Making your own nut butter…. say WHAAA?
Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought this process was complicated and unattainable by someone (me) who did not have professional grade kitchen equipment. Remember in grade school when you learned about George Washington Carver’s ingenuity with the peanut? For me, it was 4th grade and we wrote our very first research paper about him. Looking back, it seems like this sparked two things in my life: my love of writing, and my love of peanut butter.
As far as my love of writing, I’m fueling it every day with my job and classes. My love of peanut butter..well it’s fueling me 😉
Lately I’ve been learning how to properly manage what I eat, and take more care about putting the right foods in my body. I’m no health nut; I love my double dark chocolate brownies and would probably eat 6 of them at the same time if I let myself! But instead, I’m being more purposeful in what I eat.
So when I realized it didn’t take a Jiff factory to make nut butter, I decided to try it out for myself.
It was easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Well, if you don’t count the fact I about broke my NutriBullet….. But that is a simple operator’s error. You won’t have that problem 🙂
Really, you only need 1 ingredient: Almonds!
I used a 9 ounce bag of Roasted Almonds. I read a lot of recipes where you would do your own roasting, but my motto in life recently has become “Work Smarter, Not Harder”.
Toss those in your NutriBullet, food processor, or high powered blender, and let ‘er rip! Don’t worry if it takes a while for your almond to progress from whole almonds, to chunks, to mush, to the almond butter. Have patience, and stop every now and then to scrape down the sides of your container. After a while, your almonds will begin to release their oils. This step causes the chunky-mush of almonds to bind together into the glorious almond butter!
I also added about 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil, and 1/2 tablespoon of honey to add sweetness. The perfect time to add these mix ins is once the almonds were ground and just starting to stick together.
So far, I’ve eaten my homemade almond butter with apple slices and on a whole-wheat tortilla with a little more honey. I’m looking forward to trying my an almond butter and jelly sandwich and maybe adding a little to my oatmeal in the morning!