Homemade almond butter is a staple in my kitchen, and a recipe I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you for quite some time. So, what is almond butter? Almond butter is a food paste made by grinding raw or roasted almonds in a food processor until you have a smooth, or slightly crunchy butter like spread. My almond butter recipe is simple, two ingredients, almonds and a pinch of salt. This is the basis of a delicious spread, and can be easily adapted to add in additional flavours such as vanilla or maple syrup.
Is almond butter healthy?
Not only is it beyond delicious, but incredibly good for you too. Almonds contain an amazing amount of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant acting to protect your cells from damage as well as promoting healthy hair and glowing skin. They’re full of fibre and contain a great amount of plant protein, one cup containing 32 grams. That’s the same as four large eggs and even more than a steak!
What does almond butter taste like?
Roasted almond butter tastes nutty, smoky, earthy and as almond-y as you would imagine. Depending on the nuts used, and if you opt to make a smooth or crunchy spread, almond butter can have a slight caramel sweetness whilst being slightly salty and earthy.
Raw almond butter vs roasted?
In terms of flavour profiles a raw almond butter recipe delivers a similar creamy taste to the likes of almond milk. Unlike the smokiness that comes through from roasting the almonds, grinding the nuts raw is still creamy but simpler in flavour. I personally prefer a roasted nut butter.
How to use almond butter?
Almond butter is not only the most amazing spread for a piece of rye toast, topped onto a bowl of porridge or drizzled onto crepes. Almond butter is also an incredible ingredient in baking, smoothies and vegan ‘milkshakes’.
2 cups of almonds
a pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp maple syrup, for a hint of sweetness
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Place your almonds on a roasting tray and roast for roughly 10 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn!
Remove from the oven and allow the almonds to cool.
Then place the nuts and a pinch of salt (and the maple syrup if using) in a strong food processor.
Blend for around 15 minutes until smooth. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor, before continuing to blend.
Once it’s smooth to perfection, pour it into an air-tight container.