Today I want to talk about a recipe that is less a recipe and more an ingredient - raw almond butter!
I usually buy Trader Joe's raw creamy almond butter, which is 5 bucks for a standard 16 oz jar. I consider that incredibly reasonable - cheap, in fact, when you consider that other brands sell for upwards of ten dollars.
I don't really see any reason not to buy the TJ stuff but every once in a while it's fun to make something like that at home, just to see how it works and maybe to also cut back on waste. Plus I had a huge bag of raw almonds in the freezer that I was just too easily snacking on by the handful.
So, I poured a cup of almonds into the food processor (note: I don't even have a super fancy one, just a Black and Decker one my friend bought for me a few years ago) and pressed play. Well, pulse. On and off, on and off, scraping down the sides every so often it went. I let it sit off for about a minute when the machine started to get hot (and when my ears started to hurt a bit with the cracking of the nuts and the whirring.) The whole process took about twenty minutes.
Sometimes I get incredibly excited with really simple things. When I saw the nuts first begin to clump together, I was actually amazed! As easy as nut butter is to make, it's a really powerful feeling to be completely in charge of the whole process of creation, and to see it all come to fruition.
It kind of reminds me of the farm trip I took last summer and how important it is for people to learn about where our food really comes from. It was especially obvious in this circumstance, working with such a "whole food" - actual nuts, looking pretty much like they do after being picked from a tree - and seeing them become a "product" we're accustomed to purchasing for racked up prices in a crowded, over-lit store.
I won't say I will only make my own almond butter from now on but I do highly recommend people try it at least once. It doesn't taste or look much different but you'll feel differently about eating it!
I figured the best way to enjoy such a simple food was with a simple snack:
(okay, and some processed, store-bought vegan cream cheeze too. I'm not gonna DIY that stuff.)
You seriously don't need a recipe for this, but if yr interested in looking at other posts about it, here's a really cool step-by-step photo post.
This makes me excited to make Gena's sunflower seed butter AND the surprise sitting in my pantry as we speak. But that post is for tomorrow!