There are two things that are really bugging me right now.

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First up, my annoyingly disgusting new addiction of turning-on-Dirty-Soap-as-some-background-noise-while-I-do-late-night-work-but-really-just-so-I-have-an-excuse-to-watch-it and then pretending that I don’t know what I’m doing.

Oh but wait. I told you about that like two weeks ago. So… I guess it isn’t new.

Next up. Fall. It’s ending already! What.the.heck. I feel like it’s been here and gone in the blink of an eye.

I love all the seasons. I relish in each of them, enjoying cool, warm, hot and cold. Okay, never mind. I never, ever enjoy “hot” unless I’m laying next to a pool. Give me some 90 degree heat and a reason that places me outside, and I’ll be your worst nightmare. Forever. And I’ll make sure to remind you of that time you forced me to sweat and sweat for hours under the blazing sun.

I have no idea why I have no friends, by the way.

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But seriously. I woke up to a good layer of snow on Saturday and even that was a little too soon for me. I’d show you a picture, but I’m sure that about 87% of your Facebook feed was picture after picture of someone posting “omg! it’s snowing!” and a square shot of their backyard. Don’t tell me it isn’t true.

Remember when there was like, no Facebook?! When every single minute detail of your cousin’s boyfriend’s sister’s cat didn’t show up in your newsfeed? And you didn’t have the urge to defriend everyone in your timeline? Man, that was the life.

 

Anyway. Instead of doing something to prolong the beauty of my favorite season, I made almond butter that tastes like Christmas. Actually, I made peanut butter that tastes like Christmas. But it was sort of gross. Not my thang. Which is huge… because if you have anything about me, you know that I loathe almond butter. I see no reason why people go batty over it as I believe it tastes like gritty mud.

But! It tastes pretty delicious when mixed with a bunch of other flavors. Chocolate and coconut is still my first choice, but gingerbread is running a close second. You should totally make some while you carve your pumpkin. Because I said so. And I really won’t tell if you like, eat it with a spoon and watch something trashy on TV.

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Homemade Maple Gingerbread Almond Butter

makes about 3/4 cup butter, can be easily doubled

1 cup raw, unsalted whole almonds

1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 teaspoons molasses

3/4 – 1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinches of each: salt, ground cloves, nutmeg

if needed: 1/2-1 teaspoon of canola (or flavorless) oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Lay almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 8-10 minutes, flipping once or twice. Remove and let cool for a few minutes.

Add roasted almonds to a food processor and blend until it just becomes smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add in molasses, maple syrup and spices, then continue to blend (while scraping the sides down every so often) until butter comes together – about another 5 minutes. Butter will be a a thicker and bit sticker than traditional almond butter. Store in the fridge.

Note: if needed, blend in a teaspoon or less of flavorless oil to help the butter come together.

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Happy Halloweener!

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98 Responses to “Homemade Maple Gingerbread Almond Butter.”

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — October 31, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    And now you’re going to package some of that up for me and send it to Chicago. Thanks!

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    Kathryn — October 31, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    You should come to England, it is most definitely still Autumn here. I long for some cold weather!

    I love the colour of this butter and the fact that it tastes like Christmas? Bonus!

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    Lys — October 31, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Thank you for having such a detailed recipe for making almond butter. Fact, this past Friday, as prep for our road trip to an NYC wedding, I decided I’d make sunflower seed butter. What I found online consisted of throwing in 2 cups of sunflower seeds and then grinding them for “about a minute,” and voila! Sunflower seed butter.

    No.

    What resulted was a crumbly mess in my food processor that no matter how much I spun that wretched little metal blade around, would not make anything that looked like butter.

    I may have wailed, thrown it into my blender, only to hear *that* blade whir around, as if to say, “danger will robinson, DANGER.”

    So again, thank you. Because as most people know, Roo really doesn’t need anymore drama from this girl in the kitchen. ie no wants reality television *actually* in their house. :)

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:44 am

      Hahaha oh man… been there.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — October 31, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    I love the sound of this! Maple & ginger are such fantastic flavors, and pairing them with almond butter is a great idea. I’m glad you linked back to your macaroon almond butter… I remember you posting it, but haven’t gotten around to making it. I’m a total sucker for chocolate & coconut together (I just posted a recipe for Almond Joy toast & recently posted one for Almond Joy Macaroons), so I know I’ll love the almond butter =)

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    Blog is the New Black — October 31, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Love that you used maple gingerbread flavor… deliciousness!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 31, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Personally not a fan of almond butter either!! Gritty mud; exactly! However, this gingerbread flavor looks real real tempting!!

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    jeannette — October 31, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    i live in houston. so no, no abundant facebook pics of snow on the ground here. :((

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    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 31, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    What an awesome idea! My secretary would love me if I made this for her! I think I may this week, if I can move from all the Halloween Sugar I have ingested! Happy Halloween!!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 31, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I love gingerbread flavored anything. Ginger/molasses cookies are seriously under-rated. I love them so much and I bet this nut butter..is…phenomenal.

    Along with sunny, hot, weather. Or at least warm. I’d take 78F and sunny every.day.of.the.year and be very happy. Seasons to me are over-rated. :)

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    Rodzilla — October 31, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    It wasn’t even good snow..that slushy garbage already. I wanted to cry.

    I’m a PB over AB type myself, but this definitely looks like the better flavor pairing. And have you heard about the rise in Peanut Prices?

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:44 am

      I haven’t?! I tend to ignore prices regarding food so I don’t feel bad when I buy everything.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 31, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Oooh I need some of this right now!! I just ran out of my PB&Co cinnamon raisin swirl and my MaraNatha AB is in my filing cabinet at work (and I’m working from home today)… TOTALLY making this soon!

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    Elysha — October 31, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    I’m in Vermont, so it looks like Christmas outside on Halloween (pretty typical), so I may be making this today before I take the kids trick-or-treating. You know you’re in Vermont when you have to layer thermals and sweatshirts under your costume, and wear boots instead of Cinderella’s glass slippers (my three-year-old will not be happy about that).

    And, are you just a little tired, or is it really a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of ground cloves, and another pinch of nutmeg. ;) Happy Halloween!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — October 31, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    This has all of my favorite flavors! YUM! Since you confessed, I’ll confess, I can’t stop watching Sister Wives on Netflix lately. Everytime I sit down with the computer to work, I’m drawn to put that show on. The dynamic of thinking with that family is just so unimaginable to me…

    Happy Halloween!

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:43 am

      I sort of understand because I was obsessed with Big Love for years… but it wasn’t real!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 31, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    I’d be eating this stuff by the spoonful if I made it!

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    Kelly — October 31, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Looks great Jess. I love the gingerbread flavor. I think pumpkin outshines gingerbread every year and I don’t understand why!

    And I still feel bad that you came to Austin this summer when we were having our worst heat wave in like 20 years. 90 degrees sounds cool to me…and you poor thing were here when it was like 115.

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:43 am

      Haha, I was scarred for life.

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    Gen — October 31, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Um wow! That looks incredible!

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    Kim in MD — October 31, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    It feels like Christmas here, too, so I think I will make some of this to really get in the spirit! ;-) YUM!

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    Bev Weidner — October 31, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Aaaaah, now see – I’ve made almond butter before, but never a version where it tasted like Santa was shooting down a chimney and got stuck and had to yell out all embarrassing-like.

    I bet it tastes awesome!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 31, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    i don’t love almond butter, but i think i could definitely be falling in love with this version! sounds like Christmas spread on a piece of bread :)

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    Amanda — October 31, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    This sounds like something I would just go at with a spoon, straight from the jar. Very dangerous…but very delicious!

    Also dangerous – I picked up some cinnamon sugar almonds at TJ’s yesterday. I give them two days at my house. Max.

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    allison @ thesundayflog — October 31, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    HAHA i cracked up about everyone on fb uploading photos. i was just complaining about that to my co-workers. and yes, im on a defriending bender…

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — October 31, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I am with you on loving the seasons but hating the heat — I’d rather be bundled up under a million layers in the wintertime than to be sweating nonstop in the summer.

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 9:42 am

      Agreed. You can always get warmer!

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    Erica — October 31, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I dont really use facebook-i know, yotal traitor to our generation. I am a big ab fan(flavored or not!). This sounds delicious

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    Cait's Plate — October 31, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. Pass me a straw. We can share :)

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    Molly @ RDexposed — October 31, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Gone are the days of Facebook restriction to college. Now are the days of “?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” from um…the new users. HA!
    More on topic: I actually could use the recipe for cardiac rehab with following ADA guidelines!

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    Katrina — October 31, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Mmm this is an awesome idea! Love gingerbread…anything!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 31, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I need this on my toast this morning! Looks delicious :)

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    Stacey — October 31, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I hate the heat as well and I’m still not sure why I live in the desert of AZ!!! We don’t even get a real fall or winter for that matter. We have two seasons . . . hotter than (you know where) and slightly cooler. Oh well, someday I’ll move to a place that has 4 distinct seasons.

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    Maria — October 31, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Love this almond butter! Great flavor!

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    Sweet and Savvy — October 31, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Um. Wow. This looks wonderful.

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    Ashley — October 31, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Yumm yum! This reminds me of the almond butter I made last year! SO good. I haven’t made nut butter in too long…I think this is just what I needed to see. :)

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — October 31, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    One of the things I think I’m going to love about living in the South again is how much longer the fall lasts here– I think we still have another month of it!!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 31, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    The way you feel about almond butter is the way I feel about sunflower seed butter. Nasty!

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

      I’m with ya. Not a fan of that either.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — October 31, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I seriously just gasped outloud! I think that’s also “Mrs-speak” for “I’m SOOO making that” without having to say a word!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — October 31, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I also can’t believe Fall is nearing it’s end, weather wise! Although we still have sunny and 70 through Wednesday this week, so I shouldn’t complain. No snow yet. Ah, Northern California. Still–it’s so dark and cold in the mornings. Bummer. Your recipe rocks, by the way.

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    Roxana GreenGirl — October 31, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    I could not believe fall has come to an end. I don’t like cold weather so 8′m so not looking forward to the snow:(
    These butter sounds like a great way to indulge on a chili morning. Love the maple flavor!

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — October 31, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    your post really made me feel better this morning because i seriously thought i was the only one embarrassingly addicted to dirty soap. i flipped it on last night in bed as “background noise” while i read… ya, the reading lasted all of 12 seconds before i was sucked into farrah donating eggs, kelly’s ridiculously thin body and nadia’s witch of a mother.

    ok i’ve wasted enough of your time making you read this comment! the almond butter looks delish :)

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      Ugh. Isn’t it terrible? (And I certainly don’t mean terribly good. No… not at all… )

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 31, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    This butter looks ah-mazing! I love Fall and we just only got the taste of it over the last 2 weeks. Calgary doesn’t really get a Fall, or a Spring. We delve right into Winter and will stay there for like 8 months. I may be exaggerating… but it’s snowing right now. I’m allowed to.

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      Yikes. I feel for ya!

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    carly{carlyklock} — October 31, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    I’m going to have to give this a whirl! GET IT?

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      You are so witty. :)

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    Raney — October 31, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    This looks amazing! One question (completely unrelated to the butter, though)..do you remember where you got your spoons (as in the red one in the almond butter)? They’re the most adorable spoons I’ve ever seen!

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      Crate and Barrel! :)

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    Maia — October 31, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    That looks delicious. Love the hint of gingerbread flavors without actually grinding up cookies. :)

    Facebook was good for one snow-related moment last year: when it snowed in my neighborhood in LA. It was trippy to see photos of snow in friends’ backyards (and my own!) in that one instance. But otherwise, yeah… I’m with ya on that one.

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

      It snowed in LA last year? That’s awesome!

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    Jess @ Jess Go Bananas — October 31, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Almond butter is great and all….but nothing beats pb! Except this I guess!!! Early xmas present!!!

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    Melanie — October 31, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    This sounds wonderful. I must make.

    I have to agree with you about the 90+ degree thing. I always think I could never do the Amazing Race, even though I want to really badly, but either my partner or I would end up dead. Seriously, I get THAT angry when I’m hot. And if you combine heat with hunger, death or murder may become a rational option in my temporarily demented mind.

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

      OMG I think you’re my soul sister. I turn into a complete witch when hot. Seriously.

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    CouponClippingCook — October 31, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Great recipe! Perfect for the fall too. I’ll need a big spoon for sure.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 31, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Yes, I can definitely use a little dose of Christmas today. Perfect!

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    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — October 31, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors! this sounds delicious!

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    Kristi — October 31, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I love your blog. You are super funny. I read a lot (I think) of food blogs and yours definitely is the funniest. Oh yeah, and your recipes are really interesting and yummy!

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much Kristi!

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    Moni'sMeals — October 31, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    YUM!! This sounds so good and with an apple too.

    Happy Halloween!

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    katie @KatieDid — October 31, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I love almond butter, but I think I could love this even more. In vermont we somehow dodged the snow thank god, I am so not ready.

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 31, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Gahhh this sounds PERFECT for THanksgiving or Christmas desserts.. maybe over some pumpkin bread or holiday-ish muffins?

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    • Jessica — October 31st, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

      Um, that would be perfect.

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