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  • Homemade almond butter?

    davidp80 said:

    Hi everyone,

    I have a feeling that this question has come up quite a few times, but I just couldn’t seem to find it!

    I found a good local source for organic, raw almonds, and would like to make some almond butter. I have access to a champion juicer, a vita-mix, and coconut oil (no dehydrator for the time being, so making the butter from homemade almond meal is out).

    Any recipes?

    Being able to make my own would really save me a lot of money!

    Thanks everyone,

    -Dave:)

    Hi, Dave! 
    When I had my champion juicer I used to make nut butters that were really expensive and not readily available - one thing you had to do was use raw nuts and soak them overnight and you need lots of nuts to make enough so you're not making it every couple of days. Yet still, eventually my use of the champion (juicing, making nut butters and nut milks) wore it out. So be careful. 

    I use about a cup of almonds for a quart of almond milk, and soak them overnight in lukewarm water. In the morning, the water will be discolored from the brown almond skin, so I pour that on one of my houseplants instead of using that water for the milk. I rinse the almonds a little bit more but I do not remove the skin. Then I put the almonds in the blender with a quart of water, and turn the blender on low speed, which crushes up the almonds, gradually increasing the blender speed until it is at its peak power. Once it is running at top speed, I let it run for about a minute longer (but each blender is different, so you will have to practice with your blender to see how long it needs to run). Mine is a Vitamix too, and by the time it is done, the almonds are totally pulverized into milk.

    I do not strain mine because the blender does a good enough job that there are no bits of almond left; but some people put it through a fine strainer. Sometimes, I add vanilla (or even chocolate) whey protein powder to the quart of almond milk, and this gives it a richer and sweeter flavor. 

    amytee said:

    I've had awesome luck making my almond butter in my ninja blender- only like $80! I don't add in additional oil to it. 

    http://www.thesewildacres.com/homemade-almond-butter-recipe/

    A good blender does the job, but - imo - Vitamix is the best unit when it comes to nut butters. What the vitamix can do in 30 seconds, another blender might take five minutes. Don't forget about the heat. A friend of mine almost ruined his blender trying to make a butter. 

    ClaireTTammiTrue