Home Made Almond Butter Recipe

Posted on Sunday, 28 April 2013

I've been stalking 'healthy lifestyle' Instagram accounts and I have been seeing almond butter everywhere! Therefore I decided to try and make some at home. I've also received my April Lust Have It! last Monday but I am unsure whether I am going to do a post, because I am so disappointed about it, seriously thinking of cancelling. But back to almond butter:

Almond butter is like peanut butter except made with almonds. I decided to make it myself because it is quite expensive if you buy it in store and it's so easy to make! PLUS you know its 100% pure almonds, no added preservatives.

I just used a small packet of almonds, but they didn't make much butter, so I would advise buying a bulk pack. You can use as much almonds as you want, there aren't specific measurements. You can use either raw or toasted almonds it doesn't really matter, during the processing the almonds get really hot and I read in another post that if you use raw almonds, they'd be cooked by the time you're done. Put the almonds in the food processor and start processing.

After about a minute or two the almonds will be finely chopped and look like the picture above. Now all you have to do is keep processing. Be sure to scrape the nuts that stick on the sides down so it all gets processed.

I didn't get a photo of the next step, but basically as the natural oil starts to come out of the almonds, the processed pieces start sticking together and become lumpy. This happened for me after about 10 minutes, so don't give up if you think it's failing. It then required another 5 minutes + until the lumps started becoming a smooth paste. At this point you still want to keep processing to reach a really creamy consistency. You can add some salt to bring out the flavour of the nuts.

Above is a picture of the finished almond butter. You can add honey or vanilla or whatever else your creative mind can think of. Almond butter can be used in recipes, or as a snacks. Ideas for snacks include on rice crackers, or with apple slices.

P.S if you think you aren't coming right - just keep processing it takes a lot of patience!

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner

Posted on Tuesday, 23 April 2013

They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, well that was most definitely the case with the John Frieda Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner. 

Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray
The Frizz-Ease range is a range from which I have discovered many great hair products. The products claims to be a vitamin infused leave-in conditioner which nourishes and detangles dry hair. It also contains heat protectant, which is great because it means you don't have to use a separate product for that.

I use this product after I have washed and conditioned my hair, and before I comb it out. Initially, I never noticed a big difference to my hair while using the leave-in conditioner. Once my first bottle ran out I was so shocked - my hair was really hard to manage without the leave-in conditioner.

Clearly this leave-in conditioner is a vital part in my hair routine - it not only detangles and smoothes my hair, it also greatly reduces frizz. Which is very important for me in the high humidity area where I live.

The product comes packaged in a 236ml spray bottle, which makes it really easy to use. I purchased the leave-in conditioner at Priceline and it was around AU$16. I used the leave-in conditioner daily and my first bottle lasted over 2 years.

I would recommend this to anyone who has unruly or frizz-prone hair. Makes the whole hair routine a ton easier. It's also a definite beach essential, after a swim in the ocean or chlorine filled pool, your hair will love you for some nourishment. It is also worth checking out other products from John Frieda - I can honestly say I have never been disappointed by a product from them.