Jul 24, 2012
Healthy DIY Almond Butter
I feel so guilty knowing that I ever bought nut butter from the store. I never knew how much cheaper it is to make it at home… quite honestly, I didn’t know it was possible until a few months ago. Plus, it’s super easy, incredibly convenient, and oh so fresh and healthy! So let’s calculate how much cha-ching! we save by making almond butter at home:
One 3lb bag of almonds costed me $10.99 at Costco (YAY for food in bulk!), with the capability of making me ~5.5 cups of almond butter. That’s only $1.99 per cup!
Compare that to Artisana’s almond butter (the brand I used to buy ~1x a month), which costs $11.99 for a 16oz jar, or $5.99 per cup!
So after making this Homemade Almond Butter and trying to count how many jars of almond butter I’ve gone through (and extra dollars I’ve spent) over the years, I want to slap myself. Hard.
But you don’t have to slap yourself for wasting any money, because now you can make almond butter at home too
Healthy Homemade Raw Almond Butter
- 3 cups Raw, Unsalted Almonds
- Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse to chop.
- Blend the chopped almonds for about 10-15 minutes, scraping the sides when necessary.
- Add salt or stevia/sweetener to taste (I didn't, but it all depends on taste) and scoop/pour into a pretty sealable jar. Store tightly sealed in the fridge.
I used a 4-cup processor (yes it's small and anal retentive, but it works!) that recommends running for a max of 60 seconds, so it took me a little longer than it would a person with a normal sized processor. However, the process is actually kinda fun so I didn't mind the extra 5 minutes or so. While you process, note that a ball of nut butter will form, which I hear is totally normal so don't worry if that happens to you, just split it up while you scrape down the sides of the processor. After processing a few more times the ball will disappear. When it looks nice and buttery, just run it a couple minutes longer to make sure it'll stay like that after refrigeration.