How expensive is almond butter? Or any nut butter for that matter. (I am in love with cashew butter as well. Cashew Butter Chicken is one of my all time FAV’s). You can spend up to $20 on a jar of organic almond butter! I thought there had to be a way to make it at home and cut some of the costs. First I bought a bag of raw almonds from Aldi for $3.99/lb They are not organic, but I didn’t want to waste money if this project didn’t work. I looked up some recipes and you really don’t need anything except almonds and a food processor, and as one blogger put it: ‘a lot of patience’. I did not have a food processor but I do have a Ninja blender that I love, so I figured I would try that. So I threw in the bag of almonds (2.5 cups) in it and started blending.
After about 5 minutes, the Almonds got to a point where they weren’t hitting the blades anymore. I tried scraping the sides, but it went right back to where I started. So decided to try throwing the already chopped up almonds in my baby brezza food processor.
This only worked for a bout a minute because you have to hold the button down on the brezza and I was not about to do that for another 10 minutes. Also it seemed to make a funny noise and I didn’t want to risk killing this food processor. (I killed my first ninja with peanut butter and honey trying to make protein bars last year).
I gave up on this attempt and just was left with almond flour. This was a failed attempt, but I also love Almond flour, so it wasn’t a complete waste!
My husband found a food processor in our garage the other day, so I decided to make another attempt at almond butter. I just threw in the almonds and started to blend.
This is what I was looking at for about 8 minutes, then it started to change consistency a little and stick to the sides more. I kept shaking the pieces down so they would keep getting blended.
Then it started to form a ball that just shifted around after about 15 minutes.
After about 20 minutes it started to look like almond butter!
It tastes great and the consistency is like the Publix-made peanut butter. I am going to try to add a couple more minutes to the processing time next time and a TBSP of water to see if it makes it a tad smoother. I am also going to experiment with some honey or molasses for something extra. I’ll post how those turn out too!
Now my next hurdle is to not eat the whole jar! I love peanut/almond/cashew butter!