This vegan Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice is perfect for baking, spreading on toast, stirring into oatmeal, or just eating by the spoonful (you really can’t go wrong!). Enjoy!
When I was a kid, my mum used to get us this hazelnut chocolate spread called Samba. We all liked it so much that we usually didn’t even bother to actually spread it on bread. We ate it right out of the jar and it would hardly last a day. Today, Samba is still the only store-bought spread that I like but it’s hard to come by. That’s why I started making my own nut butter. One of my favourites during Christmas Time: Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice.
It is super quick and super easy to make your own Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice. Basically, all you need are a food processor, nuts, dutch-processed cocoa powder, and a few extra yummies (maple syrup, coconut oil, Christmas Spice, sea salt). You will be done in under 30 minutes (YES!!!). By the way, did I mention that this healthy homemade nut butter makes an awesome (last minute) food gift for Christmas (just saying!)?!
Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice
Yield 1 cup
- 2 cups raw almonds*
- 3 tbsp dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil**
- 1.5 tbsp Christmas Spice
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C).
- Spread almonds out onto a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for about 10 minutes or until fragrant.
- Let the roasted almonds cool for about 10 minutes.
- Start processing the cooled almonds in a food processor. They will first turn into almond meal and then nut butter. Stir and scrape down the sides as needed. This process will take several minutes (don't give up - it will happen!). You might be tempted to add some water or milk - DON'T!!!
- Add the remaining ingredients and process a few more minutes until the nut butter becomes smooth and creamy.
- Transfer the Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice to a mason jar and store in fridge for up to 4 weeks.
*Can be substituted with hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, or cashews.
**Add additional coconut oil if you prefer your nut butter to be more smooth.
Courses Homemade Staples
Cuisine vegan, gluten-free, low sugar
Serving Size 15 g (1 tbsp)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Sodium 31 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 2.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.