Thursday, August 8, 2013

How to Make Homemade Almond Butter

A few days ago I posted a recipe for zucchini brownies that do not have any flour, butter, sugar, oil, or egg. They are my favorite thing to make right now. On Monday night, we had three missionaries over for dinner. I made them Maryland crab cakes - a promise that I made to one of them a few weeks ago if he wasn't transferred to a different area. It was an expensive promise, but well worth it! For dessert, I wanted to keep it simple, so I decided on the zucchini brownies and some fresh berries. At the store, I couldn't find any almond butter. Seriously. I couldn't find anything at the store that I needed and I was so annoyed that I just didn't want to do any more grocery shopping. I remembered seeing a recipe for homemade almond butter, so instead of going to another store and buying the almond butter, I thought I'd try to make it. It worked out great & it was so exciting to see the almonds and other ingredients turn into almond butter. It's the little things in life. I used the homemade almond butter in the brownies instead, and I think it enhanced the flavor and they were even more amazing than usual. One of our dinner guests said they were seriously the best brownies he has ever had - I think he ate 5!

Making your own almond butter is a little cheaper than buying it. Plus, there is such satisfaction out of making it homemade! I think it tasted way better than almond butter that you can buy at the store. You'll love how your kitchen smells as the roasted almonds turn into the almond butter. Yum!

Recipe for Homemade Almond Butter

2 cups of whole almonds (you will roast them in the oven) - buy almonds at Sam's Club or Costco to save $$$!
1/3 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 tsp. of coarse sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the almonds on a baking sheet and spread them into a single layer. Put them into the oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to cool.
Then put the almonds, coconut flakes, and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Turn your food processor on and let it run for 7 - 10 minutes, depending on how creamy you want your almond butter. Scoop the almond butter into a container and let it cool slightly (it will get very warm in the processor). Then cover it with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week. If you are making the almond butter to make the zucchini brownies, and you are making the brownies right away, there is no need to store the almond butter in the fridge.

Makes 1 cup of almond butter. 

Recipe Source: Delighted Momma