Trust me when I say that when it comes to food prep, if it’s going to take too long, I don’t want to do it. I’d rather pay for the work to already be done. That’s why my wife and I go out to dinner. We want something that we can’t or don’t want to cook for ourselves.
So how does that tie into almond butter? Well I’ve found that prepared almond butter is RIDICULOUSLY priced. A 1lb jar will run you $9-$15. If you find one for less, double-check the ounces. Betcha it’s 12oz, not 16oz. Meanwhile, raw unsalted almonds will run you $7 per lb.
If you eat 2 Tbsp of almond butter a day, a 1lb jar lasts 2 weeks. That’s $4-$16 per month. Now if you have family and that consumption increases, savings can be significant.
Without dragging this out...
- you can save money
- potentially learn a new skill that’s helpful and may save you more money in other areas
- you know EXACTLY what’s in your tub/jar
—did you know there are certain acceptable levels of insect fragments, rodent hair and feces, maggots, etc. in some processed foods (no joke, google it)
- and other benefits as well
Alright! Let’s get to it.
Here’s what you need:
- blender with a milling blade*
- salt (optional)
* I have a Nutribullet, great investment, highly recommend
** I recommend raw and unsalted, but if you get roasted you can skip the roasting step of the process. If you do get roasted almonds, I suggest dry roasted otherwise it’s likely roasted in cheap and inflammatory oils
Step 1: Roasting
First you’ll want to roast the nuts. Personally, I haven’t tried blending up raw almonds. I assume it would work just the same, however I know I like the taste of roasted almonds more than raw. I would also think that roasted possibly blends a little better because raw almonds are softer, but I could be wrong. try it out and leave a comment! I’d love to hear about it.
Preheat your oven to 350°
Lay out your almonds into a single layer on a baking sheet
—You can lay down parchment paper or tin foil on the sheet to help with clean up
Sprinkle on some crushed salt - I suggest Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt
Roast almonds in the oven for about 9-12 mins, until desired cook
Let them cool 10-15 mins befo