I finally made almond butter!! I don’t know what took me so long… especially since it was relatively easy. I’ve been eating almond butter over peanut butter for years now, and for no specific reason just that I love the taste of it.
But can we please talk about how expensive almond butter is?? I saw a jar of almond butter the other day for $17 and a raw almond butter even more pricier at $25 a jar. Crazy! That’s just a little too expensive for me.
And… have you ever looked at the ingredients in some of these “organic, all natural almond or nut butters”?
Check this one out with their “Added” ingredients… it’s a very popular brand that is preferred by most health conscious folks.
These popular brands can add all the fluffy words “organic” sugar or palm “fruit” oil to the list but at the end of the day they’re adding sugar and palm oil, Plain and Simple!
I’m sorry but why would I want palm oil and cane sugar in my almond butter?? Most brands use these fillers, fluffy words to make it sound healthy and then charge us outrageous prices. I’m okay with a little salt and some flavoring to spice it up but I’m not okay with additional oil or sugar.
And on a side note… palm oil?? Don’t even get me started on palm oil and the destruction of the rainforest, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Making your own almond butter or any nut butter is healthier and less expensive, but if that’s not your thing then here are two of my favorites without the added crap and the least expensive compared to some others.
Whole Foods 365 and Trader’s Joe’s creamy almond butter. Both have just one ingredient… You guessed it→ Almonds!!
Next time you’re out shopping take a look at the ingredients and compare. You will be surprised.
Okay, I’m done with my rant so let’s chat about making almond butter.
How to Make Almond Butter
Besides a bunch of almonds you do need a food processor, Vitamix or a high speed blender, and about 30 minutes to spare.
For this recipe two other ingredients were added to jazz it up a bit→
a dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla
Add all three in the food processor or a high speed blender and blend for the next 25 to 30 minutes.
You will see the transformation from a flour-like grainy texture to a sticky paste, to a clumpy ball and then it finally breaks down to a creamy texture.
Note… You will have to continually scrape down the sides until the end.
The mixture & blender will get hot so you may have to stop a few times to let it cool for a minute or two.
Remember this is a process and will take about 30 minutes to get to the desired texture.
And Voila´ “almond butter”! See how easy that was…
Three cups of almonds makes about 16 ounces of almond butter.
About the same amount of a standard size almond butter you would purchase at the store.
Transfer to an airtight container or mason jar and store in the refrigerator.
How to Make Almond Butter
Here is an easy to follow recipe to make your own almond butter without the added sugar and oil that most brands include. Not only is it healthier but also less expensive than buying almond butter at the store. You will be surprised by the smooth and creamy texture just after 30 minutes in the blender.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- 3 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add almonds, cinnamon and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Blend until creamy and continue to scrape down the sides until the end. If the mixture or blender gets hot turn off and let cool down for a minute or two.
- To get to a creamy texture this will take about 25 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a mason jar or air tight container and store in the refrigerator.