Homemade Almond Butter (VIDEO)

Hi there and HAPPY WEEKEND!  Today I have for you a super simple, but very delicious recipe for homemade almond butter. 

Why make your own almond butter at home?  Well, like with almond milk, you can control what's going into your almond butter!  You are in charge of how much sweetener or salt goes into the mix.  Also, you can get creative!  In the video I give a very basic recipe, but scroll down below for different flavor variations. 

Homemade Almond Butter / raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

-3 cups raw, unsalted almonds

-1 generous pinch sea salt

-1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Gather your ingredients: Add all ingredients to your food processor and let the machine work its magic!

2. Trust the process: Be patient! As you will see from the video (okay, you don't really see because I fast-forwarded it but you get the picture), this can take up to 15 or 20 minutes.  Every 5 minutes or so, turn off your food processor and scrape down the sides.  At first, you will have a finely ground powder similar to flour.  Then, the ground almonds will start to clump together and form a dough-like consistency (see photo below).  With time, you will get a silky smooth butter which is simply irresistible! 

Note 1: This will take less time if you do it in your Vitamix blender.  I suggest checking out Vitamix's instructions if you plan to take this route. 

Note 2: This will also take less time if you use roasted, unsalted almonds.  They release their natural oils better. 

Now, for those of you who want to kick it up a notch, here are some different flavor combinations:

- Goji Almond Butter - Add 1/2 cup of goji berries at the beginning of the process.  This makes for a sweeter nut butter!

- Cacao Coconut Almond Butter - Once your almond butter is smooth, add 2 tbsp coconut butter (or coconut oil) and 2 tbsp cacao nibs (or chocolate chips).  Process for another minute or so until everything is combined. 

- Vanilla Maple Almond Butter - Once your almond butter is smooth, add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste).  Process for another minute or so until everything is combined.

 

Have you ever made your own nut butter?  If you have, what is your favorite way to flavor it?  If you haven't, would you try your hand at it after seeing this video?  Let me know in the comments below!