Making your own raw almond butter at home is easy and will save you lots of money. Raw almond butter is also good for you. Here’s a raw almond butter recipe from Chef V that includes nutrient-dense goodies like cacao, which is different than cocoa. Chef V also explains the difference.
I’m going to tackle two nutrition subjects in this post. First, I’ll explain why raw almond butter is better than roasted almond butter. I’ll share with you my simple raw almond butter recipe. Also, one of the delicious topping in my raw almond butter recipe is cacao. Cacao is very healthy for you but is often confused with cocoa. I’ll explain the difference for you so that next time you’re looking at a food ingredients label, you’ll know what to look for….
Make Raw Almond Butter At Home
Making raw almond butter at home is easy. And the reasons I love making it home rather than from buying a jar at the store are:
- It saves money
- It tastes better
- It’s better for your health
Sure, you can buy raw almond butter at a store. But when you make your own, you can find tune the ingredients and consistency to your liking. And the simple reason why using raw almonds is better than roasted almonds is that it’s more nutrient-dense. The roasting process involves cooking the almonds at high heat. This heat destroys enzymes and some of the other nutrients.
If you’re snack happy, I have the perfect raw almond butter recipe for you….
APPLES WITH CHEF V’S RAW ALMOND BUTTER + COCONUT + CACAO
First, I’ll show you how I make the raw almond butter. All you need is 3 cups of raw almonds to begin. You’ll also need a high-end food processor. Borrow one from a friend if you don’t own one. Process the nuts in Vitamix for 10-20 minutes at high speed. This is easy, but it takes patience. After about 5 minutes, the nuts will look like almond flour. Then, after another 5-10 minutes, the oils will start seeping out of the mixture, forming a paste. Soon after, the raw almond butter magically appears! Store it in a sealed mason jar. Your raw almond butter will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.
That’s the simple way to make raw almond butter at home. Now that you know how, it’s time to make some healthy, delicious snacks. So here’s how you make the apple treats:
- 1 apple (my favs are Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Gala)
- 2 tablespoons Chef V’s Raw Almond Butter
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs
Cut the apple in quarters and smear the almond butter on. Sprinkle with toppings if desired, and savor each bite!
Raw almond butter with cacao … not cocoa!
Do you know the difference between cacao and cocoa? Don’t worry if you don’t. Most people think they’re the same. But in the world of nutritional therapy, the two are different, with one being great for your health and the other, well, not so much.
Cacao is superior in health to cocoa. The reason why: for the same reason truly raw almond butter is better than roasted almond butter. Cacao is raw. Cocoa is processed.
Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s roasted at high temperatures. Sometimes, you have no choice but to cook foods at high temperatures. Like when you’re camping out or barbecuing at home, grilling up some meat. But safely cooking meat aside, most foods and oils, when they are cooked at high temperatures, they lose a lot of their nutrition.
Roasting cacao beans turns the beans from a superfood containing one of the highest antioxidant scores into merely an ingredient that satisfies a sweet tooth and offers very little nutritional benefit. The roasting process changes the molecular structure of the cacao bean.
On a similar note, that’s why I recommend avoiding all seed and vegetable oils (soybean oil, canola oil, Crisco, etc) as these oils can promote chronic inflammation in your body.
In my snack recipe for apples with raw almond butter, I suggest adding cacao nibs as a topping. Cacao nibs give you that chocolatey comfort food factor but without all the added sugar. In fact, cacao nibs aren’t really sweet; they’re bitter and nutty. Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been dried and fermented. In other words, they are minimally processed. Therefore, hardly a speck of nutritional value is lost. (The same goes for other ingredients that come from cacao seed or bean, including cacao powder, butter and paste.)
Benefits of adding raw cacao to raw almond butter
Raw cacao is rich in minerals. In fact, it’s one of the best sources of magnesium. Magnesium can not only prevent muscle cramps, it may also be one of the best natural relaxers. In addition, cacao also helps normalize blood sugar. This peer-reviewed research article considers cacao seeds a super fruit. That’s because cacao can also benefit your nervous system. It can also reduce your risk of stroke. Moreover, raw cacao normalizes blood pressure. Therefore, it may also lower your risk for heart disease.
Extremely high in antioxidants, cacao also has another amazing benefit: mood enhancement. Eating cacao increases the activity of chemical messengers in the brain that induce a sense of happiness.
And in addition to magnesium, raw cacao is also high in the minerals, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
But make sure if you’re making a smoothie at home, you add my raw almond milk instead of regular dairy. That’s because dairy products can interfere with how well your body absorbs cacao.
A final word on cacao. If you’re going to buy a chocolate bar, get one that’s at least 70 percent cacao. Anything less isn’t a superfood and might as well be labeled “milk chocolate.”
Good luck making your own raw almond butter at home. And savor each and every bite of my delicious apple snack with raw cacao. Happy, healthy eating!