Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp Seeds

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp Seeds (shutterstock_215313460)Yes, it’s much easier to head to the grocery store to buy a jar of nut butter, but by taking the extra time to make your own, you can keep tabs on the butter’s ingredients. For example, in this Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter, hemp seeds are added. Hemp seeds are considered a super food because they offer a variety of nutritional benefits, including that they offer heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber and an array of antioxidants. After making this almond butter, you can use it to make a nutrient-heavy almond butter and jelly sandwich or as a topping on slices of toast or pancakes.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds, whole
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 cups almonds
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Add the hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds and maple syrup to a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes. At the 15-minute mark, use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture.

Remove the mixture from the oven and allow it to cool for five to 10 minutes. Add the mixture into a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes, but stopping every 60 seconds or so to scrape the sides of the processor’s bowl. After 10 minutes, the mixture should be smooth. Add in the cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and blend again for about 30 seconds.

The recipe will make about 1 to ¼ cup of almond butter. Pour the mixture into an airtight container and store it in the fridge.

If you like your nut butter on the chunkier side, once you’ve removed the almond butter from the processor, use the processor to chop up about ½ cup of additional almonds and then stir them into the almond butter mixture.

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