Simple Almond Butter (ME)

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Almond ButterIt is surprising how simple it is to make almond (and other nut) butter at home. The below recipe is for a small batch of almond butter, and you can always multiply the recipe as needed. If you have a high quality food processor making nut butters becomes much more simple. Experiment with different oils and nuts in small batches until you find your favorite combination.

  • INGREDIENTS
    1 Cup Whole, Unsalted Almonds*
    4-5 Tablespoons Local Honey
    2 Tablespoons Canola Oil**
    Salt to taste (preferably sea salt)

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. Spread almonds in single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes to release flavor and aroma, toss occasionally throughout baking to ensure even toasting.
    3. Let almonds cool for 5-10 minutes.
    4. Put almonds in a food processor with honey and canola oil. Process to desired consistency, about 3-5 minutes. You likely won’t get a super smooth consistency without a nut butter processor.
    5. Add salt as needed for desired flavor. But don’t get too carried away- with salt, less is more!
    6. Add additional honey for sweetness. Add oil or warm water for thinning if desired.

    *Lightly salted and dry roasted almonds can be substituted. Add little to no salt in the processing.
    **Vegetable oil can also be substituted, I don’t recommend olive oil for this particular recipe due to its distinct flavor.

    Store Fresh Almond Butter in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Spread on whole grain crackers, apples (tart Granny Smith are my favorites), carrots or celery for a hearty, filling and healthy snack.

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