A Nutty Gift

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while.  Both my computers crashed simultaneously, and I embarked on a three week tour of Minneapolis, New York and Chicago, sans working computers.  I took this chance to work on some unfinished schoolwork and decompress from last quarter, and I’m happy to say I’m back and ready for a fabulous 2012!

This year for Christmas, as a graduate student, I was a little strapped for cash.  As such, I was searching for creative gifts that everyone I was planning on gifts would love.  Due to my great love of food, I settled on one I know I do well: nut butter.

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The problem was determining what kind of nut butter.  I love my Almond Joy Nut Butter, but know a lot of people aren’t coconut fans.  I finally settled on the main ingredient of maple, but knew something else needed to be added.  I tried a few different combinations, and finally settled on maple, vanilla and cinnamon.  And thus I created:

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Roasted Maple Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter

  • 3 cups almonds
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • pinch of coarse salt

Preheat oven to 375.  Line a cookie sheet (with edges) with parchment paper or use a baking mat.  Put the almonds on the baking sheet and pour maple syrup over.  Mix up until the almonds are coated.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the sugars start to crystalize.  Stir every 5-7 minutes to prevent burning.

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Let almonds cool.  Pour vanilla, cinnamon, salt and grapeseed oil into the food processor (you need a 6 cup + food processor, a mini one will not work). 

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Once the almond have cooled for about 30 minutes, add into the almonds.

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Food process for about 10-15 minutes.  After about five minutes, you’ll have a powder-like consistency.

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Once the nut butter is ready, it should be very creamy, and spread/pour fairly easily.  Once its reached the desired consistency, sterilize your ball jars and lids (you don’t need new lids as you will not be canning them.

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Let cool completely in the jars, then cover with lids and store in the cupboard or fridge.  In the cupboard the nut butter will last 3-4 weeks (with certainty of not going bad), in the fridge it will last up to 3 months (though mine definitely did not…).

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Enjoy!

Do you make gifts for your friends and family?  If so, what have you made & for what occasion?  Or do you tend to buy?

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3 thoughts on “A Nutty Gift

  1. Welcome back! My computer has decided it needed a break as well! I have to reinstall everything. I feel so out of the loop…. Good thing for my phone!

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