Thursday, January 31, 2013

// make it yourself // almond butter

i saw someone post on instagram about making their own almond butter
and i was like "oh what a foodie."
then i was like "yum. almond butter."
and, because i'm a nursing mom and i have the appetite of a bear these days
it quickly turned into "must. have. almond. butter. now."

i remembered that we had a bag of sliced almonds in the pantry. perfect.
i munched on a handful while looking at recipes
they all called for whole roasted almonds. ugh.
was i going to have to settle for snacking on sliced raw almonds?
no. no i was not.

i decided to be proactive about this dilemma. here's what i did.
please don't judge me by the quality of my pictures. 
my slr was dead and my phone belongs in a thrift store.

heated the oven to 350*.
i spread the sliced almonds on top of a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
threw them in the oven for around 10 minutes.
ta-da! roasted sliced almonds.

then i threw them all in the food processor with salt, cinnamon, and sugar.
and turned it on for 5 minutes.
at this point i thought my experiment failed because the mixture just looked like brown sugar,
even if it tasted like almond butter.
but i decided to leave it on for another 5 minutes while i checked on the baby, etc.

i came back to find shiny, buttery goodness.
so easy. so good.

i feel slightly like a crunchy mama and a bit like a foodie.
but i am neither because my two-year-old could do this if it didn't involve a hot oven and a sharp blade.

we didn't wait to eat it up. i dipped apples right into the jar (we're all family here so who cares)
and made jake an almond butter and jelly sandwich, which he ate right from the counter
because that's where he's been having all his daytime meals recently.

the consensus is that it's delicious. so you should try it too.
see recipe below and enjoy.

almond butter. 

2 c raw sliced almonds
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

heat oven to 350*
spread almonds on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper
set the timer to 10 minutes and put the almonds in the oven.
every 2 or 3 minutes, move the almonds around with a spatula. if you don't, they will probably burn because they're so thin.
take the almonds out of the oven.
let them cool if you are patient. if not, throw them into the food processor.
add salt, sugar, cinnamon.
you can play around with these depending on how sweet or salty you want it. mine came out a bit salty.
turn the processor on and walk away for 10 minutes.
come back and eat it up.



carolynmp said...

I love this post for so many reasons. 1. simple & easy delicious recipe, 2. you crack me up, 3. you're so honest & real, 4. I could see this exact thing happening to me

kaylee@life chasers said...

I've seen this before and have totally wanted to try it. You have just convinced me even more...


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