Creamy Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

Looking for the yummiest, creamiest and easiest almond butter recipe? Well… you’re in the right place!

Honestly this is the easiest thing you’ll ever make and the reward is so GOOD. But. You need to have some serious patience for this to work ok?

First things first, what do you need?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almonds (I use them with the skin on)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt (I just taste as I go and you can always add more – it’s personal taste). I use Himalayan Pink Salt

THAT’S IT. Yes, seriously, that’s it. No sugar, no oil.

Equipment:

  • High speed blender (I haven’t tried it with a hand blender but I use a Nutri Ninja)
  • Empty sterile jar (I run mine through the dishwasher before use)
  • Baking tray (for roasting the almonds)
  • Spatular or spoon (for scraping down)

Method:

Put the almonds on a baking tray and place in the oven (gas mark 4) to roast for about 10 minutes.

Roast the almonds for almond butter

Once roasted, leave the almond to cool for a further 10 minutes.

Once cooled, put the almonds in your blender and start blending! Mine has a setting called ‘Pulse’ which works up the speed and goes for 1 minute. I repeat this probably 20+ times to get the creamiest almond butter.

Add almonds to blender

So you remember I said you needed some serious patience? This is where that patience comes in. You’re gonna be thinking, no way can this turn into creamy goodness and even though you keep blending, you’ll keep thinking ‘this isn’t working’. TRUST ME. It will work. First of all it will resemble breadcrumbs.

Almond butter blend

TIP: If you have a flap on the top of your blender (that’s small) I recommend opening It up as it gets seriously hot. If your mix is getting really hot, stop the blend and let it cool for a couple of minutes before resuming.

If you’re going at 1 minute cycles with your blend (Like I do), when the cycle ends, scrape the sides down with spatula or a spoon pushing the mixture back to the centre.

The mixture will begin to thicken up and clump together – KEEP GOING.

Almond butter process

And as if by magic, it starts to turn creamy. All that patience (and loud blender noise) really does pay off. I like mine really creamy and runny but the consistency is up to you.

Once your nut butter gets creamy and smooth, add the salt. (You can always experiment and try different flavours like chocolate almond butter or maple syrup!)

creamy almond butter

Now, you can stop here and have creamy but slightly thick nut butter. I recommend you keep going as it just gets creamier and creamier.

When you’re happy with the consistency, pour it into your jar! (Let it cool in the jar for a little while if it’s hot).

Almond Butter in Jar

I store mine in the fridge and recommend using within 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!).

Here’s the link to my ingredients:

I got my Almonds from the Grape Tree: https://www.grapetree.co.uk/supreme-californian-almonds

Himalayan Pink Salt: I got mine from Aldi but you can get it in most places!

Let me know how you got on in the comments! <3

How to create a Spring Yoga practice

During Spring our energy is rising, this is the time of year that we should focus on our foundations, providing strong roots to grow out of. But first, you want to know why it’s so important to associate your yoga practice with the season right? 

Spring is associated with the element of Wood. It’s the time to be more energetic, flexible and spontaneous. The focus of Spring is also to detox – both our bodies and lifestyles, guess that’s why Spring Clean right? 

These are the best ways to boost create your own Spring Yoga practice:

Spring Poses

Here are a few poses to include in your practice this spring:

Vrksasana – Tree Pose

This is a calming pose that encourages focus and stability. 

Virabhadrasana 2 – Warrior 2

This hip opener helps to strengthen the mind. This pose really focuses on having strong roots and pulling your body up out of the ground. 

Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle

This posture stretches into our sides, helping us flush the fluids from one side of the body to the other and allows us to breathe deeper into our lungs.

Alo Yoga have a great spring flow on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6H12ula7k4

Food

These are just a few foods to include in your diet in Spring:

  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Strawberries
  • Lentils
  • Rice milk
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Fresh spring greens

These are just a few things you can you to create a Spring Yoga practice. Get in touch if you want to learn more.

If you aren’t practicing Yoga just yet – check out my post for 3 easy ways to add it to your routine: https://yogawithlotty.com/3-easy-ways-add-yoga-routine/

x L x

3 Easy Ways to Add Yoga to Your Routine

Hey guys! Want to add yoga to your routine this year? The pressure is all around us to get outside, exercise, diet – the list continues. Now, don’t sit there and say ‘OH, but I can’t even straighten my legs’ or ‘I can’t touch my toes’ and any other excuses you’re thinking of hollering at me. When I started my Yoga journey – I couldn’t either and I’m pretty sure most yogis couldn’t but it’s so easy to add yoga to your routine.

Now, if you’ve got past those pesky excuses, here’s 3 ways that you can easily add yoga to your routine.

1. YouTube

YouTube is FULL of yoga flows you can try at home – and some are literally only 5 minutes. Set your alarm a little earlier each morning (OK – reality check, it’s gonna be hard on day 1 to crawl out of your cosy, warm bed but trust me it will be SO worth it once you add yoga to your routine). Some great channels I recommend are:

Alo Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJEi1foUiGObzzQM3QA2H5A. They have some amazing videos and they’re all from different teachers so you really get a variety.

Catt Meffan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVrWHW_xYpDnr3p3OR4KYGw. Catt is SO inspiring and her videos are great. Want a relaxing flow before bed? She’s got it. Want a wake up call in the morning? Yup – that too!

2. At Work

If like me you work in an office, sitting at a desk all day can really put a strain your body. Yoga can be so easily introduced at your desk to help with any aches and pains your feeling, get you motivated for your day and increase your productivity. Here’s a great post on 7 yoga poses you can do at your desk: https://www.doyouyoga.com/7-yoga-poses-you-can-do-at-your-work-desk-to-relieve-stress-68712/.

3. Everywhere Else

A lot of people think that Yoga is just about poses. Well, they’re wrong. Yoga is about taking time to listen to your mind, your body and your soul. Paying attention to your breathing, your encounters, your actions. So really, there are so many ways that you can include yoga into your everyday life. Taking 5 minutes a day to really focus on your breathing, let go of things that have angered you that day and really focus on mindfulness. It’s amazing when you realise how much our breathing affects the way we feel, mentally and physically. Pranayama (controlling the breath) allows us to find space inside of us that wasn’t there before.

I hope these tips are helpful to you if you’re thinking of exploring yoga and need a little motivation on how to add yoga to your routine. Also – if you’re looking for a yoga mat to practice on – check out my article on choosing the right yoga mat. https://yogawithlotty.com/what-yoga-mat-is-best-for-me/

x L x

6 Places you must see on a long weekend in Devon

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These are places you must see if you’re planning to go to Devon!

Clovelly

Our first stop Clovelly. As we drove up to the village we saw signs saying that it was a ‘No Driving Village’. Amazing right? So we followed the signs to the main car park just outside the village and walked towards what looked like the entrance. Turns out, you have to pay to enter the village of Clovelly as it’s privately owned. At first we were thinking ‘What the?’ but as soon as you step foot in the village you’ll understand. It was £7.50 per adult which isn’t bad at all.

We made the long walk downhill to the village, all cobblestoned streets. The village was beautiful, so clean and preserved. We finally made our way down to the beach and started to make are way across the rocks to the farthest side of the beach. This is where we discovered a hidden waterfall, right on the beachfront.

Hartland

We drove to Hartland for our first sunset. This place was truly incredible. To the left there were hills with a gorgeous view of the sunset and to the right the beach. It was a really great spot, and even better there was a cute little pub there too!

Tintagel

On our second day in Devon we decided to drive to Tintagel which is classed as Cornwal, this was about an hours drive from where we were staying. I recommend not going on a weekend as it was a really popular place. It had an amazing beach with bluey green water and hidden caves. As we hiked down towards the beach we could hear chanting and singing.. in the hidden cave there was a group of people just chanting, singing and swimming in the cave – as this is an English Heritage Site I think theres a lot of history and the hidden caves attract a lot of religions to them,

Rock Valley

As we were driving to find out next spot, we saw a place on Google that looked incredible. We ditched the car on the side of the road and made the 30 minute hike down to Rock Valley. This place can be pretty hard to come across as it’s not sign posted – just make sure you follow the ‘public footpath’ signs and ask any locals you see! As we got to Rock Valley it was truly incredible and even better, completely empty. I definitely recommend this place for a cute picnic!

Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall

This was one of the most incredible places. We set out to see this waterfall for sunset, it was hard to find, not far from Hartland but we left our car on the side of the road and made the 40 minute hike down to what we hoped was the waterfall. We started to panic as it just looked like hills and the sea but we could hear the water running about a mile away. This waterfall is incredible, tucked away on the side of a cliff, it’s pretty hidden. Not only do you have this amazing waterfall, there’s also some great cliffs to climb for an amazing view.

Valley of the Rocks

Our last stop on our visit to Devon. The Valley of the Rocks is absolutely incredible, you can hike up to the top of one the biggest cliffs for an amazing view, but also a lot of people. If you want something really special, make the TOUGH walk down to the beach (the walk back is way worse) but it’s worth it. It’s quiet and really beautiful. We walked across the rocks, of course, I slipped over and fell straight on my bum but it was so serene and a definite must see!