I feel so guilty knowing that I ever bought nut butter from the store. I never knew how much cheaper it is to make it at home... quite honestly, I didn't know it was possible until a few months ago. Plus, it's super easy, incredibly convenient, and oh so fresh and healthy!
So let's calculate how much cha-ching! we save by making almond butter at home:
One 3lb bag of raw almonds costed me $10.99 at Costco (YAY for food in bulk!), with the capability of making me ~5.5 cups of raw almond butter. That's only $1.99 per cup!
Compare that to Artisana's raw almond butter (the brand I used to buy ~1x a month), which costs $11.99 for a 16oz jar, or $5.99 per cup!
So after making this almond butter and trying to count how many jars of almond butter I've gone through (and extra dollars I've spent) over the years, I want to slap myself. Hard.
But you don't have to slap yourself for wasting any money, because now you can make almond butter at home too :)
Raw Almond Butter:
(makes about 1.5 cups)
3 cups Raw, unsalted Almonds
1. Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse to chop.
2. Blend the chopped almonds for about 10-15 minutes, scraping the sides when necessary.
3. Add salt or stevia/sweetener to taste (I didn't, but it all depends on taste) and scoop/pour into a pretty sealable jar. Store tightly sealed in the fridge.
Note: I used a 4-cup processor (yes it's small and anal retentive, but it works!) that recommends running for a max of 60 seconds, so it took me a little longer than it would a person with a normal sized processor. However, the process is actually kinda fun so I didn't mind the extra 5 minutes or so. While you process, note that a ball of nut butter will form, which I hear is totally normal so don't worry if that happens to you, just split it up while you scrape down the sides of the processor. After processing a few more times the ball will disappear. When it looks nice and buttery, just run it a couple minutes longer to make sure it'll stay like that after refrigeration.