April 14, 2011

Homemade Almond Butter

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Ah, spring is in the air. It is time for daffodils and tulips, opened windows, and spring cleaning (don’t worry, I haven’t done that yet, either). It is during this lovely time of year that one watches the reemergence of life and beauty after a cold and dreary winter. It is seemingly lovely until one remembers that in a short amount of time, it becomes bathing suit season.


Yes, you are not alone in your current mental status, never-ending freak out sessions, and desire to swear off food altogether so that you will look darn good in your new flashy bathing suit.

One of the many things you can do to get you bathing suit ready is to eat healthy! And guess what?! ShopRite can help you do it! You just have to know what to look for!

Ever want to make your own nut butter? Well, let me enlighten you. Want to sound super fancy when you tell your friends that you made “x” from scratch? Namely, almond butter. And, yes, it is super fancy, trust me! Of course you do, well you’ve come to the right place because I will be showing you how to make super fancy almond butter from scratch …and it’s not complicated!

For a fraction of the price of what you thought you had to pay for almonds, the eager (and hungry shopper) can purchase ShopRite’s Whole Almonds.

As you hold the can of Almonds in your hand, there is nothing between you and super-fancy-schmancy-ness and an onslaught of “Ooos and Ahhhs” from your incredibly impressed friends. You possess all that you need within your lovely manicured hand (alright, so my nail polish is half-picked off, too) to make a deliciously healthy almond butter. The only other thing that you need is a food processor! I’m being honest, there is only ONE ingredient in this recipe.

Never had almond butter? I’m about to learn ya. Almond butter is a great way to include a healthier monosaturated fat into your diet. Without turning this into a science class and saying bigger words than I am able to pronounce or spell, monosaturated fats are the kinds of fats that one should consume. Fat that’s okay? Brilliant! They help to reduce cholesterol and consequently, risks of heart disease. The coolest thing since sliced bread!

Another great thing about nut butters is that they help to keep you full!

Throw this almond butter on a piece of toast in the morning topped with bananas, or perhaps add it to your fruit smoothie, or use it in lieu of peanut butter, or enjoy with carrots and celery!

Almond Butter
Yields: 1 cup
Time: 10 minutes

1 9oz. can of ShopRite’s Whole Almonds (Smoked or regular!)

1 – If you are not using ShopRite’s smoked version of their Whole Almonds, then preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour almonds onto a baking sheet and bake for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, or until browning. If using the Smoked Whole Almonds, then ignore this and skip down, since they are already roasted!
2 – Pour almonds into food processor, blend on low until nuts are chopped into small pieces. Then increase the speed to high and blend until it begins to turn into a paste, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
3 – Remove from food processor and enjoy!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a POTLUCKTM blogger, I received the ShopRite Almonds from ShopRite for free.