When Ed and I visited the orchard last week, we, of course, had to take advantage of the Pick Your Own apples section since it’s one of my favorite things about visiting the orchard! I think it makes me feel like a farmer or something and, if you know me, you know one of my life goals is to live on a farm.
After we picked the apples, I racked my brain for ideas of what I could make with them. Some contenders were apple streusel, baked apple oatmeal, and applesauce. But then the brilliant idea of making Apple Almond Butter popped into my mind and I knew I had to give it a go. Apples dipped in almond butter has always been one of my fave go-to snacks. It’s simple, quick, and provides a good mix of carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
I made apple butter last year after our trip to the orchard and fell in love. It’s so creamy, sweet, and delicious. So I figured only good things could happen if I combined apple butter and almond butter into one glorious mixture of heaven. And, boy, was I right.
2 Ingredient Apple Almond Butter
Makes approximately 1.5 16oz servings
2.5 lbs of apples (I prefer sweeter apples, but whatever floats your boat)
1/2lb raw almonds
1. Slice apples, removing core, leaving skin on.
2. Place apple slices in crock pot for 6-8 hours on low stirring occasionally.
3. Once apples are tender, mash into an applesauce and turn off crock pot.
4. Allow applesauce to cool slightly, then place applesauce into blender (or use immersion blender in crock pot) and puree until smooth (no chunks).
5. Place applesauce back into crock pot leaving lid ajar to thicken. The amount of time for this depends on how thick you want your apple butter. This step took me approximately 2 hours to get to my desired consistency.
6. Once apple butter is at desired consistency, turn off heat and allow to cool slightly before place in jar and setting in fridge overnight. It will become slightly thicker once cooled. Congrats, you now have apple butter!
7. In the morning, place 1/2lb of raw almonds into high speed blender or food processor. Blend until nut butter is smooth and creamy. This step took me about 15 minutes to get it to desired consistency. You’ll need to constantly stir it in order to make sure it doesn’t stick to the sides.
8. Once nut butter is at desired consistency. add equal parts apple butter to the blender or food processor.
9. Puree until mixture is thoroughly combined. If you desire a sweeter butter, continue adding apple butter until desired sweetness is reached.
10. Remove from blender and store in sealed container in the fridge.
The amount that the recipe will make is entirely dependent on how thick you make your apple and almond butter. This made approximately 1.5 mason jars worth for me with a little bit of apple butter left over. The great thing about this recipe is you can play with it and add different spices, extracts, and/or sweeteners to come up with different combinations. I just wanted this batch to be simple so I could really taste the flavors of the apple and almond, but I’m thinking of adding cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract next time!
Let me know how you like it!
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