Roasted Almond Butter
While many nut butters contain added sugar or hydrogenated oils, this homemade recipe contains just nuts, and maybe a little salt if you’re so inclined. The secret to a deeply nutty flavor is twofold: Leaving the skins on and roasting the almonds before puréeing both add complexity. For a chocolate version, blend in some maple syrup and cacao nibs (start with about 2 tablespoons of each, then adjust to your liking). A few drops of pure almond extract would also add a nice flavor boost, reminiscent of marzipan.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1pound raw, skin-on almonds (about 3 cups)
- Kosher salt (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and nicely toasted, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Transfer to a rack and cool completely, 30 minutes.
Step 2Place nuts in a food processor and purée until smooth, about 8 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed (mixture may clump up, but will eventually become creamy). Season to taste with salt, if desired. Almond butter will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks.