Well, what is wrong with peanut butter, you may ask? After all, it is the traditional nut butter. Its recipes rule the stomachs and sandwiches across the world. So, why replace it with almond butter? Maybe just for a change!
- You can use either plain raw almonds or roasted almonds. Both have their own individual qualities. Raw almonds are advocated by nutritionists as the secret of good health, while it is no secret that butter that uses roasted ones will taste so much better! Maybe you could try both roasted and raw and then decide which one you like best!
- Remove the skin as it may add a bitter taste to the final product.
- Once blanched, if you want to roast the almonds, oven heat them at about 350 degrees.
- Make sure they don't get burned! Keep shaking the pan every 5 minutes or so.
- You will know the almonds are ready once they are lightly brown.
- Put the raw/roasted almonds in the blender.
- Crank the blender up to a high speed.
- At first the mixture will look dry and nutty, but about 10 minutes into the blending, the almonds will start releasing oil and slowly the paste will have a smooth and creamy texture.
- Adding olive oil is optional and you can use more or less than given.
- Olive oil will add not only to the creaminess, but a bit more to the overall taste.
- Here's a really cool idea, add dark chocolate to the blend to give it a really unique taste.
- Almond Butter, (as mentioned earlier)
- Sugar, 1/2cup
- Egg Whites, 2
- Pastry Flour, ¾ cup
- Salt, to taste
- Heat up your oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend the sugar and the recently made almond butter together till it gets smooth.
- Take this mixture and beat the egg whites into it.
Now that you have learned how to make almond butter from scratch, you can use your imagination and utilize this ingredient in a variety of dishes and wow your friends and family.