Learn how to make almond butter with this easy recipe. Delicious homemade almond butter using your food processor or high speed Vitamix blender. It comes together quickly and makes a yummy snack alternative to peanut butter.
Homemade almond butter is a pantry staple that we make frequently at our house. It’s an easy do-it-yourself recipe that requires as little as one ingredient.
WHY MAKE HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER?
As convenient as it can be to buy a store-bought version, I love knowing exactly what goes inside. Plus, homemade tastes better and it’s cheaper to make than most brands.
And depending on what you add, making your own almond butter you can ensure that it is gluten free, sugar free, low carb, keto, paleo friendly and Whole30 compliant.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
You can get as creative as you want with your flavors by adding:
- maple syrup / honey
- cocoa power
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- cayenne pepper
- cocoa / cocao powder
- unsweetened coconut
- coconut oil
- freeze-dried strawberries
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- pumpkin pie spice
HOW TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER
- ROAST ALMONDS: For more flavor, roast the almonds before blending. Roasting also helps the nuts to blend up quicker. Be sure to allow the nuts to cool down before processing otherwise, the concentrated oils may cause your blender or food processor to overheat.
- USE HIGH-SPEED BLENDER: If you make a lot of your own almond butter, investing in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix can save you a lot of time since.
- ADD OIL: Add a little bit of avocado or coconut oil as needed to help the nuts blend easier.
- ADD NUTS TO A HIGH-SPEED BLENDER OR A FOOD PROCESSOR: Add the roasted nuts to a high-speed blender or a food processor or blender. If you make a lot of your own nut butters, investing in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix can save you a lot of time since it works much faster.
- PROCESS: You’ll notice that the nuts will go through various stages before it turns to smooth and creamy nut butter.
- CRUMBY TEXTURE: First, you’ll notice that the nuts will look like crumbs.
- CLUMPING INTO A BALL: then they’ll start clumping up into a ball.
- SANDY / GRITTY PASTE: Keep processing and the clump will break down and start to turn into a gritty paste.
- CREAMY ALMOND BUTTER: Finally, the nut butter will get smooth and spreadable and you’ll end up with creamy homemade almond butter.
WHAT CAN YOU USE HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER FOR?
Homemade almond butter is great for baking, you can drizzle some over a bowl of oatmeal, add a spoonful to your smoothies, spread on your morning toast, enjoy as a snack with some apples, or by the spoonful straight out of the jar.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR, CAN I MAKE ALMOND BUTTER IN A REGULAR BLENDER?
I’m afraid not and highly recommend using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a food processor. You may end up burning out the motor on a regular blender.
For smaller batches, I’ll use a smaller food processor like this one.
For larger batches, I always use my handy Vitamix because it works like a dream when it comes turning nuts into a creamy, drippy butter in like, 3 minutes flat.
A food processor takes quite a bit longer to process versus a Vitamix depending on the strength and size of your machine.
HOW MUCH NUTS DO I NEED TO MAKE NUT BUTTER?
I recommend making smaller batches to start off with so they are easier to blend or process if you aren’t familiar with the process. Start with 2 cups of dry roasted nuts and then once you get a feel for the process and know how much your machine can handle, you can increase the amount.
Two cups of roasted nuts yields about 1 cup of nut butter.
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Learn how make to make almond butter with this easy recipe. Delicious homemade almond butter using your food processor or high speed Vitamix blender. It comes together quickly and makes a yummy snack alternative to peanut butter.
- 8 ounces (2 cups) raw almonds (can also buy preroasted almonds)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt to taste
- avocado oil or coconut oil optional & to taste depending on consistency desired
- ground cinnamon to taste
- sweetener: maple syrup honey monk fruit , to taste
- shredded coconut to taste
- If toasting the almonds, preheat oven to 325 F and spread a single layer of nuts on a large-rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 10-15 minutes, mixing half-way.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes, until no longer hot (warm is okay).
- Transfer the nuts to a high-powered blender like a Vitamix (fitted with the four-blade attachment) or a food processor. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently. Depending on the type of nut and your machine, this may take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Be patient and continue to blend and scrape down the sides, the mixture will come together after the dry paste forms. You can add a bit of oil to help the process or depending on the consistency desired. If the mixture gets too hot, you can pause for about 5-10 minutes and resume again.
- Once the mixture is creamy, you can add any desired salt, sweetener or add-ins of your choice.
- Allow to cool down slightly before to a glass jar. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 weeks.