Honey Almond Butter

by Heather on January 27, 2011

Thank you all so much for your well-wishes and thoughts on sick food yesterday!  Some of you guys like some weird stuff…but hey, who am I to judge?  If it makes you feel better then that’s really all that matters :)

 

Question:  what’s a girl to do when she wants some stinkin’ nut butter but doesn’t have any because she…ahem…ate it all?  Make some of course!  I think this is one of the easiest and most delicious nut butters I’ve ever had, and the great news is it only requires 3 ingredients!

 

First you take the almonds and you toast them, you toast them (anyone know the peanut butter and jelly song?!)  Toasting almonds is something that I had yet to perfect until this batch of almond butter.  I always forget that the almonds will continue to roast even after you pull them out of the oven, and then they end up burned.  No bueno.  So you preheat your oven to 350.  Dump 2 cups of almonds on a sheet tray in one layer.  Put them in the oven for 10 minutes so they can work their magic, then take them out.  As they sit and cool they’ll still be roasting, so by the time they’re cool enough to eat they’ll be perfect!

 

Trust me.  It took me years to learn that.

Once the almonds are cool (I roasted mine the night before), toss them in a food processor.  Pulse a few times, then turn it on and let it go.  The oils will start to be released and that’s what will bring the almond butter together.  It’s actually kind of cool, and the closest to a science experiment I’ve been in a looooooong time.  Thank goodness.  English was always my favorite anyway…

In the meantime, warm up 2 Tbsp of honey and 1 Tbsp of canola oil in the microwave.  I know the almonds already have oil, but the honey makes the butter almost grainy, so adding a little more oil is necessary to make it spreadable.  Stir the warmed mixture together, and as the almonds are starting to come together into a nut butter consistency, slowly drizzle the honey/oil mixture in.  Let it continue to process until it’s as chunky or non-chunky as you like!

So, what’s the best thing to eat this on?  I can imagine just about anything:  graham crackers, apple slices, toasted bread, oatmeal (if you’re into that sort of thing), carrots, etc.  The list goes on and on.  But since I had nothing in the house to eat it on (garlic bread just didn’t seem like it would cut it), I ate it off of the best conveyor ever:  my spoon.

Good thing I made a double batch, because the first batch may or may not be digesting away in my stomach.  Oops ;)

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1 Tiffany January 27, 2011

Love your blog Heather and I love this post. I have been wanting to make my own almond butter for a while and it looks so easy!

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2 fifteenspatulas January 27, 2011

Your Honey Almond butter looks so smooth! For some reason when I try to grind up nuts in my food processor (I’ve tried my blender too) it won’t grind into a paste. Maybe adding the oil will help?

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3 Heather January 27, 2011

it might! sometimes a blender/processor just needs a little extra liquid!

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4 Blog is the New BLack January 27, 2011

Yum! Looks delicious- does it taste like the Justin’s??

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5 Heather January 27, 2011

even better ;)

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 27, 2011

Yum! I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never made my own nut butter before. Such a shame. I must change that :)

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7 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self January 27, 2011

My thoughts exactly!

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8 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 27, 2011

I’m jumping on the never-made-nut-butter-but-really-should-try-that bandwagon!

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9 Heather January 27, 2011

you should! it’s so easy…just let it process for 7-10 minutes while you go do other stuff!

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10 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 27, 2011

Love that PB & J song :) Hope you’re feeling better!

I’ve been seeing more and more people making their own nut butter, and it seems like a great idea to me! Especially because you can add your own favorite flavor combinations.

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11 Heather January 27, 2011

exactly…and it’s so much cheaper!

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12 Anna January 27, 2011

Mmmm…I’ve been seeing homemade nut butters everywhere lately! This is obviously a sign from the heavens that I need to make some too :-)

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13 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 27, 2011

I LOVE Justin’s Honey Almond butter! NEED TO MAKE THIS :)

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14 Heather C January 27, 2011

I’ve never tried toasting the nuts before trying to butter them – I’ll be taking these tips from you for my next “experiment” ;) Agreed: almond butter = good on Everything!

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15 Heather January 27, 2011

i just love the flavor of the toasted ones better…much richer!

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16 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 27, 2011

This looks delicious. I definitely need to make my own almond butter once my jar is out, which I’m sure will be soon since I eat that stuff like it’s nothing!

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17 Evan Thomas January 27, 2011

Yum! Homemade nut butter tastes the best; and you can’t beat the price!

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18 Sarah January 27, 2011

I was wondering what food processor you have? I’ve been worried about making nut butter in mine, because I don’t know if it’s a powerful enough machine to grind nuts, especially almonds. I’m afraid to try and then end up burning up my motor or something.

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19 Heather January 27, 2011

i believe it’s a cuisineart…my hubby bought it for me at walmart! it definitely wears on the motor a little bit, but just be sure to pulse it a little first :)

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20 Sarah February 1, 2011

Thanks. I guess I should just try it and hope for the best!

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21 Emily @ A Cambridge Story January 27, 2011

I don’t eat nuts but I do eat peanut butter… and I might just have to give this homemade version a try. Looks SO creamy!

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22 KeepItSweet January 27, 2011

Homemade nut butter is so good, I don’t know why I do it so rarely!

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23 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 27, 2011

Awesome!! And it’s probably a lot cheaper than buying jar after jar.

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24 Jessica @ How Sweet January 27, 2011

Mmm that almond butter looks perfect!

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25 eatingmachine January 27, 2011

I sang the PB and Jelly song about a dozen times in the past week (subbing Kindergarten).
Now I’m thinking how when I have my own classroom it’d be super awesome to *make* PB when we sing it. Kids would love it!

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26 Heather January 27, 2011

aw, that would be so cute and fun!

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27 Tara January 27, 2011

That looks delicious!! I don’t have a food processor but maybe I’ll go get one JUST to make this!

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28 Natalia - a side of simple January 27, 2011

nut butters are really just another name for perfection in a jar. and an excuse to eat right out of the jar with a spoon :)

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29 Dorry January 27, 2011

I just bought a bunch of bulk almonds yesterday to make some almond butter! Glad to know your toasting trick ahead of time. Yay! I think I’m going to add some cinnamon as well. And I’ll probably be eating it with a spoon, too.

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30 Heather January 27, 2011

oh man, cinnamon would be amazing!

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31 Holly@Life as a Lofthouse January 27, 2011

I need to try this. I need to start being more daring and try stuff like this! Homemade butter! Yes , please!

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32 Angie January 27, 2011

I have been wanting to make this, and your looks so easy and delicious, thanks for sharing!

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33 Maria January 27, 2011

Homemade is the best!

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34 Salah January 27, 2011

omg that almond butter looks bomb!!!!

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35 fooddreamer January 28, 2011

I just made peanut butter and sweetened it with honey. Good stuff! I have to confess that I have a weakness for the junky brands, especially skippy, but I try to break it up with some homemade sometimes. When it comes to almond butter, I actually like homemade best.

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36 glutenfreemuse January 28, 2011

I’ve been trying to make honey almost butter but it never breaks down quite enough…I guess the extra oil is key!! I love my own homemade almond butter :-)

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37 Megan January 29, 2011

So simple! I need to give this a whirl. ;)

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38 Mary January 29, 2011

That is one of my favorites!

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39 Baking Serendipity January 30, 2011

There is nothing better than homemade almond butter! Yours looks fantastic :)

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