Almond Butter Recipe
Almond butter is one of my favourite snack accompaniments adding both flavour and nutrition. It makes a great dip for sliced apple, pear or carrot and is a delicious addition to smoothies.
Why Almond Butter?
Almonds are rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, protein, and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). They are also a great source of vitamin E, riboflavin, L-carnitine, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.
Studies suggest eating almonds as part of a balanced diet offers numerous health benefits. Antioxidants, magnesium and MUFAs are known to promote cardiovascular health and prevent heart attacks.
MUFAs also regulate blood glucose and can reduce the risk of type II diabetes. Riboflavin and L-carnitine support neurological function and prevent cognitive decline. Magnesium, phosphorus and calcium are key minerals for building strong bones and teeth.
Additionally almonds contain a form of Vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol. This powerful antioxidant fights free radical damage and oxidative stress associated with premature aging, inflammation and cancer.
Making your own Almond Butter
Although you can buy almond butter (or almond spread) in most supermarket chains, I like to make my own. If you are going to buy a pre-made butter I always recommend checking the ingredients to ensure there are no additives or fillers. Why mess with such a simple food?
- 4 cups of raw almonds
- Preheat a fan-forced oven to 190 Degrees Celsius.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Spread the almonds out on the baking tray and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until roasted.
- Cool the almonds until they reach room temperature.
- Place the almonds in a food processor or blender (i.e. Ninja food processor or Vitamix blender).
- Blend the almonds until you get a smooth paste.
- Transfer the almond butter into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
If you prefer a lighter flavour you can use raw almonds with 3 tablespoons of a neutral flavoured oil (we recommend avocado oil).
Add extra flavour with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, or raw cacao.
It is normal for the natural almond oil to rise to the top of your almond butter during storage.