Homemade Almond Butter

in Breakfast, Snacks

Do you ever go on crazy cleanses?!

You know…the ones that are like, drink lemon juice with maple syrup and cayenne. And then try really hard to not flip out on people when they’re being perfectly nice to you.

Or maybe it’s one of those that’s like, eat a 2 oz. piece of salmon twice a day, loads of kale and drink 5 gallons of water. So you do…and next thing you know your whole life begins to revolve around your bladder situation and soon your co-workers start to notice and then you’re forced to explain–in length–your new weird diet. And then it’s just awkward.

Or one of those cleanses that instructs you to eat nothing and just drink juice…and more juice…and more juice. And then you realize that you REALLY miss chewing. Who knew you could actually miss the action of chewing!!

Anyway, I was on one of those cleanse things a few months ago and it required a lot of snacking on almonds. I dig almonds, so I was actually happy to eat some almonds; but let’s be honest, I was starving so I sorta was happy to be eating anything. Period.

When I opened my pantry cupboards a few days ago, a big bag of almonds fell onto the counter. Sure, almonds in their normal shape are cool. But almond butter is waaaaay better.

Who knew it was this easy to make!!

Take some almonds. I took about 2 cups…and stick ‘em all in your food processor. And then pulse until they’re all coarse.

They’ll look like this:

There’s a bunch of pausing and scraping down the sides. No biggie. Do it and keep it moving…

After 15 minutes or so, it’ll turn into this smooth and creamy almond butter!! Add some salt for flavor and blend a little more. But that’s it! Magical, right?!

And this can be done with other nuts like peanuts, cashews, pistachios or walnuts. I think I might be a little obsessed.

Transfer your new almond butter to a storage container and stick it in the fridge.

I put some on a piece of toast and topped it with some fruit. Add a cup of tea to the equation and man, good life!!

Homemade Almond Butter

Print this recipe!

2 cups of raw almonds
1 teaspoon of kosher salt

Add the almonds to a food processor and grind for 15 minutes, stopping regularly to scrape down the sides. After 15 minutes the almonds will turn smooth and creamy. Add the salt and blend. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Xenia September 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

Cool! For how long does it keep compared to the store-bought version?

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Adrianna September 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

It should be good for about 3 months!

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Rachael September 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

OK so almond butter is way good..but almond butter cookies are way fantastic!
Just wanted to tell you that the cleanse situation made me laugh:), by far my favorite pat of the post…taking nothing away from the almond butter of course.

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jake November 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

it looks good but dose it tast good

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Katrina September 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

This sounds lovely! Yum.

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Rachel at Eat and Write September 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

Um. Looks amazing. And easy! My favorite two things :)

And speaking of crazy cleanses/diets — the most “diety” thing I ever did was go one complete day on a low-carb diet. By the end of the day I thought I would go insane if I didn’t get a piece of bread stat, haha. I’m just not good at diets! And not eating food, like chewing it in my mouth? Girl. I wouldn’t even bother trying that!

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Bev Weidner September 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

L-O-V-E homemade almond butter! I made some earlier this summer:

http://bevcooks.com/2011/03/diy-almond-butter/

And yes, those weird diets creep me out/have me totally intrigued.

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Adrianna September 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Yours looks perfect!

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Meesh@idreamofchairs September 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yummy and easy enough for me to tackle! How long do you think this will keep in the fridge? (although, I bet it will get eaten up pretty quick!)

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Adrianna September 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

It should be all good for up to 3 months. Shouldn’t last that long, though!

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Sue/the view from great island September 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

How did I not know this? I’ve made the fresh peanut butter at the store and always figured that the huge grinding machine was somehow completely different than a food processor. I’m so glad to find out you can do this at home. I’m really excited—can you tell?

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Char September 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I did a 3 day cleanse thing and was miserable all weekend…was NOT a good time. This Almond butter sounds wonderful…will for sure try it!

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Ana September 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Awesome to know it’s that easy! My husband will love this! Thanks for sharing :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Love love love nut butters. I want to experiment with pistachio soon!

Try roasting nuts before hand – tastes so much better :D

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Adrianna September 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Good idea!

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Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I am going to have to try this, this looks too easy! I’ve been buying mine all this time!

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Amanda (onceuponarecipe) September 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love me some almond butter. Great idea to spread it on some toast and top it with sliced fruit. Delish!

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo September 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I made nut butter this week too!! I added flax seed for a little extra nutrition

http://yellebellyboo.blogspot.com/2011/09/peanut-butter-attempt-1.html

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zee September 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

so now…can i use this recipe for hazelnut butter?
and consequently…
make nuttella?
cause that’d be Awesome!

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Adrianna September 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Oh yes! I’d probably roast the hazelnuts, grind them up and then add ganache. That’d be way amazing!

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MollyL September 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

OH I am so trying this! I love, love, love Almond Butter! I didn’t know it was so easy! And my new fave are pears, so this looks so yummy to me. I may want to try Pistascio Butter. Yummy.

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The Newlywed Chefs September 19, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Thank you for posting this! I’ve been wanting to try making almond butter for a while! Can’t wait!

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Carrie September 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

I will definitely try me some almond butter. I made sunflower seed butter yesterday and love it-it is way way better homemade.
http://www.wheatfreemom.com

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Kasey September 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

I’ve never officially been on any kind of cleanse, but I’ve definitely had those weeks where I’ve put some weird constraint on my diet and I must say: nut butter is a savior. This looks so easy and delicious!

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CouponClippingCook September 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

Wow…I can’t believe how easy this is. So glad you posted this. And your pictures are so pretty. I’ve ground almonds before but just for a quick duration; enough to make a meal light enough to coat chicken instead of using flour when I was on a low carb diet. I never knew about grinding them longer…I’m so excited to try this now.

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brandi September 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

i love homemade nut butter! i’m missing out since my food processor broke. i need to fix that.

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Sharon September 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I had tired Almond Butter at my brothers house, and loved it. But it is always so expensive. Making always intimidated me, thanks for sharing this how to recipe, definitely going to have to try this one.

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Cherie September 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Looks great! I’m heading into the kitchen now to try it out.
Thanks.

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Kim B. September 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

This is too FUNNY!! I have been dying to try Almond Butter but didn’t want to spend the extra $ unless I knew for sure the rest of my family would eat it. What a GREAT solution!! I’m so excited that I can actually make my own for half the cost!! I can’t believe I didn’t think of making it myself, especially when I make my own bread. Thanks again!!

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Dana September 21, 2011 at 1:49 am

I’m going to go try pistachio butter right now!

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Ashleigh @ ashleighskitchen September 21, 2011 at 3:27 am

MmmMmm I love almond butter! I will definitely try my hand at this!

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The Undercover Cook September 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

We eat almond butter all the time instead of peanut butter. Have never tried making it at home though. I am going to have to give this recipe a whirl!

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Valerie September 24, 2011 at 12:18 am

As I sit here munching on my almonds (no joke) I’m thinking how much easier it would be on my jaw if it was a butter! Why, why didn’t I think of this! Thank you!

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Jules September 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

OMG! Almond butter is one of my favorite foods! I love to eat it all the time over peanut butter, though I have not completely abandoned PB just yet. I have tried making my own almond butter before but it did not come out as good as the store bought one I like. This is encouraging me to try it once more. Thanks!

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Claire October 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I have been craving almond butter ever since I stumbled across your “Things to Put on Toast” post (the strawberry/almond butter duo). I cannot wait to make your homemade almond butter!

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Jill November 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

If you have a good food processor, this is an awesome idea. Unfortunately, mine isn’t powerful enough and I was left with a yucky mess :(

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liz w February 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

Thank you so much!

I found a recipe for almond butter but it never told you that you were suppose to food process the crap out of it. lol. So our almond butter turned out awesome. Thanks again♥

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Ellen E March 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I attempted to make this, but I am afraid that my little food processor is not mighty enough to do it. Have to wait to borrow a bigger one from my mom. Hope it works for me cause yours looks yummy.

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Ellen E March 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Well I got the bigger processor and finished it up. Did not become as creamy as I thought it would but still tastes good. Will do some more research and see what I can find.

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Adrianna March 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Hmmm…not sure what your expectations were but it’s definitely not going to be as creamy as say a store-bought peanut butter. But that’s because there’s loads of chemicals put in there to make it that creamy.

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Christina April 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

How much almond butter does 2 cups of almonds make?

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Steve Coleman May 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This sounds great, anyone know how much protein?
Thanks;
Steve

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beachmama February 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I tried using my VitaMix and the almond butter is a bit stiff. I took the butter and put it in my Cuisinart and it creamed up nicely.

BTW, there are NO chemicals in Artisana Almond Butter ~ 100% raw almonds and it’s beautifully creamy.

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Ella September 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I tried doing my own one time with my processor and had to stop it after a few seconds because it damaged the inside walls of my processor – so many scratches….so forget about it going on a minute, let alone 15. Maybe this is something you can only make with a heavy duty processor? I have a good size one but it’s on the cheap side. It’s not of the caliber that requires you to spend a good chunk of change. I can use it to cut veggies, cheese, potatoes….but not grind nuts.

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Adrianna Adarme September 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hmmm…I actually have a pretty small one but the motor is solid, so I had no problem. It would, however, kind of heat up so I’d give the processor a few breaks. That definitely helped.

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