gingerbread almond butter

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trust me when i tell you, you are going to want to spread this gingerbread almond butter on everything

gingerbread almond butter

ever since making, and then promptly devouring, these gingerbread muffins last week, i have had gingerbread on the brain. gingerbread is the official flavor of the season, at least in my opinion. it’s sweet, and spicy, and smells like christmas. nothing makes the house smell more festive than a batch of gingerbread baking.

gingerbread almond butter

last year i was all bout the gingerbread scones and granola, this year i am completely obsessed with this gingerbread almond butter. it makes a great dip for apples and pears. it’s delicious swirled into oatmeal. i love almond butter on my pancakes and waffles, and of course you can spread it on your morning toast.

gingerbread almond butter

gingerbread almond butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds (can also use lightly salted roasted almonds)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of cloves and salt

Directions:

  • add almonds into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until they are coarsely chopped (about 1 minute)
  • scrape the bowl down and add the remaining ingredients
  • puree until smooth (you may need to add 1 tsp of oil) stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times while blending (this could take 5-10 minutes)
  • store gingerbread almond butter covered in the refrigerator
   

gingerbread almond butter

 

a few notes – i use raw almonds when making nut butters. they tend to be a bit softer, and i like the sweeter taste, but you could also use roasted almonds if you prefer, as long as they are lightly salted.

gingerbread almond butter

processing takes time. depending on the machine you use, it may take more or less time than in the recipe, so go by sight. once the nuts are finely ground similar to almond flour, they puree quickly. if needed, use a teaspoon of canola or other mild flavored oil to smooth the almond butter. this is the food processor  or blender i use most often, and it takes me about 10 minutes to go from raw almonds to almond butter. just when you think it’s not working…you get almond butter.

not that you will want to share, but gingerbread almond butter makes a great gift basket addition.

enjoy!

gingerbread almond butter