Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

On Friday night, Marc and I went to my favorite wood-fired pizza place. It sits unassumingly next to the towering yellow awnings of a Buffalo Wild Wings. The parking lot is usually full and because our destination is a small place, I know the majority of those people are eating wings. To each his own, but I like slipping into the pizza place like it’s a secret that only a few of us know. I like to sit up at the 3-person bar and order a glass of their house wine and we split a salad and a pizza. At the bar, I get a good view of the kitchen where they toss pizza dough like they’ve done it their whole lives. I like to think that they have.

This time, Marc notices an old co-worker from years ago and says hi, but accidentally forgets to introduce me. It seems we’ve been together so long that usually the only new people we meet these days are people we are both meeting for the first time. He and his wife are very nice with lovely smiles. She says she thought she recognized me when we walked in, but realizes I just look like someone she knows. Do you ever get this? I have had a handful of people tell me that I look just like someone else they know. Each time it surprises me and I never really know how to respond. I’m pretty sure I do the polite smile and nod, but the comment catches me off-guard every time. My mind instantly wanders to how I can ask to see a picture of this person. If you’re wondering, I haven’t found an appropriate way to ask that question.

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

So I’m really wondering if this happens to you. Or this might be a good time to tell me that you always thought I looked like someone you know.

Almond butter may look like its more popular cousin peanut butter, but as you may already know, they are different. When I first starting reading blogs, I saw how much people loved almond butter. Whether it was swirled into breakfast cereals or spread on a piece of toast, it was definitely a trend. I sought out a jar and quickly noticed a big price difference from the reasonably priced natural peanut butter I usually bought. I couldn’t wait to dip my spoon in the jar and…I didn’t like it. I was shocked and it didn’t make any sense. I have an intense love of all almond things.

I took a long break from almond butter until the other day when I was at Target and saw a jar of Justin’s maple almond butter. It was $10 and I almost bought it because I do love a good Justin’s peanut butter cup. Then I remembered the bag of raw almonds in my freezer and figured I had everything at home to make it myself. I did a little online research and soon I had whipped up my own batch of cinnamon maple almond butter. And you know what? It’s delicious! You know those roasted cinnamon almonds sold around the holidays? Yeah, this almond butter tastes like those, but better.

If you like almond butter, I think you’ll love this. If you don’t like almond butter, I still think you’ll love this. Dip salty pretzels or fresh apple slices in it for the perfect snack.

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

 

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  1. Love this recipe. And yes I get that all the time also – do I know you from somewhere. Come to find out I just look like a so and so. I also never know how to react to this. 🙂

    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  2. I know you will think I’m nuts (get it?) but gonna try this recipe using walnuts. Will let you know how I fare!

  3. Walnut Butter Report: I soaked the walnuts overnight. After draining, let them dry on paper towel. Then processed per your instructions. It turned out wonderful. Thanks Nicole!

  4. Do you think this would work with dry roasted or dry roasted salted almonds ? And then adding in the maple syrup and coconut oil at the end ? Rather than roasting them at home.

    • Hi Dadi, I do think that would work, although I’ve never tried it. The roasting in the maple syrup might give it a more caramelized flavor, but I’m sure it will still be delicious. I might consider using roasted almonds and adding my own salt, just so I could control the amount. Good luck!

  5. I had bought some almond butter once and wow was it expensive..but I loved it. I recently got a Ninja from my hubby and I found your recipe via Pinterest. I just made it some and I’m thrilled beyond reason! Your recipe is perfect! I ended up using extra virgin olive oil as that is what I had on hand…I know the coconut oil will be even healthier..so that is next time.

    Thank you for taking your time to share. You have saved me a lot of money and given me the satisfaction of making something fun and healthy for myself. 🙂

    God bless!

    • Hi Tania! I’m so happy you found the recipe and I know exactly what you mean about expensive almond butter. The coconut oil is optional, but it’s there to help the almond butter set up a bit like it does in store-bought almond butter. Thanks, again, for your comment! You made my day 🙂

  6. Do you use liquid coconut oil? I just tried a almond butter recipe from somewhere else and it seized up. Very disappointing so i want to try yours!

    • Hi Courtney! I added the coconut oil in its solid state. I haven’t had this recipe seize on me, yet and I’m sure that was so disappointing! I did a quick google search and saw that if your almond butter does seize, to process for 2-3 minutes more and it will work itself out. Good luck!

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