Nut butters are very simple to make. They’re exactly what you think they are: ground up nuts. What makes this almond butter stick out is how I prepare the almonds before. It gives the butter a distinct sweet, savory, honey roasted flavor that you can’t find in the store. Plus, this recipe probably cost me about $4 to make, which definitely beats the $11 almond butters for sale.
I strongly encourage you all to make your own nut butters. All you need is a food processor. Not only is it super easy, but this way you know exactly whats going into it. A lot of store bought nut butters have hydrogenated oils to make it smooth and creamy, and a lot of salt and sugar to enhance the flavor. These are all things you definitely want to stay away from. These ingredients are what give peanut butter a bad rap, and a lot of people stay away from it. In reality, nut butters are one of the healthiest things you can eat. Nuts are high and protein, which will keep you satisfied after meals, and high in fat, which will help control your blood sugar levels and slow digestion. So if you still want to stick with store bought, just make sure you read the ingredients and that theres no hydrogenated oils or added sugars. If not- try making this recipe at home. You can play with the flavors and adjust it to your preference.
- 3 cups raw almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour almonds on baking sheet. In a small bowl, heat coconut oil and honey in the microwave for about 15 seconds, just so it’s thin in texture so it’s easy to pour. Mix together with a spoon and pour over almonds. Add salt. Toss almonds until they are all evenly coated with coconut oil/honey/salt. Spread over baking sheet so they’re in a single layer.
Roast in oven for about 10-12 minutes. If you really like that roasted/smokey flavor, leave in for 15. Let cool for at least 10 mins.
Pour almonds into food processor and start grinding. This grinding process takes about 15 mins to get that smooth consistency. Every 2-3 minutes open the top and use a spatula or spoon to push down the edges. After about 15 mins you should have delicious, smooth, creamy almond butter. Don’t get discouraged if it’s not getting creamy, just keep grinding it. Eventually the oils release from the almonds and it will become smooth.
Pour into a jar if you have one, if not, a tupperware will work. Enjoy!