Easy Appetizer Ideas – Smoked Almond Butter

by Pamela

almond butter, easy appetizer, dips, dip recipes

Yes, you CAN make your own nut butters. I know that this is not some ground breaking/stop the world news but it is worthy of a bit of announcing. Did you know you could kick it up a bit and make more than just plain ol’ almond butter and use it as an easy appetizer for parties? Sure, you can use this as a spread on sandwiches (it’s especially good with peach preserves) or as a filler for homemade Reese cups (a little more gourmet than the usual) but couldn’t you use a healthy and easy recipe for snacking right about now?

The flavors in this dip are more adult than kid, but there is a bit of chocolate in there. Shouldn’t there be a little chocolate in everything?

Smoked Almond Butter with a Hint of Chocolate

Dips and dip recipes tend to be some of the easiest (and much loved) appetizer ideas. Who doesn’t like to dip and dunk stuff into those bowls of deliciousness? Something that’s really cool about dips too is that their flavor changes a little bit depending on what your dipping into it. Hopefully not something that’s been previously dipped (as in double dippers – ewwww….who invited that person anyway?).

For this smoky almond butter, you can dip apple or pear slices (for the seasonal fruit element) but salted pretzel sticks taste fantastic in there too.

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Easy Appetizer Ideas - Smoked Almond Butter
 
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Smoked almond butter, with a hint of chocolate, is a delicious spread or party dip. In 20 minutes you can have a healthy lunch or appetizer - your choice.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Smoked and Salted Roasted Almonds (I used mesquite smoked)
  • ½ Cup Roasted and Unsalted Almonds
  • ¼ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil (could also use canola oil)
Instructions
  1. Toss the first three ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and chop.
  2. Continue processing until everything is in small pieces and has just started to clump up a bit.
  3. While the processor is running, stream in the oil.
  4. Keep processing and scrape down the sides from time to time. Keep doing this until you have achieved the consistency you are looking for.
  5. Scrape almond butter into a bowl and serve.
Notes
This recipe makes about ¾ of a cup. You can add salt if you like it saltier (wait until you've finished processing it before adding more salt). You may also need to use a bit more oil to get the consistency you're looking for. It really depends on how dry the almonds are that you use. But just add a little bit of oil at a time.

 

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6 comments

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I’ve never seen any smoked nuts in Australia. I wonder how difficult it would be to smoke ‘em ? First I’d need a smoker. :)

Pamela February 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Maureen, I think John needs to get you a smoker. It’s not like he wouldn’t benefit too. ;)

John@Kitchen Riffs February 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

Count me among the many that know — in theory — how easy it is to make nut butters, but never get around to doing it. I really need to make almond butter — not always easy to find good commercial ones. This looks exceptional! Thanks.

Pamela February 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I know what you mean John, I don’t make them as much as I should either. And considering all of the nuts I have around this house…I really should be doing this more often.

Georgie February 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

Tasty! I love using flavored nuts to make a recipe… these are a must make! Thank you for sharing your genius idea and hope you are well.

Pamela February 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Georgie,

Things are moving along around here. I think you’re really going to like this, since you’re a fan of flavored nuts.

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