Almond butters can be quite expensive if bought from the store. If you have ever bought one you would know how costly that small jar is. If you own a food processor, there is no need to ever buy almond butter or any other nut butter from the store again. You can make, right at your kitchen, in very few steps, an almond butter that is many times more delicious, healthier and cheaper than the store bought one! All you will need is a little patience and determination (you will find out the reason in just a while).
Here are the steps you will need to follow:
- Soak 2 cups of almonds in water along with 1 ½ tsp salt overnight or for at least 8 hours. In the morning, drain the water and wash the nuts. Let the nuts dry.
- Spread a baking sheet over a baking tray and spread the nuts over it in one layer. Preheat your oven at 190ᵒC. roast the nuts for ten minutes. Be careful not to burn your nuts. Even if slightly burnt, they will make the nut butter smell bad. After ten minutes, take the almonds out of the oven and let allow them to cool. It is good if they are a little warm when you start processing because it will help in releasing the nut oils faster.
- Transfer the warm nuts to your food processor bowl. Secure the lid and begin processing.
- First the nuts will grind into a powder form. Don’t stop here. Keep processing further and the nuts will take a crumbly form and start to collect. Give the machine breaks at intervals to prevent it from overheating.
- Open the lid and scrape down the sides every now and then before resuming the task. The process can take up to 30 minutes before you get a creamy, smooth paste! Hence the patience and determination I mentioned a while ago.
- You can add a drop or two of some light tasting oil if your almond butter is not becoming creamy enough and you have lost all patience!
- If you prefer a sweet tasting almond butter, you can add a bit of honey to it and pulse it to combine everything. This step is to be performed once you have achieved smooth, creamy almond butter.
- When you are done, transfer the almond butter to a glass jar and seal it. You can store it at room temperature for about a week. If you want to save it for longer, refrigerate it. This almond butter, with no preservatives, can stay fresh in the fridge for at least a month.