{Becca's Healthy Hints} Almond Butter

Here it is! Many of you have requested this video and I'm happy to finally be posting it. I can't even call it a recipe because there's only one ingredient...the almonds! By processing the nuts in either a food processor or Vitamix blender, the natural oils emerge and before long you have a rich and natural nut butter to use however you wish! Almond butter can be very expensive in the store, but by making it yourself you can save around $8.00! That's reason enough to give this a go, but I also like that it is giving me yet one more way to make absolutely sure that my family is getting the most natural product possible.

Now, on to the Almond Butter video! This couldn't be any easier, it just takes a small amount of patience. The key to getting a nice rich butter is to process it longer than you think is needed. The first few times I made this I didn't and I had a more grainy texture than I do now that I've learned.

Please continue reading after you've watched for more information about the doctor I introduce you to in the video...

Ok, I made a BIG goof in the video and I feel really silly about it! When I was speaking about the benefits of using raw almonds vs. roasted I eluded to Haylie Pomroy and I called her a "Nutritionalist." This profession of course does not exist! I am getting better every day, but I still get terribly nervous in front of the camera so I am going to chalk this flub up to nerves. :) Please forgive me! I really want to direct you to her though, because she has the scientific research to back up all the information about which I am so passionate!

So, let's try this again...

Haylie has been a NUTRITIONIST in California for 19 years and has been called the "Metabolism Whisperer" because she has helped numerous people lose weight and speed up their metabolism who previously had frustrating results. I love the information she shares because I believe in it wholeheartedly...food can and does help heal the body and, when eaten in the correct ways, can substantially aid in weight-loss goals! You can find further information as well as links to purchase her book, "The Fast Metabolism Diet" on her website fastmetabolismdiet.com and you can also like her Page on Facebook. When you have a moment, check out the videos of Haylie on the Dr. Oz show as she speaks about getting out of that metabolism slump. Dr. Oz has some great visuals that help in communicating how our body reacts to food, both good and bad. I encourage you to use Haylie's resources as you research healthy and clean eating for yourself and your family.

I t is nice to see the various stages of processing so scroll through the visuals as you make this at home!

Start with about 2 cups of nuts ----->
(this is just a guide, I usually just throw a few handfuls in to my machine.)
Then, put the cover on and start the machine. It will be VERY loud at first so warn the children and pets!

In a couple minutes, you will want to stop and scrape down the sides. <----- This is what it will look like at this point, mostly grainy and crumbly.

After a few more minutes you will start to see it becoming buttery. ---->
This is when the oils have started to emerge from the nuts and through continued processing breaks down into the buttery texture.

Keep processing, scraping the sides if need be) for about 8-10 minutes depending on the speed of your machine until you get the consistency that you want.

When you are satisfied with your results, just spoon it out
and place it in a glass container and store in the refrigerator! I keep as many reusable glass jars as I can so that I always have some storage containers on hand.

have found this butter to keep in the fridge for a couple weeks, but honestly it never lasts that long! Kaiden loves almond butter and jelly sandwiches and I use it every morning in our Breakfast Berry Smoothies!

Of course, this is not limited to almonds! You can make Peanut, Cashew or Hazelnut Butter (add some cocoa and a sweetener to make "Nutella") or process Sunflower Seeds for a nut-free butter to use for school lunches for if your children attend a nut-free school (and let's face it, chances are they do!).

I hope this encourages you to try this at home. Once you get the hang of it you'll never look back! Please comment under the video on YouTube if there is a particular recipe or Healthy Hint that you would like to see me make! I enjoy hearing from each of you as you try them out. Enjoy learning more about how easy it is to lead a healthier lifestyle! Make sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and please continue to spread the word!

Treat yourself well!