Almond butter shouldn’t have to contain a long list of ingredients but often it does unfortunately. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want hydrogenated oils mixing with my almond butter! My friend M has made almond butter and said it was delicious so I thought I’d give it a whirl! It was remarkably easy and well worth the time. I would recommend making this when you’re in the kitchen making other things as well as you have to let the food processor motor rest in-between processing times. First, gently roast 2-3 cups of almonds on baking paper in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees Celsius for 5-7 minutes. Place warm almonds in the food processor and begin to process for about a minute each time. My food processor is 1,000 watts full of power but it is a good idea to let the motor rest for short periods of time between grinding and mixing the almond butter. So I usually wait a few minutes and start it up again, let it cool down and repeat about 12-20 times depending on the food processor you’re working with in your kitchen.
By the third or fourth round the ground almonds will start to stack up against the sides of the food processor. Then you’ll have to scrape the inside of the bowl with a spatula and start again. Here’s where a good dose of patience comes in handy…..good things come to those who wait right? After a few more times, add in some sea salt flakes (two-to-three pinches should do the trick).
Then it starts to look like it is pulling together, keep processing……..
Split and scrape the inside of a vanilla bean and add the vanilla pulp to the almond mixture. You can’t go wrong with adding a vanilla bean or two into the mix!
And finally, you reach the texture in the picture below! It is time to taste-test it now….add a bit more salt to taste if you’d like and enjoy!
GF Almond Butter with Vanilla and Sea Salt by Allison
2-3 cups of almonds
1/8-1/4 tsp. of sea salt flakes (I like to use the brand Morton which can be found at : http://www.trms.cz)
1 or 2 whole vanilla beans