How To Make Almond Butter
It’s a pretty sure bet that just about anything I post here is something I’m currently obsessing over. And almond butter is absolutely no exception. I am ob-sessed. I’ve also been making my own almond milk and almond coffee creamer (stay tuned for that recipe). But almond butter, oh my lanta. So many flavors, so many possibilities. I’ve got a couple of variations (vanilla! espresso!) up my sleeve, but I thought I’d start at the very beginning.
Here’s how to make almond butter. Delicious, nutritious, rich, incredible almond butter. Seriously, you guys – this is so easy.
You need almonds and a food processor (or a high-powered blender). And a little salt, if you like. And that’s it!
For this recipe, we start with one pound (about three cups) of raw almonds. This will yield just about two cups of almond butter.
Place the almonds in a food processor or good quality, high-powered blender. I use a Cuisinart 14-cup food processor.
Hit the “On” button and start pulverizing those suckers. From start to finish, this takes about 15 minutes. Crazy, but true! It takes awhile for the almonds to release their oils. Just be patient … it’ll happen.
Here are the almonds after 1 minute:
And 5 minutes. Just keep pureeing those suckers. If the almonds start to climb up the sides of the food processor or blender, just switch it off, scrape down the sides, and turn it back on.
8 minutes. It’s starting to look like almond butter! Keep scraping the sides if necessary. At this point, the almonds will ball up and then even out again.
10 minutes. See the “balling up” I was talking about? Keep going!
12 minutes. We’re pretty much there! The almonds have released most of their oil and we’ve got a nice, buttery consistency. I keep going for a couple of minutes longer, though, just to make sure all of the oils have been released.
And, finally, at 15 minutes. We’re done! We have almond butter!
At this point, I usually add about 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt for flavor, and pulse a couple more times. And then I stand over the food processor and inhale deeply and thank the food gods that we can take a big bunch of nuts, puree the dickens out of them, and come up with this incredible stuff.
Spread on toast, make sandwiches, sauces, or do what I do most often: eat a straight-up spoonful for a snack.
Oh, almond butter. I don’t ever, ever want to quit you.
How To Make Almond Butter
Making your own homemade almond butter is easy! All it takes are raw almonds, a food processor or blender, and about 15 minutes of your time.
- 3 cups (1 pound) raw almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
- Food processor or powerful blender
- Place almonds in the bowl of the food processor or blender.
- Puree, scraping down the sides with a spatula as necessary, until almond butter forms. The almonds will first turn into a meal-like consistency, and then after about 10 minutes finally form a very thick almond butter. Keep going; the almonds will release their oils and transform into a delicious spreadable almond butter after about 12-15 minutes total time. Add salt toward the end of the process if desired.
- Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Note: keep an eye on your food processor or blender. If it shows signs of overheating, take a break for a few minutes before continuing. You know your equipment; err on the side of caution!