This Chai Spiced Almond Butter recipe is easy to make out of only a few healthy ingredients but tastes like expensive store-bought almond butter.
Back when I worked in marketing for a large food company, we used classifications for different types of home cooks to help us understand how to sell stuff to them.
There were the traditional types (meat & potatoes kind of meals), the adventurous types (willing and excited to experiment with new flavors and cuisines) and then there were the Weary Providers. A weary provider is the type of cook that has to feed the family, but doesn’t enjoy it at all. Cooking is a chore that has to be done. Period.
As a young adult, I was always in the creative and adventurous camp when it came to cooking. I loved to cook and I had a hard time relating to the weary provider mindset. But now, as a working mom of two kids, I’ve come to appreciate how hard it can be to make food for the family every day. To be honest, it kind of takes the fun out of cooking much of the time.
To avoid becoming the dreaded weary provider, I have to find ways to make cooking fun and rewarding. This usually means planning to make a new recipe (hello Pinterest!) or getting creative with ingredients I already have on hand. Often it’s making treats like cookies, a fruit crisp or pancakes that I know everyone will love.
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Sometimes I just need something super simple to get me inspired. Chai Spiced Almond Butter is that small win I need to help me feel capable and creative in the kitchen! Starting with a few simple ingredients, I can whip up a decadent, healthy nut butter in minutes – that tastes like a million bucks, but doesn’t cost much at all.
Next time you’re looking for a quick win in the kitchen to make you feel like a gourmet chef – even just for a few minutes – try making this easy recipe:
Chai Spiced Almond Butter
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The main ingredient here is raw almonds. Almonds are a great source of high-quality plant protein, healthy, unsaturated fats and beneficial fiber. They contain high levels of Vitamin E and other antioxidants, as well as magnesium and other important minerals. I buy mine at either Costco or Trader Joe’s (about $6/pound). You can also find them for a good price on Amazon if you don’t have one of these stores near you.
Have you ever had Chai tea? Then you know how delicious these spices are when blended together: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and allspice. Yum! (I’m a fan of the Simply Organic brand of spices – available at many stores and on Amazon).
Here’s how easy it is to make nut butter at home: Mix all the ingredients together (see full recipe below) in a food processor (I use a Cuisinart), or high-speed blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec). It will probably take about 5 to 10 minutes to thoroughly blend (and a few scrape downs along the way).
Note: I do not add any sweetener to my nut butter but if you prefer a bit of sweetness, I would recommend adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.
Enjoy your Chai Spiced Almond Butter plain (it’s awesome spread on toast or add a dollop to your oatmeal).
Or spread it on banana halves and doctor it up a bit with chopped almonds, additional spices and maybe a drizzle of honey.
Go crazy – add some chocolate chips and coconut flakes!
Any way you eat it, it will be delicious! Chai Spiced Almond Butter will help you feel less like a weary provider and more like a kitchen hero!
Chai Spiced Almond Butter Recipe
Made from almonds and just a few other healthy ingredients but tastes like expensive store-bought almond butter.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or high speed blender.
- Mix well, stopping to scrape down sides frequently, until ingredients are very smooth.
- This will take 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your blending machine.
What are your quick wins to keep you inspired in the kitchen? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Looking for more nut butter recipes? I’ve got ’em here in my homemade nut butter roundup!