I'm loving this quick and easy homemade almond butter (keto friendly) and I can't believe it's so simple to make! Just one ingredient and a high powered blender and you can make this gooey, creamy deliciousness in no time. Pure simplicity!
Why you'll love this easy almond butter recipe
- Keto friendly - no sugar or sweeteners goes into this natural almond butter. This keeps the carbs low, and fiber high from the almonds. Perfect for a keto diet in small quantities.
- Almonds - if you always have a bag of almonds on hand for snacking, it makes sense to use them for almond butter. I like to use organic raw almonds when I can find them.
- Blender - 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.
Enjoy your homemade almond butter in Flourless Almond Butter Cookies, Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, No Bake Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies or my Healthy Cookie Dough Bites. You'll also love my easy Homemade Peanut Butter recipe as another great option.
Noteworthy ingredients and substitutions
- Almonds - Raw and organic if possible. 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.
How to make homemade almond butter
- Start with 4 cups of almonds: 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.
Note: If you're in a hurry you can skip the roasting 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, tricks and variations
- 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 or coconut 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.
- Making flavored almond butter - by adding cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, cocoa powder or a flavor of your choosing. Make sure to add the flavor ingredient after the almonds have been completely blended.
- Try - this delicious homemade almond butter in my Flourless Almond Butter Cookies recipe.
- Store - store this almond butter recipe in mason jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Sometimes the natural oils in the almonds, that have been released when roasted, sit on top of the almond butter. This often happens when the butter has been sitting at room temperature.
Don't pour it out! Just give the almond butter a stir to maintain that creamy texture.
If your almond butter is dry, your nuts may be under roasted or over roasted (which can often happen when buying commercially roasted nuts). To salvage this simple recipe, add some neutral oil like coconut oil or avocado oil, 1 tablespoon at a time when blending until the almond butter is smooth and creamy.
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