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!

Superfood Trail Mix

The perfect snack to keep stashed in your purse, backpack, or briefcase.  Packed with good for you fats and satisfying protein, this salty/sweet mix will power you through a long afternoon or late night (it's also a easy breakfast on the go). 

A quick spotlight on one of the superfood ingredients in this mix: MULBERRIES.

Remember that nursery rhyme "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"?  Yup, these little guys are one and the same as the plant referenced in that song.  Dried white mulberries taste similar to dried figs - mildly sweet and chewy.  They are an excellent source of calcium and iron (two nutrients that many people think are lacking in vegetarian & vegan diets), as well as vitamin C, protein, and fiber. 

As with most of my recipes, this one is very adaptable.  Allergic to nuts? Try a mix of raw seeds!  Can't find goji berries?  Unsweetened cranberries or cherries would also taste great.  Play around with it and find a combination that YOU love best (because as we know, we all have slightly different tastes).

Superfood Trail Mix (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, raw)

- 1 cup raw nuts (I use equal parts almonds, cashews, and walnuts)

- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds 

- 1/4 cup dried goji berries

- 1/4 cup dried mulberries

- scant 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix, and then store in an airtight container.  Sometimes I put the whole batch in a Ziploc to keep in my backpack; sometimes I like to portion it out into single serving bags.  ENJOY!