a simpler version
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
1 cup slivered blanched almonds
3-1/2 ounces oil (1/3 cup is too little, 1/2 too much)
5 ounces water
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional-but it tastes better
1/8-1/4 cup lemon juice-fresh is best but RealLemon works
Place almonds, oil, salt and about half of the water in blender. Process on high until smooth, 3-4 minutes. Add remaining water and continue blending until extremely smooth. Add lemon juice all at once while blender is operating.
Pour into a 2 cup container and chill. This will set up as it chills.
You may have to experiment with the proportions a little, more or less oil, more or less lemon juice or almonds, etc.
I have a Kitchen-aid blender that has a very powerful motor, and it will take about double these ingredients, but a less powerful motor needs less stuff!
If this doesn’t set up right, try adding a little of the runny stuff to 1/4 cup more slivered blanched almonds, process until smooth, then add the remaining runny stuff, process until well combined. Chill. If this doesn’t work, add a little more lemon juice. It is never ruined, because you can always add more of the nuts or lemon juice and it works out OK.
If it is too thick, put the lump in the blender and add 1/4 cup water, process until smooth and pour back into the container and chill.
When you get the right proportions for your blender and taste, write them down. This is wonderful stuff.