Utterly Delicious: Almond Butter Packs A Healthy Punch
Try these easy recipes for home-made almond butter and a breakfast smoothie
Almonds are one of the most popular nuts in India. Known for their many health and beauty benefits, these nuts are now also slowly making their way into the Indian pantry in a new avatar—that of a butter. A non-dairy alternative to milk butter, almond butter is a great option for the lactose-intolerant.
“Almond butter is a dieter’s best friend due to its lack of carbs and its abundance of protein and healthy fat—both fill you up and keep you satisfied,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietician and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute in the US, in an article published in Time.
Try a DIY recipe for an easy home-made almond butter. There’s another smoothie recipe using store-bought organic almond butter.
Homemade Almond Butter
Makes a small jar
4 cups of raw almonds
Salt ½ teaspoon
Honey 1 tablespoon
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line the oven tray with a baking sheet or parchment paper and spread the almonds on the tray. Toast the almonds for 15 minutes, turning them over halfway so that they roast evenly. Remove the almonds from the tray and let them rest for 10 minutes so that they are slightly warm but not completely cool.
In a high-speed food processor or blender, add the almonds and blend until creamy. It will take time for the almonds to blend. First, you will get an almond flour-like powder and then slowly it will start turning creamy. Stop the blender from time to time to let it cool.
Once the almond butter is super smooth, add salt and honey and blend once more until well combined. Let the almond butter cool down to room temperature, then transfer the mixture to an air-tight jar. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Almond Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 1 tall glass
Almond milk ¼ glass
Almond butter 1 tablespoon
Banana 1 small or half large
Rolled oats 2 tablespoons
Yogurt 1 tablespoon (optional)
Cinnamon powder ½ teaspoon
In a mixer grinder or blender, grind the rolled oats until they become a powder. Add the almond milk, banana, almond butter and yogurt. Churn them well. Add some more milk or water if it’s too thick. Have it cold, garnished with cinnamon powder.