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Gingerbread Obsessed: Gingerbread Almond Cashew Butter + Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (Vegan)

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It is official.  I am obsessed.

If you could not already tell from previous recipes I have posted, my recent What I Ate Wednesday posts, and my Twitter and Instagram feeds, I like gingerbread flavored foods…a lot.  But lucky for me, I have noticed that you like them a lot, too!  And there really is no shame in that.  First of all, they are delicious.  And second of all, it is December, a.k.a. the Christmas season.  Gingerbread just screams Christmas to me.  Therefore, being gingerbread obsessed is a-okay!  Bring on the gingerbread.

Last weekend I cooked up several gingerbread recipes.  Tomorrow I am bringing you a tasty Gingerbread Breakfast Cookie (yes, I am making you wait just a little bit longer for that one), and today you are getting TWO new Wintertime recipes: a nut butter and a hot cocoa to drink alongside it.

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Gingerbread Almond Cashew Butter

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw whole almonds
1/2 cup raw whole cashews
1 TB blackstrap molasses
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (Ninja Ultima or Vitamix) or food processor.

2. Process for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency.

I processed mine for approximately 5 minutes because I wanted a thicker nut butter, but process it longer for a creamier consistency.

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So far this tasty nut butter has been spread on toast, stirred into overnight oats, melted onto a baked sweet potato, and dipped into with apple slices.  Basically, what I am trying to say is that is is good…with everything.

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Once you are finished eating your very gingerbready snack, you will need to heat yourself up a mug of gingerbread hot cocoa.  Yes, that’s right.  You will need too.

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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (Vegan)

Makes one serving

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond or soy milk
1 TB cocoa powder
1/2 tsp coconut sugar
1 packet Stevia or 1 tsp brown or white sugar
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/16 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses*

*If you really like gingerbread flavors, feel free to increase this to 1 teaspoon (ditto with the cocoa powder).

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender (I used my Ninja) and pulse until mixed well.

2. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until hot.

3. Serve in a mug and sprinkle with additional cocoa powder or cinnamon, if desired.

I drank this after a long chilly walk yesterday afternoon and it warmed me right up!

Have your gingerbread cravings been met yet?  If not, check back tomorrow… ;).

And finally, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for The Happy Herbivore Light and Lean cookbook!

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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 16, 2013, 6:10 am

    Confession: I actually finished an entire bottle of molasses — that’s how far my gingerbread obsession has gotten :lol: But hey… ’tis the season, right? :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:20 pm

      Wow!! Thank you, I no longer feel QUITE as obsessed! ;) Granted you bake A LOT more than I do!

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies December 16, 2013, 7:27 am

    mmmm gingerbread. Can we just agree this food (along with pumpkin) needs to be socially acceptable year round? I mixed up a big jar of gingerbread spice and I’ve been adding it to everything, but I haven’t tried hot cocoa yet! Perfect

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:21 pm

      It seriously does! I am still eating pumpkin and I plan to continue eating gingerbread flavored foods even after the holidays.

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien December 16, 2013, 9:34 am

    OMG….I heart gingerbread time a million. In fact, I may just have to put a dollop of that almond butter right into that scrumptious hot cocoa! Delish!!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:21 pm

      That is an absolutely fantastic idea, Alexis! Why haven’t I thought of that? Definitely giving that a try next time :).

  • Miss Polkadot December 16, 2013, 10:17 am

    Gingerbread everything is amazing. Why do I have yet to combine it with nut butter? Awesome idea! Just think of this: a gingerbread cookie/brownie spread with gingerbread almond butter and a mug of gingerbread hot chocolate on the side? Sounds pretty good to me.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:22 pm

      Yes, please!! You are making me haaangry with your marvelous ideas :).

  • Ang @ Nutty for Life December 16, 2013, 10:19 am

    Knocking two recipes out at once, impressive! I love it. That A/CB looks to die for. So festive. :) Although I have no clue what blackstrap molasses is. Is that different than normal molasses?
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:23 pm

      Honestly, I’m not much of an expert either, but apparently there must be SOME difference. All I know is that most recipes I have seen lately using blackstrap and so that is what I bought! ;)

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes December 16, 2013, 10:35 am

    Ha! You are such a tease, but it’s ok because the recipes today look awesome!! :)

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:24 pm

      I figured there would be enough gingerbread in this post to hold people over until tomorrow ;).

  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 16, 2013, 10:59 am

    I have everything to make both recipes and I DEFINITELY will be! I cannot wait to try that cashew almond butter. What a great idea!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:24 pm

      Thanks Kim!! Let me know what you think! :)

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 16, 2013, 12:11 pm

    why have I not tried anything with ginger bread this season, I dont know.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:25 pm

      Silly you!! ;) You must change that!

  • Ashley December 16, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Okay, I want both of these immediately! lol First, I love that you made a nut butter gingerbread-y … and then the hot chocolate?? I’ve been drinking more hot chocolate lately because it makes me feel Christmas-y : ) I need to try this!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:25 pm

      Hot chocolate definitely makes me feel Christmas-y too! The gingerbread flavor gives it even more holiday spirit :).

  • Danica @ It's Progression December 16, 2013, 1:13 pm

    When you use the Ninja Ultima to make the nut butter – do you take out that additional blade piece or leave it in?
    (I really want to try it!!)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

      I actually made it in my food processor, but at HLS they recommended using the single-serving cup to make it. Let me know if you try that and how it works.

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes December 16, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I love gingerbread!! I am obsessed, as well :)

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

      At least it is a good/healthy obsession, right? ;)

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine December 16, 2013, 1:56 pm

    I’m newly obsessed with all things gingerbread this season and now I’m craving something gingerbread-y! Since I’m too lazy to make my own nut butter, how about you send me some of this and I’ll send you some fudge or cake or anything with peanut butter and chocolate in return? #kthanks :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:30 pm

      Haha, that sounds like the perfect trade! ;)

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 16, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I love gingerbread!! I’m obsessed, as well :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 16, 2013, 4:32 pm

      It is a GOOD obsession to have. You are an awesome baker so I bet you can come up with all sorts of delicious gingerbready treats!

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 16, 2013, 6:06 pm

    That looks so good! I wish I had a high powered blender to be able to make my own nut butters as they look yum!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 3:08 pm

      It certainly is really nice to have. I wonder if you could stir in a tiny bit of molasses to pre-made nut butters? You might try that?

  • sharsti December 16, 2013, 6:46 pm

    wow!!! This sounds so amazing, I have a bit of a sore throat and I want this now haha
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Ahh, this would be SO tasty when sick! Feel better!

  • Jessie December 16, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Making the almond butter in .2 seconds… well i lie – more like after I finish breakfast! :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Haha, let me know how it turned out for you! :)

  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness December 17, 2013, 11:21 am

    I can’t wait tell after Christmas, I’m hopefully getting a new food processor. I can’t wait to make this gingerbread nut butter, it sounds right up my ally. I have been trying apple slices with molasses recently, so good!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 3:15 pm

      I hope you get it!! I LOVE my food processor and all that it does :). Apples with molasses sounds really good. I’ll definitely have to give that a try!

  • Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 17, 2013, 3:05 pm

    I’ve actually never used molasses before! But that cashew butter looks AMAZING and I do love all things gingerbread… so I might just have to get on that!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 3:16 pm

      Yes, you definitely should! It has a lot of great health benefits too, so that is an added bonus!

  • em@simplypresent December 17, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Yum and perfect timing – I’ve been looking for a recipe similar to this! It’s such a wonderful “seasonal treat” too.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 17, 2013, 7:59 pm

      Thank you!! I hope you enjoy! :)

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 18, 2013, 12:33 pm

    The hot chocolate sounds SO good! I will definitely be changing up my usual peppermint version for this over the weekend :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:35 pm

      Let me know what you think! I really enjoyed it. In fact, I could go for a mug of it right now ;).

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