DIY OR BUY: Is Homemade Almond Butter Worth It?

  • Homemade Almond Butter

Vegan  –  Dairy Free  –  Gluten Free  –  Refined Sugar Free

Homemade Almond Butter
SHOP ALMONDS

PREPERATION

INGREDIENTS (100g Almond Butter)

All you need to make your own almond butter is…

  • 100g Almonds
  • Pinch of Sea salt
  • Optional – Coconut oil or Honey

Tip : To be cost-effective, buy your Almonds online in bulk

EQUIPMENT 

The only equipment you need to make your own almond butter is

Tip : Sterilise your empty glass jars (We always have far too many empty nut butter jars!) and use these to store your almond butter – it looks super fancy, it’s good for the environment and it’s free!

MAKING

SIMPLICITY

The method for making homemade almond butter is REALLY simple and it didn’t use very much equipment at all, making this recipe mess free. We used a NutriBullet blender to make our nut butter – but any high speed blender or food processor should work.

The 3 simple steps:

  • Roast your almonds for about 10 minutes at 180 – this softens the almonds and helps release their oils
  • Put the almonds (and honey/coconut oil if using) in the blender or food processor and keep blending in short bursts
  • Use your spatula to keep scraping down the sides until you get the consistency you like!

TIME

Although it’s so simple, it is time consuming. Even with our NutriBullet, this recipe was pretty much a full 20 minutes of blending, scraping, blending, scraping to get to a nut butter consistency – so simple, but time consuming and repetitive!

Tip :  A high speed Blender or Food Processor makes this much easier – the stronger the better!!

EATING

HEALTH

Almond butter made in this way really is as healthy as it comes – just pure nuts (and a pinch of sea salt!) Some shop bought nut butters contain unnecessary added oils, sugars and preservatives, although there are many brands now that are free from these! Almond butter is a great healthy snack as Almonds are full of health benefits. They are high in fibre and are a great source of protein, helping to keep you feeling full and energised. They also contain a heathy amount of ‘good fat’ and antioxidant Vitamin E, making them great for skin, hair and nails. Plus nut butter is just so damn good, it’s great for your well being!

Tip: Try eating it with Medjool dates as a snack ( like we did in the video!) Game. Changing.

TASTE AND TEXTURE

Our homemade almond butter was thick…like REALLY thick. It was basically a paste. It is great for spreading, but definitely not great for dipping or using in sauces and dressings – it’s much less versatile than the almond butter we are used to. From our research into this matter, it seems if you add coconut oil or honey then you can achieve a runnier consistency, but we wanted to keep ours purely nuts! Apparently you can also achieve this consistency if you have a very powerful blender and the patience of a saint!

The almond butter tasted great, the flavour of the roasted almonds was intense!

COST

We compared the cost of homemade nut butter to almond butter available to buy, and it’s clear to see that making homemade almond butter does save you money!

Cost per 100g:

Homemade =  £0.97 GBP/ $1.70 AUD / $1.29 USD

In Store (small jar) = £2.35 GBP/ 4.10 AUD / $3.11 USD

Online (1kg tub)  = £1.13 / 1.97 AUD / 1.50 USD

#NAILEDIT OR #FAILED IT?

Sadly this recipe #FAILEDIT.

Despite the excitement and novelty of making our own nut butter, and the (slightly) reduced cost… it just didn’t do it for us. It was annoying how frequently we had to stop the blender and the consistency of our homemade almond butter is somewhat lacking.

We will continue to buy our Almond Butter online – it’s the best value… and it’s so damn good!

Homemade Almond Butter
Homemade Almond Butter

We would love to hear from you if you have made your own homemade almond butter,  drop us a message in the comments below. What recipe did you use? What blender or food processor did you use?

We would love to see your nut butter creations so tag us in your instagram photos @the_health_mix and remember… #nailedit or #failedit?

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