Thursday, 4 April 2013

Easy almond butter in 10 minutes!

Making creamy or crunchy, thick and tasty almond butter at home is so quick and easy, you'll never buy it from the store again!  Have you ever bought almond butter from the store?  At stores nearby, I can't buy it for less than $6-10 for a small jar.  When you buy it from the store it also usually has other ingredients such as preservatives and too much salt or sugar.  By making it at home you can control the ingredients.

Knowing that almonds are just as healthy as peanuts, and having almond butter for breakfast is an easy way to incorporate important vitamins and minerals, I tested a number of methods of making almond butter easily and quickly.  Almond butter is high in Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.  It's also a great alternative to other higher calorie spreads like butter, chocolate spread, cream cheese, jams and jellies.

Recipe - it only takes under 20 minutes!

Toasted almonds
1 tbsp Olive oil (optional)
1 tsp. Sugar (optional)
1 tsp. Salt (optional)

1. Arrange 2 cups of almonds on a cookie sheet wrapped in aluminium foil.
2. Measure out 1 tbsp of Olive oil and spread it over the almonds
3. Measure out 1 tsp of sugar and salt and spread both over the almonds
4. You can omit the oil or the sugar and salt and still come out with very tasty almond butter!
5. Toast the almonds in a toaster oven for approximately 5-8 minutes, turning half way through.  Make sure to monitor them so they don't burn. Toasting the almonds adds a lot of flavour and is an important step!
6. After the almonds have cooled, add them into a food processor and pulse for approximately 5-7 minutes, stopping every couple of minutes to scrape the sides of the bowl.
7. Put the almond butter into a sealed container and refrigerate.  This butter should last for weeks for you to enjoy!

You can use the almond butter just as you would use peanut butter: simply for spreading on bread, or toast, in cookies, in sauces, etc.  Almond butter can be substituted for peanut butter in most peanut butter recipes! Enjoy!  If you try the recipe let me know what you think!!

Toasted almonds
Stage 1 of processing - almonds are still in large chunks

Stage 2 of processing - starting to look like a paste

Stage 3 of processing - starting to be shiny because of oils & smooth at the bottom of  processor

Stage 4 of processing - homemade almond butter - ready to spread
Homemade almond butter stored in a margarine container - yum!

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