As some of you may know, I recently quit my job to go back to school, so I’m on a fixed budget now and trying to find ways of saving and doing as much as possible myself.

Case in point: almond butter.  I buy a brand that usually runs me about $14.00 for an 18-oz jar, so, instead, for $7.99/lb (NYC prices), I bought roasted almonds at Fresh Direct and decided to try my hand at churning nuts into butter.

If you have a food processor, this will probably take a fraction of the time for you.  I don’t, but I do have one of these thingies, so I prepped the almonds in batches, mixing and moving and mixing some more. That is literally all it takes to make almond butter, folks: mash up the almonds until they look like almond butter.

Almond Butter

Ta da!

Now, I don’t have kids (that I know of…am I right, ladies?!), but the product I developed today made me feel as proud as I’d be if I did. Also, I’m pretty sure the amount of time and calories I burned were exactly the same as if I had had a baby, so, in a nutshell (get it?), making almond butter from scratch is as easy as childbirth.