Do you love homemade almond butter as much as I do? I love a good PB & J for lunch, or PB toast for breakfast, or even the old I’m really hungry but I’m too lazy to make something so how about a straight-up spoonful of peanut butter, maybe even dipped in chocolate chips…
Did you know it’s super easy to make homemade almond butter? If you have a food processor and some nuts, you can do it! Since I love almonds, and they are fairly easy to come by, I decided to make some almond butter. The first step is to warm up your almonds in a 250-degree oven for about 10 minutes. This will make the process go much more quickly because the warm nuts release their oils faster.
I used my KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Mini Chopper, and filled it with 1.5 cup of almonds. Then I held down the pulse button until I had finely chopped almonds. I scraped down the sides, and then continued to process.
After a few more minutes, and few more stops to scrap down the sides, the almonds were nearly there, but still a bit thick.
Keep going…just when you think it’s never going to happen, you will have the smoothest, creamiest almond butter!
What I Love About Homemade Almond Butter
- You can use your favorite nut and make it your own. The softer the nut, the quicker it will process into nut butter.
- You can add as much sweetener as you prefer, and you can use honey, maple syrup, brown sugar…
- You can even use a mixture of nuts if you are like me and have a mishmash of almost empty bags of nuts in your pantry!
I did sweeten mine with a little bit of real maple syrup, and then added a little salt too. You can adjust my measurements according to your taste. Of course, this almond butter is amazing by the spoonful, with sliced apples, or on toast, swirled into brownies, but I decided to use mine to make some healthy energy bites, and they turned out amazing!
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- 1 1/2 cup unsalted, raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- pinch of salt (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Spread almonds evenly onto a baking sheet.
- Warm the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes. This will help them release their oils more quickly as they are processed.
- Place the almonds in the food processor and turn on. I used the puree setting on mine. Process continuously, occasionally stopping to let the machine rest and to scrap down the sides. It will take some patience to reach the nut butter stage. Mine took about 8-10 minutes with breaks. When the nut butter is smooth and shiny, add the sweetener of your choice and salt to taste. Process one more time to mix.
- Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
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