Chocolate first thing in the morning? YES! I bound out of bed for Chocolate Almond Butter with fresh pears.
Several years ago while in France I was visiting with a friend of mine, Chloe Doutre, a world renowned chocolate expert, when she confessed to eating as much as 12 ounces of chocolate per day. I could not hide my astonishment, it was written all over my face when she said, “Only in America would you invent a negative word to describe someone’s love of chocolate.” Chocoholic is the word of course.
It got me thinking, why not embrace my love of chocolate, and take a page from Chloe’s book. I came home and created my Chocolate Almond Butter recipe, now a staple of my morning routine. When pears are in season and at their juicy best, it is pure joy! If you ask me, that is the perfect way to start the day.
I hope you will try this simple concoction and let me know how you like it!
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Chocolate Almond Butter
1 cup raw whole almonds
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon dark cocoa
2 tablespoons walnut oil
Pinch of salt
Toast almonds on the stove top until just warm. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time. Add almonds to food processor and process until they are a very fine powder and beginning to turn into butter. Add chocolate and process another minute until mixture looks shinny. Add salt, cocoa powder and oil; process another minute, scraping down the sides of the food processor. Store butter in a jar at room temperature.