4 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 12, 2011

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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4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Creamy, silky, and intensely chocolaty, this homemade chocolate almond butter will satisfy even the most intense chocolate craving, while providing you with the nutritional benefits of raw almonds at the same time! The secret to this chocolate almond butter is melting the chocolate and mixing it into freshly made almond butter. Enjoy it on toast, hot oatmeal, muffins, crackers, fruit, graham crackers, or veggies…the sky is the limit. The calorie count is also about the same for this chocolate nut butter as it is for regular almond butter. See below for nutritional info.

Yield: ~ 20 one tbsp servings,1 & 1/4 cup, or enough to fill a 250 ml jar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate (I used organic dark chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (another oil may work too)
  • 1/8th-1/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste

 

Directions: Place 2 cups of raw, whole almonds into a food processor. Process for about 15 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every minute or as necessary. It is a long process, but you don’t want to stop until you have released all the oils in the almonds and the mixture is very smooth and buttery! This took me a good 14-15 minutes.

Just before your almond butter is ready, add the 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1 tsp of coconut oil to a small pot. Melt on low. You want to remove the pot from heat when there are still some chocolate chip clumps remaining. Don’t worry they will melt as you stir the mixture. I always take it off the heat a bit early to avoid burning the chocolate.

Add the melted chocolate to the almond butter (still in the processor) and process for a couple minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add your kosher salt to taste and process more. Scoop into a container and store in the fridge. Makes 1 & 1/4 cups, 20 one-tbsp servings, or enough to fill a 250 ml jar. Refrigerate. Note that the almond butter firms up in the fridge. Allow it to sit at room temperature to soften before using.

Nutritional Info: (per tbsp, approx 20 servings per batch): 104 kcals, 9 grams fat (1 gram sat fat), 6 grams carbs, 2 grams fibre, 3 grams sugar, 3 grams protein.

See below for a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter version too!

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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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Sharon October 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

Tried to make this and stupid me let my KitchenAid FP run too long and burnt out the motor. :o( I’ve been making peanut butter for a few years now and this was my first attempt at almond butter. At 15 minutes I still had just light flour so I let it go longer. Big mistake.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

Ah so sorry to hear that Sharon! :( I hope it is under warranty so you can get it replaced.

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Sharon October 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

It wasn’t burnt out after all. After about 30 minutes, I went and pressed the On button and it worked! But….it did take about 45 minutes overall (this time I let my FP rest!) before I got the almonds flour turned into butter. I have to say it was YUMMY! Next time I’ll try it with roasted almonds instead of raw and see if it cuts down the time!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Good news! That has happened to me with my processor before…always scary when it stops!

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Ali October 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I can’t wait to try this with my green monster smoothie tomorrow morning! My processor didn’t butter the almonds at all, i processed for about 40 minutes. (it may be that i used ground almonds- i didn’t expect that to make a difference) does anyone have any input on that?

However, i added the melted choc and although not being completely smooth, it still looks divine.

Can you recommend an approximate use by date? Or is this far too organised of me.

Thank you for this recipe.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hey Ali, Nut butter should last in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3-4 weeks. Enjoy!

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RachelRuns November 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Hey Ang :) I made this recipe with an espresso dark chocolate bar and absolutely loved it.. I posted how I did it to my blog but linked back to you since it was based on your recipe. Thanks so much.. it is seriously incredible!!

here’s the link to what I posted
http://butitalsomadehimfree.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/what-a-day/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

it looks great! Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of espresso :)

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Allie December 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

My friend is allergic to coconut, what can I use in its place?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

As a sub for the coconut oil, you can use any light tasting oil – grapeseed would work well or if you dont have that canola oil is another light tasting oil. olive oil would work too although the flavour will be abit more pronounced.

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Katie March 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

This chocolate almond butter was amazing!! I just made it and everyone loves it! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Penny July 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Wow! I cannot wait to make this!

Do you think that your ABU would work for this recipe?

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Patty December 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

What food processor do you use in making your almond butter? Have you had more success with one machine over another?
I’m looking to purchase–what to get it right the first time!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

Hi Patty, I use a Cuisinart 14 cup. I think a 12 cup is more than enough though!

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Sarah December 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

Could I use the pulp from my almond milk in place of the raw almonds? Would I need to dehydrate it first? Thanks for the help!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hi Sarah, I haven’t tried it before but I don’t think it would work. Isn’t the pulp just the fibre leftover? I am not sure it would have enough fats for it to process into a butter. Just my thoughts!

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Sarah December 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I was wondering about the fat content too. It is just the leftover fiber. Any ideas/ recipes for the pulp?

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Brody February 1, 2014 at 5:29 am

Hi, I just made this almond butter and it turned out wonderfully!
Here is a video of me making it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aHU4shNHNA
Thank you so much!

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Kristy February 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I was out of almonds, so I used raw walnuts instead. They processed quite quickly. I had to add a bit of vanilla and more salt for the best flavor. It is definitely less expensive than buying it at the store and didn’t take a lot of time. I can’t wait to restock on my almonds and try it with those. Do you know if almond meal would work?

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sarah August 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

this looks awesome. i think im going to have to try it with cocoa butter instead of coconut oil….

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Nessy June 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

This looks scrumptious!!! I will have to make it. Am I the only one that wants a awesome wood stick knife like you have?!

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Weesie August 18, 2015 at 10:22 am

I definitely will ake it. But today I wonder if I could use dark cocoa powder and coconut oil as emulsifier?

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Janna December 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Angela,
PMS symptoms mean your hormones are off balance and I think it’s due to the high carb quality of the vegan diet. You should try keto.

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