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January 24, 2019

Homemade Almond Butter

Smooth and delicious, sweet and savory, this Homemade Almond Butter is completely oil-free. No bad stuff, just 100% almonds!

Homemade Almond Butter

What is your favorite type of nut butter? I'll admit, mine is Mixed Nut Butter -- I love the depth of flavor. But almond butter is high on my list, especially Homemade Almond Butter. There is nothing better than nut butter with a perfect consistency and without any additives like sugar or oil.

Why I love Homemade Almond Butter

  • One ingredient — all you need is almonds! And maybe a pinch of salt. No oils or other additives here!
  • Dietary needs — almond butter is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Saves you money — store-bought almond butter is expensive! It's much cheaper to buy raw almonds (especially if you buy them in bulk) and make your own butter
  • Smooth and creamy — I don't know about you, but I hate opening up a store-bought jar of almond butter just to find a crumbly spread that doesn't at all resemble "butter". When you make homemade almond butter you have full control over how creamy you make the butter (sooo that means all the creaminess!!)

Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are full of good-for-you nutrients. Almonds contain arguably the best nutrient: fiber. They also have vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. Almonds can improve cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. Nuts in general are great for weight loss.

Additionally, the skin of almonds contains antioxidants. This is one of the best arguments for making Homemade Almond Butter instead of buying store bought. When you make your own, you can ensure you're using almonds with the skins on so you get all those powerful antioxidants!

Even if you don't care so much about all the 'health stuff' almonds are straight-up delicious. Eat up :)

How to make Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Almond Butter is so easy to make. It's just one ingredient (you guessed it): almonds.

Step 1. Heat the almonds in the oven. This will drastically reduce your processing time. Roasting helps the almonds release their natural oils which will help to create smooth, creamy almond butter in less time.

Step 2. When you can smell the almonds in the oven, it's time to take them out. Pour them straight into your food processor and process until smooth.

Almonds on baking sheet
Almonds in food processor

The key to super smooth almond butter is allowing a couple extra minutes of processing. Once you see the almonds turn into almond butter it can be tempting to just turn off the food processor and devour your creation. BUT if you wait a couple more minutes until you can hear the almond butter sloshing on the sides of the food processor, you will end up with a much smoother butter.

Almonds mostly blended
Blended homemade almond butter

How to store Homemade Almond Butter

Store your almond butter in an airtight container. I like to use mason jars to store all my nut butters. They work great!

If you plan to use it all within a few weeks, you can leave it at room temperature. If not, store in the refrigerator to prevent the nut butter from going rancid.

What to make with Homemade Almond Butter

I love nut butters! They are so versatile and I use them in so many recipes. Almond butter has a great neutral flavor so it doesn't subtract from a dish, but adds a depth of flavor from the high fat content. It's perfect! Here are some of my favorite recipes to make using my homemade almond butter:

Recipe Prayer

Lord thank you for the gift of our hands which guide us in making beautiful creations. Let us use our hands to glorify you. Amen.

Homemade Almond Butter

Related Recipes

Making homemade nut butter becomes habit once you get used to it! Soon you'll be making all your nut butters at home:

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Homemade Almond Butter

Smooth and delicious, sweet and savory, this Homemade Almond Butter is completely oil-free. No bad stuff, just 100% almonds!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

12

Prep:

30

min

cook:

0

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Raw Almonds

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the almonds on a baking sheet and heat in the oven until you can smell their fragrance. It is okay if the almonds go in the oven while it is heating up.
  2. Remove the almonds from the oven and place in a food processor. Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides if you need to. For a very creamy butter, continue to process the butter until you can hear the almond butter sloshing on the sides of the bowl. Remove and store in a jar. Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography