This almond butter recipe can be made in less than 15 minutes. Almond butter is widely available to buy in whole food stores but is very simple to make at home if you have a food processor. Homemade has the huge and basic advantage of just having a lot more flavour. Freshly ground nuts are hard to beat and I love that moment when I take the cover off the food processor and let my nose experience that rush of pure almond.
Apart from being delicious, almonds are an excellent source of protein, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Studies have also shown that eating almonds can help reduce ldl cholesterol. Learn how to make almond butter and you have a healthy sandwich filler, dip or snack any time of the day.
From a nutritional perspective, nuts are always best eaten raw and you can certainly use raw nuts for this recipe but you will find that the flavor is milder. Honestly, I prefer toasted nuts and I always toast the almonds myself. The fresh flavour - and aroma - can't be beaten but you can use pre-toasted almonds if you prefer.
1 cup/150g of whole blanched or unblanched almonds
1 tablespoon of canola or sunflower oil
Spread the nuts in a single layer on a shallow baking pan. Bake in the oven at 400F/200C for about 8 minutes until the almonds start to turn a light golden colour.Now put the almonds in a food processor or blender and grind to a fairly fine powder. Add the oil and process again until smooth. You will never get the texture as velvety as say a commercial smooth peanut butter at home but it should be pretty fine.
You can add salt to this basic recipe if you like. Some people find that they want their almond butter to be sweeter. One option is to add a drizzle of honey. Another really healthy and yummy option is to serve it with fruit. A sandwich with almond butter and banana is perfect or try chopped dried dates sprinkled on top.