Making Almond Butter

I have finally been able to replicate a successful batch of DIY almond butter. The first one I tried was great, the second blew up my food processor (oops), and the third turned out as expected (after buying a new food processor). I’ve never really sought out almond butter, but after starting to make my own Almond Milk, I have a new supply of almond meal that needs to be utilized. So, this was an obvious choice to try and master.

almond mealalmond festivalI found many recipes, some included no added ingredients, some included several. I settled for something in the middle–just a little olive oil, honey, and salt–and small amounts of all three. From a batch of Almond Milk, you will have 2 cups of almond meal. Spread it on a large cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes, until it is dry and starting to turn slightly more golden. It usually takes about 30 minutes total, maybe 40 depending on the day. :)

almond butteralmond butterOnce it has cooled (I usually let it sit out overnight to completely dry out), then you can put it in the food processor. Let it run for 2 minutes, push it down, repeat several times until the mixture begins to get crumbly and starts to appear a little more “sticky”. When you finally get to this point (at least 5-6 minutes in), it is almost done. That’s when you add the honey, oil, and salt, run it a little more and do some tasting. If it seems too dry, you can add a little more oil. Do not add water–that will totally ruin it (I didn’t believe that when I read it, but it turns out to be completely accurate).

almond butter cupsI like this on toast with honey and cinnamon. I also used it to make some Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (recipe coming soon). Is it a shame to use almond butter for these? Maybe. Were they good? Yes. Were they easy to make? Yes. Did I feel as bad eating these as a package of my favorite peanut butter cups? Nope!!!!!

 

 

 

THE RECIPE: Almond Butter

Makes 1 cup

2 cups toasted almond meal (what you get from 1 batch of Almond Milk)
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs olive oil
1/8 tsp salt, to taste

1. Put almond meal in a food processor. Let it run for 2 minutes, push it down, repeat several times until the mixture begins to get crumbly and starts to appear a little more “sticky”. When you finally get to this point (at least 5-6 minutes in), it is almost done.

2. Add the honey, oil, and salt, run it a little more and do some tasting. If it seems too dry, you can add a little more oil. If you want it sweeter, stick your finger in it or add more honey. :) 

NOTES: 
If your food processor starts to get hot or smell odd, just turn it off and step away. Do not continue until it cools off unless you want to have to buy a new one. :(

 

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