We Made: Almond Butter

This isn’t going to be a very long post, because, as it turns out, making your own nut butter is a fairly simple process. At least, it seemed like it to me. I can’t be completely sure about that, because Andrew did all the work on this one. He’s amazing.

I should preface this by saying that Andrew and I asked for a fancy blender from my parents for this Christmas — the two of us do actually like eating healthy, and it’s so much easier to stuff all your fruits and leafy greens in a yummy, drinkable smoothie than to actually remember to incorporate them with our dinner. We’re usually so excited to be eating whatever it is we’ve decided to make, that we forget about everything else entirely.

Anyway, when we opened the box for our Bullet blender, there were two blades. One looked like a normal smoothie blade, and one was way too flat to be good for any sort of blending. Reading the instructions we found that it was a “milling blade,” and Googling for what we could use it for, we saw that people were using it to make their own almond butter and what-not.

So, why not?

Andrew was super excited about trying it out, and I was pretty excited and interested to see if it worked. We bought 3 lbs of almonds from Costco, (Oh, Costco. How we love you.) and Sunday afternoon, Andrew went to work.

Apparently, all you need to do to make almond butter is mill it a bunch. He stuck the almonds in with the milling blade, pulsed it until all the almonds were in little pieces, and then just let it go for a few minutes.

Almond Butter

Voila! Organic, homemade, delicious almond butter. I have the sinking feeling that we’re very quickly going to turn into people who make a lot of homemade things now. Obviously, we love convenience, but making food is just too much fun not to do it every once in a while if we can. I’m excited. It’s a whole new life we’re living over here.

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