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Make your own homemade almond butter! Skip the store-bought, get out your food processor, and watch the magic! Uses just one ingredient!
Update: This was originally posted in August of 2013, and has been updated to improve reader experience with new pictures showing the process!
Almond butter is expensive, but it’s SO delicious and is a great alternative to those allergic to peanuts and peanut butter. (Although, if you’re allergic to almonds, this won’t be a great recipe for you). Making almond butter at home is kind of ridiculously easy, and you’ll get a smooth, creamy jar of almond butter ready to use wherever you like!
Since having kids we have been trying to be a little more conscious of what we eat, since they copy everything we do. That means – if we eat processed food and junk, so will they.
We eat our snacks when they’re in bed.
This is a great recipe to make with kids, it’s fun to see this come together!
There are many things in my pantry that I know I can make at home, and this is no exception.
See some of my other homemade pantry staples: homemade hamburger buns, how to make sweetened condensed milk, homemade applesauce recipe or homemade cream of chicken soup
Why this recipe works:
- Just one ingredient!
- Quick to make! (about 30 minutes total)
- This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free. In case it is not obvious, this recipe is NOT nut-free.
Food processor or high powered blender.
How do I know it’s working?
- It will look a lot like almond meal first up, see the pictures below for the stages, and what it looks like.
- Eventually, it will go from almond meal to a more butter-like consistency. Use a spatula every minute or so to scrape down the sides. The heat from the food processor, plus the pulsing will take it from grainy to creamy – have faith!
Should I add oil when I toast the almonds?
No, these are dry roasted almonds. Some almond butter recipes include coconut oil and sea salt, but this is a simple (and just as delicious) recipe!
How to customize your almond butter
- A little maple syrup, or honey will make this sweeter.
- A pinch of cinnamon is AMAZING.
- Some vanilla bean paste, or a little vanilla extract
Ingredients in Almond Butter
Almonds. Just regular almonds. We’ll use about 3 cups of almonds (1lb).
I like to toast mine fresh, but you can buy them already roasted (just make sure they are unsalted almonds)
How to make Almond Butter
Full, printable recipe below – just scroll down to the recipe card!
ROASTING THE ALMONDS (If you’ve bought roasted almonds, skip this step).
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread your raw almonds on a baking sheet and toast the almonds, turning occasionally – for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your almonds. If you can smell them – they’re done!.
Allow to cool slightly.
MAKE ALMOND BUTTER
Start with just a little in the food processor, then get the motor running. Add handfuls of almonds to the food processor.
Blend, pulsing, until it is creamy and spreadable. The heat from the food processor and the blending will work – I promise!
It will look like this in stages:
Recipes that use Almond Butter
- Nutty Monkey Smoothie – from an Affair from the Heart
- Chocolate Almond Bread – from Sugar Spice & Glitter
- Salted Almond Butter Brownies (Dairy Free) – from Crumb Top Baking
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How to make Almond Butter
- 1 lb raw almonds (plain, unsalted)
- sea salt (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
- honey (or maple syrup, optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the almonds in a single layer, and bake for 10-15 minutes, mixing them around a couple of times during roasting.
- With the motor running on your food processor, pour handfuls at a time through the food chute. It will look a lot like almond meal first up. Keep going!
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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