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I'm having a hard time with my almond butter.<br><br><br><br>
The first batch I made I just used raw almonds, and had to add some oil- I used grapeseed as that's what I had - and it was ok, the right consistency and tasted fine.<br><br><br><br>
But, what with phytates and everything I figured the almonds needed to be soaked. So the next batch I soaked them overnight, rinsed them, and ground them. I couldn't add enough oil to make it a spreadable consistency and it very bitter tasting.<br><br><br><br>
So the latest batch I soaked, then deydrated them. Weird consistency again although the taste is ok.<br><br><br><br>
So I need some help! Raw organic almond butter is about $15 a jar around here, and but I can buy raw almonds for half that much, homemade is the only way I can afford it!
 

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I have never made them myself. But my bf once made me raw peanut butter.<br><br>
It is hard to make nut butters in a blender because of how thick they get. My bf made the raw peanut butter in his Green Star Juicer and he had a hard time with that too. I think the Champion juicer is the best to make nut butters.<br><br><br><br>
I don't recall if he soaked the nuts before he ran them through though - I don't think it would hurt though. He said the best way to make nut butters to use an special machine that is designed to make nut butters (you might have seen them in Whole Foods).<br><br><br><br>
I make all sort of nut spreads and creams in my blender. I soak the nuts overnight before hand. For a nut butter, it is supposed to be just straight nuts (I normally buy mine as I don't use very often) so no other oils are supposed to be added. If you want to add oil, I would add olive oil or the oil equivalent to what you are making (almond, peanut etc).<br><br><br><br>
Have you tried grinding the nuts first to make them easier to blend? I would think it would OK to add a bit of water but don't add any oils or dehydrate. Raw nut butters are basically just straight nuts.<br><br><br><br>
Here are a few sites - maybe they will be of some help.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/2006/07/cashew_almond_n.html" target="_blank">http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/..._almond_n.html</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/real%20letters/ltr_basilnutbuttr.html" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/real%20le...lnutbuttr.html</a>
 

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I've never had good success making raw nut butters though I've tryed many different ways. You might try using a food processor, mine says it can make peanut butter in it's instruction booklet...<br><br><br><br>
or if your really into almond butter, a wholesale account with a raw nutbutter company like naturalzing.com <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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