Next to homemade peanut butter, this almond butter recipe is one of my favorites! It’s amazing what you can do with almonds, even making homemade almond meal or almond flour as you go! Almonds are a great alternative to grains if you are gluten free or wanting to make your diet more natural, whole, or raw. Almond butter can be used in place of a binder in many recipes, in addition to as the base for some really great gluten free pancakes or gluten free muffins (recipes coming soon!).
Almonds are especially nutritious, and, different than peanuts which are actually legumes, are truly nuts. Unfortunately, almonds are tree nuts, so be especially careful with healthy alternative recipes and organic products if you or a loved one is allergic to tree nuts. As with all nuts, almonds are high in calories, so be sure to track your portions when consuming this yummy snack or adding to a recipe. Almonds taste great alone, wrapped in dark chocolate, or buried in a hearty zucchini bread or muffin. They are packed with protein, healthy fats, biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, phosphorus, magnesium, molybdenum, and even fiber.
Almond Butter Recipe
Almonds. That’s really the only ingredient, which is what makes homemade almond butter so great! No molasses, no sugar, no oil, no salt (unless you use salted almonds or choose to add some for taste). All of the ingredients are completely in your control.
Similar to homemade peanut butter, the approximate ratio of nuts to nut butter is 1:3/4, or one cup of nuts will yield about 3/4 of a cup of nut butter. So, if you want 1 cup of nut butter, you will need one and one third cups of nuts.
1. Pour desired about of almonds in a food processor or power blender.
2. Process for 10-20 minutes, depending on the strength of your processor, and scrape down as needed. You will advance past the point of a fine nut ground, past the point of almond meal, and eventually the oils will come out, forming a smooth, delicious almond butter. Yum! Don’t worry if it takes a little more time than you expect, almonds are harder than peanuts, and less oily, so it will take a little bit more time than when making homemade peanut butter. It’s ok, though, it will be worth it!
- 1 and 1/3 cups almonds
- Pour almonds into a food processor or high powered blender.
- Process until smooth, scraping down the edges as needed.
- Add salt if desired, and enjoy!
- Depending on the strength of your processor, the almonds may take more or less time to process. It's important that you stick it out, knowing that the almonds will process into a butter, with time.
- Enjoy as a replacement for peanut butter or in other great gluten-free recipes.
Just as almonds alone can’t fully support your body’s nutritional needs, diet and exercise alone cannot bring you to whole, satisfied living. True, a great diet and healthy recipes can help you feel and look your best, especially when matched with proper weight training and cardio exercise (get that body moving!). But really, this physical portion of our wellness is not everything. We are more than physical beings. We are also emotional and spiritual. It’s important that we meet these needs and are fed spiritually, just as we need to be fed with healthy foods (like almonds). That’s why there are three parts of To Eat Pray Love – to truly inspire whole living, not just healthy eating.
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