So here's what I learned: It actually is really easy to make your own almond butter! All you need is:
- a food processor
- almonds (usually whole but I only had sliced so I used those)
Add your almonds to your food processor. Turn it on high and watch them turn into tiny little almond bits.
But you aren't done yet! Keep going for 5 or so more minutes until it eventually turns into smooth almond butter. This is what it should look like when it is just about done:
Okay, now some notes from my experience: I only had a mini food processor, rather than the big one, so it was a bit annoying for me in that 1) I had to hold down the button the whole time and 2) It was so loud that I am pretty sure my dog thought I was murdering someone. If you have a full size processor, this will be super easy and way better, I would guess. Also, if it seems like it has been processing forever and you are wondering when it will ever become butter, you are on the right track. It will feel like it's never going to happen, but then it will, I promise! Finally, the amount of almonds you do at once depends on the size of your processor. I only had about a cup in my house to use anyway, but if you have a mini processor you could probably do 2 cups. If you have a big one, probably 3 or 4.
I am excited to know that I can do this now- it will save some money (almond butter ain't cheap!) and I will know that it is truly fresh! Once I finally make it out to the store I plan on picking up more almonds so that I can make another batch this week. Can't wait to try it again and I am glad I learned this trick. At least there was one good thing that came out of this snow storm for me...