A friend of mine is going through a bit of a rough time, so I thought I’d make her a sweet treat to make the weekend a little easier.
Sweet, but not too bad for you.
Practically a health food, really.
Enter almond butter. One of the best gifts ever. Easy to make, but it takes just enough work to make it worthy of giving. It’s also expensive to buy (especially if you get a specialty flavor!), which makes it an even better gift.
For this recipe, I kept it simple with roasted almonds, a swirl of honey, and salt. I topped it with some crunchy sea salt crystals to make it interesting.
Honey Almond Butter
- 2 C almonds (I buy them raw and unsalted, and roast them myself)
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 C honey
Spread the almonds out on a baking sheet and roast at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until the almonds are golden brown and smell so extra almondy delicious.
Combine them with the salt in a food processor, and process!
They start like this:
Turn into this (I scraped down the sides and bottom twice with a spatula):
30 seconds more:
and a few more minutes until they are fully transformed into liquid gold.
Scrape into a bowl and add the honey.
By the way–I once tried adding the honey directly into the food processor, and some weird reaction made the almond butter turn stiff. Not sure what that was all about, but it’s easier to just stir the honey in afterwards.
Gently stir in the honey, and add sea salt to taste.
You can leave the swirl, or mix it in completely.
The almond butter will get a little stiffer when you add the honey, most likely because it cools down quickly (the almonds heat up in the food processor).
Incredibly delicious, in fact.
You can store in the fridge for a few weeks…if it lasts that long.
Here’s a few more tried-and-true almond butter recipes, if you are interested. You can swap out other nuts, if you like–peanuts and cashews are even easier to make into nut butters because of their high fat content.
- Classic (Slightly Salted) Almond Butter
- Cinnamon Sugar Almond Butter
- Chocolate Almond Butter
- Coconut Almond Butter
- Vanilla Maple Almond Butter with Flaxseed
Fritz and I have been jam-packing our weekends with fun social events lately–it’s been kind of unlike us, and kind of awesome. We’ve decided to really take advantage of our child-less, relatively responsibility-free life while we can…but I am excited to have (almost) no plans on Sunday.
Here’s to a day devoted to bread baking!
This post is edited to add: people ask me all the time what kind of food processor I have to make all these nut butters with. My answer will come as a relief to many–it’s a cheap Black and Decker! My mom got it for me one Christmas, and I’ve never had any problems with it.