I almost feel guilty posting a recipe that only has one ingredient in it. Yes, one ingredient! However, this is the one of the easiest and healthiest goodies to make and I simply have to share it with you.
I enjoy making my own Homemade Peanut Butter so it only makes sense that I’d venture out and try other nut butters. (My husband laughed at “nut butters” because he thought it sounded funny, but is there really a better way to word that?) My Homemade Peanut Butter has very little peanut oil in it, but this almond butter doesn’t require any oil at all! If you love peanut butter then I think you’ll love this too. 🙂
Homemade Almond Butter Recipe
(Makes between 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the almonds on a baking sheet (in one layer) and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Let the almonds cool.
- Place the almonds in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes or until smooth.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Since the almonds are the sole ingredient here I want to make sure that they are packed with maximum flavor. To achieve this, I roasted them. Roasting things releases tasty oils and flavors and in this case every little bit helps.
While this recipe could not be more simple, you will need a little patience. This may be challenging for you multi-taskers. 😉 I’d say that my food processor is a good quality one and it took about 10 minutes for the almonds to transition from merely noisy to a smooth consistency. Please don’t run your food processor for 10 minutes straight. I assure you that it will not be happy. Run it for 2 minutes at a time. It’s doing all the work for you so give it a little rest and relaxation between times where it’s doing that work. The brief pauses are a good time to let it rest and for you to scrape the almond bits from the sides of the container. The below is a picture at the 2 minute mark. It has kind of a sandy texture at this point.
This below is a picture at the 6 minute mark. Now we’re starting to see something that resembles a crunchy nut butter, but we’re not there yet. Don’t give up! It will turn smooth, I promise. “Patience is a virtue.” I use this quote all the time. It’s from one of my favorite movies, The Mummy. My husband was in his office when I made this batch and he was curious as to what I was up to that would require the food processor to run so long. Once he popped out to see, he completely understood why.
Many people add oil to their almond butter. Using oil may make the food processing time a little shorter, but I’d rather skip it since it’s not necessary.
With a little patience (okay, maybe a lot of patience) you can have this silky smooth almond butter. Trust me, it’s not pasty. My tongue does not stick to the roof of my mouth (you know what I mean if you’ve tried organic almond butter from the grocery store).
As you read this you may be thinking. “This chick just posted about a rich and decadent Chocolate Tort the other day. Now she’s going in the complete opposite direction with one of the most healthiest recipes out there?” I believe it’s all about moderation. I try to eat healthy during the day, but when I splurge on calories I do it at dessert time. 🙂
Almond butter is an awesome healthy treat. It’s a great source of protein and contains healthy fats. I love to eat it with an apple for snack. It’s also a great spread over toast or to mix into any kind of shake.
When I eat it from the fridge, I like to nuke it n the microwave for a few seconds because I like it when it’s warm and soft.
Obviously this is a pretty basic almond butter recipe. I mean you can’t get more basic than with a one ingredient recipe. I like to start with a basic recipe (that goes for any kind of recipe, not just this one) and then elaborate in future iterations. I’ve seen others make a variation of it using cinnamon and brown sugar or honey. Has anyone tried these variations?
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Here’s that Homemade Peanut Butter I talked about earlier.
Homemade Granola goes fabulous with almond butter and peanut butter.