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On the days I “do” eat breakfast (I know, bad habit), I religiously eat toast with peanut butter and banana.  almond butter 001
After my mom handed me a huge packet of raw almonds from Costco, I figured since I won’t be munching on nuts all day, I might as well make Almond Butter.almond butter 008
There is some controversy regarding nutrition between using raw almonds vs. roasting the almonds, some argue the nutrition is lost during the roasting process, quite honestly, I’m not sure which one is better so I just figured I’d be lazy and use raw almonds.almond butter 017
After 3 tries of making this delicious nut butter, I finally got it right, right in terms of the sweetness and consistency.  almond butter 027
While making almond butter, you really do need to watch the consistency of the butter especially towards the final stages, else the oil in the almonds separates from the butter and then you’ll be left with a consistency that is not spreadable.almond butter 033
The best part about my almond butter is I used Turbinado Brown Sugar to sweeten the butter, hence while I was eating spoonfuls of this stuff straight out of the jar, I was biting on sugar crystals.  Almond Butter totally curbs my dessert cravings, but I have to keep reminding myself that just because something is good for me doesn’t mean I can go overboard.  almond butter 041
Let me know how it goes if you decide to make Almond Butter, I promise you it is so much better than the store bought stuff.  Enjoy!almond butter 055

NUTRITION: Almonds help lower cholesterol and are an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin E.  In addition, they lower the rise in blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS (enough to fill a 8.5 ounce jar and some extra):

1. Using a food processor, start with 2 cups of raw almonds.  almond butter 056
2. Blend for a few minutes.  almond butter 059
3. Keep checking in between to scrape down the sides.
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4. Eventually the consistency of the butter will be as follows…almond butter 064
5. Blend some more.almond butter 067
6. Around the 11th or 12th minute, you should have a dough shaped look of almond butter.almond butter 071
7. Stay close… blend for another 30 seconds to a minute and eventually you’ll have just the right consistency around the 13th minute, smooth and creamy… just like that.almond butter 237
8. Add brown sugar, oil, and just a small pinch of salt.almond butter 239
9. Now PULSE about 5 to 10 times, BE CAREFUL DURING THIS STEP BECAUSE IF YOU PULSE TOO LONG THE CONSISTENCY OF THE ALMOND BUTTER WILL GO FROM THIS (left image – smooth and creamy) TO THIS (right image – a little chunky)…
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10. This is what you should have… smooth and creamy.
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11. Add the almond butter to a jar.  Store in a cool area, stays good for about 2 weeks.
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12. Heaven!almond butter 072

TELL ME: Have you ever made almond butter at home?  What other goodies do you add to your almond butter?  

Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.

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  1. @Mary – haha.. Costco just had the best prices on nuts, I can't believe how expensive they are outside. Vitamix is awesome, I need to seriously invest in that. Oh, I can't wait to make walnut butter and pecan butter, the possibilities are endless. 🙂

  2. I make almond butter from raw almonds from Costco, too! I use my Vitamix, which pares the time down to a couple of minutes. I also make walnut butter. I don't put in anything but the nuts themselves.