One of my favorite memories from childhood is sitting in the school cafeteria and unfolding the shiny foil of my lunch to find a crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a handprint embedded in the Wonder Bread. Knowing how deeply I loved my sandwich extra thin, my grandma, who made my lunch, would press down as hard as she could on the bread to flatten it, leaving a surprise engraving for me every day. It was the perfect symbol of her love. Although the peanut butter and jelly from the jar on white bread has morphed into healthful homemade natural almond butter spread on something a bit more nutritious- the feeling of enjoying a nut butter sandwich has reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life and remember the special love my grandma had for me.
Almonds are actually the most nutritionally dense nut. Because they are a bit high in calories and fat, people tend to shy away from them but the truth is they are full of amazing health benefits and the fat is actually good fat that is healthful for your body. Incorporating almond butter into your diet will decrease your risk of cancer and disease and lower bad cholesterol. Plus, they are high in protein and fiber so just a small serving will keep you full for a long time therefore reducing cravings and aiding in weight loss.
I call this recipe for almond butter my healthy addiction because I literally don’t go a day without eating it. This recipe is simple and takes literally 4 minutes to make. You also end up saving a lot of money by making your own. Plus, you can control what goes inside so you can be confident that you are eating the freshest, purest and most natural ingredients- not additives and added sugar. My favorite way to enjoy almond butter is smeared on top of an apple or banana, mixed in with oatmeal, on top of a rice cake or just simply straight from the jar. Any of these options also act as a great pre or post workout snack for that extra boost of energy or muscle recovery.
Pinch of Salt
Place the almonds and a pinch of salt in a food processor for about 4 minutes. Almonds will turn from solid, to course meal, to flour like and then the natural oils will release and form a creamy butter. I like to keep mine a bit chunky but process until you reach the consistency you desire.
*Recipe makes ¾ of a cup