Homemade Almond Butter – 3 Ways

Homemade Almond Butter

You know how we all have random childhood memories? The kind of memories that didn’t particularly alter the course of your life but tend to pop into your head unprovoked. Like the time your younger sister convinced you to let her take a ride on your new bike and she took off and crashed into a tree denting up your birthday gift or… the time you locked yourself out of the house and had to wait outside 2 hours after school until your mom got home from work.

Well…don’t judge me, but one of my random childhood memories involves Nutella. Yes, Nutella. I fondly remember traveling to Europe as a child and being allowed to indulge in the smooth, chocolatey spread on a fresh slice of baguette bread. See? I told you it was random! mmmmmm

This spread has since come to North America and well…as with most things, the ingredients have changed to include cheap oils. I was shocked the other day (I don’t watch a lot of TV so this may be old news to some of y’all), to see a commercial for Nutella that included a Dr./Mom endorsing it as a healthy start to a child’s day! WHAT? 

INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, PALM OIL, HAZELNUTS, COCOA, SKIM MILK, REDUCED MINERALS WHEY (MILK), LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY), VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

This little spread contains a lot of sugar! 21 grams per 2 tbsp serving to be exact!  Not to mention palm oil, skim milk, whey, soy and and vanillin! A healthy start to the day my a**!  I obviously won’t buy Nutella, but on occasion I would like to spread a little something chocolately on my slice of sourdough bread dammit!  I’m also never one to give up so I’ve got a delicious recipe for homemade almond butter done 3 ways: regular, cinnamon honey and chocolate…take your pick!   

 

Almond Butter

Toss 2 cups of almonds in the bowl of your food processor. I always use my raw, soaked, dehydrated nuts to increase digestability. Why soak and dehydrate your nuts? Click here

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These need to be twirled around in your food processor for about 10 minutes on high, longer on low. To protect the rawness of the nuts, I run it in short increments, let it cool, then run it again.  

nutbutter_step2At this point it’ll look like a fine meal. 

 

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Now it’ll start to clump together. Stick with it.

 

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 It’s starting to look a little more like a spread. Almost there. A bit more patience.

 

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This is perfect! You’ll be able to tell once the oils have released from the almonds because it becomes a lot more fluid and you can actually see the oils in the butter.

Give yourself a high five because you’ve just made your very own almond butter! woot! No more store bought for you. You can totally enjoy this straight up or choose your own adventure: 

Honey Cinnamon

To your food processor add:

2-3 tbsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt  

Twirl around and voila!

 

Chocolate

To your food processor add:

2-3 tbsp honey

2 tbsp cacao powder

pinch of salt

1+ tbsp almond or coconut oil  (enough to bring it back to a spreadable consistency as the cocoa powder thickens it slightly)

 

Homemade Almond Butter-3 Ways
Make your own plain, honey cinnamon and chocolate almond butter.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond
optional
  1. 2-3 tbsp honey
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 2 tbsp cacao powder (what's the difference between cacao and cocoa?
  4. pinch of sea salt
  5. 1+ tbsp almond or coconut oil
Instructions
  1. 1. In a food processor add your 2 cups of almonds.
  2. 2. Run it intermittently for about 10 minutes on high.
  3. 3. The nuts will transition from chopped to a paste to sticky to butter like (check pictorial).
  4. 4. You can stop once the butter appears to have released it's oils (about 10 minutes).
  5. For ---> Honey Cinnamon Almond Butter
  6. Add honey and cinnamon and twirl around
  7. For ---> Chocolate Almond Butter
  8. Add honey, salt, cacao powder and as much oil as necessary to maintain to fluidity
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  • Jenifer @ Not Quite Mom of the

    I had no idea it would this easy to make homemade almond butter! I am sooooo glad I found you on Marvelous Mondays!

  • Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy

    I’m definitely making this. Thanks for the instructions! (Found you via Mandy’s Recipe Box.)

  • Becca

    Looks so easy! Thanks for sharing at the hop. :)

  • Tina

    I really appreciate your photos after the increments of time. It helped me realize I always fail at this because I don’t go long enough. You’ve inspired me to try again! Thanks!

    • eatplaylovemore

      My pleasure Tina! I agree though that just when you think you may be done, you have to let it go a little longer. It really turns into a beautiful fluid, spreadable butter. yum! Enjoy!
      -Libby

  • Catherine Wood

    Wow I’m pinning this!! I don’t have a food processor but this makes me want one!

    • eatplaylovemore

      You won’t be disappointed Catherine. It’s a good investment. Hope you stop by again!
      -Libby

  • http://www.simplelivingeating.com/ Diane Balch

    I can still remember the first time I had a nutella crepe on the street in Paris. It is delicious, but as a healthy breakfast, thats a joke. Love your almond butter, thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  • homemaidsimple

    well, you just sold me! I’ve only just started to get into the Nutella craze, but I think I saw the same commercial and raised my eyebrow a bit. I didn’t know all the nutrition facts, but just looking at Nutella, I wouldn’t think it’s a healthy start to the day. (delicious…yes).
    Thank you for coming by Foodie Friday!

  • Miz Helen

    I am so excited to get these awesome recipes! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • http://www.whatjoyismine.com/ What Joy Is Mine

    Libby…I look forward to doing this. I love almond butter so this is a perfect idea for me to try. Thank you for sharing at WJIM. Glad you did. Blessings.

  • Food Done Light

    Great idea. I keep thinking I need to try to make my own. Love your variations. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This is a feature this week.

  • Black Fox Homestead

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop! I’m going to give this a try.

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  • Lisa Lynn

    Congrats on your feature on The HomeAcre Hop! These look super yummy :)

  • suzy supnet

    I have been meaning to make my own. I love nutella…sugar with other ingredients :) I will say that at least there is not canola or soy oil in it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Michelle

    Do you think it’ll work if I soak them but not dehydrate them first? Thanks :)

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Michelle,
      Unfortunately that won’t work. The water seems to prevent the oils from releasing (i’ve tried it).
      -Libby

      • Michelle

        Does it shorten the shelf life if I do that with the whole batch of nuts I’ve got at home?

        Thanks :)

        • eatplaylovemore

          Hi Michelle,
          Do you mean if you soak and dehydrate a big batch of nuts? If so, no. I always soak and dehydrate large batches then store them in glass jars in the fridge. They stay fresher that way and little hands (and big hands) tend to snack on them more if they’re visible.
          -Libby

  • linda spiker

    Just letting you know I shared you in the monthly love link! If you would like to see it visit http://www.theorrganickitchen.org

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  • Hakim Rahman

    Hi,

    What is the shelf life of the homemade almond butter?