The Eighth Dwarf: Drippy

December 5, 2010

I love days devoted to the kitchen : ) A wide-open Sunday left me all the time in the world to play.

First up: Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter!!

Ashley’s genius recipe. Believe it or not, this was my FIRST time making my own nut butter. I’ve been lucky enough to have a never-ending stash dotted with a few inexpensive purchases from Trader Joe’s so I haven’t really had the need to make my own. But… why did I wait so loooong!?!?

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Texture + flavor perfection.

I started with raw almonds that I purchased at Integral Yoga for $4.39 for about 3 cups. [I used two of them].

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I followed Ashley’s instructions of roasting them in maple + molasses first, which I think was KEY for the recipe to come together into a butter so quickly.

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Don’t be scared to use those paws to mix ‘em up!

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What’s an impatient girl to do when a recipe says “cool for 30 minutes!?”

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Mwhahahahaha almonds! They actually sort of froze together into clumps, but that was no big deal.

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After cooling…the fun began. I was shocked when my almond butter came together in about 4 minutes – and was already dripping off my spatula!! It tasted awesome as it was, but I went ahead and added the spices and a bit of oil for super drippy effect (my favorite kind of nut butter – I HATE dry ones!)

The Fun

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Perfeeeeeeect!

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Variation

Ashley’s recipe called for additional molasses and maple and 1.5 tbsp of oil near the end of processing. I added just 1 tbsp of canola oil and left out the other liquids – it was so drippy already. I also added a tsp of vanilla and an extra tsp of salt! I used the same spices as Ashley.

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Snack for the cook. Can’t wait to make more variations in the future! Next up: peanut butter. Extra salty.

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After almond butter, Matt and I went out for a run. A really awesome hard + hilly run.

Check out our green elevation climb!

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  Splits   |   Ascent  |   Decent

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More up than down, I’d say!

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A late lunch!!

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Sardine salad made by Matt with mayo, mustard and capers.

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Served on crackers

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With a small spinach salad topped with olive oil, pumpkin vinegar and lavender salt

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And an acorn-shaped persimmon

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YUCK!! I now know what ya’ll were talking about with the whole cotton mouth thing. This guy was STRANGE! I always buy the ones that are tomato shaped, but I decided to try the acorn shape. They look identical except for the shape. This guy was definitely ripe and didn’t taste bad but it was not a pleasant eating experience!

I traded the rest of this for an apple…

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I am blasting about 10 different versions of Pachelbel’s Canon on my computer (Matt is out!). The very best is the one I adapted for my wedding walk down the aisle: the Canadian Brass.

Off to make a MamaPea recipe for tonight’s dinner at Karen’s!

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1 Allie December 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Wooooooooow that almond butter looks so, so good! I love it when it is drippy and I like when I have a whole day to bake or cook, it makes me immensely happy haha :p

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2 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

That almond butter looks amazing! Yummy!

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3 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I NEED to try one of Ashley’s recipes. The sample I tried at Foodbuzz was out-of-this world! Hope you enjoy your afternoon.

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4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Yum! Your almond butter looks delicious!!

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5 haya December 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

i had the same horrible experience with a persimmon this week. i bought two of the long once three weeks ago. i ate the first one in a hurry and it was terrible, so i figured i would let the second ripen and ripen. i waited and waited until it seemed like it was soft and squishy and the excitement built, because a good persimmon is a pretty awesome thing.

FAIL. cotton mouth to the extreme. i was super sad. but now, i will always always remember: short, squat tomato-like shape only.

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6 ms December 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

i grew up eating persimmons…the acorn shaped ones need to be super super ripe, and then you just pull off the top and eat the innards with a spoon. i’ve never eaten the skin of the acorn shaped persimmons.

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7 Amanda (Eating Up) December 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

That almond butter looks BETTER than any I have bought at the store. I hope I can get mine to look as good as yours!

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8 Kate December 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

One of my professors brought in persimmons for us all to try (I’m a nutrition student) and she said that the hachiya persimmon should be eaten when its really squishy – almost to the point where you might think it’s a little too ripe. If you eat it when it’s not as ripe it kind of tastes a little astringent tasting! I wouldn’t rule them out altogether cause they are quite good, if a little slimy. I usually prefer the fuju (tomato shaped) persimmons too just based on texture alone, but they’re both pretty yummy! :)

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9 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I can’t wait to see your homemade peanut butter! It will likely be my first order of business when I get a food processor (I know, how can I not own one??)!

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10 Devon (Fast Foodie) December 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I use to think that about hachiya persimmons (the cottom mouth thing) until I learned that what I thought was “ripe” wasn’t at all. Now, I know that a hachiya persimmon is only ripe when it feels like a water ballon about to explode. I mean so tender you think it’s bad. We let ours ripen for more than 3 weeks usually.

I think that is why most people think they are bad. Because they do taste bad when they are not ripe and most people don’t let them go that long. I say experiment 1 more time before you give up on them. Let one ripen until Christmas. We bought ours pretty non-ripe a month ago and are looking forward to them in a couple weeks.

Personally, I think it’s a lot of work for a persimmon and stick to the Fuyu for snacking (apple shaped).

I want to try making nut butter soon!

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11 Clare December 6, 2010 at 7:18 am

Yup. They’ve got to be so soft and squishy that they they become almost transparent. They should be so soft that you can’t pick them up without puncturing the skin. The inside should be like jello. It took a lot of trial and error and a near choking experience to figure this out!

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12 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This almond butter recipe is on my To Do list. I’m excited about this. Almond butter is simply amazing, luscious goodness in a jar anyway. The spices and maple will turn it into something utterly divine!!!

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13 Gabriella @ Embracement December 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

The almond butter looks so good! I’m more of a peanut butter fan, myself, but this recipe sounds delicious.

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14 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

oooh I made nut butter for the first time o ver the weekend too!

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15 Gina@concierge4mom December 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

You have inspired me! That almond butter looks totally delish! I am craving it now, as for the persimmon, I always wondered how you ate it. I have had them freeze dried, which are fantastic, but never new what to do with the actual fruit.

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16 Christin@purplebirdblog December 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Pachelbel’s Canon is my faaaaaavorite! I too walked down the aisle to it… a string version with a beautiful harp.

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17 Toni December 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

The thing with Persimmons is that they have to be SOOOOO ripe that they are on the verge of spoiling. They’re a pretty traditional fruit in my house and the ripper and squishier they are the better. Otherwise, you get the fuzzy cotton feeling! Let em ripe until blackish!

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18 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

i had already wanted to try ashley’s almond butter but now i am really convinced, it looks so good

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19 Eating Bird Food December 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I made Ashley’s pumpkin spiced almond butter as well, but did it in the vitamix instead of food processor and if definitely didn’t get as creamy as hers (or yours). I might put what I have left in the food processor and see if that helps. I LOVE the pumpkin spice flavor!

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20 Kate December 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I love Pachabel Cannon. This time of year, I can not get enough of Christmas Cannon. I recently bought a vitamix and might have to try homemade nut butter.

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21 Bronwyn Coyne December 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm

OMG that almond butter looks AMAZING!

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22 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) December 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm

That almond butter looks awesome.

I am inspired that it is not all dry and clumpy.

I am now super excited to make my own soon.

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23 Sam @ thesecondlunch December 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Oh no! The one you ate was a Hachiya – the kind for baking. They have to soften to mush before being remotely palatable! Go for the FUYU – the more donut shape variety. And then PEEL them. And sprinkle cinnamon. I promise you’ll like them!

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24 Lauren December 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

How much almond butter does the recipe make? It looks great but i need to know if I have room to store it :) Thanks!

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25 Kath December 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

One 12 oz jar-ish batch

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26 Kath December 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

(As in, that jar you see – plus a few tbsp that wouldn’t fit)

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27 Grocery Goddess Jen December 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Yeah, I must concur with everyone else and say that nut butter looks off the hook! Yum!

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28 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Wowzer! That looks flipping delicious!
And I love that it looks really spreadable, the kind where I don’t flatten my bread while spreading a thick butter.

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29 Evan Thomas December 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Great recipe! Homemade nut butter always tastes so good.

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30 Cameron December 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Fuyu persimmon. They are crunchy. The other kind is mostly used for baking.

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31 Cameron December 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I also eat it with the skin, btw, but not everyone does. yum.

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32 Kathleen December 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I love that you used the snow for cooling and the tutorial layout of your photos is very cool too! Just might give almond butter a try, it looks delicious.

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33 Blog is the New Black December 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Wow, that is some good-looking nut butter. It looks tasty!

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34 Mama Pea December 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm

You did it! Okay, I guess I should stop being so lazy and try it myself.

I can’t wait to see what you make for dinner!

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35 Simply Life December 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Oh I’m glad to know how to make my own almond butter now – thanks!

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36 Natalia - a side of simple December 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Haha I love that you let us know that Matt was out when you were blasting your music. Blast that Canon!!

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37 Laura December 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I made peanut butter for the first time this morning! Roasted, unsalted peanuts, one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon sugar…. delicious! (and super drippy!)

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38 Vanessa December 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I love that nut butter recipe!! I made it too not all that long ago!! It’s lethal!

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39 Tammy December 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Persimmons – LOVE LOVE LOVE them but they have to be SUPER ripe like when you pick them up your fingers almost squish through the skin… then they are to die for… like eating jam really… the little hard ones just are not the same – buy another one and let it sit a week or two – I have 10 I’m waiting on…

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40 Toni December 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Yep exactly. The little ones I think they’re called Fuyu aren’t the same. They are supposed to be eated hard!

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41 Cynthia December 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

That almond butter looks amazing! I need to get a food processor so I can make my own as well.

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42 Heather Eats Almond Butter December 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

What? No Oats In The Food Processor? ;)

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43 Camille December 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Oooh, the PB looks incredible!

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44 stacey-healthylife December 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I love Sunday’s in the kitchen.

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45 Jessie -- TheMessieKitchen December 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I have made my own almond butter but that… THAT looks amazing. Holy Hannah! Hooray for Sundays

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46 Richard December 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I love the almond butter. But I’m also VERY impressed with the way you put together that collage of photos with titles to show us the blending process. That was extremely helpful. Your photography is really superb.

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47 Kori December 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I agree! Now I HAVE to make my own nut butter soon. :)

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48 Kath December 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Thanks!!

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49 ms December 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

yes the step by step photos looked really professional!

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50 dawn December 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

It’s the skin! Don’t eat it and you won’t pucker up!! A
lurker pulled out from the depths to let you know.
Love your blog.
Dawn

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51 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I have always been scared of making my own nut butter – good to know you can get it that creamy in a regular food processor (I’ve only seen it done in a VitaMix). How about some salted lavender cashew butter??? :)

Do homemade nut butters need to be refrigerated?

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52 Kath December 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I don’t think they need to be refrig. because the raw ingredients don’t.

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53 Gina December 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Oh that almond butter is perfection! I can’t believe I haven’t made nut butter from scratch yet either. It’s ridiculously simple!

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54 Hannah December 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I just made a nut butter for the first time too – macadamia butter. It’s so insanely amazingly rich, and I adore it, but now I just want to finish it so I can make this next!!!

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55 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie December 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The exact same thing happened to me last week with that variety of persimmon (I usually buy the Fuyu kind). The first Hachiya persimmon was really, really ripe. So ripe that it practically fell apart when I was cutting it up. It was sweet and good, no problem. Two days later, I tried another one. It was very soft, but not AS soft as the first one. The first bite…sweet, yummy. The second bite…cotton mouth kicked in. Quite off-putting. I’m letting my last few Hachiya get pillowy soft before I attempt to eat them…then I’ll stick to buying Fuyu.

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56 Dominique December 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Most of your readers seem to prefer the Fuyu persimmons but I’m partial to the Hachiya. Like most of the other readers have commented, you do have to wait until extremely ripe and even then, I still peel them. I can’t quite deal with the texture of the peel in my mouth. (I’m all about the texture when I’m eating and that’s a weird one I’m still not accustomed to.) Otherwise, hachiya persimmons are delicious!

Your almond butter looks amazing! I’m gonna have to steal my BF’s food processor one day to make it.

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57 kate December 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I dont know why I havent made almond butter yet either, but its on the list!

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58 Ashley December 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Man…I think it really depends on your food processor. I have a cuisinart 11c, although I’ve processed a LOT of butter and the blade might be dull. However, the almond butter does not come together that quickly! So glad it worked for you though. :) I made a TON this weekend. Really loving the new maple vanilla!! Also, about the cone shaped persimmon…I found this out the hard way last year…you’re supposed to let those ripen for like 2 weeks…they should be EXtremely mushy and shriveled before eating!! haha Totally had the disgusting cotton mouth thing too.

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59 Gina December 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I made your maple vanilla yesterday, and it is dangerously delish…I’m sure it will make it through the week!

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60 Mom December 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Gosh, I sure would like some almond butter for Christmas!

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61 Kath December 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

We’ll see!

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62 Vicky (eat live spin) December 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

WHY do they sell those shaped persimmons!???? I shared one with my dad the other night and our mouths got dry and tingly… it was awful… awful. We drank water, beer and wine to try and get rid of the feeling. I’ll stick with the short, flatter persimmons from now on.

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63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I’ve never tried making my own nut butter because I’m worried it won’t work in my ancient food processor. :P Guess I won’t know until I try though!

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64 Eliza December 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm

ahh i know what you mean about the cotton mouth persimmon thing, gosh i hate that! but persimmons are still amazing, if only they are perfectly ripe! =) And wow to that spiced almond butter, such a fab recipe, i have made homemade cashew butter before it’s so easy and fun to make, i am definitely trying this out, the spices etc. and add ins could be end less! =)

happy holidays Kath
xx
eliza

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65 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Yum!! Looks just as good as any specialty store brand!

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66 Lee @ College Foodie Finds December 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm

What brand food processor do you have?? I’ve been on the search for a new one and it looks like yours works like a gem!

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67 Kath December 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I have a Cuisinart 14 Cup and have loved it since day 1.

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68 Kath December 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm
69 Cara Craves... December 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Jealous of that almond butter.
It looks perfect.

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70 Lee December 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

That looks delicious. I tried to make my own almond butter once and never seemed to get past where yours is at minute 1. It still tasted good though.

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71 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Your almond butter looks fabulous! Like Trader Joes, only better. :D

(p.s. I’d definitely make a super salty peanut butter too! Yum!)

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72 retro sweets December 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I luuuuuurrrrvvveee almonds, and this one certainly looks heavenly! :) Yummylicious!:)

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73 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

my friend just brought some persimmons back from arizona that are acorn shape, and i swear it was one of the best tasting i’ve ever had. i’m sorry yours was sucky! i think that almond butter makes up for it.. wow. definitely making some soon

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74 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’ve been eyeing up ashley’s nut butters for the last few days…this makes up my mind. MUST make one tomorrow!
love,
cathy b.

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75 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) December 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I haven’t had almond butter in awhile now- you definitely inspired me to revisit my obsession ;-)

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76 Shannon (A Better Me) December 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I didn’t realize making a nut butter was that easy! When my store bought supply gets low, I will definitely have to give it a try! :D The picures of you two are hilarious! That was crazy run!

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77 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

So creamy. Give me a spoon!

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78 Nhung December 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

The right way to eat the acorn persimmon is you have to let it ripe to no tomorrow, it has to be very soft to the touch and basically when you eat it, you have to slurp it kind of. Its very odd compared to the normal persimmon I eat but thats what I was told.

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79 jenny December 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

i agree with the persimmon thing, but i don’t think the skin is intended to be eaten!

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80 Karen December 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon too! I absolutely love that song and every time I hear it I get chills!

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81 Meg December 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I love how balanced your meals always are and you always have so much variety! Your blog is by far the best example of balance and variety. Not to mention the great photographs, and fun stuff you always have going on to read about :)

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82 Kath December 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Thank you!

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83 Stephanie December 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love those persimmons!!! They are softer than the round, smaller counterparts… but they are delicious. They are not meant to be bitten into like an apple… try slicing it in half and scooping out the innards with a spoon. Maybe that will make a difference?

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84 Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy December 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I cannot believe you made your own almond butter! How awesome are you?!?!?

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85 Stephanie December 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

And by the way… how did you get that Cascal shipment from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. I am a new member and still finding my way around!!! Did they send you a sample, or did you make a purchase? I received the e-mail regarding Cascal… but I couldn’t find any links or buttons opting into receiving a sample… ???

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86 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Is the calorie count of homemade nut butters about the same as store bought??

Also Kath, I toured the Schlafly Brewery this weekend and they make ice cream out of their beers!! They had an Oatmeal Stout that we tried, but I definitely think Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream should be in the works…

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87 Kath December 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

Ohhhhhh myyyyy

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88 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I love how you show the pictures of what you’re making with the directions over the top- this is my kinda recipe!!!

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89 Alaina December 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I need to get myself a food processor! :-)

My favorite variation of Pachelbels canon is from the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

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90 Kath December 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

That’s in my top 10!

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91 Lindsey December 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

When I grow up (i.e. when I’m forced to graduate college and get a job), I want to be like you! :)

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92 Kath December 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

Awww shucks

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93 Kazu December 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

I don’t think you are supposed to eat the acorn shaped persimmon raw! At least, we(Japanese) don’t :P In Japan, we use them to make dried persimmons. (just peel and let them dry in the air) We call them Hoshigaki. You should google it :)
Love your blog!!

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94 Amber K December 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

That is interesting to me! I keep all of my nut butters in the fridge, specifically because I hate it when they are drippy!

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95 Dee December 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

WOW! Your almond butter looks amazing and oh so spreadable!

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96 Ashley December 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Oh yeah! I was just thinking how you said it was drippy after adding the oil..the extra molasses + maple thicken it up a lot! That is why the oil is actually needed. hehe :)

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97 Charlotte December 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

Persimmons taste nice and sweet but they have to be VERY ripe and you don’t eat the peel, just the inside, with a spoon. I first tasted one recently and thought it would taste like papayas, which I don’t like at all, but I was pleasantly surprised by the softness and the sweetness of it

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98 cathy December 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

I made this last night and wonder why we need to let the almonds cool. I noticed that they really start to come together after they heat up some in the food processor. After I added the cold syrup at the end, (I keep my in the fridge), it thickened up more but as it got hotter it got drippy again. Have either of you tried making it with the warm almonds right out of the oven? It is wonderful and now I can’t wait to try other things in it. I am going to make little jars to give away for Christmas! Thanks

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99 Amanda December 17, 2010 at 7:55 am

Your almond butter looks soooo good! I am definitely going to try it! I also want to make my own almond milk. I do not dig all the preservatives in the boxed stuff.
Good job on running hills too! Sounds like such a productive day;)

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100 maggie October 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I am making the almond butter tommorrow. I could swim in it

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101 kathleen March 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Your almond butter looks soooo good! And I was planning on making it but notice I bought roasted almonds instead of raw almonds (fail!). Should I process by roasted almonds (without baking them) and then stir in the syrups? What would you suggest? thanks!

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102 KathEats March 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yes, I’d just put everything in your processor and push go! Saves you some trouble :)

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103 gauri August 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

I made a batch of macadamia nut butter today – definitely made it to #1 of all nut butters I’ve tried! You must try it!

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104 Rachael Maynard February 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

Im not sure what i did wrong with the almond butter. I roasted my almonds in molasses and maple syrup. Left them to cool for over 30 minutes placed into food processor and after around 5 minutes they just ended up looking like almond meal? =( Wasnt liquidy at all as I said it was almost like I had just made almond meal. HELP PLEASE

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105 KathEats February 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

Hmmmm…I think you might need some liquid oil to get the meal into bitte butter. Maybe you started with dryer almonds?

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106 Zijill February 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

Hey Kath!

Wondering if you used a food processor to blend this? If yes, what brand and model is this? Thanks :)

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107 KathEats February 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

We have a Cuisinart 14 cup and love it!

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108 Wendela June 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Kath,
I don’t know how I came across our blog but I am so happy I did.
You write about the foodchanges I am making and your recipies are a great inspiration.
I want to try the pumpkin spiced almond butter.
Molasses is a new ingredient to me. I live in the Netherlands.
What we have is called “blackstrap molasses” is that the same as you mentioned? (what I have found is a waste product from sugar cane).
And I have pealed almonds because I try to avoid phytic acid (I hope I translated that well). Will that make any difference?
Thanx for helping out
Wendela

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