The health benefits of almonds are well-known. They are rich in antioxidants, help lower cholesterol and promote better heart health. Incorporating almonds into a healthy diet makes sense but can often be difficult to do on a budget.

The average price for a 12 ounce jar of almond butter is more than $6! A one pound bag of almond butter is more than $13, and a 32 ounce carton of almond milk is typically around $2.69 (that can add up fast for a thirsty family!).

The solution? Buy almonds in bulk (you can find them for less than $2.50 per pound) and make these products at home! It’s surprisingly easy and affordable. And it can’t get any fresher!

Almond flour

Dr. Oz suggests using almond flour instead of traditional white flour when baking. Because almonds are high in the “good” monounsaturated fat, it is a healthier (and grain-free) choice for baking.

What you’ll need:

  • Up to one cup of slivered almonds
  • Food processor or coffee grinder
  • Flour sifter

What to do:

  1. Add up to one cup of almonds to a food processor or one-half cup to coffee grinder.
  2. Process on high (use “pulse” setting on processor) for up to three minutes, checking frequently, until it reaches a grainy, then fine texture. Note: Don’t be alarmed; this process is loud!
  3. Caution: Don’t over-process or it will become almond butter!
  4. Sift almond powder through a flour sifter to reach a flour-like consistency, and if there are any leftover almond pieces, repeat the mixing process again.

One cup of slivered almonds makes about one cup of almond flour.

Almond flour can be stored in an air-tight container for up to one week, or freeze for longer storage.

Almond butter

It is so delicious, but so spendy! Almond butter is easy and fast to make at home and very affordable.

What you’ll need:

  • Up to four cups of almonds
  • Food processor (for best results, use a food processor instead of other appliances)
What to do:
  1. Use the “s” blade in the food processor (if this is your appliance of choice).
  2. Add the almonds (no more than four cups at a time).
  3. Cover and begin processing. This may take up to 20 minutes. Scrape sides occasionally to blend all the almonds into the mixture.
  4. The butter will have a smooth texture when finished.
Store the butter in a glass Mason jar (or other air-tight container) in the refrigerator. It will last up to three months in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer.

Almond milk

What you’ll need:

  • Three cups of water
  • One cup of almonds
  • Blender

What to do:

  1. Combine almonds and water in blender.
  2. Mix at a high speed for about 10 minutes.
  3. If you prefer your milk sweet, you may want to add a sweetener like honey or Stevia.

Note: You can also try a food processor if you have one that is sturdy enough to handle the high speed that is necessary to make the milk. The amount of time needed to make the almond milk will vary depending on what type of blender or food processor you have.

Store the milk in the refrigerator in a drink pitcher or a glass jar. It will keep for five to seven days, so only make as much as you think you would use within that time.

This has been a guest post by Jenn from Newport News
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