Making homemade roasted almond butter, requires only 1 ingredient, 2 simple steps and takes less than 30 minutes in total. Almond butter tastes amazing as an oatmeal topping, in smoothies and smoothie bowls or as a snack alongside some fresh fruit.
For recipes that include almond butter check out Pear Almond Butter Chia Pudding, Almond Milk Overnight Oats or Apple Smoothie Bowl.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's oil-free and 100% made from only almonds.
- Homemade almond butter much more affordable than store-bought almond butter.
- It's super versatile and can be used in a wide variety of recipes.
- Almonds: The only ingredient you'll need for this natural almond butter is almonds. You could use organic almonds if you want. You can use blanched almonds but in my opinion, there's no need to remove the skin.
How to Make Roasted Almond Butter
Making your own roasted almond butter at home is super easy and involves only 2 simple steps.
To achieve a smooth consistency, you will need quite a strong food processor or a high-speed blender.
STEP 1: Roast almonds. Add your almonds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Make sure not to burn them!
Let them cool for about 10 minutes. Then transfer them to a food processor.
STEP 2: Blend. The blending process will take a while (10-15 minutes) depending on how strong your food processor is, so patience is key! Stop the food processor every now and then to scape down the sides.
Transfer the almond butter to a mason jar or container with a lid.
- Food Processor: The best and easiest way to make almond butter at home is with a strong-powered food processor. Make sure to use a container that's not too big and scrape down the sides every now and then.
- High-Speed Blender: You can also make homemade almond butter with a high-speed blender, however, it really does need to be strong (something like a Vitamix). In my experience, you'll also need a tamper to push the almonds down towards the blade. Personally, I have not enjoyed using a blender to make nut butter because I have found that it didn't work as well as using a food processor, but that's just a personal preference.
- Be patient: Patience is key when it comes to making homemade almond butter. It takes a while for the nuts to be fully broken down and turned into a thick and creamy butter. Even with a strong food processor, it will take at least 10 minutes, so don't stop too early!
- Scrape down the sides: It's also really important to scrape down the sides of your food processor every few minutes to ensure that you don't end up with a crumbly nut butter.
- Don't burn: Watch the almonds closely and make sure that they don't burn. While roasted almonds taste amazing because the roasting brings out the flavors even more, burned almonds taste very bitter! That's not what we would want.
This recipe is the base recipe for simple, roasted almond butter. Feel free to add more ingredients to create your flavored almond butter of choice.
- Cinnamon: Make such an amazing add-in, especially during the colder months. Start by adding ¼ teaspoon and work your way up from there.
- Vanilla: Another amazing flavor to add. Start with ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
- Maple Syrup: I usually don't sweeten our almond butter because use it in sweet recipes anyway. But if you prefer a sweet almond butter, feel free to add a splash of maple syrup or honey.
- Sea Salt: Instead of making our unsalted, raw almond butter you could add a tiny bit of sea salt. This will enhance the natural flavors.
- Snack: Enjoy this almond butter with some slices of fresh fruit such as apples or pears or also alongside some fresh berries such as raspberries, blueberries or strawberries. Almond butter on toast (maybe with some jelly) makes a great snack as well!
- Oatmeal Topping: We love adding almond butter to our breakfast bowls or pancakes. Try it as a topping on Frozen Fruit Overnight Oats, Applesauce Oatmeal or Easy Protein Pancakes (Without Banana)Protein Pancakes.
- Banana Bread: Spread it onto our 5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Bread or Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread.
- Smoothies: It's also tastes amazing in smoothie such as our Strawberry Smoothie (no banana), Frozen Spinach Smoothie or Banana Smoothie.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry or kitchen cabinet for up to 3 weeks.
This depends on the ingredients, but almond butter which consists of 100% almonds and no additives like (palm) oil, is high in nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Almond are high in monounsaturated fats that might play a role in helping lower LDL cholesterol.
Usually it's much cheaper to make your own almond butter at home. Another benefit is that you can control what goes into it.
Store it in an airtight container such as a glass jar with a lid.
Almond butter does not need to be stored in the fridge. It might help with shelf life, but since almond butter lasts a very long time anyway, you could just store it in your pantry or kitchen cabinet.
Homemade almond butter usually lasts a couple of weeks (sometimes even longer) before it goes rancid. Keeping it in the fridge might help with shelf life.
While dairy butter consists mostly of saturated fats (the one we want to limit in our diet), the fat found in almond butter is mostly monounsaturated. In addition, almond butter is high in vitamin and minerals, protein and fibre.
Recipes to Try with Almond Butter
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Roasted Almond Butter Recipe
- 3 ½ cups raw almonds
- Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Roast nuts for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. (check every couple of minutes to make sure not to burn them).
- Let almonds cool completely.
- Transfer them to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- The blending process will take a while (10-15 min depending on your food processor.) Be patient and make sure to scrape down the sides every couple of minutes. Don't stop before you end up with a really smooth, runny butter.
- Transfer the almond butter to a mason jar or container with a lid.
- Equipment: To achieve a smooth consistency, you will need quite a strong food processor or a high-speed blender with a tamper. I prefer using a high-powered food processor over a blender.
- Variations: try adding ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, a splash of maple syrup or a tiny pinch of sea salt for more flavor variations.
- Storing: Almond butter does not necessarily need to be stored in the fridge (although this might help with a longer shelf life). Store in an airtight container in the pantry or kitchen cabinet for up to 3 weeks.
- Serving Suggestions: alongside some slices of fresh fruit, on toast, oatmeal topping, banana bread, smoothies
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