I'm loving this quick and easy homemade almond butter and I can't believe it's so easy to make! Just one ingredient and a high powered blender and you can make this gooey, creamy deliciousness in no time. Pure simplicity!
I always have a bag of organic raw almonds on hand for snacking so it made sense to use it for almond butter. With the help of a high speed blender, the almond butter comes together in 1 minute and ready to add to your favorite snack, or just eat it up with a spoon. Of course, if you prefer to use a food processor you'll get the same results, it just takes a little longer, 15-20 minutes.
How to Make Homemade Almond Butter
Start with 4 cups of raw organic almonds: Though all California almonds are required to be pasteurized, raw organic almonds will have gone through the least processing and will have no extra additives such as sodium, oil, sugars or low quality nuts. When using a high powered blender, 4 cups of almonds, along with your blender tamper tool, is the minimum amount needed for the blades to cream the almonds.
Roast the almonds: Roasting the almonds at 350°F for 10-14 minutes allows the natural oils to be released from the almonds. Roasting also gives the almonds a bold, rich depth of flavor. If you're in a hurry you can skip this step but you'll need to add a ¼ cup of neutral oil to get that creamy, buttery texture. Also, if you choose to use pre-roasted almonds you'll still need to add a neutral oil as the natural oils have been lost during processing.
Allow the roasted almonds to cool: Once removed from the oven, cool the almonds completely before adding to the blender or food processor to prevent over-heating while blending.
Start blending the roasted almonds: Add the roasted almonds to the blender and slowly turn it up to high. You will want to use your tamper tool continuously to push the almonds toward the blades as you coax the almonds to get creamy.
Tips For Making Homemade Almond Butter
- Always use raw organic almonds if possible. Raw almonds are so good for you. They are loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E and magnesium. Almonds have also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Roast the almonds. Roasting releases the natural oils in the almonds reducing the need to add oil when blending.
- Use a high powered blender. A high powered blender like a Vitamix has the power to grind and cream the nuts in 1 minute with the hearty use of a tamper. If you prefer to use a food processor then start out at low speed until the almonds are ground, then slowly increase speed, stopping frequently to scrape down edges of bowl. This process takes about 15-20 minutes to fully blend the almonds.
- If the almonds aren't fully blending you may need to add a little neutral oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Sometimes the nuts needed longer to roast, or the quality of nuts differ between brands. In any case, your almond butter can still be saved with a little neutral oil to smooth it up.
- If making flavored almond butter by adding cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup or a flavor of your choosing, make sure to add the flavor ingredient after it's been completely blended.
- Tryout this delicious homemade almond butter in my Flourless Almond Butter Cookies recipe.