almond butter

 

I LOVE almond butter, all day, every day. On my morning toast, as dip for a crunchy apple, and ehem…straight from a spoon. With a drizzle of honey, combined with chocolate, and often, thrown into a breakfast smoothie for an extra boost of high quality protein

 

Since many commercial brands of almond butters contain suspicious oils and sweeteners (think soybean oil and HFCS) I have always preferred fresh ground. Sadly, you pay a premium for the good stuff, and adding it to your cart every week becomes an expensive habit.

 

That’s why, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands by making my own almond butter, and let me tell you. I feel so silly when I think of all the plastic containers and money I’ve wasted on the DIY nut grinding.

 

Almonds themselves are a relatively affordable purchase. In fact, you can buy huge bags of them at Trader Joe’s for half as much as the same amount of almond butter would cost you. Or, even better, you can buy them in bulk at most natural foods stores and still save a pretty penny. Here, you have options. You can buy them pre-roasted (make sure you are buying DRY-ROASTED almonds. if the label just reads “roasted”, they were probably bathed in not so good for you oils) or raw, and roast them yourself on the stove or in the oven. Raw almond butter is also delicious!

 

The awesome thing about making your own nut butter is that you can take creative liberties with add-ins. Some of my favorite are (per every 1 cup of  nuts): 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 tsp. of sea salt, 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract, and gasp.. 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. SO DELICIOUS!

 

You can also do the environmentally conscious thing and store your stash in pretty  (eco-friendly) glass jars! It’s a win win!

 

 

Instructions:

Place 1 cup of almonds in a food processor. Blend on high for 10 minutes, stopping every two to scrape down the sides of the food processor. At first, your almond’s will look dry and crumbly, but be patient. After about 5-6 minutes your almonds will become creamy, until voila.. you’ve made your first batch of homemade almond butter! After you’ve reached the desired consistency (less time=crunchy almond butter, longer=smooth), feel free to throw in your mix-ins and mix for another minute or two until combined. Enjoy!