I love my raw almond butter! I eat it almost every day someway, somehow...whether it's on my morning toast with sliced fruit, smeared on pieces of my favorite dark chocolate bar I get from Trader Joe's or simple with apples slices. It's the best! I was super excited to try out my own homemade batch. After letting it cool for a bit, it was just as good as the raw almond butter I purchase from Trader Joe's, only better because I made it myself. It really came out perfect...I was very pleased. I used a pound of raw almonds which cost $4.99...this is the same price for the same amount of almond butter I currently get from TJ's (since revisiting this recipe, almonds are now $5.99 and TJ's almond butter is $6.99). I've also seen almond butter go for upwards of $16.00. I will be making this from now on at home as I like knowing exactly what's in my almond butter, plus I love the ability to add any special ingredients for special occasions or just because. It's really so simple and just takes one simple ingredient and a bit of patience. In the end your labor of love will pay off and you'll have the best almond butter ever! I'm happy to know what this was all about and am ready for toast in the morning or some chocolate pieces smeared with the nuts of my labor. Gather your almonds (or any shelled nut/seed really) and make yourself some almond butter. :)
After about 5 - 7 minutes it will start to bind and clump.
Here we're at about 10-12 minutes.
This is about 15 minutes in. The almonds are starting to warm up and releasing their oils..it's finally coming together now. Add any additional ingredients at this time. At this point my neighbors were probably wondering what the heck I was doing. :)
Below is after about 20-25 minutes. Voila, raw almond butter!
RAW ALMOND BUTTER
- 1 pound (16 oz) raw almonds or 2 1/2 cups
- a bit of patience
- 1/2 teaspoon or so of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, warmed
Add almonds to blender or food processor blend until creamy, stopping frequently to push the sides down as needed. (I found that gently shaking my food processor helped to keep the sides falling so I didn't have to stop as much. But please, please, please use caution if doing this, I don't want you to break your appliance or hurt yourself.) If adding in extra ingredients, please do so after you have achieved a creamy consistency.
The total time from beginning to end may take 15 to 25 min, depending on your machine.
Makes 2 cups.
To make sure you get that super creamy texture, just when you think you're done...keep the blender going for another 5 minutes or so. I've stopped to soon and had a somewhat pasty batch, it wasn't bad but the creamier it is the easier it is to spread.
Be sure if adding maple syrup it's a little warm before adding. If you add cold maple syrup your mixture will seize up a bit and take longer to finish.
Enjoy and have fun experimenting with add-ins!