Tuesday, July 28, 2009

OK, here's another one

Why doesn't everyone do this? I made almond butter at home in ten minutes rather than paying a zillion dollars for it at the grocery store. It involved truly complex steps:
  1. Buy three cups of roasted, unsalted almonds.

  2. Using a food processor with the big blade, add the nuts 1/2 a cup at a time, waiting until they're somewhat broken up to add the next portion.
    - It will be loud and scary at first, so if you're doing this with little kids, warn them.

  3. Add salt if you wish. I added about a teaspoon or so.
  4. Let the food processor do its work. It'll take about ten minutes (or less), but you may want to stop it every once in a while because my processor got pretty hot when I let it run for too long.
  5. The nuts will produce their own oil as they break down. If you want it even smoother, add some olive oil. I didn't need to do this.

  6. Goggle at how easy it is to make your own almond butter!

I found that using two cups worked better than one in terms of making the "buttery" consistency. Three cups of processed almonds filled a pint jar--I bought Ball jars to keep it in (4 for $5.39); you just need something air tight. This will work for just about any nut you want. I've read that roasting makes the butter taste better, so I just bought roasted from the bulk bin. You can easily roast them in your oven (check the web for details). Numerous websites have recipes, but they all boil down to this one. DH suggested adding Splenda or honey, which I know others have done. I used almonds because they're heart-healthy and I got bored with peanut butter. Why should it get all the press, anyway?

The minute the school year starts up, I think recipe writing will go waaaay down. That may relieve you or sadden you, but there it is. That's when I move back to the crock pot, bay-beeeee....

1 comment:

Liam's Grandma said...

Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea this was so easy. I am an almond butter fanatic!!!!