I like to make things at home that you would normally get at the store, such as jams or marshmallows. It occurred to me that I wanted to try to make peanut butter at home, except… we had half a jar in our cabinet. I decided to try Almond Butter instead, so for all my fellow do it yourself folks out there, here’s the recipe I tried.
I wanted to make a small batch of it, so I tried my mini chopper which I figured would work pretty much the same way a food processor would. It did work, but I was afraid it was going to crack! I could’ve kept going to get a smoother appearance, but I feared for my little appliance. Don’t worry about the time it takes to make this. You do need to be patient, it takes a while.
So my tip would be, use your trusty food processor for this. Leave that poor mini chopper alone.
I had sliced almonds at home, so that’s what I used. You can use whole almonds, or any other type of nut for that matter. I think I want to try cashew butter next, or a mix of nuts.
Health Tip: The number one health benefit of almond butter is that it is good for the heart. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart ailments. Dipping your biscuit in almond butter or spreading it on top of your bread certainly gives your heart a healthy boost.
Recipe from Heather Eats Almond Butter
2 cups of almonds
Special Equipment: Food Processor
- The first step is optional: Preheat oven to 350F to roast your almonds. Spread them on a cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes. Stir them a couple of time to keep them from burning.
- Place the almonds in a food processor and let the machine do its job.
- First you’ll notice the almond butter will start to pulverize. Scrape down the sides of the food processor from time to time with a rubber spatula (with the power off, of course).
- As the nuts are being processed they will begin to clump. This is the butter starting to form.
- Keep going! It will creamy, but you do need to keep the processor going for about 13-15 minutes.
- You can add different things to it at this point such as: salt, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, maple syrup. I kept mine plain, and just drizzled honey on top after I spread some on a slice of bread.