I used to be such a sucker for peanut butter, not on a persons breath mind you, but to eat it was one of my favorite night time snacks; slather some of that nutty righteousness onto a nice piece of toast and I was good to go.
Sadly, but for the greater good of my health, bread is no longer part of my life and well, once I learned about the terrifying pesticides that peanuts are sprayed with peanut butter was no more either.
But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that light my friends is Almond butter! Homemade Almond butter to be exact.
Before I learned that it was ok to experiment with food and figure it out as I went, sometimes good- sometimes bad, I used to buy a lot of almond butter, but that has all changed, and I’m about to change your nut buttery world as well!
Hold onto your hats kids cause here we go….
You can make almond butter at home with only 3 ingredients and a food processor! Mind. Blown.
That’s right my friends, it’s as easy as that. And all for the price of, well, 1 cup of almonds.
Let’s just dive into the goodness shall we?!
What you’ll need;
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- A couple tlbs pure maple syrup
- A pinch of sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350. In a medium bowl add almonds and maple syrup and mix. Parchment paper up a baking sheet and spread the almond syrup mix onto it in a single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes and then mix up and bake for another 10ish minutes.
Let them cool for about 5 mins then add to your food processor. Process until creamy (you’ll need to scrape down the sides every minute or so).
*Note: it will seem like nothing is happening… Patience grasshopper- IT WILL HAPPEN.
Once you get your butter to a consistency that you are happy with add a pinch of salt (you can add really anything you want here; cinnamon, spices, cocoa, orange or cherry oils, the sky’s the limit) blend again to combine and delve into the creamy goodness that is homemade almond butter.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (but it won’t last that long, promise)
Q: can you do this with other nuts?
A: Yes you can, but that’s another post.