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Almond butter is very simple to make at home. The only requirements are a good food processor and a few minutes of your time.

Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Ever so versatile, almond butter can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a number of foods for a quick snack or protein boost.

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Homemade Almond Butter

Ingredients:

2 cups raw, unsalted almonds*
1 tsp olive oil
sea salt (optional)

*You may also toast the almonds in your oven on a baking sheet at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, then allow to cool prior to processing if you want to enhance the flavor some more. I personally prefer the raw version.

Add raw almonds to food processor with metal S-blade attachment. Turn on high speed, scrape down sides of bowl as needed. During the beginning the almonds will be dry and coarse. About 5 minutes into processing, add olive oil and a few sprinkles of sea salt. Process for another 5 minutes until smooth and creamy in consistency.* It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete using my Cuisinart, but this may vary depending on your machine.

*If you prefer a more crunchy texture, add a handful of almonds to the smooth butter and pulse to desired consistency before transferring from food processor.

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Scrape out with spatula, transfer to glass jar and keep refrigerated.

Serving suggestions:

-Great as a spread on crackers or sandwiches.
-Use as a dip with sliced apples for a quick, healthy snack.
-Add a couple of teaspoons to smoothies for a protein boost.
-Kid-friendly: add with raisins on celery sticks for a new take on “ants on a log.”
-Substitute for peanut butter in baked goods.

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