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How to Make Almond Butter

By: Daphne Munro

Do your kids love PB & J? We've got a simple way to make your own almond or peanut butter and save yourself some money.

First, I have to brag about my food processor, which I purchased at a garage sale for only $5 and works great. But, you don’t need a food processor to whip up some tasty peanut butter, a blender will perform this task just as well.

Making your own peanut or almond can benefit your wallet greatly. I purchased one pound of raw almonds in the bulk section at Sprouts for $4.49 a pound, on sale from the normal $5.99 price per pound. The jar of almond butter cost me $4.99 at Trader Joe’s for a 16 ounce jar, just to give you an idea.

All you need to do is roast your raw almonds first, about one cup, spread them out on a baking sheet evenly and roast in the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, making sure to turn them over a couple of times so they roast evenly.

Then take the almonds out of the oven and put them in your food processor or blender. If you use a food processor you want to use your chopping blade. It will take about 20 minutes for the almonds or peanuts to become buttery and you will need a spatula to scrape the almonds or peanuts from the sides of your blender or food processor. I do not add any salt or oil, I like to keep my mine as healthy as possible. Once my almonds become buttery I then add about two tablespoons of flax seed just to give it an even healthier punch.

If you have any recipes that you use to make stuff at home instead of buying it at the store to save money we would love to hear from you, email smartfamily@abc15.com .