Homemade Almond Butter
At home, we are going to run out of our regular salted butter for our morning toast and I couldn’t find it in stock in our grocery store to be able to order it. Since I had almonds on hand, it was time to make some almond butter again.
There is not much of an elaborate recipe here but thought I’ll add this post to show how easy it is to make almond butter at home. I’ve always kept it simple by just using almonds and salt but you could easily add other ingredients like honey, cocoa, vanilla extract, cinnamon etc to make it your own. The natural oil in the almonds are enough to transform the nuts from a coarse powder to a creamy buttery texture. But, if you want to make it extra creamy you could also add a few teaspoons of oil of your preferred type. I like to dry roast the almonds before blending it since it adds a nice depth of flavor. Replace almonds with any nuts you like or mix two kinds of nuts and I’m sure the outcome is going to be equally delectable!
- The key to making nut butter is a high power blender or a good food processor. I like using my Vitamix with the liquid blending jar for this. I use the 2 lowest settings on the Vitamix for this butter.
- Make sure you add enough almonds to the jar so that it is well over the blender blades. If you don’t add enough almonds, the mixture is going to get stuck below the blades.
- It is very important to mix it every few minutes so that the blender blade moves freely or the mixture will harden around the blade and stop it from rotating.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 to 15 mins
Yields: 1 to 1.25 cups of butter
– 2 & 1/2 cups almonds
– a good pinch of salt
- Roast almonds either in a flat pan on the stove top on a low-medium flame or in a sheet pan in the oven for 10 mins at 325F. Make sure to move them around half way so that they don’t burn. Remove and set aside for a few mins.
- While the almonds are slightly warm add it to the blender with a pinch of salt and blend it on low for 3 to 4 mins. Turn it off, give it a mix and blend it again for 3 mins. Continue mixing and blending a few more times. Adjust salt if needed. It took me just around 12 mins in total to get the desired consistency to my liking. But, you could blend it for a few more minutes until it gets extra creamy.
- Remove it into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator .
- It should stay good for atleast 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- I usually heat it for a quick 12 to 15 secs in the microwave to get it to a spreadable consistency or you could leave it on the counter for sometime before you need it.
Try it out and spread it on toasted bread, banana, apples or just enjoy it by the spoonful. We love adding it in our oatmeal too sometimes.