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Activated Almond Butter

This Activated Almond Butter is easy to digest, because soaking the almonds removes enzyme inhibitors. It’s easy, Paleo/Whole30/Vegan/Vegetarian, and delicious! If you’re a nut butter junkie like I am, this recipe is for you!

Activated Almond Butter

Nut butter is one of my favorite foods of all time, and this Activated Almond Butter is no exception. Of course, nut butter is easy to overeat (the number of times I’ve done this . . . ), but it’s still a fantastic snack! It’s delicious with bananas, apples, sweet potato toast, dates, or even vegetables. Although this Activated Almond Butter is Whole30, I highly suggest eating it in totally non-Whole30 way on top of Paleo brownies, muffins, or pancakes.

I’m going to launch into a tangent about nut butter. Do you prefer peanut butter or almond butter? I asked this question on my Instagram a few weeks ago, and it was a pretty close match. I happen to prefer almond butter over peanut butter in all scenarios except one: on top of a sweet potato. Don’t ask me why, but peanut butter just happens to taste fantastic on top of a soft, caramelized, baked sweet potato . Especially with some maple syrup . . .

Activated Almond Butter

For now, though, let’s focus on this Activated Almond Butter. Peanut butter is not Paleo; therefore, it has no place on this blog. Almond butter, however, is Paleo! This Activated Almond Butter is special in that it is, well, activated. I soaked the almonds overnight before I toasted them, thereby removing enzyme inhibitors. Basically, soaking the nuts makes them easier to digest.

Activated Almond Butter

Once you soak the almonds, you really want to bake or dehydrate them. I baked mine this time around, but I know dehydrating can be successful too. Do NOT skip this step! Otherwise, you’ll end up with soggy almond pulp instead of toasty almond butter. Trust me, I know.

I don’t know much of the science behind all this, so I can’t tell you why soaking the nuts makes them easier to digest. However, personal experience has shown me that it’s true.

Activated Almond Butter

Personal experience has also shown me that I would eat an entire jar of this almond butter by myself if I could. I hope you enjoy it too!

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Activated Almond Butter
Activated Almond Butter
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Activated Almond Butter
Instructions
  1. Place the almonds in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with water until the almonds are completely covered and add a sprinkle of salt.
  2. Soak the almonds for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Drain and rinse the almonds thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 270 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Toss the almonds with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake the almonds in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, until they are completely dry. Remove them from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes, until crunchy.
  6. Place the almonds in a blender with the coconut oil and desired amount of salt. Blend until completely smooth. Add more salt if desired and enjoy!

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