Everyone knows that I’m a huge nut butter fan, but what you might not know is that one of my favorite varieties is Peanut Butter and Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. It makes sense considering cinnamon toast crunch and cinnamon Life were my favorite cereals growing up, cinnamon raisin bread has always been my number one bread choice, oatmeal raisin cookies are my fav and I eat raisins plain, by the handful, like it’s my j-o-b. Basically I love cinnamon and raisins.
What I don’t love so much is the added cane juice and palm oil in PB and Co’s variety. Being inspired by all of Ashley’s nut butter creations I decided to take it upon myself to make a healthier version with four simple ingredients – almonds, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla.
Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°, spread almonds on a 9X13 baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes or so.
- Place roasted almonds in a food processor and process for 10 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides.
- Add remaining ingredients and began processing again.
- Process until smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides. About 3-5 more minutes.
The raisins will get chopped up a bit and add a nice sweetness to the almond butter and of course, that sweetness pairs well with the cinnamon and vanilla! I’m warning you now that this combo is amazing and you’ll be trying to stop yourself from eating it by the spoonful, not that that happened to me or anything.
Speaking of sweetness, I was recently sent a few delicious smelling Bath and Body Works Slatkin & Co candles to test out.
These little guys are “travel size.” Not sure if I’ll be traveling with them, but in any case, since taking the picture, I’ve burnt all three candles and I must say, they are awesome. I’ve always been a fan of sweet, food scented candles (think cookies, pies, vanilla, etc) so these are right up my alley. I’ve been enjoying the Sparkling Mojito the most – the combo of citrus and mint makes me feel like it’s summer in my living room!
I’ll also note that B&B Works is launching an interactive contest inviting people to visit www.mycandlerecipe.com to submit a signature holiday recipe that they think would make an amazing candle. Five lucky finalists will be invited to New York City to battle it out in the kitchen and bring their recipes to life. Slatkin & Co. founder, Harry Slatkin, and a panel of esteemed judges, will select the three winners, who will have their recipe turned into a candle to be sold across the country as part of the Holiday 2011 collection. How cool would that be? I already submitted my Nutella Rugelach recipe, but I thought you all might be interested in submitting as well.
Question of the day- Do you like food scented candles?