Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter: A Healthy Recipe for Nutella Fans

Are you looking for a healthier homemade version of Nutella or other chocolate nut butters? Look no further than this delicious homemade chocolate almond butter recipe!

Almonds are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and when combined with simple ingredients like cocoa powder and cinnamon, they make for a tasty and nutritious spread. This recipe is simple to follow and takes only minutes to prepare. So next time the cravings hit, give this almond butter a try!

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Growing up, Mexican Hot Chocolate from Alfonso’s in La Jolla (sadly, now closed) was a favorite treat. So, in honor of American Heart Month, I created a tasty, heart-healthy creamy almond butter recipe flavored with chocolate, cinnamon, and a few other wholesome ingredients.

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll want to make a big batch to store in your fridge when the chocolate craving hits!


  • EASY! – Got a chocolate craving? All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip up a batch of this healthy homemade Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter.
  • HEALTHY! – Made with heart-healthy almonds, dark chocolate cocoa powder, & a few other simple ingredients, this is a much healthier version of Nutella.
  • DELICIOUS! – If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you should make a batch today. Seriously, this Chocolate Almond Butter is SO delicious!

Chocolate Almond Butter Ingredients

Photo collage with pictures of ingredients needed to make chocolate almond butter.
  • Almonds. I use unsalted, raw almonds. For a more Nutella like version, use hazelnuts. Or, try making with any favorite nuts!
  • Raw cacao powder. Choose high-quality unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder like Navitas Organic Cacao Powder.
  • Vegetable oil. Choose one high in monounsaturated fat like expeller-pressed high oleic sunflower oil, almond oil, or macadamia nut oil.
  • Pure maple syrup. Honey or date syrup may be used instead.
  • Salt. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to taste
  • Optional. For extra indulgence add in any of these optional ingredients including vanilla extract, milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips, gluten-free graham crackers, orange zest.

Equipment

Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter Instructions

It couldn’t get any easier to make this homemade nut butter. All you need to do is gather your ingredients, toss them in a food processor or high powered blender, and process until the chocolate almond butter mixture is smooth and creamy.

Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl, as you’ll want to savor every last bit of deliciousness from this luscious healthy sweet treat!

Recipe Options & Serving Suggestions

Red apple slice dipped in chocolate almond butter.

Honestly, I love to eat this Mexican cocoa almond spread straight off the spoon. Duh! But, here are some other tasty ways to eat this creamy, dreamy chocolate mixture:

  1. Dip apple slices into your bowl of chocolate almond butter.
  2. Stir a generous serving into oatmeal.
  3. Spread on top of a Paleo Pumpkin Muffin.
  4. Blend it with frozen banana for this luscious Mexican Chocolate Banana Shake!

Almonds, Heart Health, & Nutrition

This Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter is vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, paleo-friendly, low carb, and Mediterranean and MIND Diet friendly. So whether you’re looking for a nutritious snack or a tasty addition to your favorite recipes, almonds are a great way to boost your heart health. Here are some additional health reasons to make a big batch of chocolate almond butter:

  • Monounsaturated fats. As mentioned earlier, almonds are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. (1) Studies have shown that regularly eating almonds and other nuts can help lower harmful cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Fiber. Not only is fiber fabulous for gut health, but it’s also crucial for heart health.
  • Micronutrients. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, a natural anti-inflammatory, calcium, magnesium, a critical heart-health nutrient that many fall short on, and copper. (2)
  • Weight Control. The protein, fiber, and healthy fats in almonds and other nuts may help with satiety, blood sugar control, and weight management. Yay!
  • Macronutrients. One tablespoon of Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter provides ~ 100 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated), and 3 grams of protein.
Small bowl of chocolate Almond butter with a teaspoon on top.

Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter

Low in sugar, and packed with nutrition and intense chocolaty cinnamon goodness, this Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter is super easy to make, and a lot more economical than store bought nut butters!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, almond oil, macadamia nut oil, or high oleic expeller pressed sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth consistency is achieved, scraping down side periodically as needed. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.

Notes

Ingredient Swaps: Swap almonds w/ any other nuts; try honey or date syrup in place of maple syrup; replace cinnamon with cardamom or ginger-or try them altogether!
Optional ingredients: vanilla extract, chocolate chips or crushed gluten-free graham crackers (stirred into almond butter), orange zest.
Serving suggestions: Enjoy straight up on a spoon! Spread on top of apple slices. Stir into oatmeal. See post for additional serving suggestions.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Low FODMAP, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword homemade almond butter
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  1. WOW never knew about this recipe it could be so easy and delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us !

  2. This recipe is absolutely amazing and so simple. We can make one every weekend maybe