"It's beginning to look like fall in blog land!" (Sung to the tune of "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." if It wasn't obvi...)
I've brought out my boots, unpacked my leggings, and took the kids apple pickin'! I'm doing my best to scream, "Oh Faaaalllll! I'm READY!!" But unfortunately if I put on boots & leggings, I'd probably pass out from heat exhaustion since it basically feels like the middle of July still...
I'm ready to sip on hot cocoa & apple cider, while I cover up my whole body with an oversized coat and frilly scarf. I'm also ready to put on sweat pants. Oversized and extra comfy with long fluffy socks.
I'm ready to be unattractive.
So if the weather isn't going to act it's month, then I'll just do my best to bring other aspects of Fall to our life.
Like food. Pumpkin everything. Apples galore. And the smell of cinnamon...
And maybe, just maybe...If I do just that, I will FINALLY get to put on my sweat pants...
Pumpkin Spice Almonds // Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter
The smell that fills your home while toasting these almonds is everything fall! Eat the almonds one by one, or puree them for a great spread on whatever your heart desires! (That includes your finger!)
- (For the Almonds)
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 TB. pumpkin spice
- 3 TB. honey
- 1TB. coconut sugar (opt. or add more honey)
- (For the Almond Butter)
- 2 cups Pumpkin Spice Almonds (recipe below)
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1/2 tsp. molasses
- 1 TB. melted coconut oil (opt.)
- (To Make the Almonds)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Place almonds on tray, toss a little, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle spice, then toss to coat.
- Next add honey & sugar and toss to coat.
- Return back to the oven and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place almonds on a covered plate. Let cool, then eat!
- (To Make the Almond Butter)
- Add almonds to a food processor and process until creamy. (This will take a few minutes. Just let it run completely until its creamy. You can scrape down the sides if you need to.)
- Once almond butter is creamy, then add honey, spice, and molasses. It's important to do this step AFTER the almond butter is creamy because it will ruin the almond butter if you do it before it becomes creamy.
- Blend until combined and creamy.
- If it the almond butter becomes thick after adding the other ingredients, add coconut oil and blend.
- Keep in air tight container in cool place.
This is the perfect spread for those fresh picked apples that I know many of you will go pick! But of coarse my favorite way to eat homemade almond butter is with my hand a spoon. :)
Happy Fall Everyone! Bring on the oversized sweat pants!