Homemade Almond Butter

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I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast…and most importantly…right out of the jar.  It’s sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I’m obsessed with peanut butter!!!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!! Any time I see a new type of peanut butter or any nut butter in store, I feel a strong urge to buy it and immediately whip out a spoon to scoop up a bite.  I’ve been totally smitten with sun butter, almond butter with flax and even honey roasted peanut butters.  But all these new ones are SO expensive.  My old standby, Jif is just a few bucks.  However, my recent purchase of 7 seed nut butter?  Well, let’s just say I could have bought two jars of Jif!  Two large jars of Jif.  That’s a lot of peanut butter!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!!

I needed to make my own nut butter at home.  It’s cheaper, tastes better, healthier AND I can add all types of nuts and spices.  Perfect for any nut butter obsessed foodie like myself!  I’ve gone through a few batches already and am loving this whole homemade nut butter thing.  It’s definitely easy to do, but there are a few tips you should follow:

  • Roast your nuts.  Technically you don’t have to do this.  But it makes your nut butter taste so good!  Such a deep, rich nutty flavor.  You’ll love it.
  • Add all the sweetener at once.  I always taste as I go with my recipes.  But I’ve noticed if I add my sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, etc) as the nut butter is almost done, it gets all clumpy and pasty.  I have no clue why this happens, but it does every time.  So add all of your sweetener at the beginning, at one time.
  • Have patience.  Not one of my strong points, but I’ll do it for nut butters!  Some nuts – like almonds –  are lower in oil.  They take a lot more processing to extract the oil and actually make the nut butter.  It can take up to 15 minutes.  So just chill our and wait.  I promise, it’ll get nice and creamy!
  • Add a touch of oil.  You don’t have to add extra oil to your nut butters.  But so far, I find that even 1-2 tsps of canola or walnut oil really make your nut butters over the top smooth and creamy.  And I love creamy nut butters, so this is a must for me!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!!

I loooooove peanut butter.  LOVE it.  I will eat just about anything that contains peanut butter.  I love it in candy, swirled throughout ice cream, warm and drippy on toast...and most importantly...right out of the jar.  It's sweet, salty, creamy, smooth.  Completely delicious and utterly satisfying in every way.  I'm obsessed with peanut butter!!! Try out my Cinnamon Spice Almond Butter – it’s awesome!  I love cinnamon in anything and it really takes this recipe over the top.  But, I have another recipe – Vanilla & Honey Roasted Peanut Butter.  OMG – any peanut butter lover will die over this one as well.  Maybe you should just make both.  I mean…it’s totally better to have two rather than 1.  Definitely.  Make both!

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Cinnamon Spice Almond Butter:
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 ground clove
  • 1 tbsp walnut or canola oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.  Roast almonds for about 12-15 minutes.  They should turn just slightly darker in color and you should smell them when they’re done.
  2. Once almonds have cooled slightly, pour them into the bowl of a food processor.  Add in the maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
  3. Begin processing the almond mixture.  This will take anywhere from 12-15 minutes depending on your desired consistency.
  4. The mixture will turn to finely ground almonds to a mixture that looks like wet sand (see photos above).  Keep processing – stopping every few minutes to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Continue to process and you’ll notice the mixture is starting to turn into a thick butter consistency.  At this point, you can add in the extra tablespoon of oil (your choice in type).  This just makes your almond butter extra smooth and creamy.  But you can leave this out.
  6. Store almond butter in an air tight container.  It will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

3 Comments

  1. Carrian

    March 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Such a good idea!

    • mewinebrenner

      March 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      It’s so easy! And I love knowing exactly what goes in it!

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