If you’ve been following my foodie posts for very long you can probably gather that I’m a HUGE fan of peanut butter. Like, it’s basically a food group for me and I honestly have to practice lots of self control when it comes to pb! So when I first tried almond butter – which surprisingly wasn’t that long ago – I was immediately obsessed. I think I went through that first jar in about 5 days #noshame.
So a few months and several *expensive* store bought jars of AB later, I decided to give it a shot at making my own! It turned out really well!
BUT!! Here’s the catch to homemade almond butter that I learned pretty quick. When one tries to be healthy and keep it to minimal ingredients by using the plain, unsalted, natural almonds, one’s almond butter tastes very blah and straight up nasty. But when one wants to add some flavor by using flavored almonds, one adds lots of extra sugar and processed crap. But also more noms. So beware of your choice of almonds you use! Pick your poison. It is nice knowing what goes into your food (by making it yourself) but you have to be careful what almonds you get!
Pretty much any type of almond can be used for this; I tried both vanilla flavored (which was the yummiest but also the unhealthiest), unsalted natural (healthiest but least flavorful), and roasted salted.
For this batch, I went with the middle option and did the roasted ones. It’s super easy:
Put your almonds in your food processor – however much your processor allows at a time – and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until it starts sticking together and becoming hard to blend. Pulse a few times, and then stir it to loosen it up a little. To add a little moisture and sweetness, add a little bit of honey – about 1-2 teaspoons. Then continue to blend until it becomes moist and stuck together, or like almond butter consistency (duh!)! If it’s not sticking together or getting moist enough to the consistency you want it, you may add up to a tablespoon of oil (coconut or olive oil is preferred). I like to store mine in the fridge, just so it’ll last longer. 🙂
That’s it! Super quick and easy! Hope y’all enjoy!