Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Roasted Almond Butter - It's Vegan!



Roasted Almond Butter - It's Vegan!

Also known as Nut butter, is made from grinding almonds.So of course this is vegan. It is a fairly simple process to make this butter and is ready within 5 minutes using just 2 steps. Roast and grind!
I love working with Almonds. They are so versatile. I have made Almond MilkHummus made from Almond Pulp and also made an Indian chutney - Tomato Almond Chutney.




Making it at home is preferred as store bought ones will contain preservatives. I would check the label first. Anyways, making it at home is just a 5 minute task so why wouldn't you?
Now let me tell you some health benefits of eating Almond butter. It is high in mono-saturated fats, provides dietary protein and is also an excellent source of vitamin E despite being calorie dense.


This butter can be creamy or crunchy. You can choose to roast the almonds before grinding or use them raw. I chose to roast them. This quickens the grinding process and also gives the butter a more nutty flavor. You can choose to flavor the butter by adding honey/maple syrup to give it a sweet taste. I prefer the other way. Salty is it!

Ingredients
2 cups of Organic Almonds
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp any Vegetable Oil


Method
Roast the almonds in a hot pan for 2 minutes.


Cool them. Grind them in a food processor. I use Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless and I love it.


The key to this is that you must keep grinding the almonds. It would take 2-3 minutes till it is done. Add the other ingredients while grinding. Refer the pictures below to understand the stages of grinding.








This is the last stage. It is done now.


Store it in a glass jar. The butter will get firmer as it settles. Refrigeration is recommended for it to last for months.


Uses of Almond Butter
- as a sandwich/burger spread
- healthier way to thicken a gravy
- in baking
- substitute it for regular butter in any recipe