I used to love eating spoonfuls of peanut butter or anything peanut buttered flavoured, but peanuts are legumes, so they aren’t part of the paleo lifestyle, but that doesn’t matter because there’s almond butter. I like the taste of almond butter more and it’s so easy to make. I’am a almond butter convert and I’ve tried so many others from cashew to hazelnut, but there’s something about almond butter that is my overall favourite.
What is Almond Butter?
Almond butter, is a paste made from ground almonds. Most of the time the almonds are roasted first, then blended with a little sea salt to produce the creamy or chunky paste, thus almond butter is created. Spread on apple slices, celery sticks, use in sauces, desserts or eat it straight from the jar, this stuff is dangerously delicious.
Making nuts a part of your diet supports your health by helping your body regulate blood sugar and lowering your risk of a heart attack. Almonds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, calcium and potassium, so they have many benefits, but like with every food we should eat a varied diet and everything in moderation. I could sit and eat spoonful after spoonful of almond butter, but I don’t as it’s a treat and quick snack for me sometimes.
Almond butter can easily be made at home with a food processor or high-powered blender. All you do is throw in some almonds – raw or toasted in with a little himalayan rock salt or sea salt, blend until a smooth and creamy paste forms (takes about 10-15mins). Once done, pour it into a jar and store in the fridge, it’s that simple.
By making your own you know nothing artificial has gone into it and if you want to be super fancy you can always activate and sprout your almonds first. A little bit of almond butter is great, but too much is not good as Mark Sisson says, “[Nuts] are often too available, too plentiful, and way too easy to consume in excess. What drew our ancestors to nuts – the caloric density and the fat content – is what makes them “dangerous” to modern man.” So enjoy a little almond butter every now and then!