Not to be attempted when you are in a hurry.
You’ll need natural almonds, a little salt, a food processor, and time. It is a much longer process than making cashew nut or macadamia nut butters but well worth the amount of patience required. It’s cheaper than buying it so winning.
Add 3 cups of almonds to your food processor with the S blade fitted.
Start your processor and let it run for a couple of minutes at a time. As it processes the nuts will build up around the top, so be sure to keep pushing them down.
Your machine will start to get hot so you may want to rest it periodically – which in turn will add to your processing time.
At about the 15 minute mark you should start to see some changes.
The almond mixture will start to form a ball and get quite warm, rest your machine if you like. Give it a mix up and keep going.
By now it is starting to look like the real deal – but it’s not 🙂 Keep going. It was at this point I added a couple of pinches of sea salt.
Once it starts to look grainy, don’t stop. Push through until it is soft and oily. The first time I made this I stopped a few minutes short of perfection. It is really worth going the extra mile.
At the 30-35 minute mark (not including the time it took to stop and mind children etc we had beautiful almond butter.
Store in an glass jar and keep refrigerated for up to a month. You can use it in raw treats, as a spread, in smoothies or as a dip. It is sensational spread on apple slices 🙂