Homemade Vegan Almond Paste
Here is a super easy and quick recipe that will take your baked goods over the top. I don’t know if you have ever had the distinct pleasure of tasting homemade, fresh almond paste? If the answer is no, then you are about to find out what you have been missing out on all your life, until now. This stuff is amazingly delicious! You can use it for so many things as well. It can be used in coffee cakes, breads, cookies, cakes, and to form shapes to use as a cake topper ( much tastier than fondant.)
Don’t waste anymore time missing out and make this stuff soon! My kids think that it is candy, and it pretty much is, homemade candy that also happens to be a versatile baking ingredient. My memories of this stuff are the kind that came from a can or a box. Until one day, I made it by accident, years ago. I had set out to make almond flour in my food processor and right about the time I needed to turn it off, one of my littles screamed my name and the rest is history. When I came back in the kitchen it was in between almond flour and almond butter (which I had not been brave enough to make at that time in my life). I stood there feeling so bummed that I had wasted all of those almonds and had no idea what to do. I was in a hurry, so I put some honey in there, some water, and some almond extract. I had no plan, but I was sure that in a matter of moments my presence would be demanded again. So, I threw it in the fridge and vowed I would find some sort of use for it. I was in the throws of young motherhood and was barely keeping my head above water. I had huge ambitions and aspirations in the kitchen, but they rarely came to fruition and often times turned out to be a disaster. I burned things, forgot key ingredients, forgot the lid on the blender and even forgot to ever turn the oven on at all sometimes. I was more or less preoccupied with keeping my kids alive at that time and making sure that everyone made it to the bathroom before it was too late. My hobbies included folding the same pile of laundry more than once ( I had lots of help), cleaning up rogue crayons and other art suplies that seemed to always find their way out of their proper storage containers, listening for the alarm system beep of the front door to make sure that my half naked children were not wandering in the front yard trying to chat it up with the neighbors, and last but certainly not least, fixing more snacks and meals (even more, cleaning up the said snacks and meals) than I ever thought two children were able to consume in one day. All of this was done, while simultaneously “attempting” to mediate high level, emotional situations that seemed to be occuring like clockwork every time someone moved a muscle. Needless to say those days were a little nuts and my brain was in survival mode…any non pertinent info was filed away or lost forever (algebra anyone?). Some random facts and life skills from my past are only barely beginning to make an appearance again. That’s okay, I cherish those days and actually derive so much joy and humor from those memories. I am very happy to report that my boys are indeed alive and well, and happily put their own laundry away, grab their own snacks (on occassion), brush their own teeth and take care of their own bathroom issues (sometimes). It really is amazing how quickly they grow up and you don’t realize that it is happening until you are not needed so much anymore. Bittersweet. Moral of the story, sometimes good things come from crazy.
So please, enjoy my updated and more planned out version of homemade almond paste.
|Prep Time:||5 min|
|Total Time:||5 min|
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* 1 teaspoon raw agave
* 3 Tablespoons of filtered water
* 1 Tablespoon almond extract
2. Blend until everything is completely combined and the dough is forming a ball. You may have to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula a couple of times.
3. When the dough has formed a ball, remove it from the food processor or blender and place on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap.
4. Roll it into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap.
5. Place in the fridge.
6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to using. It will stay fresh in the fridge for a few weeks if kept in an airtight container.