Almond (or Chocolate Almond) Butter

This recipe uses the dry bucket of a Vitamix blender to create super smooth almond butter, however, any blender will work.  

3 cups raw organic almonds
pinch finely-ground Celtic sea salt
2 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 350º F.  Spread almonds out on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly tasted and fragrant.  Allow to cool completely.

Place cool roasted almonds in the dry bucket of a Vitamix.  Turn on and advance knob from 1 to 10, then flip the switch to high.  Use the tamper to push almonds down into the blade for a minute or two, until smooth almond butter forms.

Scrape out almond butter and store in a glass mason jar.  If using cacao, stir into almond butter before storing.

*Roasting almonds releases their natural oils and flavor.  To keep this recipe raw, simply add 1 tbsp raw coconut oil to raw almonds and blend.