homemade almond butter

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

Almond butter is fantastic.  Some years ago I was really introduced to it when Bobby made almond butter cookies for my birthday and I've been forever since trying to find that exact recipe.  Although I love peanut butter and we eat it like it's going out of style, almond butter is a different, exciting other nut butter.  And an awesome alternative to peanut-allergic kids/schools/events.

A few bonuses to almond butter vs. peanut butter:

  • Almond butter has 26% more Vitamin E, 3% more Iron, and 7% more Calcium than peanut butter.
  • It's higher in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and antioxidants.
  • Almonds are considered alkaline while peanuts are categorized as acidic.  Alkaline foods speed up metabolism, increase energy, and prevent sickness.
  • They are a powerful nut and the only nut categorized as very alkaline.

(Data from here.)

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

So let's make some.   I'm hungry.

homemade almond butter

2 cups almonds

pinch of sea salt

blender with tamper

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

Work in batches.  Pour one cup of almonds into your blender.  Start the blender and slowly raise the speed to high.  Watch the almonds and use your tamper tool (or your blender's equivalent) to constantly push the almonds into the blade.

It takes about two minutes of constantly pushing the almond meal over the blade to mix all of the almonds enough to create the butter.  If your blender isn't super powerful it should take a bit longer.  Be patient and help your blender's motor by moving the almonds.

Add your pinch of salt.

You'll see the almond butter coming together first closest to the blade.  Once you see it coming together at the blade you're almost there!  Keep pushing the almond meal away from the sides of the canister and over the blade.  If your motor starts to sound like it is wearing out, turn the knob to a lower setting and let it blend a bit at that lower level and then turn it up again.

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

This is what one cup of almonds turns into.  With a spoon, scrape out the beautiful, warm almond butter.

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

Spoon into a clear glas jar to show off your brilliant homemade-ness to the world.  Repeat with the remaining cup of almonds and you will totally fill one pint jar.

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

You've made almond butter!

Wouldn't a cute pint jar of homemade almond butter (with a little fabric under the lid or ribbon) be the perfect gift for neighbors at Christmas or for a housewarming gift?

My kids were so excited they came over with fingers all ready for a dip into the jar.  And so they did and then waited patiently for one of our all time favorite lunches and anytime smoothies/shakes...

almonds: make your own almond butter
almonds: make your own almond butter

It's our Banana Coconut-ty Smoothie/Shake!

Stick around tomorrow for the recipe.  Definitely a keeper.  I've had it two days in a row.

If you've missed any of the almonds series, catch up here:

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