How to Make Almond Butter

This homemade almond butter recipe is easy and fun to make, and it tastes incredible! Here’s how to make almond butter at home.

How to make almond butter

Ever have those moments when you know your spouse or partner is right, but you try the opposite just to “see what happens”? I happen to be married to a man who is right about just about everything, except for trivial things like where the leftovers are in the refrigerator (right here, in front of your face). And when I say everything, I’m not being ironic: he can handle everything from what smartphone to buy to how to best organize my office drawer to how to resolve a disagreement between friends, and all in the humblest manner possible. If you know him well, you would agree — and have probably asked his advice on anything from fashion to tech to sports to food. And of course: he knows how to make almond butter too. Keep reading for his recipe!

How to make almond butter

How to make almond butter

One interesting thing about developing recipes with one’s spouse is that there are about 1,768,342 decisions to make along the way. For example, in how to make almond butter: Should we toast the almonds, or use them plain? How much salt should we add? Should we add maple syrup for a little sweetness? While developing this recipe, I wanted to add all sorts of things like maple syrup and spices, but Alex was against it because of the potential texture issues. Since I was in charge of the recipe, I barged ahead to see what happened. It turned into a huge pile of hardened goo. I learned a good lesson: take care adding liquids to nut butters! The liquid causes them to seize up and lose their texture.

How to make almond butter? It’s actually quite simple, once you get the hang of it. In this recipe, we decided to toast our almonds in the oven to bring out the flavor. We tried it both ways, but found that it was tastier with the almonds toasted. Also, they blend better when they’re warmed up! After you toast the almonds, you throw them into a food processor and blend them for what seems like forever. You’ll see that they go through stages: they’ll be really crumbly at first, and then turn to gooey. Finally, they’ll turn to creamy: the perfect almond butter texture. You can store your completed almond butter in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

How to serve homemade almond butter

Learning how to make almond butter at home is so much fun! And you can have the satisfaction of knowing you made it and the source of the ingredients. You can also add less maple syrup for a lower sugar option if desired. We love making almond butter toast and topping with berries and a drizzle of maple or honey. It’s also perfect on muffins and gluten free waffles, on sourdough toast with cherry chia jam, or swirled into yogurt with roasted strawberries.

The moral of the story? The best lessons are learned through failures. Even though I had two almond butter recipes I dumped down the drain (insert cryface emoji), the lesson of taking care when adding liquid to nut butters is now emblazoned in my mind. Hopefully, you can now be saved the time and expense of tossing 4 cups of almonds, and I can tell Alex, “You were right”. (Also, is this a lesson we’ll learn in parenting? Is it easier to let little ones make their own mistakes than telling them what not to do? Parents, please weigh in. We need all the help we can get!)

How to make almond butter

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This almond butter recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and naturally sweet.

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How to Make Almond Butter


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x

Description

This homemade almond butter recipe is easy and fun to make, and it tastes incredible! Here’s how to make almond butter at home.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and spread almonds out onto a rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 20 to 25 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Let the almonds cool for 1 minute, then place them in the food processor (while still warm). Process for 1 to 2 minutes until dry and crumbly. Scrape down the bowl.
  3. Turn on the processor, then with the motor running add ½ teaspoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Continue processing for 6 to 9 minutes, scraping down the bowl often in the beginning stage and adding ½ to 1 more tablespoons oil if the almonds are too dry. (This process takes multiple times of stopping and scraping.) Continue to process until the dry almonds start to clump into a dough ball, and then even longer until they form into a creamy liquid. 
  4. Move the almond butter to a jar and store refrigerated for up to 4 weeks. 

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: How to make almond butter, Almond Butter Recipe, Homemade Almond Butter

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

24 Comments

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    October 21, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I had so much fun (and a good measure of frustration) creating my pumpkin recipe, it is so great seeing what everyone else did! This almond butter is so inventive and inspiring. I would never have thought to combine the two. I love your story about the creation of it. And I have definitely noted to watch my liquids around nut butters! #virtualpumpkinparty!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    October 21, 2015 at 7:07 am

    It was so much fun participating in this! Although I definitely had a head scratching moment trying to come up with an idea (merely because I feel like it so hard to come up with different pumpkin recipe ideas lately!). Love this idea. I’m wondering whether you could add some pumpkin butter? It wouldn’t harden, maybe??? But it would also be a MUCH sweeter. Huge fan of spiced almond butter :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 21, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Homemade almond butter is DEFINITELY the best! I love this pumpkin spice version!! I usually go plane jane, but this needs to change :)

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    Rachel @ Vigor and Sage
    October 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I love this recipe! And I’m super hyped on discovering your blog — can’t wait to follow your work and drool over all of the delicious (and healthy) recipes to come. Thank-you #virtualpumpkinparty :)

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    October 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I feel this way about almost everything my mom says, she’s usually right! I’m happy this finally worked out, it looks wonderful!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    October 21, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Your husband sounds exactly like mine! Too funny. And this twist on almond butter sounds amazing — and dangerous. Waaaay too easy for me to eat the whole thing!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    October 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Roasted almond butter is hard to beat and so satisfying to make (at least when no liquid is added! ;-). But these spices would definitely elevate it to another level and I will definitely remember this next time I make some.

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    October 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I always tell Mark he’s right, but then he always says I’m right – it all ends up being an ongoing joke because I’m pretty sure we both can’t be right about stuff all the time, lol! This perfectly pumpkin spiced almond butter is amazing! I could easily eat that whole jar up just with a spoon!

  • Reply
    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    October 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I want to slather this all over everything!!!! I totally have to make this for my family – thanks for the inspiration ;)

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ Vandy Vagabonds
    October 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I believe we married twins. :) I have the same observations about my husband as you do! The immediate, little things I can probably get right. But man, does he always seem to know just want to do or say when it really matters.
    Also – you are a genius. Almond butter – yes. Pumpkin – yes! Pumpkin Almond Butter? Mind blown. Can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply
    Carol Hart
    October 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to give this a try once my kitchen remodel is done and I have a stove again! Love these pictures too. Really shows off the texture of the butter.

  • Reply
    Liora @ Allthingsloveli
    October 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I have never made my own nut butter but this seems like the perfect place to start. I love your addition to the pumpkin party!

  • Reply
    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    October 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Now this almond butter recipe is my style! I want to make it so that I can spread it and top it on anything!!

  • Reply
    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    October 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, you guys really went hard with this pumpkin party! Thanks for putting so much recipe testing effort into it. I think a lot of people went through that for this event. What you ended up with looks/sounds amaaaaaazing. Nut butters are definitely finicky. I really appreciate you joining in! xoxo

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    October 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Love this!! I’m envisioning a breakfast of toasted sourdough, this almond butter, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of sea salt. YUM!

  • Reply
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    October 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Well I’m so glad you guys got this one figured out because YUM X 1,000. I can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply
    Erica
    October 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Love the story for this post, reminds me of my own man haha.
    Beautiful almond butter! Can you imagine this on a toasted slice of Amelia’s bread? OMG.

  • Reply
    Lily | Kale & Caramel
    October 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi new bloggy friends!! So glad we connected today—I heard so many awesome things from Molly about your visit this summer :). Glad I’m finally here on your gorgeous blog. And particularly glad because HOLY WOW I WANT THIS ALMOND BUTTER. I want to smother all the apples I just picked with all of its spicy goodness. Immediately. If not sooner. YUM!

  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    October 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Oh this looks so luscious! I want to lick it right up!

  • Reply
    Sophie | The Green Life
    October 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Love this almond butter and love the story behind it! <3

  • Reply
    Allyson
    October 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    This looks like it would be such a treat on toast with tea in the morning.

  • Reply
    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
    October 22, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Finally getting around to more pumpkin recipes today! This was quite the roundup! I absolutely love this recipe (and appreciate the failed efforts that got you here ;) ). I can’t wait to try!
    xoxo

  • Reply
    Jayme | holly & flora
    October 23, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe testing challenges. I think we all go through those kind of situations. It took me multiple tries getting my pumpkin recipe just right. I dumped out about half a bottle of pricey rum! Adding it to cocktails is a little tricky, as well. Thanks for the tips on adding liquids to nut butters. I think I’ll let whatever I’m topping with nut butter take the stage. It was so nice finding your blog via this grand celebration of all-things-pumpkin!

  • Reply
    Cindy
    October 24, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I love this idea! I just made almond butter cookies and this would be amazing in them! On the kid note, even though Casper is just over a year old I find that telling him already doesn’t work. Oof.

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