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Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls

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You would not believe how many requests I get for this recipe! There is not a person who has tried these and not loved them. They are so addicting that I find excuses to eat them all day: pre-morning workout energy boost, afternoon snack, and even an after dinner dessert. My mouth waters just thinking about them!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThis little bite-sized snack is actually packed with all kinds good for you ingredients: chia seeds, flaxseed meal, oats, almonds, and cacao nibs. That’s why they can count as a healthy snack AND pass for dessert! I buy my chia seeds and almond butter from Trader Joe’s and my flaxseed meal and cacao nibs on amazon.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comEverything can be combined in one bowl! Very little mess :)

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

Seriously, try these balls.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comAlmond Butter Oatmeal Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup almond butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or cacoa nibs*

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in one bowl. Be sure to use a big spatula or wooden spoon because the mixture is thick and will require a little muscle! You will want to chop the sliced almonds up so that they mix well with everything.

Once everything is evenly combined, roll into 1-inch balls.  At this size, you will get close to 30. Put them in a Tupperware container and let chill in the refrigerator for at least a few hours. They taste best cold!

You can store for as long as you want in the refrigerator, but I guarantee they will get eaten quickly!

*If you don’t have mini chocolate chips, you could chop up normal sized chocolate chips. Or, try cacoa nibs for a healthy alternative! Cacao nibs contain no sugar and are considered a super food, loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium.

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

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Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! And especially you, Mom!! I’m so lucky to have you as my best friend! I don’t know how I got to be so lucky – you are the most loving and fun-filled person I know. And for that, I sent you the most delicious thing I’ve eaten in months. This Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter makes my mouth water just thinking about it on a warm piece of toast!

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comOnce you’ve tried this almond butter, you will never want to buy store-bought peanut or almond butter again! It tastes so much fresher and you have complete control over what ingredients are used. It’s not complicated to make, as long as you have a food processor. For this version, you will first coat the almonds in maple syrup before roasting them in the oven.

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comAfter tasting a few of the roasted almonds (you won’t be able to help yourself, they are delicious!), it’s time to put them in the food processor. In the first few minutes, you will get an almond flour. You can see how it piles up on the sides, which is why you while have to continue to switch off the processor and scrape down the sides. After awhile, it will start to look like it’s getting wet  and eventually “snowball” into a big clump. Let it continue to run at this point because after a few more seconds it will “butterize” into creamy almond butter.

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comI put the different flavored almond and peanut butters in these cute jars from The Container Store and tied them with ribbon and a tag to label the type of butter.

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com

I know my mom will attest to how delicious this almond butter is, since she enjoyed it with her coffee this morning! Of all of the flavors I sent her in the mail, we both agreed this was our favorite!

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Roasting your almonds will make them break down easier in the food processor. Line a pan with parchment paper (to avoid a mess!) and pour the almonds and maple syrup in the center. Stir the almond up so they are coated in maple syrup and then spread them out in a single layer. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Watch carefully to not burn them!

Let the almonds cool for a couple minutes and then put them in the food processor. You will have to scrape down the mixture several times until you get them to “butterize”.  Be patient, it will happen! Reference the pictures above to see the stages. In total, it can take up to 15 minutes.

Once you’ve reached the butter stage, add the salt and cinnamon and process for another minute.

You can either store on the counter or in the refrigerator. Enjoy on toast, sliced apples, a banana, or a spoon!

*If you haven’t gotten a smooth consistency after 15 minutes, you could add ½ a tablespoon of neutral flavored oil, such as coconut oil, but I have not had any batches needing oil yet. And I’ve made A LOT of almond butter in the last few months. Our kitchen Tupperware has dwindled because they are all stacked in the refrigerator with different recipe combinations!