I had never tried nut butters and could not find while in US. But still I had heard a lot about these and I wanted to see whether they could be made from scratch at home. After a lot of deliberations and also when I found out that I had loads of almonds to be used up, I finally googled for almond butter and based on the ones from Nourishing Cook and Rebecca Wood made mine.
Almonds: atleast 1 cup roasted
Extra Virgin Olive Oil/ Coconut/ Vegetable Oil: 1/4 cup + as needed
Honey: 1 tbsp +
Sea Salt: 1/2 tsp
Blend the almonds and salt to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. Add oil and honey and continue processing till you get a smooth paste which is the 'butter'.
It should have the consistency of a soft butter or slightly liquidy and will harden a bit when chilled.
I started with about 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of honey. But as the mix was still thick and bit grainy I kept on adding the honey and then added another 2 tbsp of oil.
Do go by instinct while making the honey and oil and I have added more honey, I wanted a sweeter butter which was just right -not too thick or grainy, but not too liquidy. It sort of solidified upon chilling though did not look as smooth as butter. I have found other recipes where you get a free flowing liquid nut butter, but the oil content is very high.
Lets see what I could make with this nut butter else that too will languish in the fridge ;)