I've always heard it was really easy to make peanut butter. Just throw some peanuts in a blender and turn it on. I guess the thing that always stopped me was that I didn't think my blender could handle it. Enter my KitchenAid food processor. We found it on sale at Sam's, and John knew I would use it, as it had an 11-cup capacity and tons of attachments. After sitting in our basement for a year and a half as we waited for our home to be built, it is now enjoying regular use, especially because of my new found lifestyle. I have opportunities to use it almost daily and it has an amazing capacity to chop up almost ANYTHING into little tiny pieces, sometimes even as smooth as pudding.
As I've searched raw vegan recipes over the post month, I have come across a lot of recipes that call for almond butter. Almond butter is something that absolutely cannot be found in our region of Mexico. So, on Saturday, when I was visiting a friend, we were talking about it and decided we would google a recipe on how to make almond butter to see if it was as complicated as I had heard it could be. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was quite simple, so I suggested that we try it right then and there. After all, I had given her a bag of almond for her birthday, so we basically had all we needed! Let me tell you, this was a huge success! This almond butter was better than any peanut butter I've ever had and was all natural! I immediately went home and whipped up a batch for myself. Here's what I did...
1. First I put four cups of almonds and one teaspoon sea salt in the food processor, and processed them until the nuts went up the sides of the container and were outside the reach of the blade.
2. I turned the processor off and with a rubber spatula, scraped the sides of the container and pushed the almond butter down towards the blade. I again turned on the machine and repeated this step a few times.
3. I then added about 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil (anywhere between 3 and 6 tablespoons will work, depending on how thick you want it) and kept processing until it was the consistency I wanted. Here's how it turned out...
Let me repeat that, to me, this is better than any peanut butter I've had and was as easy as it could be. I look forward to making other nut butters, such as macadamia butter and pecan butter. This is a great project for the kids, too, since they love peanut butter so much! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I you make this, let me know how it goes!
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