Easy Vanilla Almond Butter

no soy, sugar or hideous vegetable oils!

no soy, sugar or hideous vegetable oils!

In the spirit of DIY foodstuffs (and following the hugely successful Homemade Mayo Day of 2013) I decided to make my own nut butter.

The most important requirement when making nut butter is patience.

it takes time to coax these babies into butter

it takes time to coax these babies into butter

Which is a shame because patience is not my strong suit.

stage 1: the whole almonds

stage 1: the whole almonds

It takes a while for the nuts to puree down to the desired butter consistency (or at least it does when you’re working with a child’s size blender that makes a ‘grrrrrrr’ sound if it’s on longer than five seconds).

stage 2: a fine crumb

stage 2: a fine crumb

So you watch, you wait and you hope.

stage 3: it starts to clump together

stage 3: it starts to clump together

Eventually you are rewarded with a thick, rich, nutty goo that goes well with just about everything.

I dolloped it into smoothies, I spread it on baked potatoes (sweet potatoes and nut butter-try it!), I ate it by the spoonful.

finally! butter!

finally! butter!

And once you get the hang of the basics, you can experiment with all kinds of flavours.

Easy Vanilla Almond Butter (makes about a cup)

  • 1 cup whole, raw almonds (if your blender is as crappy as mine, you might want to break them up first)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tsps water
  1. Put the almonds, maple syrup and vanilla into a food processor and blend until they start to break down to a fine crumb.
  2. Add the water and salt. Process some more. Eventually it will start to come together to a butter-like consistency. Keep scraping down the sides to make sure all the mixture is incorporated.

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