Sunday, November 7, 2010

Homemade Almond Buttah

I've always wanted to try making my own nut butter, and today I did!

I must say, it was wildly successful!

I chose this recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Almond Butter from a blog called Edible Perspective. The flavors all sound delicious so I was sure this would be a winner...and I was right!

This recipe was a little more labor intensive than just tossing some roasted nuts and oil in a food processor, since you actually roast the nuts yourself, but it's still pretty easy. Timewise it takes about 45 minutes to an hour but most of that time you can just walk away and let it do its thing.

Pumpkin Spiced Almond Butter

2 cups raw almonds
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1.5 Tbsp molasses
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil

Disclaimer: I edited some of the instructions to read the way I made this. If you want the author's original instructions go to the link.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
Combine 2T maple syrup, 1T molasses and almonds in a bowl. Stir well to coat.
Spread the almonds on parchment paper, on a baking sheet.
Roast for 30 min, stirring once every 10 min. The nuts will get stickier the longer they cook.
Take out of the oven and let cool for about 30 min. At this point the nuts will have a brittle molasses/syrup coating around them.
Dump into your food processor and turn on.
Keep processing and scrape down the bowl as needed, until it butterizes and becomes smooth and liquidy....about 10-15min. [Past the stage where it has formed a large ball of dough]
Add in 1/2 T molasses, 1 T maple syrup, 1 1/2T oil, all spices and salt.
Process again until smooth consistency is met about 5 min. [If you want it even smoother, add another 1/2-1T oil]

This is what mine looked like when I was finished:

Then I just dumped all the nut butter into an almost-empty almond butter jar that I had and stuck it in the fridge for future snacking. :)

Definitely worth trying this recipe! The best part is that you know exactly what all the ingredients in it guessing about weird processing ingredients!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, those flavors sound AMAZING! I've always wanted to make homemade nut butter but haven't taken the plunge yet. Glad to hear your experience was such a success! :)


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