1 tbs Coconut Oil
‘Nut butters’, seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment. But it’s no wonder why – they’re simple, versatile, pack a nutrient punch, and are easy to make. You can create a delicious jar of nut butter with pretty much any choice of nut, or a combination of multiple kinds. One of my personal favourites is almonds – although some claim to not like the ‘marzipan’ taste.
The Benefits of Almonds
Almonds can actually be classified technically as a seed. They are high fat and are highly calorific, however they carry amazing benefits – a handful of almonds and you’re nourishing your body with fibre, protein, fat, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus. Known benefits include, blood sugar level and blood pressure control, lower cholesterol, and weight loss.
Make Your Own Almond Butter
Almond butter is delicious and so versatile, as it can be used for sweet and savoury. Making your own is so simple, delicious and inexpensive that you’ll be addicted!
- Stock up on Nuts
Select your nut of choice, or a combination. In this case with almonds, try to purchase whole nuts to get the optimum nutrition benefit
- Roast your Almonds
This step is optional, but may help to bring out the flavour. Simply place your almonds on a baking tray and pop into a cold oven, turn your oven to 175C/350F for 10-15 minutes and you’re good to go!
Using a milling blade, tumble your almonds into a strong food processor and pulse until your almonds are completely powdered and look like sand
This step is again, optional. I normally add a touch of coconut oil, and sometimes a little salt and cinnamon. But you can leave this step out. You can also add maple or date syrup for a really sweet mixture
- Jar it
Place your butter into an airtight container – I prefer a glass jar and store for a week in the fridge
Use to make protein bites, in baking, in savoury dishes, spread over your favourite bread, or maybe even with just a spoon!