Homemade Almond Butter

DSC04587Apparently Trader Joe’s is in some sort of almond butter crisis shortage. This recent discovery doesn’t actually affect me too drastically (if it were peanut butter, different story entirely); however, my mother needs her almond butter like I need my peanut butter.DSC04572 Interestingly enough, bags of almonds are still just as plentiful as ever at Trader Joe’s, which led me to immediately jump at the opportunity to take matters into my own hands and try making homemade almond butter!DSC04574 DSC04575 DSC04577 DSC04579As long as you have a good food processor and some patience, this is too easy. Simply pulse about 1-cup batches of whole almonds (I used raw) in your food processor on high speed for 1-2 minute intervals, taking breaks in between to avoid over-heating. The almonds will first form a crumbly paste, then slowly will into a more smooth, buttery consistency. DSC04585Feel free to flavor your almond butter by adding salt, or vanilla, cinnamon, or a sweetener like maple syrup or brown sugar. Yum!DSC04586 DSC04588Question: What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? Have you ever made nut butter before?

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl: A New Friend

For the past few months, I’ve had something stored on my bedroom dresser that I haven’t really told people about.

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Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. Now, let me get this straight– I’ve been wanting to open this jar for months now. But being the [slightly] obsessive person that I am, I made it my priority to finish at least one of the three nut butters I had open before I could start the next one. Logical, right?

Yesterday afternoon, friends, my Trader Joe’s salted almond butter came to an end. This long-awaited event brought a mix of emotions. It’s always a bit saddening to see the bottom of a jar of nut butter reveal itself, but on the other hand, it also allows for new doors to be opened.

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This stuff is very cinnamon-y, sweet, and absolutely delicious. There was no pool of oil sitting at the top when I opened it, which gave me the green light to just stick my spoon in and go. After a few mini spoonfuls of utter bliss, I decided to be more civil and spread it on some celery for a little twist on one of my very favorite food pairings!

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Surprisingly, I thought it tasted a little lighter than normal natural peanut butter, and this is curiously holds true in the nutrition facts (somehow a normal 2 Tb. serving size is a bit less calories and fat than normal peanut butter? Interesting, especially since there’s added palm fruit oil in the ingredient list).

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Regardless of its label, PB & Co has, once again, outdone itself.

Question: Have you tried any of the PB & Co peanut butters? This one and the dark chocolate dreams are both amazing in my opinion!