Rich, smooth, nutty, and irresistible, homemade almond butter is easy to make at home! Learn how to make almond butter yourself. You’ll save money and have total control over the final product.
I LOVE almond butter. I also love peanut butter, cashew butter, it doesn’t matter. Nut butter is my thing. Whether it’s on toast, in a sandwich, in a smoothie, I love how Almond butter is creamy, nutty, and packed with protein and healthy fats.
The one thing that I don’t love about almond butter is the price of it. It’s usually twice the cost of peanut butter, and I’ve seen it at over $15 for a jar in some stores. This is fine for occasional use, but I’d prefer to eat almond butter every day, so I love that I can make it myself for way less money.
Making your own homemade almond butter is easier than you think. I’m sharing all of my tricks and tips for making almond butter smooth, tasty, and easy.
Want to try your hand at Homemade Nutella? It’s basically a hazelnut butter with added chocolate. I have a recipe for homemade Peanut Butter as well!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Almond Butter
- Just 3 Ingredients. You can make almond butter with just almonds, but we’re adding salt and maple syrup for more flavor.
- Made Quickly. All you will need about 20 minutes to make this recipe.
- It’s Extra Smooth. I’ll tell you how I make the smoothest almond butter with one simple trick.
- It’s Delicious. Homemade almond butter is about one thousand percent better than store bought. It tastes just like freshly roasted almonds. You may not be able to go back to store bought nut butter again.
- Cost Effective. With almond butter prices pushing over the $10 mark for a single jar, I find that I can make my own for much less money. How much this costs is going to depend on the price you pay for nuts. Buy them in the bulk section of your grocery store for the best deal. I love the bulk section for all sorts of things. Nuts, beans, grains, snacks, and candy are all much less expensive this way.
- Makes a Great Gift. Who wouldn’t love to receive a jar of fresh almond butter as a gift? Think about gifts for family members at the holidays, or for teachers, caretakers, or coworkers.
Ingredients in Homemade Almond Butter
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Raw Almonds – Buy your almonds raw so that you can roast them yourself. This is key to getting the smoothest, most delicious almond butter, and I’ll explain why later.
- Salt – Salt brings out the flavor of the nuts. Just a small amount goes a long way.
- Maple Syrup – This is optional, but I really love the extra bit of sweetness that maple syrup brings to this party. You can use any sweetener that you like, but I find that a liquid one like maple syrup or honey gives the best texture.
How To Make Almond Butter
Get your blender or food processor ready, it’s going to get a workout today. You can make this recipe in a standard food processor, or a high powered blender like a Vitamix. A regular blender won’t have the power for blending this recipe.
- Roast the Almonds: Preheat the oven and roast the almonds on a sheet pan for 10-12 minutes.
- Add to Blender: Remove almonds from the oven and add to the bowl of a food processor or the pitcher of a high powered blender.
- Blend: Blend for 4-5 minutes until liquified, smooth and creamy. You’ll see the nuts turn into a thick dough first, and with more time the mixture will thin out (see images above).
- Add Seasonings: Add salt and maple syrup and blend once more until combined. Any other desired flavorings can be added at this time as well.
- Store: Transfer into a glass jar and store, refrigerated, until ready to use.
Do I Need to Roast Almonds for Almond Butter?
Yes! Roasting the almonds is a very important step. You see, roasting nuts allows them to soften and begin to release their oils. When you blend warm nuts you’ll get a much smoother consistency to your nut butter.
If you buy almonds already roasted, you won’t have that benefit, and your nut butter will be dryer and chunkier. The same will happen if you blend raw almonds. I always recommend roasting nuts at home right before adding them to the blender for best results. Roasting almonds only takes about 10 minutes to do, and that time will be very well spent.
Homemade Almond Butter Variations
There are so many things that would be delicious added to this recipe to give more flavor.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Coconut Extract
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Mini Chocolate Chips
Can you think of others?
Your freshly ground almond butter will stay fresh in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for up to 2 weeks. It may even stay fresh longer than that, if it lasts that long. You’ll notice signs of spoilage (a bad smell) if it’s gone bad.
You’ll need to stir the almond butter before using it as the oil will separate from the solids as it sits.
What to Serve with Almond Butter
- Almond butter is, in my opinion, delicious on just about anything bread-y or sweet. Try my Bread Machine Bread.
- One of my favorite healthy snacks is apple slices drizzled with almond butter and topped with chia or flax seeds.
- I also love melting a bit of homemade almond butter and drizzling it over chocolate ice cream.
- Try this almond butter with my Buckwheat Porridge or with any type of hot cereal.
- Speaking of breakfast, this would also go great with French Toast, Pancakes or Waffles.
- Use it to make granola! I have a delicious Peanut Butter Granola recipe, substitute the peanut butter with almond butter.
- I could keep going for a while, but I think you get the idea. Almond butter really is a delicious and versatile topping.
I know you are going to love making and eating your own homemade almond butter! Don’t forget to pin this recipe for others to enjoy as well.
- 2 cups (300g) raw unroasted almonds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C
- Place the almonds in a single layer on a sheet pan, and roast for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and add to the bowl of a food processor or a high power blender.
- Blend for 4-5 minutes or until liquefied, smooth and creamy.
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