“Whenever you’re in the kitchen and it’s quiet, I know you’re eating nut butter.”
Does my husband know me well, or what? We have spent many nights together in the kitchen, quietly snacking on our respective butters. He’s a peanut butter guy. I’m an almond butter girl.
Are we in agreement that a spoon + almond butter is the best snack ever/all you really need in life?
It’s like the crack-cocaine synapses in my brain start firing when I even look at a jar of it. Almonds in their natural state? Meh. Almonds ground into butter? WHOA. Look out.
And, have you ever noticed how your voice changes when you make an almond butter statement? (No? Just me?) For example, I do this thing where I raise my spoon in the air and loudly proclaim, “I.LOVE.NUT.BUTTER.” Like I’m taking a stand against…not eating almond butter? Court does it too. We turn into savages. Sometimes he says really embarrassing statements such as, “I’m nutty for nut butter!” and then I know he’s gone too far. Backing away slowly…
Now, imagine taking almond butter to a whole new level of awesome by adding in vanilla bean, cinnamon and salt. Uh huh. Now we’re talkin.
If you haven’t made homemade nut butter before here’s what you need to know:
A food processor or high powered blender such as a Blendtec, Vitamix, etc is required. If your blender can’t even crush ice properly (or in a timely fashion) don’t attempt it.
Natural, unroasted almonds is what we’re working with. It’s best to avoid roasted almonds, as they’re heated at high temperatures with unhealthy oils that are extremely high in Omega 6s. Most of us already get too many Omega 6′s in our diets which create inflammation within the body. Instead, we’re going to add our own oil: organic flax or extra virgin olive oil.
3 cups almonds
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp flax oil (or evoo, or a combination of both)
1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt, to taste
Blend, blend, blend until it’s smooth, with multiple ‘taste testing’ along the way.
Another favorite almond butter snack:
Roasted sweet potato fries + a big scoop of the good stuff. They’re a match made in heaven!
Do you make your own nut or seed butters?
Also, todays question from ”Q&A A Day” journal asks ” ____ made you laugh today”
I haven’t laughed yet. (It’s 6am) Tell me your answer.