Almond butter is definitely our favourite nut butter. It's worth spending the time making your own as the shop bought kind isn't half as good and it's also much cheaper. All you need to whip this up is a food processor, almonds and a bit of patience!
- 1kg of unsalted almonds - we like to roast these for ~ 10 - 12 minutes at 200°C as it gives it a more intense flavour
- Fit your food processor with the ''S'' blade and add the almonds.
- Process the almonds for ~ 20 minutes, scraping down the side often.
- Keep processing until you have a smooth and creamy butter.
- Store the almond butter in a sealed container.
- Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Great source of a number of B vitamins:
- Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
- Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
- Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
- Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
- Great source of unsaturated fats:
- The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it:
- A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day.
- Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
- Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.