Caramel Macchiato Almond Butter

aaannnnnndddd BREAK!!! Woah that was an intense month and a half. More 12-14 hour school days, show make up, curling irons, and AP tests than I ever want to encounter again. But its all over and I just have a nice, easy week and a half of school left. Then let summer begin!!! I promise I will be more present in the coming months, just you wait! You should see the amount of recipe ideas I have noted on my phone…

Don’t blame me. Blame Heather for raving about Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter. Then blame Sarah for being all amazing and creating delicious nut butter flavors that inspire me and make me want to be her nutty apprentice 😉

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Okay okay. Then you can blame me 😉

I tried the Wild Squirrel almond butter and it was delicious, but I figured it would be really easy to re create:) I was right! I made a delicious replica, but didn’t really write down the ingredient amounts.

photo-90Then I made a mocha version (which I called :AP Week Almond Butter), but the coffee was too strong. Plus I burned the almonds. Not good. The nut butter was good, but not what I was going for…

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But the idea of coffee and almond butter was burned into my mind. “What next?” I wondered…

Then I looked into our extracts container

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perfect.

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It came together pretty quickly, I only had to alter it once before it was perfect!

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And it got two thumbs up from my mom and my (tentative, “what is this??” before trying anything) step dad!!

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Caramel Macchiato Almond Butter -makes 1 jar

Sweet, caramelly, java almond butter reminiscent of that famous Starbucks drink:) This is addictive. You are welcome 🙂

  • 1 pound raw almonds (like 1 trader joes bag)
  • 2 T. ground coffee or espresso (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 tsp caramel extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract*
  • 1 tsp uncut stevia or sweetener to taste
  • dash salt

In a food processor, grind the almonds until they turn into butter. It may take a while, but it will butter-ify:) Add your flavors, pulse in, adjust flavors if nessecary, and store in a jar in the fridge 🙂

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For further guidance on making almond butter check this out

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notes on the recipe:

  • raw almonds work best because they make a mild, sweet tasting butter. I have tried roasting my own almonds for coffee butter before and, while roasted almond butter is delicious, it didn’t really work with the flavor I was going for. The nuttiness was too strong (plus I over toasted the almonds, so that might’ve done something…)
  • don’t use instant coffee or espresso, the flavor is diluted and oddly toasty, not coffee-ish
  • I used coconut extract because I was out of vanilla, and the coconut gave a similar flavor. If you don’t have the coconut, defiantly use vanilla, and maybe start with 1/2 tsp then add more if it needs:)
  • Don’t have caramel? Add more vanilla for vanilla-latte almond butter! Or chocolate! Or Vanilla-Chocolate-Caramel! (ooooh…or just wait and I’ll get back with that one!)

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Its delicious in so many ways!!! Toast, oats, pancakes, baked goods, apples, pears, other fruit, mixed into yogurt with cocoa powder…

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and spoons. Betcha can’t guess which is my favorite??

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WAIW: Easter/Spring Break Edition

And so begins the busiest month of my life. Ill get back to you on that one!

But first, WIAW!! Easter style…

As I mentioned earlier, the night before Easter was stormy! We were up many hours consoling our doggies through the lightning and thunder in the middle of the night! But we still somehow managed to get early for an eight o clock Easter Service (early for us, we usually go the the 11:30 church service 🙂

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Easter Morning began with a delicious carrot-cake overnight oat parfait, topped with crumblies from a carrot cake muffin (which I will share with you soon I promise!!). It was put together relatively quickly too, since nothing had to be cooked!

After a glorious service, (Easter Sunday is my favorite!) my family and I walked over to the coffee shop by my church for some rainy day cappuccinos

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Someday I will learn how to do this…

Since we had celebrated Easter with our family the day before, we went home for a relatively low-key Sunday afternoon. We walked the doggies under the now-sunny sky, had a quick and random lunch that I didn’t picture, and then I set about making these babies…

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Vegan Super Peanut Butter Cups

My craving for Easter candy was now satisfied:)

Even though we hadn’t planned anything special for dinner, my brother was over and since we hadn’t had a real “Easter Brunch” either, I decided that Brunch for Dinner it was!!

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Pretty Easter table 🙂

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Tofu scramble with fresh, local asparagus (Gosh I love living in the central valley!!), Yukon Gold potatoes roasted with garlic, salt and pepper, and an accidentally pink fruit salad with pineapple, mandarins, banana, raspberries, shredded coconut, and a bit of soy yogurt flavored with lemon and coconut extracts and stevia. It was soo good:)

And for dessert, the last of my Sunny Lemon Cheesecake!

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Other eats this week have included:

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Pretty oatmeal:)photo-87

The best OIAJ ever (wow that jar was gone fast! Oops 😉 ). Oats with vanilla, stevia, flax, instant espresso and maca powder plus an apple in a vanilla espresso almond butter jar…Heaven:)

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Lots of cookie dough dip:)

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A gigantic bowl of cookie dough dip topped with yogurt and cereal, of which my whole family followed suit and we called it dinner haha! Plus veggies later 😉

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Salad with lentils and sweet potato

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Kabocha!!!!! They are finally good again!!!
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Veggie sushi snack 🙂 A “go green” roll with long beans, green apple, rice and avocado in a sweet mustardy sauce

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And a snack of yogurt and frozen blueberries and a pear-agar agar experiment hehe:) Topped with cereal, but then you couldn’t see the fun part!!

How was your Easter?

PS! If you are in the Sacramento area, or want to come check out some fun and delicious cupcakes, come join us for 1000 Vegan Cupcakes for Charity on Saturday! It is the second year that my mom’s organization, Sacramento Vegan Challenge, is putting this event on and it is going to be amazing!!! Here is a link to details 🙂

WIAW: Something old, Something new, and Someone easily amused

Happy WIAW guys!!!Thank you to the Lovely Jenn (that is her name now, Lovely Jenn 😉 ) for this party every week. Now Lets get started!photo-79Breakfasts are nothing new usually (you all know I like my oats and nut butter) -Im generally on auto pilot in the mornings. But wait! What is that flavor of nut butter???photo-72Ahhhh!!!! Look what came to my grocery store!!! 😀 The vanilla espresso was highest on my list and it is amazing (honey pretzel-you are next)photo-70Also, it is delicious in Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip (made with dates, espresso nut butter, and eaten solely with a spoon because I have no shame)photo-76But with the return of warmer days (and also spring break so longer mornings) come breakfast parfaits! whoop!! This was vanilla-almond-cinnamon overnight oats, lemony soy yogurt, berries and pears, and cascading farms ‘fruit loops’.photo-68I made these just a few days ago, and every single one is gone (whomp whomp). At least that massive craving for banana nut bread is satisfied! Keep a lookout for a carroty easter version within the week (aka as soon as our carrot supply is replenished-teehee sorry i eat all the carrots)photo-84Hey look! Its my favorite salad! (beans, veggies, squash, cranberries and mustard)photo-73And then another salad because I was pretending it was summer and caved on the Driscolls. They were unsatisfactoryphoto-74Obviously I didn’t care and just ate them with chocolate (pudding)photo-75But then it got all cold and rainy so I decided to roast some potatoes and carrots and that turned into all the veggies and that turned into stew. Still in the roasting pan…(fun to wash)photo-83photo-77I like kombucha. It makes me feel like a yogi.photo-86I also like popcorn. I often stand there mesmerized by the magic of an air popper 😉photo-71Last night I made mexican pizzas for all! Brown rice tortilla topped with refried beans, shredded veggies, and asparagus/onion/corn cooked with salsa, popped in the oven at 400 until warm and crispy. It was kinda like a gigantic nacho!Anndd in other news:photo-69I go to Trader Joes for my nuts (they were out of almond butter again! Blast! So I had to make my own)photo-81Someone posted this on Facebook….hehehephoto-78AND I GOT MY PROM DRESS!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH I FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 :DHappy Wednesday everyone!!!!Are you easily amused/distracted? I am most definitely. Just ask my friends…for instance, yesterday I was at Target with my best friend having a completely normal conversation when I caught the bedding aisle out of the corner of my eye, and veered over while saying “pink?”…uh yeah 🙂