also, be patient. While it may seem like your almonds are becoming nothing but almond meal, it will turn into almond butter with time.


Do you have anything that you make at home that you can buy from the store or vice versa?

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