April 13, 2014

Vegan, Gluten-Free::Homemade Raw Almond Butter



***UPDATE: Roasting the almonds will save you a lot of time!!!!***

Why pay $10 for raw almond butter when you can buy
a bag of almonds for $10 and make three jars?

I've tried making raw almond butter several times in the past,
and it always took me over 30 minutes to get the almonds to
turn into almond meal. I read online that it would take a very long time,
but not over 30 minutes. So after several times of experimenting,
I've finally compiled several tips to help anyone out there who's interested
in making raw almond butter :)

The recipe is simple: 1 cup of almonds 

The process is simple: put the almonds in a food processor and blend away.

But let me walk you through everything to ensure that you don't spend
30+ minutes making almond butter:





1. Only process up to 1 cup of almonds at a time.
Putting too many almonds in the food processor will
take eternity to turn into almond butter.

Tip: use sliced almonds! this will take even less time to turn into almond butter.
I get mine from Sam's Club for about $10 for a huge bag.




2. Process the almonds. It will turn into almond meal
after a little while. If you want to make macarons/macaroons,
this is what you'll want ;)

Tip: mix the almond meal every couple of minutes when
it starts to clump up on the sides. This will speed up the process
and waste less of your time.





3. Sooner or later, some of the almonds will turn into a paste
and coat the bottom of the food processor. You're getting closer!
Keep mixing the almond meal every now and then.



4. The almonds will clump up and mold into a ball. 
You're getting sooo close! Keep mixing!




5. You'll end up with a clumpy batter consistency.
You can process the mixture for longer to get a smoother 
and thinner almond butter, but here's my trick:

scoop out what you already have and set aside.
make another batch with another cup of almonds.
when the second batch reaches this step, mix the first
batch back in. It's easier to have a larger amount
and the food processor will churn the almond butter
like ice cream to reach a really creamy, smooth consistency!








Feel free to add sea salt, some honey, cinnamon, etc
and get creative! There are so many "gourmet" nut butters
out there, but they're SOO overpriced! 
Make your own with your favorite nuts and play around with flavors!

Here's a great link to get your creative juices flowing:
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes/10-unbelievably-delicious-nut-butters-you-can-make








Enjoy!

xoxo, Hannah



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