I love almond butter! For awhile, I have been purchasing freshly ground almond butter at the Coop, but it is very expensive and uses roasted almonds. Fresh ground almond butter tastes completely different than almond butter from a jar.
Last year, a friend made her own almond butter with her juicer during a cleanse, and it got me wondering if my juicer could do the same. With a little bit research, I discovered it can, and yesterday I finally made almond butter with my Champion Juicer!
My first juicer was a gift from my mom. It worked for juicing for all intent and purpose, but it was a Braun and not meant to last forever. I was envious of all of my friends with Champion Juicers, so early in my blogging days, I finally treated myself to a Champion Juicer. If you are not familiar with Champion Juicers, they are commercial, heavy duty juicers. They are made in the USA and worth every penny.
I searched for several recipes online for making homemade almond butter and read about one in Ani’s Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way cookbook. The cookbook called for a food processor, which I didn’t want to try since mine is wonky to use with a broken top, plus I really wanted to try my juicer. Some recipes called for soaking and then dehydrating the almonds. This sounded like too much work. I found this information on the Champion Juicer website:
Almost any variety of nut can be turned into delicious nut butter. However, many varieties do not contain enough natural oil for butters and oil must be added. The amount of oil will vary with the variety of nut; for best results, use a salad or cooking oil with a neutral flavor (walnuts require very little oil). When adding oil, pour the oil into the feeder throat as the nuts are being homogenized. Do not continue to make nut butter when the juicer body becomes excessively warm. Most nut butters can only be made in small amounts. Assemble the Champion for homogenizing. Use the funnel for easier insertion of the nuts. Feeding the nuts slowly will produce a creamy nut butter. Fast feeding will result in a crunchy nut butter.
PEANUT BUTTER Either fresh roasted or canned peanuts may be used to make peanut butter. Salted peanuts make the best tasting peanut butter.
ALMOND AND CASHEW NUT BUTTERS Use raw or roasted nuts. Salt to taste.
So, I started feeding raw almonds into the juicer, but something wasn’t right. I tried a little canola oil, that did not help. I then realized I was suppose to put the plastic blank in instead of the screen used for juicing. Once I did that, it was smooth almond butter making!
I could not believe how easy it was to make almond butter with my Champion Juicer. No oil was required. I simply kept putting raw almonds into the hopper and out came delicious almond butter. I found some roasted almonds to try in contrast, and they seemed to grind up easier, but I do not like the flavor as much as the raw almond butter.
The juicer does get rather warm, and if you make a lot of almond butter, you would want to let it cool down and take breaks. It is also not so easy to clean afterwards, but it’s not easy to clean after juicing either.
I will never buy almond butter again!
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