While peanut butter has been popular for ages, almond butter is establishing its reputation in the food industry. Like peanut butter, almond butter has its nutritious value and health benefits that it can add to your dietary plans. Almond butter is made from almonds that are crushed and smoothed into a paste. Almonds are a highly nutritious food as they contain vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Almonds are a good fiber source and also contain protein. Because of their high monounsaturated fat content, almonds are considered a healthy food choice. Almonds or almond butter provide healthy fat not typically found in foods high in saturated fats. While almond butter is not commercialized as much as peanut butter, it is just as healthy and nutritious. Just like making your own peanut butter, making homemade almond butter allows you to customize the amount of sugar, salt, and oil to your liking. But unlike peanut butter, however, almonds take a little longer to process than peanut butter. Sometimes almond butter can have a chalky texture which is why I add a bit of oil to smooth it out. I use this delicious nut butter for several recipes to achieve richer and creamier results. I also tend to go through almond butter very quickly which can get expensive if you are buying a jar of it. The last thing on earth I appreciate it being ripped off for something I can easily replicate on my own and homemade almond butter is one of them. Now if only I had some apple slices with me on hand………
For this recipe, you will need:
- 3 cups of roasted unsalted almonds (if you can’t find roasted almonds, you can roast them yourself)
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 teaspoons of any oil of your choice (you can add more if the almond mixture is too thick but don’t add too much)
Preheat oven to 350, then roast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet for approx 10 minutes or until fragrant and just beginning to turn golden brown. Place roasted almonds in a food processor and process for a minute. Scrape down the sides, close lid and continue to process. Add salt and oil. Process for another 10 minutes or until smooth. Transfer almond butter into a jar. Seal with a lid and keep refrigerated for 2 weeks.