Hello sweet friends, I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and was able to do something fun and be around your loved ones. I had an awesome time with my family, worked in the garden quite a bit and did lots of cooking including new recipes and some old favorites too, such as my Veggie Pasta Salad (click to link).
As a food blogger I can tell you not all attempts leads to success. There have been times when I had to throw away a whole batch of something because it didn’t come out right. Throwing food away is specially hard for me because of my background, so I was really excited that my recipe testing this past weekend turned out great, and I now I would like to share it with you.
For those who are looking to add extra protein into their diets, almond butter is especially good. It has become a healthy substitute to butter and it even carries certain advantages over peanut butter. This nut butter is a great option for those who work out a lot including athletes, as the protein takes longer to digest and therefore provides a more steady source of energy during trainings and workouts.
My household have been consuming almond butter for quite some time but it only occurred to me to make my own almond butter in the recent days. As you become more and more mindful about what you eat and where your food comes from, the idea of actually making your own comes along and it is surprisingly easier and more fun then you think. But I will be honest with you, making almond butter requires a some time and persistence to break down the dry raw nut into a smooth paste.
In the end it will be well worth your efforts. Knowing what’s in your food is very important to me and many others as we see more and more studies and researches proving the strong connection between the foods we eat and our health and well being. Often times you will find healthy foods that still contain ingredients that are toxic to our body, including sugars and preservatives to withstand its long shelf life.
If you are a toast-and-jam type of gal (like I was), there is hope. Switching to a healthier diet doesn’t have to be an overnight thing, actually you will have more chances in succeeding if you take it by steps. Start by switching the jam to a thing layer of honey roasted peanut butter, which is sweet enough to replace the sugar packed jam and is waaaay better. Then when you acquire the taste and start to enjoy your toast and peanut butter, substitute for the no sugar added peanut butter and then eventually to almond butter (or stick with the no sugar added peanut butter). Eating that extra protein in the morning will keep you more energetic, awake and feeling great throwout the day.
Chunky Almond Butter
- 16 oz raw almonds
- 1.5 oz honey
- pinch of salt
- Place the raw almonds into a food processor or high speed blender and pulse.
- This process will take you about 40-45 minutes and you will need to stop every few minutes (3-4) to bring the ingredients together as they tend to stick to the sides of the blender.
- Half way through you will notice the almond (flour) start to become moist, that's the separation of the oils from the nut. Keep blending.
- When the almonds reaches the smooth consistency that you desire, add the honey and a pinch of salt and pulse again one final time for another 3-4 minutes.
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