I'm a huge fan of making common foods at home, but I'm also a guy with very little free time so I have to give and take where I can. My nut butter addiction is one I put the extra effort into maintaining.
Trust me when I say that this recipe for Almond butter takes less than 3 minutes to make and will completely blow your mind! So much better than store bought, more cost-effective, and more nutritious (less sugar, less salt and more flavor).
Here's why I quit peanut butter and make the transition to almond butter:
- Almond butter is a slightly better source of heart-healthy fats, with 5 grams per tablespoon versus 3.3 grams-per-tablespoon in peanut butter. According to the American Heart Association, balanced diets rich in monounsaturated fats help lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Almond butter is more nutritionally diverse than peanut butter, having a better concentration of trace minerals like iron, calcium, potassium and zinc.
- Almond butter has a slightly higher fiber content, which is huge when we live in a society where most Americans fall short of the 21-35 grams of recommended daily intake.
- Peanut butter is slightly higher in protein but the two are pretty neck-in-neck.
- 3 c. - roasted, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 t. - salt
- 1/2 t. - cinnamon
- In a high speed blender, add all of the ingredients. Blend on low for 20 seconds, slowly increasing to high speed until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy, typically around 40 seconds.
- Scrape down the sides of the blender as you blend. If you like a runnier butter, add 1 T. of water while blending, this also speeds up the process.
- Other great add-ins would be: raw honey, a pinch of turmeric, a tablespoon of maca powder, or a little cocoa powder.