Sunday, June 24, 2012

How to make your own Almond Meal and Nut Butters

Here is the post I've been promising you all, on How to Make Your Own Almond Meal and Nut Butters.  Being the budget minded person that I am, I was so thankful to have friends who shared with me just how easy it is to make almond flour and nut butters.  If it weren't' for their reassurance I don't know if I would have ventured to give it a try.  I've done some experimenting with different methods of making both, and I'm looking forward to sharing with you what I've found to be the simplest, easiest way of doing it.

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To make Almond Meal/Flour you will need the following:

raw almonds (I use these from Costco)
Coffee grinder
bowl or container for sifting the flour into

  1. Place a small amount of almonds (like you would coffee beans) in your coffee grinder.  I have a Krups which works great for this, I however only use it for making almond meal and don't suggest using it for both coffee and among meal.  
  2. When you are ready push the button or on my model the lid, and let it grind, I usually give it a few shakes while grinding.  It will only take a few seconds to process, it's amazing how quick it is.  Check after a few seconds to see if the grind is fine enough, if not process a little more until it's your desired texture, you just don't want to let it go to long or it will start to turn into almond butter.  
  3.  When it reaches the desired texture or grind pour into your sifter and sift away.  Any remaining chunks of almond that are to large can be reground with the next batch, on their own, or throw them in with your next batch of almond butter. 

 It is a really quick process, repeat the steps until you have the desired amount of almond meal, store in an airtight container (and in the freezer for longer storage if you like).  That's it, it's that simple.

To Make Almond Butter:

raw almonds (I use these from Coscto)
Jelly roll pan or other large baking pan
Food Processor
sea salt (if desired)
Coconut oil (if desired)

  1. Start by preheating your oven  to 350 degrees.  
  2. Spread desired amount of almonds out into your pan, 2-3 cups is usually good depending on the size of your food processor.  Mine is an 11 cup Cuisanart and handles 2 cups with ease, 3 cups or more requires a little assistance from me along the way.  
  3. Place pan in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes to toast the almonds.
  4. Remove almonds from the oven and pour into your food processor with the regular blade attachment on ( do this directly from the oven and don't cool them off).  
  5. Turn on your food processor and let it grind away, that's it.  When I do larger amounts I sometimes have to stop it part way and stir so the sides get mixed in well.  But when I do 2 cups I just let it go and walk away.  It does it all on it's own.  I generally don't add oil and just let mine grind until it's pretty soft and runny in texture.
  6. However, if you want to up your consumption of coconut oil, or maybe you just prefer the taste, you made add 1-2 TBSP of coconut oil, macadamia nut oil or any other desired nut oil, part way through the process.  I add it when it starts to get a little dry and crumbly, which is about half way thru the process.
  7. If you like you may also add a pinch of sea salt near the end.

Once again a very easy process, and so good!!  I love it when it's fresh and still warm, yum!  You can do the same with any nut you like, I also like to make sunflower seed butter too.  I watch them very closely while roasting and give them a stir now and then.  But processing them is the same technique, I do add some oil to my sunflower seed butter, otherwise it just seams to be to dry.  You can experiment with the oils too, I like using some Macadamia Nut oil, it adds a wonderful flavor.  

So there you have it, both processes are really quite simple and can save you a little money too.  I figure making my own almond meal saves me about .50-.60 cents per pound.  And making my own almond butter saves me about $1.50 per pound, and it puts you in control of what goes in to it (like combining nuts etc, ).  You can also experiment with adding some flavoring to your nut butters, like vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powders, honey, etc. I would love to hear what kind of combinations you come up with. I hope this post has been both helpful and inspiring!   Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks Sheilla! I've been waiting for this post ever since we talked last week. Super excited to give it a try. Oh, I also "whipped" my coffee this morning, YUM! Thanks for the tip :)

  2. You are welcome friend! It has been a good test for me to overcome some insecurities. I told Dan I think it's kind of funny that I chose now to do a video, when I am struggling with my appearance more than ever. A few years ago it certainly would not have happened, I think it reveals the Lord's work in my life and I'm thankful for that! And I guess maybe I'm growing up :-) Glad you were able to enjoy your coffee a bit more this morning. I think Dan and I are going to do another Whole 30 here soon, so Maybe we'll join you mid-way thru your journey (just waiting for the Dr.'s okay at my next appointment on Fri.).

  3. Thank you so much. I have been buying almond flour, not realizing how easy it is to make it at home. Watching someone actually make it helps...i was hesitant to buy the almonds and do something wrong LOL. Gonna save me so much money and time traveling to Trader Joes across the border to buy. Thank you!

  4. great video..not sure you realized that white, bleached parchment paper contains dioxins and other toxins...use the unbleached...thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the concern Barbara. Glad you enjoyed the video.

  6. Amer Gill, I'm so glad to hear it was helpful. You may also used sliced almonds if you prefer, it makes a very nice fine almond flour, they usually just cost more. Right now locally the prices have changed, whole almonds are the same price as sliced now so I've been using the sliced almonds. I think it may have something to do with the holidays. We love our homemade almond butter too, nothing quite as fresh and tasty, and the fact that we can mix in other kinds of nuts and make it more specialized is nice.

  7. Oh and by the way, a lot of times I don't bother to sift my flour any more, I just run my fingers through and pull out the bigger pieces. It makes for a more coarse flour which we love for my pancake recipe and oven pancake. Using the sliced almonds it really doesn't need to be sifted unless your making something like a cake. Enjoy!

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