Recipes

Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade almond butter is even more delicious than store-bought. It’s easy to make, too. You’ll just need a good food processor or blender. Recipe yields about 1 ⅔ cup almond butter (that’s 16 ounces, the equivalent of a jar of almond butter from the store).

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 ounces (3 cups) raw almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the almonds across a large, rimmed baking sheet and toast the almonds for 10 minutes, stirring halfway.
  2. Let the almonds cool until they’re just warm (not hot), about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the almonds to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until creamy, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary. You’re going to think it’ll never blend, but be patient! The almonds will go from flour-like clumps, to a ball against the side of the food processor (keep scraping down the sides and breaking up the ball), and finally, it will turn lusciously creamy. If the mixture gets crazy hot along the way, stop and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Once the almond butter is very smooth and creamy (no sooner!), you can blend in any add-ins you would like. I always add salt, for more flavor overall. You can also add cinnamon for a hint of spice, and vanilla and/or maple syrup for almond butter that tastes more special than store-bought.
  5. Blend until the add-ins are evenly dispersed. When I added maple syrup, I had to let the mixture cool, and then blend a few additional minutes, to make it creamy again.
  6. Let the almond butter cool to room temperature, then transfer the mixture to a mason jar and screw on the lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

NOTES

You can create a mixed nut butter by substituting raw cashews, walnuts or pecans for some of the almonds. Just roast them all on the pan together.

 

Dried Fruit Powder Mix

Dried fruit powder can be mixed with milk to make a tasty dried fruit drink. It keeps the body warm and healthy especially during the winter months. Perfect for all ages.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 250 grams Almonds
  • 250 grams Pistachios
  • 100 grams Cashews
  • 250 grams Walnuts
  • 100 grams Fox nuts
  • 50 grams Chopped Coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Saffron
  • 3/4 cup Ghee
  • 8 Green Cardomoms
  • 8 fresh Cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cardamom 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Grind the almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, walnuts, fox nuts, and coconut to a powder.
  2. Mix in a large bowl after grinding.
  3. Slightly roast the saffron.
  4. Heat the ghee in a deep pan.
  5. Once ghee is hot, add green cardamoms and cloves. Fry them for few seconds.
  6. Add the dried fruit powder and mix well.
  7. Cook on medium low heat for 6-8 minutes or until it releases aroma and reaches slighty golden colour. Stir it for a minute.
  8. Finally add cardamom powder and crushed saffron. Cook for another minute.
  9. Take it off the heat and let it cool.
  10. Once cooled, store it in clean airtight jar or container. You can store this powder mix for around four months under refrigeration.

To make the dried fruit powder drink

  1. After heating a glass of milk, add 1-2 teaspoon of prepared dried fruit powder mix. Add sugar to taste and stir. Bring it to boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy.