4 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

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Good morning!

Thanks so much for your awesome comments yesterday…you guys have me so excited about this whole process. I will try my best to do some update posts here and there during the process.

Now onto the most important thing of the day: chocolate.

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They say PMS will do crazy things to a girl.

I cry, I laugh (evilly), I groan, I complain, and I feel a fire in the pit of my stomach when I can’t find my car keys. Flames and smoke erupt from my ears at any given moment. It ain’t pretty.

However, this is why chocolate was invented.

The first edible chocolate bar is thought to originate in England by Fry & Sons in 1847.

Despite it all, I realized yesterday that there is a silver lining to the PMS cloud: I often think of my quickest and easiest chocolate recipe ideas during this time. It is almost as if all other mind clutter disappears to make room for the single and most important thought…

Chocolate.

I find myself desperate in the kitchen, thinking of a new way to get my chocolate fix, when idea after idea pops into my mind. I’m convinced this is an adaptive female instinct that has allowed us to survive during times of hormonal temper tantrums.

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Yesterday, I tried a recipe idea that literally had me running to the kitchen: 4-ingredient homemade dark chocolate almond butter. I wasn’t sure if it would turn out, but I was willing to give it a try. Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…!

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Gather your ingredients: Raw almonds, coconut oil, dark chocolate, and kosher salt.

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2 cups of raw almonds…

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Place in food processor…

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And whirrrrrrrrr away!

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After a minute or two, you will see that the almonds begin to stick to the sides of the processor bowl…not much spinning action is going on at this point!

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Stop the processor and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

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Like so.

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Now process some more until it starts to stick to the bowl again. You will have to stop and scrape down the bowl a dozen times during the 15 minutes. This is normal!

After about 4 minutes…

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After about 6-8 minutes, it will start to look like this.

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It sticks on the bottom of the bowl and you will need to use some elbow grease to get it off. Break up the clumps and process some more.

After 10 minutes, a ball will start to form. It has the texture of play-dough at this point. You will need to use a spatula and break apart the clumps.

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After 12 minutes, you will be tempted to say that your almond butter is now ready, but don’t stop just yet! If you keep going an extra 2-3 minutes, you will be rewarded with an extra buttery and soft almond butter!

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Keep going…

Meanwhile, heat your chocolate and coconut oil on low, making sure not to burn it.

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After 15 minutes, you will have the most creamy and buttery almond butter imaginable!

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Now add the melted chocolate and coconut oil into the processor…

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Process for about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the down as necessary…add kosher salt to taste (I think I used 1/4 tsp kosher salt).

Voila.

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The most intensely chocolaty nut butter I have ever tasted! It sort of reminds me of Nutella…but then again I have never tried Nutella before!

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It makes 1 & 1/4 cup or enough to fill a 250 ml jar.

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I like to save my old jam jars just for this kind of thing.

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I enjoyed my dark chocolate almond butter on flax toast with raspberry jam.

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with tea…

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I also made a super quick dark chocolate peanut butter that took just a few minutes to make.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste

 

Directions: Add peanut butter into a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, melt chocolate and coconut oil in microwave for about 60 seconds, stopping to stir after about 40 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Add melted chocolate to peanut butter and mix well. Add kosher salt to taste.

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This version took about 3 minutes flat!

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Both are really delicious. I have tried store bought chocolate almond butter before, but I was always a bit disappointed because the chocolate flavour wasn’t intense. I was really happy with these homemade versions as they are super chocolaty!

I also want to try making a dark chocolate pecan butter or cashew butter and experiment using roasted nuts instead of raw.

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Chocolate craving demolished.

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For now.

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 12, 2011

Yummm!! Any way I can sneak a little extra chocolate into my day is fine by me!!

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Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 12, 2011

Drool.

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 12, 2011

Wow that looks unbelievable Angela!! Yummmmm.

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Rebekah @ Rebeltarian January 12, 2011

As a person who has recently been going through extreme chocolate cravings…I will be making some of this!

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Cathy Breit January 12, 2011

Awesome..I’ve made nut butter before…but have had a hankering lately for something to take the place of “dark chocolate dreams” by pb&co…something homemade….and almondy….Yum!
Thanks again OSG!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 12, 2011

I’ve got two packets of chocolate almond butter in my plane stash for our trip today, but I have to say that this looks 100000x better. What’s not made infinitely more delicious by chocolate?!

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Mandy January 12, 2011

Yum!

Processing nuts is the most tedious thing ever :P
You go girl!

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thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 12, 2011

AMAZING! Gonna try this soon, must stock up on almonds since I made marzipan almond butter today :p. did you catch my homemade vegan nutella I posted some days ago? keep the chocolate love coming ;) !

x sabine

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please January 12, 2011

Yum! I think this will *definitely* be making a regular monthly appearance in my household… if you catch my drift! ;-)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2011

Mmmmmm….these nut butters look DIVINE!!!! Yum!

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Natasha January 12, 2011

Yummmmmmm!!!!! Will give that a try next time I make my nut butters xxx

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 12, 2011

Ohmygoodness, I almost DIED with happiness when I saw this on Twitter! Looks SO amazing- like Dark Chocolate Dreams but probably a LOT cheaper! :D

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thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 12, 2011

By the way I also save just about any jar or tun that enters this household haha. it’s a fetish, really.

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Jo January 12, 2011

HOLY YUM! I am making one (ok, both) of these this weekend!

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Kayla January 12, 2011

Thanks for sharing this, Angela! I have been wondering about chocolate nut butters…and I refuse to buy them because they are SO expensive. But I have a question — is coconut oil the same thing as coconut butter? I got a jar of Artisana raw organic coconut butter, and it looks just like the scoop of oil you have above, but I’m not sure they’re the same thing. Help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2011

I believe coconut butter is coconut oil + coconut flesh…I’m not sure if it melts like plain coconut oil? You can probably sub in the tsp of coconut oil for another light tasting oil too. :)

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Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 12, 2011

aka Heaven on Earth. And you’re right- the perfect PMS pick-me-up!

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 12, 2011

Ohhh – this looks amazing. I had an almond butter fail last year – but perhaps it’s time to jump back on that wagon.

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Kristy @ KristyRuns January 12, 2011

Yessss! I am addicted to chocolate nut butters! Can’t wait to try this! Plus, this will save me so much cash! Bravo, Angela! :)

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Ellen @ Cinnamonalicious January 12, 2011

Oh my gosh that looks WAY too delicious!
I don’t think I could ever make it as I would end up just eating it straight from the jar!
Then again, I might just have to ;)

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Kristilyn January 12, 2011

That looks amazing!! I just made a few batches of nut butters, but I will definitely keep this in mind for next time. :-)

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Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 12, 2011

YES! Thank you so much. I’ve been wanting to try Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter for a while but it’s so darn expensive. Now I can make it myself. Problem solved! :-)

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jenna January 12, 2011

Would I be taking our blogging relationship too far if i told you I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!???? this recipe looks soooooo amazing!!! I can’t wait to try it! thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2011

hehe luv u too!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 12, 2011

Yum! I do something really really similar but use cocao/cocoa powder instead. So tasty!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 12, 2011

If only I had a food processor. This looks great. The only thing that could be better is dark chocolate hazelnut butter, but I’m a Nutella fiend.

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Beach Bum Beauty January 12, 2011

I am so happy because this is Nutella but the nutrition information shows that it’s a lot healthier! My mouth is watering just looking at the pics. I have been trying to keep away from chocolate but I’m not going to be able to resist this. Swoooooooooon!

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Jen G. January 12, 2011

Let us know how the chocolate pecan butter goes! I’m allergic to almonds :-(

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Ashley @ Taste for Healthy January 12, 2011

Looks like heaven on toast!!! And the perfect pms remedy. :)

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Kathryn January 12, 2011

Woah. Woah my gosh! I want to put it into the no bake balls from the other week. I need a new batch anyway!

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Amy @ purewellnessamy January 12, 2011

Fantastic idea, Kathryn! I’ve become addicted to the no bake balls! I just made a peanut butter/chocolate chip version and they are nearly as good as the almond butter version!

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 12, 2011

Oh yum. Looks delicious and easy!

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stepf @dailyspark January 12, 2011

I make a similar recipe, but I roast my almonds and don’t add salt or coconut oil. My boyfriend wanted a vegan Nutella swap. I’ll have to try it with raw almonds next time.

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Shanna, like Banana January 12, 2011

As much as I’d like to make this, I’m pretty sure my food processor would die at 10 minutes!

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 12, 2011

Ahhh that looks ridiculously good! Thanks for the recipe!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011

THis kind of makes me want to start PMS’ing.. okay, not really, but you know what I mean!

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt January 12, 2011

I cannot wait to make this almond butter! My mom is going to freak when I bring it over to her. Thanks so much for sharing! And I hear you on the PMS. I once cried uncontrollably on the couch because I could figure out how to move a file on my new MacBook. It wasn’t pretty.

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 12, 2011

This looks SO great! May I ask – what food processor do you use for your nut butters? I’ve attempted to make nut butters with mine and it makes it very very chunky. Not smooth like yours!

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desiree April 23, 2013

I have a cuisinart and it comes out smooth. It’s a work horse.

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables January 12, 2011

that looks heavenly!!! Do you think it would work with Roasted Almonds? that’s usually how I make my almond butter, but I bet it would still be good with Raw almonds. Just a question! Thanks!

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Katie January 12, 2011

I have to say that as much as I love making things from scratch, the second recipe is much more my speed. I just don’t have the patience for making my own nut butters. I’ve tried. And if there is the promise of chocolate at the end….forget it. I’d have those chocolate chips eaten by the time the nut butter was ready for them!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 12, 2011

Done. I am making that. So simple and so delicious.

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Tiffany @ Conor & Bella January 12, 2011

Mmm I want to try the chocolate peanut butter! Sounds way too addicting!

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Julia January 12, 2011

Oh my gosh, you are a genius!!!!!!!!
I’m going to try the Pecan version this weekend – wanted to make Pecan butter anyway :-D
Lots of love from Germany <3

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