A few months back, I got ahold of these babies at Tar-Jay:
Man, are they good- so chocolaty, but they are not covered in chocolate- just dusted with cocoa powder and Splenda (calories are inexplicably the same as plain almonds...hmmm, how does that happen?). Anyway, I did what any wild and crazy, fun-loving Vita-Mix owner would do- I made a home-cCocoa Almond Butter. And it was crack-licious. Really. I sent some to HEAB and I think that she said it lasted two days with the help of her hubby CD. While I love love love the taste of Splenda, I'm just not sure about what it's doing to my body in the long run. I knew I needed to Deb-ify this recipe and replace the splenda with stevia.
So last night I made the healthy version... it was yummilicous and almost as good as the Emerald original with Splenda. So my new invention, CAB stands for:
Cacao Almond Butter , AKA
Crack Almond Butter
Into the Vita-Mix goes:
- Roasted and raw organic almonds (could use just roasted, but NOT just raw...too dry)
- Organic cacao nibs- (they are a bit bitter, so I did need the stevia to balance it out)
- Stevia, to taste
- Sprinkle salt, if desired
- (edit to add: I would add Dark Cocoa powder also- YUM)
THAT's IT!! SO easy! Tamp it down repeatedly and it comes out smoking hot and FABO!
By the way, you don't need a Vita-Mix to make CAB, you just need some cocoa powder or cacao powder (buy it at the health food store, or put nibs into the food processor, blender or clean coffee grinder). You could even carob powder (YUM!! my next experiment!). Either use your own elbow grease to stir or try it in the food processor.
Here are some CABs and a plain AB cooling. Aren't they cute? They look like they are on stage, taking a bow to their adoring fans! BRAVO! BRAVO! ENCORE!!
3 of these bad boys are going to go on a little journey- someone in Tennessee might want to keep their eyes on their mailbox. Better yet, just camp next to it.