Purest of the Pure…..
Sometimes reading food labels becomes depressing, and an absolute drag. If you are living on a budget you know that a lot of times it can be tricky to get the healthy food that you want at a good price. Am I saying that you can’t eat healthy on a budget? Absolutely not! But there are certain foods that can definitely be more spendy than others and when you get the higher quality, top notch brands you are definitely going to pay for it! So, as usual I am crunching numbers and trying to find ways to make high quality products instead of buy them. The main benefit of making something yourself is you control what you put in it, therefore you KNOW what is in it!
I love almond butter, but if you get the good stuff, you are going to pay for it! Sometimes upwards of $14 for a 16 ounce jar. I decided to try my hand at making my own, and it really isn’t that difficult. It cost about $7 to make the same amount, but I am on the hunt for almonds in bulk for less so this will lower the cost considerably. Sometimes stores like Sprouts Farmers Market will put their bulk items on sale, and that is when a person wants to stock up!
- Raw 2. Toasted (Split)
I used my blender, but if you have a food processor it will go so much faster. I know making almond butter, or any kind of nut butter, may sound intimidating, but it is so easy! There are literally TWO steps. Roast and blend. That is it! You will see the almonds go through THREE stages while blending them.
1. Chunky, 2. Almond meal, and 3. Butter. You do need to scrape as you go, but that isn’t any big deal. (If it feels like it will never turn from meal to butter be patient. It can take about 15 minutes or so.)The bigger batch you make the less you will have to scrape, and the faster it will turn into butter. I like the texture it comes out, pretty firm, but if you want a creamier almond butter you can add a little bit of coconut oil at the end. And that is it! Seriously that easy. As soon as your almond butter is done grab some apple slices, or whole wheat crackers, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Pure Almond Butter
By Angie Gouchenour
16 servings (Approximately)
3 ½ cups raw unsalted almonds
Pre heat oven to 350’f
Place almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes
Place almonds in a food processor, or blender, and turn it on medium to high
Allow almonds to go through chunky, meal, and butter phases
Scrape the side of the food processor, or blender, every few minutes until process is completed
140 calories per 2 Tablespoon serving