Are you looking for a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional butter?
Look no further than almond milk butter!
This vegan-friendly spread is easy to make and uses simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
With a creamy texture and subtle flavor, almond milk butter is perfect for spreading on toast, using in baking recipes, or adding to your favorite dishes.
In this article, we’ll show you how to make almond milk butter step-by-step, so you can enjoy this tasty and nutritious spread in no time.
So grab your blender and let’s get started!
How To Make Butter From Almond Milk?
To make almond milk butter, you’ll need the following ingredients:
– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
– 1 cup of refined coconut oil, melted
– 2 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil
– 1 tsp of nutritional yeast
– 1/2 tsp of sea salt
Here’s how to make it:
1. Add the melted refined coconut oil and canola oil to a blender jug.
2. Mix the apple cider vinegar or lemon juice with the unsweetened almond milk until it curdles into buttermilk.
3. Add the buttermilk to the blender jug.
4. Add the nutritional yeast, a small pinch of turmeric, and salt to the blender jug.
5. Blend everything together until smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into a butter dish and refrigerate until set.
7. Remove from the fridge to thaw for a few minutes if using on fresh bread or creaming with sugar for baking.
It’s important to note that using refined coconut oil is essential to minimize the coconut taste in your almond milk butter. Using extra virgin or cold-pressed coconut oil will make your butter taste too much like coconut.
You can also use your favorite infused extra virgin olive oils for a subtly flavored butter. Additionally, you can add herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, garlic or onion powder, or spices like cayenne pepper or smoked paprika to make “fancier” flavored vegan spreads.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before you start making almond milk butter, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand. You will need 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, 1 cup of refined coconut oil (melted), 2 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil, 1 tsp of nutritional yeast, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. It’s important to use refined coconut oil to minimize the coconut taste in your almond milk butter. You can also use your favorite infused extra virgin olive oils for a subtly flavored butter. Additionally, you can add herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, garlic or onion powder, or spices like cayenne pepper or smoked paprika to make “fancier” flavored vegan spreads. Once you have gathered all the ingredients, you’re ready to start making your own delicious almond milk butter!
Soak Your Almonds
Before making almond milk butter, it’s important to soak your almonds. Soaking nuts is a simple process that releases natural chemicals, such as enzyme inhibitors and toxins, that protect them while growing. These chemicals can be indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing these chemicals is consumed, they can combine with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption, inhibiting our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.
To soak almonds, dissolve 1 tablespoon of sea salt in 3-4 cups of warm water. Add 2 cups of organic, raw nuts (in this case, almonds) and soak for at least 7 hours (overnight is preferred). Drain the water and rinse in a colander. Then dry the nuts in a dehydrator or in a low-temp oven (ideally no more than 150 degrees) for 24-48 hours. Be sure that they are completely dry because any remaining moisture can allow the nuts to mold.
Soaking almonds before making almond milk butter also improves its flavor and makes it easier to digest. Once your almonds are soaked and dried, you can use them to make almond milk by blending them with fresh water and straining the mixture through a nut milk bag or fine-mesh strainer. The resulting almond milk can then be used to make almond milk butter by following the recipe above.
Blend Your Almond Milk
When making almond milk, it’s important to blend the ingredients thoroughly to achieve a smooth and creamy texture. If you’re using a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix, the process will be much easier. Here’s how to blend your almond milk:
1. Soak the almonds in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse them thoroughly.
2. Add the soaked almonds and fresh water to the blender jug. Use a ratio of 1 cup of almonds to 3-4 cups of water, depending on how thick and creamy you want your almond milk.
3. Add any additional flavorings or sweeteners, such as dates, honey, vanilla extract, or cinnamon.
4. Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
5. Strain the almond milk through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to remove any remaining pulp or solids.
6. Store the almond milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can still make almond milk using a regular blender. However, you’ll need to blend the almonds in small batches and strain the mixture multiple times to remove any remaining pulp or solids. It may also be helpful to soak the almonds for longer, up to 24 hours, to soften them before blending.
Strain Your Almond Milk
When making almond milk, it’s important to strain the mixture to remove any leftover almond pulp and create a smooth, creamy texture. To do this, you’ll need a nut milk bag or cheesecloth-lined sieve.
First, pour the blended almond mixture into the nut milk bag or sieve. Squeeze the bag or press down on the mixture with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. The leftover almond pulp can be saved and used for other recipes, such as adding creaminess to Indian curries or making almond pulp cookies.
If using a cheesecloth-lined sieve, be sure to double or triple the cheesecloth for a finer strain. Strain the almond milk slowly and carefully, using a spoon to press down on the mixture and remove as much liquid as possible.
Once strained, transfer the almond milk to a bottle and store in the fridge for 5-7 days. Be sure to shake well before each use, as separation may occur. If using a gritty or chunky nut butter, you may want to strain the mixture again before storing in the fridge.
Make Your Almond Milk Butter
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make almond milk butter, there are a few different methods to try. One option is to use store-bought almond butter and blend it with water until it reaches a creamy consistency. Simply add 1 tablespoon of almond butter per 1 cup of water to your blender, along with any desired flavorings like honey or vanilla extract. Blend for 40-60 seconds until fully incorporated, and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Another option is to make almond milk from scratch and use it as the base for your butter. To do this, soak 1 cup of almonds in water for at least 6 hours, then blend with 4 cups of water until smooth. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to remove any solids, then proceed with the recipe above.
For a more decadent almond milk butter, try blending in coconut oil, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and salt for added flavor and creaminess. You can even pour the mixture into candy bar molds or other fun shapes before refrigerating to create a unique presentation. Regardless of which method you choose, homemade almond milk butter is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional dairy butter.
Store And Enjoy Your Almond Milk Butter
Once you’ve made your almond milk butter, it’s important to store it properly to ensure it stays fresh and delicious. You can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Alternatively, you can store it in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to use your almond milk butter, remove it from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften. This will make it easier to spread on toast or use in recipes.
Almond milk butter is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. Spread it on toast or bagels, use it as a dip for vegetables or crackers, or use it as a substitute for butter or margarine in baking recipes.