I have been so excited to write this post, you don’t even know.
Thank you so much for all the feedback on what nut butter I should make! Your comments were very appreciated. A lot of you suggested almond, a lot of you suggested pecan, and some of you suggested a mixed nut butter. As you know, I aim to please, so I did all three. 🙂 I was eager to make the nut butter right away, but I had a problem: it was 7:30 am and my family was still sleeping. So, I unplugged my Vita-Mix, hauled it to the back of the house and proceeded to make nut butter—in my room. 🙂
Salted Dark Chocolate Pecan-Almond Butter
(Adapted from Oh She Glows)
- 1 1/4 cup pecans
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- About 5 unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate squares—enough to make 1/2 cup chopped**
- 1 tsp solid coconut oil
- 3/4 – 1 tsp sea salt
- sweetener, to taste (optional)
**I actually ended up using a combo of the chocolate I had in the house, because I was trying to use it up before opening my Baker’s. I ended up putting in 1/4 bar of Lindt 85%, as well as a couple tablespoons of mini semi-sweet to finish the bag. I used 2 Baker’s squares to supplement the rest of it, which is why I’m not sure exactly how many squares to use. Chop and measure accordingly. 🙂
Begin by roasting the nuts. Turn your oven onto 325 degrees and roast the almonds and pecans for 10 minutes, watching carefully so you don’t burn them. Let them cool briefly, then dump them into your Vita-Mix/Blend-Tec/food processor/what-have-you and process. I find that it’s best to start low, and go to about medium speed to chop up all the nuts. Once they’re fairly powdery, I turn down the speed to about 3 or 4 on the Vita-Mix. I alternate back and forth between low, medium, and high based on how the butter looks. It shouldn’t take long at all to do this, because pecan butter comes to the butter stage quite quickly. Just be patient, keep the machine running and I promise, you will soon have smooth, delectable pecan-almond butter.
While your machine is making the butter, I suggest that you start melting your chocolate and coconut oil. This is how I melt my chocolate. I put the chocolate in a small saucepan, then I put the saucepan in a frying pan that’s filled halfway with water. It works really well and NEVER burns the chocolate.
After the chocolate is melted, dump it into the Vita-Mix.
Blend it all together on low, slowly working up to a higher speed to make sure it’s all incorporated. Now, add your salt and optional sweetener. I did not use the sweetener and it was PERFECT for me, but feel free to sweeten it if you aren’t too keen on super-dark chocolate. Now for the salt. I would suggest starting at 1/2 tsp of salt and working your way up to 3/4 tsp or 1 tsp. I think I did about 3/4 tsp salt, and it was perfect. You can stop whenever you like if it’s too salty for you, but keep in mind this is a “salted chocolate” nut butter. The combo is FABULOUS and I just can’t get enough of it. Blend to combine, and you’re done! Now, begin salivating.
I hate to build things up normally, because when you try it, your expectations are usually too high to meet. But I can’t help myself with this one. Ohhh my goodness, this is my favorite nut butter I have ever made. It is so beyond amazing and it requires a ton of self-control to not eat the whole container. It’s rich, smooth, creamy, dark and has a wonderful flavor. I want to frost my birthday cake with this stuff! Haha. I really love it.
Let it be known that it is really hard to pour a Vita-Mix full of nut butter with one hand while trying to take a stable, non-blurry picture with the other hand.
I’m almost out of pecans, but I think I will buy some more… just to make this nut butter.
I initially put it in the fridge, because it was super liquid-y, but over time it solidified too much. Now it’s sitting in my cabinet with the coconut butter, and it’s the perfect consistency: smooth and spreadable. 🙂
Make this now. Please.
I ate it with a sweet potato the other night, and it was awesome.
What’s in the pita pocket? A homemade tofu-lentil veggie burger! Recipe coming soon. 🙂
Also, does anyone have a Twitter account? If so, you should follow me! My Twitter username is Kelzfosho. I’ve had Twitter for years, but I jumped off the bandwagon for a while and now I’m finally back on. Let me know if you have a Twitter account so I can follow you, too!
Question of the Day: What’s your most favorite nut butter, whether it’s one you’ve made or one you buy? Where do you rank on the chocolate scale—dark (50%-60%), SUPER dark (80%-100%), milk, or white? I’m definitely a SUPER dark person. The darker the better, in my opinion!
Thanks for reading!