I’d say there’s a major “almond craze” going on right now. I mean, there’s so many uses for one tiny little nut that you’d never dream about! Everything from almond milk, almond butter, almond flour, almond meal, just plain almonds as a snack. Who knows, we’ll probably discover even more uses for almonds in the future…almond yogurt? Oh wait, that’s already a thing too! It’s absolutely incredible.
I feel kinda insane when I think of all the ways I use almonds. But if you can buy them in bulk, you can really save a chunk of change to make all of your almond butter, flour, milk dreams come true! Today I want to share with you one of the ways I use almonds…almond butter! And don’t worry, there’s basically no skills required. Really, you just have to be able to push a button…can you do that? Great, you can make your very own homemade almond butter!
I will say, there’s some tricks to the trade of being an almond butter maker. I’ll share with you some things that I’ve learned through trial and error in the almond butter business that will help you have no-fail almond butter EVERY SINGLE TIME!
So, why do I choose to make my own almond butter?
Well, it tends to be a bit cheaper, depending on where you buy your almonds at. I usually buy mine at Trader Joes because they have the best deal on almonds that I’ve found at $5.99/lb! You really can’t beat that! Another option I’ve looked into is buying them on Amazon. You can get a 3 pound bag for $21, so around $7/lb. This is about half of what you’d pay to buy almond butter from the store.
Another reason I like to make my own almond butter is because you know EXACTLY what is going to be in your almond butter. No hidden sugar, no palm oil, you can make it with or without salt, you can add cacao powder to make it a chocolate almond butter, you can add honey…the options are endless!
You also may be wondering, “What’s the deal with almonds, anyway…why do people seem to think they’re healthier?” I was curious, too, so I did some research and it seems that there’s negligible difference health-wise between almonds and peanuts, but almonds are slightly more rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as some people’s stomachs may have a hard time digesting peanuts as well…check out this article for more detail.
So, I hope I’ve convinced you to at least consider seeing yourself as an almond butter maker. If not, keep reading because when you see how easy it is, I know you’ll be impressed!
Now, I’ll have to share with you some thing’s I’ve learned that will always yield perfect almond butter.
First of all, the most important thing is that you have a powerful blender or food processor. I use a Ninja, but anything with a very strong motor and sharp blade will do the trick.
Second, but just as important, is that you MUST use roasted almonds! A few times I tried to make it with just raw almonds, but it was a total fail and I ended up with what looked like sand. The almonds are too fibrous and firm before roasting and will not be broken down the way you need them to if you use raw. Once roasted, the almonds are brittle and blend into a smooth and creaminess you’re bound to enjoy.
Last, make sure to keep a separate jar hidden because the family will destroy it! But really, it’s so delicious and it’ll be hard to resist taking a spoonful multiple times a day!
Well, I hope I’ve got you wanting to whip out the blender or food processor and have your go at throwing some almonds in there and making your own almond butter. Here’s a basic recipe, but like I said, there’s so many wonderful combinations that can make it fit your every craving.
I’d love for you to comment below and let me know what your experience has been in making your almond butter? Did you try any new combinations?
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- 2 cups *raw or roasted almonds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbs cacao powder
- 1 Tbs honey
- 1/2 Tbs cinnamon
- Pour almonds and salt, if not already salted, into high speed blender or food processor.
- Blend on high until creamy*. You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides once or twice in the process.
- *If your almonds are raw, be sure to roast them in the oven prior to blending. To roast, place almonds on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 20-25 mins...until golden and toasted.
- *This is a patient process, keep blending until you know it won't get any creamier.