Monday, June 27, 2011

DIY Mondays~Make Your Own Almond Butter!

Making your own almond, peanut, cashew or pumpkin, sunflower, coconut butter is SO easy, you'll wonder why you ever bought the jar stuff!

Back in the day, I was really anti-appliance. I still have some amount of guilt when I use my blender or food processor 4-5 times a day. It's for my health though! Right? Ah. This debate is for a different day. I'm conflicted.

So, we had an old recycled, re-used way to many times espresso machine for a few years. And no other appliances. No Juicer, blender or food processor; all of which we now have, now minus the espresso machine. We use a glass french press for coffee now, but have 2 largish appliances. I'm glad we still don't have a mixer, toaster oven, toaster, coffee machine etc. etc. But sometimes, when all three of our appliances are on the counter, I feel gluttonous and ridiculous. Healthy eating can be as simple as and apple and nut/seed butter! Oh yeah, the recipe!

Aren't You Cool Butter
It's this easy:
Plug in your food processor.
Pour in some nuts (or seeds).
Process, scraping fairly often (this will be ultra loud at first).
And you have your own, homemade, rebel butter.

Fun Add Ins: Honey, Cinnamon, Maple, Cocoa powder, dried fruit..salt as needed..

Here is a photo log of Almond-Pumpkin Butter so you can see what you are looking for:
After 1-2 Minutes

Close Up-see lil chunks

After another 1-2 minutes

Starting to release oils after another 2 minutes
Another 3 minutes

Another 3 minutes..
From here, it's preference. The butter becomes fairly warm from friction and will just get smoother as the oils warm up.
From this point you can add a handful of whatever nut you are using and pulse it in for 'chunky.'
Or, add in whatever flavor/spices/salt you want.

From here I added in a small handful of pumpkin seeds and a touch of salt.
Using raw nuts and seeds may be more beneficial to your health versus roasted. Read here and here.

Although, I believe raw peanuts may be a no-no.

So easy! Oh yeah, and healthy, protein packed too.

What is your favorite rebel homemade food?

Do you have any crazy delicious combination ideas?


  1. Hm...I may need to get a food processor, because that looks delicious!
    I am also pretty anti-appliance. The only appliance I have is a blender (besides the usual), but I am definitely jealous when I see recipes like this, or other amazing food processor/VitaMix creations!

  2. You can at least do what we did with most of ours, buy used! Not just for cost, but so you don't give those big corps more $ and it cuts down on trash in the landfills. Try your local Habitat for Humanity Restore, any thrift, craigslist and freecycle! I remember being so excited about having a blender (my first appliance too). My own smoothies? any time! Whoo!

  3. Whoa! I eat almond butter like it's going out of style and I had no idea that you could do this! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! :0)

  4. That's awesome! I'm so glad I just saved you a bunch of money! haha

  5. This looks amazing. I want to try it with cashews!

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