Almond butter is so delicious and so easy to make. I need to steer away from peanut butter because of its lectin content and mold content in order to heal my gut. So now the love of my life is almond butter.
Ever go shopping and find that what you want to buy is loaded with ingredients you wouldn’t even feed your dog? It’s the same way in the world of nut butters. Hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, fake honey…(yes, I said fake), refined white sugar…etc…the list goes on. You get the idea. And worse of all, they charge a high price for this stuff. To buy a 16 oz jar of plain almond butter with nothing added, you could pay as much as $12.
I’ve decided to start making my own stuff. So I go to the market and I shop for ingredients, not for the pre-made stuff. My daughter bought me a great food processor for Christmas and it really has opened up many possibilities for me to explore new things.
The $12 price I mentioned above is for a 16 oz. jar of plain almond butter. One pound of almonds will yield one pound (16 oz.) almond butter, but at about half the price. I mean, why pay more than you need to? You’re paying for someone to grind the almonds for you. I find it much more satisfying when I’m able to make stuff myself. At least I know what’s in it and I can add what I want, instead of settling for what THEY want to add.
What you can add to Almond Butter
I prefer to use organic Stevia instead of sugar, honey or high fructose corn syrup because I need to control my sugar intake. If I do add a sweetener other than Stevia, I would either add raw local grown honey, or pure maple syrup. You can also add some dates while you’re grinding the almonds. Dates really add great flavor as well as great nutrition. Some cinnamon would also be an awesome addition. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and be creative!
Ok, so let’s get started….
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Empty a pound of plain almonds onto a shallow baking dish.
Place the almonds in the pre-heated oven.
Please note that my range oven conked out. Stovetop works fine, but the oven bit the dust. So, until I am able to buy a new stove, I’m using a countertop convection oven. In a way, I kind of like it better because it doesn’t take as long to heat up and reach the desired temp.
Roast the almonds for 15 minutes. This will release their natural oils and make it much easier and quicker to grind them into butter.
You can process the almonds without roasting them, but it will take much longer to release their oils. Almonds are pasteurized here in the USA, so it really doesn’t make much difference if you roast them a little more. Roasting them in the oven gives them a great roasted taste too.
Next step is to empty the roasted almonds in your food processor.
Start the food processor and begin grinding the almonds
Let the processor do its thing until the ground almonds form a paste
And here it is….the finished product…
Spread it on a slice of toast. Add jam or jelly, fresh berries, add cinnamon, raw local honey or maple syrup or just have it plain. Here is how I like it. Topped with fresh blueberries.
I encourage you to try this. It’s not hard and from start to finish it will take about a half hour. It’s wonderful to be able to make your own stuff from scratch and add only what YOU want.