Green Your Life: Homemade Almond Butter


| 11/1/2010 12:25:59 PM


In my quest to become less dependent on store-bought products, I have discovered that you can make comparable homemade versions of many of the things you buy every day. Making baba ganoush and frozen dog treats at home—not to mention dryer sachets—greatly reduces your trash heap as well as the number of unnecessary chemicals and preservatives you come in contact with. Plus, the more you make at home, the more you can appreciate the work that goes into the things you use. This week I made fresh almond butter, and I was pleasantly surprised at how simple the ingredients list and preparation was. 

homemade almond butter 
Making homemade almond butter is really easy and turns out a tasty snack. Repurpose an old jelly jar with a secure lid and make your own fun label. Photo By Dani Hurst. 

Ingredients: 

2 cups almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup canola oil, or any oil you have on hand
1/4 cup honey (optional)
 

1. You can make almond butter with raw almonds, but roasted almonds offer a more robust flavor. If you do choose to use roasted almonds, spread the 2 cups of almonds on a baking sheet and cook them at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring them around halfway through to ensure even cooking. 



2. After the almonds cool, place them in a food processor with the salt and blend until fine.