Did you know that you can make your own homemade, raw almond butter?
I’d never even considered it until I saw this post by Susan at Rawmazing, that takes you step by step through the process, including really helpful photos of all the amazing stages that the almonds go through before they turn into butter.
I swear, if I hadn’t seen these photos, I wouldn’t have believed it. And I would have freaked out, thinking I’d ruined my almond butter!
All I do is chuck a bag full of raw almonds into my food processor (about 3 cups/500g), and turn it on.
And the almonds go through transformation after transformation before finally giving up the fight and giving you perfect homemade raw almond butter.
The ‘lumpy’ stage (above) is one of my favourites, because it takes a real leap of faith to believe that this lump throwing itself around your food processor will become the butter you’re looking for.
But it’s definitely worth it, because you know exactly what’s going into your precious butter. No added anythings. And if you can get hold of truly raw nuts, it’s completely raw as well, but it’s worth it either way.
Once mine is done, I chuck in some salt to taste (about 1/2 a teaspoon), put it into some jars and store it in the fridge.
It can get a bit warm with all the processing, so you can stop occasionally to let it cool down – the perfect job to do while you’re doing something else, so you can accidentally forget about it!
And I have read comments that some processors are not really up to the job, so just be aware that not all processors are created equal. And the time it takes will depend a bit on your processor too. Mine tends to take around 6-8 minutes, whereas Susan’s takes around 12 minutes.
And I’ve also tried this with cashews, which make more of a “cashew paste” than a butter, but still very delicious, and very similar to anything you buy in the shops.
I haven’t tried any other nuts, but I’m sure you could do it with any of them, and it would be a whole new adventure with each different nut!
So have you every tried making your own homemade raw almond butter? And how did it go?