A recent article on Bustle.com made almonds the go-to nut for delicious nut butter and even an exfoliating mask for your face.
The benefits of almond oil are many. It’s popular for relieving dry skin and sealing in moisture, but according to health experts, almonds are rich in vitamin E which has been known to accelerate the healing process, particularly with those annoying acne scars. Almonds contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber as well as antioxidants that promote healthy skin.
The Recipe For Making Almond Butter
Making almond butter is pretty easy. First, start with 3 cups of whole almonds. You can use dry-roasted, unsalted almonds. Add a bit of salt if you prefer, or even add a few honey-roasted peanuts to the mixture. This gives a bit of a honey-roasted taste to the almond butter.
Once you have your almonds, put them in a blender or food processor. Blend and pulse the almonds for a few minutes until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. This will look like, a gritty, crumbly almond meal. If they aren’t holding together easily, add up to one tablespoon of oil such as peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil. Stir the almond meal around with a spoon and scrape down the sides and continue to blend until you have thick, smooth, delicious almond butter.
Once you are done, you can store the almond butter in a clear container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Ways to enjoy almond butter:
- On top of whole wheat pancakes or waffles
- In almond butter chocolate chip cookies
- Dip in apples, carrots, crackers, pitas, bananas
- Add it with Nutella in a roll-up or sandwich
- Add it to protein smoothies
Almond butter can last in your refrigerator for up to a year. It is portable and in season all year long.