If you’ve ever purchased almond butter, then you definitely can agree with me when I say that it’s not very budget friendly. A simple 16 Oz jar can cost anywhere from 10 to 15 bucks! That can be pretty pricey to maintain if you’re someone like me who chows down a whole jar within a week. That’s why I’ve recently started making my own almond butter at the comfort of my home. The process takes about 45 minutes and will cost you half of what you spend on a jar of almonds. I bought a pound of almonds at Aldis for only $5.00! If that’s not a bargain then I don’t know what is.
Follow the recipe below for an easy and budget friendly almond butter.
First off, do NOT attempt to try this recipe on a regular blender unless you want it to burnout half way through the process. You will need a food processor. If you don’t own one I recommend browsing through Amazon and finding one that fits your budget. I own the Ninja blender that comes with the food processor. It’s super easy to clean, and I have had no problems with the motor.
Second, you will need a lot of patience, because prep and cook time will be roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Now that, that’s covered lets get on with the steps.
- 16oz bag of almonds (3 cups)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salts (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extracts (optional)
- 2 table spoon of honey/ agave nectar/ maple syrup (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the almonds in a baking tray to toast for 10 minutes.
- Allow the almonds to cool down for 5 minutes.
- Place the almonds in the food processor or high speed blender. Blend until creamy, and make sure to stop a few times in order to scrape down the sides (the powder of the almonds will stick to the sides). You will need to blend for about 25to 30 minutes, so make sure to keep that in mind when you start running out of patience.
- Once the almonds turn creamy you can add in the salt, for additional taste. If you want a sweeter taste you can add in cinnamon and honey. (Blend again for 1 to 2 minutes in order to mix in all the ingredients.)
- Allow the almond butter to cool down for 5-10 minutes, then transfer it into a mason jar. You can refrigerate it to preserve the freshness. (I like keeping mine outside to keep it room temperature.)
- Enjoy your almond butter in various ways like: mixed into your yogurt, blended in smoothies, or slathered on to your toast!