homemade almond butter recipe
If you’re looking for a healthy, easy homemade almond butter recipe, YOU’VE MADE IT!! But, there’s something you need to know before we begin, — I’m a nut butter addict. There, I said it. The first step is admitting, right? Thank goodness there are others out there just like me. That gooey, almond sweetness rubbing it’s salt crystals all over my tongue. I mean really, what’s not to love? There are a million things you can do with nut butter that all taste unbelievably delish. Slather it on bananas, pancakes, toast, or throw it into smoothies, bars, or cookies.
Check out this video to see how easy it is to make your own!
Five signs you might be a nut butter addict too:
- Every time you open the cupboard this happens: Open the jar. Insert knife. Bypass bread. Put in mouth. Repeat.
- Crunchy or creamy? Who cares! There’s no favoritism, only flavoritism! (flavoritism [fleyv-ri-tiz-uh m] – when flavor is the only thing that counts!)
- You believe serving should be size listed by the jar, not by the tablespoon.
- When everyone else thinks the jar is empty, you grab a spoon and spend the next 5 minutes scraping out every last morsel.
- The greatest food not yet invented is peanut butter covered peanut butter filled pretzels (with an optional side of dark chocolate for dipping). Am I right, or am I right?
Uh huh? Are you with me on this? There is no shame. Let your nut butter flag fly!!!
Almonds or Peanuts – The Better Butter Debate
Besides taste, nutrition is a big part of my decision to opt for almonds over peanuts. Surprisingly, almonds and peanuts are almost exactly the same when you compare carb, fat, and protein content. There is a gram or two difference here or there, but overall they are even. Peanuts do contain a slightly higher amount of saturated fat, which is why some believe almonds are more heart-healthy, but it’s like splitting hairs shells debating the difference. It’s at the micronutrient level where Vitamin E (keeps cells and tissues happy) and Magnesium (calms and de-stresses the body) launch Almonds into a healthy lead. They also contain higher amounts of calcium (bones and teeth like this) and iron (oxygen source for blood). Many people also forget that peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes, and for some people this can cause bloating and lead to struggles with weight loss. No bueno!
Almonds heave my heart
Almond butter has become my go-to. Buying pre-packaged jars are convenient, but if you have 10 minutes you can whip up a batch from home. It’s so easy to do. The best part about making your own is that you know exactly what ingredients are going into it, and you can adjust the salt and sweetness to your liking. The only ingredient that has to go into almond butter are almonds, but you can add a little oil, salt and sweetener too. It’s whatever you prefer. I’ve also found that as much as I enjoy the smell wafting through my house, I don’t always have the time to roast my nuts. I recommend trying to buy organic roasted, unsalted almonds from the store. If you can’t get organic, that’s okay too. The best deals are usually found either in the bulk aisles of the grocery store, or Trader Joes also has a 16 oz bag ready-to-go. WARNING: Once you’ve tasted the sweet glory that comes from a fresh batch of homemade almond butter, you’re never going back to store-bought. You can thank me later!
Now, let’s make some almond butter, shall we? Check out the video at the top of this post showing you how you can make homemade almond butter in less than 60 seconds, or follow the below recipe.
What are other ways you indulge in nut butter? Have you tried any other nut or seed variations or add-ins? Share with me in the comment section below. Cheers!