Whenever I go to Whole foods I always stop at the nut butters aisle. But never bought one looking at the ingredients list. I somehow cannot accept so much sodium in nut butter. So decided to make home made almond butter without any preservatives and added sugar.
Here is the incredibly easy recipe. The best part is you can control what goes in. Who doesn't want control right?
Here is some health information about almonds and almond butter (If any one is interested to know)
2 cups of Almonds (roasted or raw)
If you are planning to roast, Pre heat oven at 350 degrees F. Lay almonds on baking tray and roast for 8 to 9 minutes. Remember to turn occasionally.
FYI- Raw almonds will take longer time than roasted almonds to get the almond butter consistency.
1/4 tsp sea salt (Optional)
In the food processor add roasted almonds and switch on button. If you are looking chunky almond butter when almonds chopped coarsely stop the food processor and remove 2 tbsp of chopped almonds and keep it aside. Rest of the batch back to grinding. Depending on batch size it might take some time to get to the right consistency. Be patient. Make sure you stop every few minutes and scrape the sides with spatula. After some time you will finally see the right texture similar to peanut butter. At this time you can add sea salt. This step is completely optional. Give it a quick mix and remove in air tight container if you are looking for smooth texture. If you are looking for chunkier one, then add coarse almonds which kept aside and give it a quick mix.
Delicious, healthy almond butter is ready for you to enjoy as a snack or as a spread on the toast for your breakfast.
Shelf Life: up to 2 months without any flavor in the fridge in a airtight container.
Tip: You can also flavor almond butter with 2 tbsp of honey / Agave / Maple syrup. If you add these flavors shelf life will be shorter. So make sure you do smaller batches when you add flavors.