Almond butter is easy to make from scratch, using a food processor or high powdered blender. This homemade nut butter uses only almonds.
Almond butter is a versatile and delicious spread that can be used in various recipes or simply enjoyed on its own.
Making homemade almond butter is a simple process that requires just a few simple ingredients and a food processor.
And by making your own almond butter, you can make sure it's free from any additives or preservatives, and you can customize the flavor and texture to your liking. Homemade almond butter is more budget-friendly than buying almond butter in the grocery store.
I like eating almond butter with apple slices as a snack, spread on thick slice of toasted homemade bread, stirred into oatmeal, and used in spicy savory noodle sauces.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
- almonds: you can use raw or toasted almonds. Toasted almonds will blend easier and have a richer, nuttier flavor.
- add-ins: add cinnamon or maple syrup for flavored almond butter.
- almonds: you can make other nut butters at home like peanut butter and cashew butter.
Making almond butter is about a ten minute process and the almonds will go through several stages.
- Add two cups of almonds to the bowl of your food processor with the S blade on or to a blender jar.
(I have the Ninja Home System and prefer to use the blender jar to make nut butter.)
- Start processing.
The almonds will take a minute or two to be chopped into small pieces and they will look like fluffy almond meal at this point. Keep going.
- The next stage takes about 5-8 minutes. Some of the pulsed almonds will settle on the bottom of the jar under the blade and the rest will rise along the edges to the top.
- Continue blending and stopping to scrape the sides with a spatula and push the almonds down. Do this about every 30 to 60 seconds.
- The almonds will reach a stage where they are a bit chunkier and stickier and they'll fall down the sides of the bowl towards the blade. This is good, it means you're almost there!
- After a few more minutes the almonds will smooth out and as it thins out and becomes a smooth butter.
Tips for making almond butter
- Use a strong food processor or blender. My older machine struggled with almond butter. This just meant it took longer.
- Use high powered blender if you have it. The smaller jar and higher number of blades means the blending process will be quicker.
Homemade almond butter should be stored in an airtight container like a jar with a lid in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature before using for easier spreading.
Because the fats in almond can cause them to go rancid, almond butter should be stored in the fridge and can last for up to two weeks.
Easy Homemade Almond Butter
- 2 cups almonds
- maple syrup, ground cinnamon (optional)
- Place almonds into the bowl of a food processor with an "S" blade on or a blender jar.
- Process the almonds. They'll go through a few stages. They'll turn to a fluffy almond meal/flour, then chunky, then to a paste, and finally to a smooth butter. The process can take 10-15 minutes depending on your appliance.
- Store in a jar with a lid in the fridge.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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This post was originally posted on March 5, 2019.
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