|My gorgeous food processor churning out almond butter|
I used to make both peanut butter and almond butter myself, but the cheapest price I can find for raw peanuts is $5 a pound. What a gyp when a jar of scrumptious Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Flaxseed costs only $2.99! Almond butter however is a different story. I can get a pound of raw almonds from Trader Joe's for about the same price or cheaper than a jar. It takes barely any hands on work, and allows time for you to get your hair done, laundry done, or errands run while waiting for the nuts to cool.
Another positive: no oil or added sugars!
|All you need is almonds|
|Nice and lightly roasted (12 minutes)|
|Cooled and added to food processor|
|Scrapping down the almond meal|
|The big ball has formed, a sign its getting close to break down|
|Here is where you add optional ingredients to taste|
|Made brighter to show creaminess|
Homemade Almond Butter
Salt, completely optional
Vanilla extract, completely optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
Spread almonds evenly on baking sheet and place in oven.
Roast for 10-15 minutes depending on how dark you like your nut butter, stirring once.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack and allow roasted nuts to cool completely.
Place cooled almonds in bowl of food processor, turn it on, and watch the magic happen.
Scrape the sides of the bowl down every once in awhile to move things along.
Once it becomes a paste add salt and vanilla to taste, if desired.
Continue to process to desired consistency.
Place in a jar with an airtight lid and refrigerate.
Lick bowl of food processor clean :)
*Add any extra ingredients you want to taste. Try melted chocolate, cinnamon, raisins, etc.