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?

Frozen Peach Sorbet

DSC04510There are few things that are more refreshing in life than cold, freshly swirled peach sorbet. And for a magical three days last week, my grocery store had Georgia peaches on sale for 77 cents a pound. You better believe I stocked up!DSC04508Honestly, I had never thought about freezing peaches before because I’ve really never had any problem eating them as they ripen! But due to my recent love affair with making banana soft-serve in my food processor, I thought it would be only fair to give peaches a chance (hehe). Also, soft, mushy peaches aren’t exactly my favorite, so into the freezer they went as soon as they ripened.

Frozen Peach Sorbet (serves 1) vegan, gluten-free

  • 1 LARGE frozen peach
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used plain almond milk)

First, dice your peach into small chunks (Note: this step may perhaps be best done before freezing the peach). Pulse in food processor until crumbles start to form as shown in the photo below. Once this occurs, slowly add the milk and blend until creamy consistency is reached. **This is ESPECIALLY important to wait until the peach is slightly processed, or else milk will splatter everywhere. Trust me. Enjoy!DSC04506DSC04511 I sat down with a big bowl of this for breakfast the other morning, but this can really be enjoyed whenever as part of a meal, a snack or light (yet impressive!) dessert.

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat peaches? Fresh? Frozen? Peach cobbler? Peach pie? I could REALLY go for some peach cobbler right about now….!