Ever hit the specialty or “green” aisle of your local grocery store to buy ingredients for a new recipe you want to try with a healthy spin and notice how outrageous some of the prices seem to be? How about looking at the ingredients and thinking, I bet I could make this at home cheaper than that! Well, chances are you probably can. With an average price between $7 – $12 per jar, Almond Butter manufacturers seem to be making a killing from consumers’ wallets.
Native to the Middle East, the Almond is high in protein, heart healthy and a source of healthy monounsaturated fat. The Almond also has more calcium than any others in the nut family.
Reading this and shopping for this item locally, I decided to make Homemade Tupelo Honey Almond Butter and to share how very simple this is to make!
- 2 cups Dry Roasted Almonds (buy them in the bulk item aisles, you get more for your money)
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
- 2 tablespoons Honey (I used Orchard Pond Organics Tupelo)
Add just the almonds to your food processor and turn on. Leaving the food processor on medium, the almonds will go through different stages, but let the processor run until the almonds release their oils which will create the smooth almond butter. This took my food processor about 20 minutes. (Note, the Almonds will ball up before they turn to butter, similar to a dough ball, just let them continue to process) I stopped the food processor and scrapped down the sides several times throughout the process.
Once the almonds turn to butter, turn off the food processor and transfer a bowl and add the salt and honey to taste (you can add more or less depending on the flavor you want). Transfer to the container you choose to store the almond butter in and refrigerate.
Recipe yields 2 cups.
An avid peanut butter lover, I must say, after making and trying this almond butter recipe I will never eat peanut butter again if I can help it. It’s fantastic!