Don’t you just Love ALMOND BUTTER! Do you cry when you see the price? Do you scratch you head when you open the jar and find one-inch of oil swimming at the top? NO MORE!! I am about to share a secret and a recipe with you, you’re gonna love! A food processor is the only tool you will need, even a little one.
When I first tasted almond butter I knew it was something I could make a meal out of, especially on homemade bread with a schmear of my favorite jam. Then I went shopping for it and nearly fell over at the price. I grew up during the peanut butter age, and expected the price to be about the same. Wow, was I wrong! A popular brand of Almond Butter is selling for $19.99! Good Grief!!
Another thing that annoyed me, was the massive amounts of oil floating on the top, even though the ingredients does not indicate the addition of oil. No matter how much I stirred, it just sat there. Gross!
So, I set out to make my own and see if it was better, worse, or the same. To my delight, it was wayyyyy better! A one pound bag of raw almonds cost me $4.99 at Trader Joes, and a bit more at other stores. Imagine, I was going to be able to make a 16 oz. jar of my own almond butter for under $5.00!
The added bonus, besides no oil floating around on the top (which puzzles me because no matter how much you puree the almonds, they are not that oily. Walnuts and pecans a little more oil, but certainly not enough to produce an inch of oil floating on top), was that I could also add what ever flavors I wanted too:
- Sea Salt and Rosemary
- Honey and Cinnamon
- Any variety of flavors one could imagine
You will need only 3 ingredients:
- Raw Almonds – 1 pound
- Olive Oil or any favored oil – 1 tablespoon
- Sea Salt – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon (depending on your taste)
Place almonds and salt (or other spices) into the food processor. Grind to a soft powder. Drizzle in oil while the machine is running until it turns into a paste. Add a little more oil until you have the consistency you desire. Store in an airtight container. Needs no refrigeration. That’s it, AND you can do exactly the same with any nuts of your choice!