Homemade Almond Nut Butter
I LOVE almond nut butter! It is great to use in so many ways. It is great spread on gluten-free bread, on bananas, ANYTHING chocolate, thickens up a tonic or smoothie, wonderful in oatmeal, makes a wonderful, quick and easy almond milk, and is scrumptious stuffed inside a date (see picture at bottom). Oh, the ideas and various ways are endless. Do you detect infatuation? Just a bit.
I’ve seen LOTS of recipes showing you how to make your own almond butter and even gave it a crack several times. However, no matter how long I let the food processor run, I could never get the right consistency or that “when the magic happens” moment people talk about when making your own nut butter. So, I gave up for a long time and just bought Trader Joe’s raw almond butter. I noticed, not long ago, the consistency and flavor changed to “OKAY” but not great. It was the best I could get for the price and made do with it. I’ve been getting low on my last jar in the house and was wanting to give it “one more try” with making my own because I won’t be going to Trader Joe’s anytime soon and to save some money.
Back in the Fall last year, I was introduced to the Briden Wilsom Farms by my friend, Ginger. I looked into it and even called them and talked with the owner, Tom for 20 minutes asking him LOTS of questions. Some of the information he told me about most “raw” almonds BLEW my mind and changed it from buying “raw” almonds from Costco, Sam’s, wholesale suppliers, and even in the bulk bin at local grocery store. If you are purchasing ORGANIC RAW almonds, you’re probably OK, but always check out your source and stay with quality, local farms.
Here’s what I found out: Most bulk almonds are pasteurized with Propylene oxide. What the hell!!? Propylene oxide is a highly toxic flammable chemical compound, once used as a racing fuel before it became prohibited for safety reasons. It is also used in thermobaric weapons. It is an epoxide, which is not GRAS (generally recognized as safe for human ingestion). Duh!!! (source)
So, upon talking with Tom, I was willing to give his almonds a try and MAN! am I glad I did! I have been using them to make homemade granola and homemade almond milk. Almond milk never tasted better! NOW I know why! So, with my last 3 cups of these almonds, I decided to make almond nut butter.
Most recipes say that it will take 15 – 20 minutes in a food processor to whip into a creamy, gorgeous nut butter. So, I tossed my almonds (NO SOAKING or ROASTING required with Briden Wilson Farms almonds) into the food processor, locked the lid and hit the ON button and let it rip for several minutes. I could tell the consistency was changing much faster than the other posts I had read. Wow! Could it REALLY be the quality of the nuts? “Keep it going and we’ll see”, I said. I’ve never had such excitement watching nuts whirl around in a machine than those 8 minutes. Food-geek, and PROUD of it! Then, all of the sudden, “the magic happened” and I squealed in delight.
The butter took on a different texture and became creamy, smooth and oily. I was so excited! Scott just laughed at me. The dogs thought they were getting treats or something with my excited energy. We ALL tested it and gave it a 2 thumbs up (the dogs just licked it up and wanted more – good sign!)
3 cups raw almonds ( I used these from Briden Wilson Farms)
That’s it! No soaking, dehydrating, or roasting. Just pure quality almonds!
- Place the 3 cups of almonds in a food processor ( I use a KitchenAid 12 cupper), lock on lid and hit the “ON” button and let it whirl for several minutes
- Stop the machine periodically scraping down the sides. No biggie. Do it and keep it moving…
- After 8 -10 minutes if using a QUALITY almond or 15 minutes or so with other almonds, the “magic will happen” and it’ll turn into this smooth and creamy almond butter!!
- That’s it! Magical, right?!
- You can add a touch of salt for flavor if you want or leave it plain (your choice!)
- Various and sundry FUN options: add raw cacao powder, honey, stevia, vanilla bean powder, touch of cayenne, etc. - OOOHH! the possibilities.
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
After making this nut butter, I immediately went to the computer to Briden Wilson Farms site and ordered another 10 lbs. of these glorious almonds. Almonds are shipped Priority Mail and shipping is included in the price – what a deal!!
Another favorite thing I like to do with my almond butter as a great snack or pre-workout treat (rebounding or yoga) are medjool dates split in half with almond butter and some chlorella tablets sprinkled on top. These make outstanding dog treats too! My dogs LOVE these.
Go give it a whirl yourself and have fun!May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired! Kibby