They say everything is better with butter…I say everything is better with nut butter! There are so many kinds: almond butter, cashew butter (creamy, subtle but so good!), sunflower butter, classic peanut butter, pecan butter, pistachio butter, and for the nutella lovers, chocolate hazelnut butter. You can find many at supermarkets, but sometimes they are packed with sugar and hydrogenated oils. Not to mention they can be wildly over priced. To make your own from scratch is not only more economical, but tastier. All you need is a high-power blender or food-processor and your favorite nuts and you can whip up a batch of nut butter in minutes!
Today, I’m making a maple almond butter, because it’s fall and I’m literally dousing everything in maple syrup. The ingredients are simple and few — 4 in total: Almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt. That’s it! You could add vanilla extract if you wish or chocolate to make a chocolate almond butter (mmm!).
ALMOND JOY GIF!
To make almond butter (or any nut butter for that matter), the recipe is simple. Nuts + a little oil (coconut, olive oil, vegetable oil) to help get the mixture started in the blender, sweetener or any flavorings (spices, natural sweeteners like honey, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, etc.), + a pinch of salt. If you want to keep the almond butter raw, use whole raw almonds. If not, I suggest toasting the nuts slightly on a stove over medium-high heat to help enhance the warm and caramelized flavors.
I love having almond butter around if I need a quick snack or if my smoothie or toast needs something hearty. Almonds are packed with protein and fiber, which help you feel full and energized. This is a “non-recipe,” as Food52 would call it. Meaning, you don’t need exact measurements or precision, just taste as you go. And make sure to have fun!
In a high-power blender or food-processor, add the almonds and blend until a finely grounded. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt and continue to blend until smooth. Pour into an air-tight container. Store at room temperature or in the fridge. Enjoy!
Total time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 cup almond butter
1 cup whole raw almonds
2 tablespoons good maple syrup
1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
pinch of salt