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How to make almond butter

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How to make almond butter

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OMG I think almond butter is one of my all-time favorite things to make. It's so easy and friggin amazing. I have to warn you though, it's highly addictive! I could personally eat half the jar by the spoon...

The reason I love making my own almond butter is because it is incredibly easy, probably cheaper and super fun. Another reason is that I can control exactly what goes in it, no preservatives, no flavorings and no unnecessary crappy ingredients. All you need is almonds, a food processor and optionally, a few other ingredients like honey, coconut oil and salt to jazz it up. Here's a step-by-step guide to show you exactly how to make my almond butter.

Once you try your own almond butter you wont ever buy the store-bought one. Furthermore, when you see how easy it is, you can repeat the same process with peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, etc. Since I discovered how to make homemade nut butters I've gone wild and tried all kinds of combinations! I will be posting more of them in the future.

For now, enjoy this simple but tasty almond butter :)

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easy almond butter

makes about 1 cup


ingredients

2 cups raw almonds
1 tbs honey
1 tbs coconut oil
Generous pinch of salt


* Best enjoyed with medjool dates, in smoothies, porridges, with crudites, or simply by the spoon :)

instructions

1. Place the almonds, honey, coconut oil and salt in the food processor and turn the machine ON.

2. KEEP THE MACHINE GOING. The whole process will take between 15-25 min, depending on your machine.

3. Keep an eye on it, you may have to stop the food processor, scrape down the sides every once in a while, and turn it back on.

4. It may seem like its not happening but just keep going, trust me, it will happen. At one point the almonds will release their oils and will eventually become butter.

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Place all the ingredients into the machine.

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After about 2 minutes it will look like meal.

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5 minutes later starts to ball up.

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10 minutes and almonds start to release their oils.

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15 minutes and its looking good!

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And 18 minutes later we have arrived, almond butter at last.

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How to make almond milk

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How to make almond milk

Today I am sharing the basic way to make your own almond milk plus my top 3 reasons why homemade almond milk is better than store-bought:

  1. Its healthier, because you control the quality of the ingredients and it does not contain preservatives, flavourings, added sweeteners and other nasty food additives.
  2. You get three products instead of just one. When you make almond milk you are always left with (1) almond milk and almond pulp that you can use to make (2) treats and/or you can make (3) a body scrub.
  3. And finally, making you own almond milk is cheaper and will save you money overtime.

 It's also more fun and creative. You can come up with endless combinations of flavours that are simply not available anywhere else, think chocolate milk, chai, or even coconut pistachio! 


ingredients

1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight, or not… 
3 medjool dates, pitted 
4 cups water

instructions

1. Blend the almonds, dates and water until it forms a milky liquid.

2. Strain through a nut milk bag, pressing firmly with your hands until you squeeze out the last drop. * You can also use cheesecloth, a piece of muslin fabric or an old t-shirt to do this. 

3. The white liquid will be your almond milk, and the pulp that is left in the fabric can be discarded or used for other purposes.


step-by-step instructions

1. Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender. 

2. Blend until liquified into a milk.

3. Place your nut milk bag or fabric on a big bowl.

4. Pour the milk into the bag.

5. Close the bag and squeeze it between your hands until you get out all the liquid.

6. Whats  left in the bowl is your almond milk. 


ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE...

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A couple of helpful tips:

❤ Almond milk can be stored for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. 

❤ Tired of almonds? Try pecans! This recipe is the same for most nut/seed milks. Simply replace the almonds with pistachios, macadamias, hemp seeds or a mix of different nuts. 

❤ I like to use dates to sweeten my nut milks, feel free to add more or less to your taste. Alternatively you can use maple syrup or honey.

❤ Like it creamier? Add 1 cup of shredded coconut, blend with other ingredients then strain. Another way is to add less water. 

❤ More flavour? Add vanilla, chai tea, or spices such as cinnamon or cardamom. Try adding cacao for a chocolatey milk or even raspberries!

❤ To soak or not to soak? Nuts contain anti-nutrients in their skin which make them difficult to digest and burden the digestive system. To remove these toxins it's best to soak the nuts overnight. Soaking also unleashes the nutrients and the nut's potential of becoming a tree, which has great benefits for us. Another benefit to soaking is that the nuts get soft, which is helpful if you don't have a high speed blender. So yes, soaking is preferable. You can however, make nut milk even if you do not soak them. 

❤ In a hurry? Try this 'One-step nut milk'. Cashew nuts have a soft skin and they are the only nut that doesn't need straining, so just blend the cashews with the water and that's it - cashew milk in just one step. 

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