Who doesn't love a huge dollop of nut butter as a quick treat or with a little jelly in a sandwich? While peanut may be the go-to jar, this homemade almond butter could soon become another favorite. Almonds are incredibly nutritious and healthy and come loaded with vitamin E, so enjoy the butter.
Making almond butter is simple, but you will need a food processor. Most machines will be able to grind the nuts easily but if you have a small one, make the butter in batches, resting the motor between each. If you are lucky enough to own a powerful machine, such as Thermomix or Vitamix, the time will be brief with instructions below.
The roasting the almonds of the almonds in this recipe is optional, but it does add an even nuttier flavor to the butter and the warming of the almonds helps to release the oil in the almonds faster.
- 1 pound organic skin-on almonds
Gather the ingredient. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Put the almonds in a large roasting pan. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, watch carefully to make sure the nuts do not become too brown; they should only darken slightly.
Using a Food Processor
Once lightly roasted, let the nuts cool for 5 minutes then add to a food processor. Blitz for 15 minutes, frequently stopping to scrape down the sides and allow the motor to rest. At first, the mixture will be thick and grainy, but gradually the oil will slowly release and the butter becomes glossy. The butter may be ready sooner or take longer than the 15 minutes depending on the size of the motor on your food processor.
Leave the butter to cool and once cold, pack into jars or freeze.
Serve any way you want, a spoonful as a quick treat, on warm toast, sandwiches, and is super delicious teamed up with bananas and apples or add a dollop to your morning oatmeal or smoothie. Try drizzling the almond butter with a little honey too, yum.
Using a Thermomix
If you are lucky enough to own a powerful Thermomix machine, making nut butter becomes so easy. This German-made machine has the power to take 1 pound of nuts at once. Unlike, a food processor, the butter will be made in 9 minutes and in a single batch. Start the grinding slowly through all speeds up to 9, and once there grind for 3 minutes.
Stop the machine scrape down and regrind at 5 for 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down.
Three minutes more at 4 and the butter will be ready.
- The butter will keep for one week in the refrigerator or three months in a freezer.