Ever since I found out I had a peanut sensitivity, I switched to almond butter, but I wasn’t prepared for how expensive it would be at stores. When I found out how cost effective and easy it was to make your own almond butter at home, I started making it from scratch and never looked back, so I figured I’d pass along the knowledge.
Why you should make almond butter at home
Unless you are a Rockefeller (or don’t own a blender or food processor), it makes no sense to buy your almond butter at the store. It’s twice the price of buying almonds, plus you can control the exact texture you want it and the ingredients you add to it if you make almond butter at home.
Also, if you couldn’t tell my the title of this recipe, it’s super easy to make. Literally, if you have almonds, salt and a food processor or blender, you can make your own almond butter in its most basic form (though read on for tips on how you can get fancy).
If you follow this recipe, you can have your very own homemade almond butter in just 15 minutes.
Pro Tips/Things to Know About This Recipe:
How to Make Super Easy Almond Butter
Before I started making my own almond butter at home, I always imagined that I’d need to have special ingredients (like adding oil), go through a long process, and have crazy equipment. But it turned out to be much easier than I originally thought! Here’s how you do it:
- Place almonds in a food processor
- Add salt and other desired spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg)
- Close that food processor in a room solo (it gets sooo loud), turn that baby on and let it go until you’ve got almond butter.
Literally, that’s it. See, told you—super easy.
But do I need oil to make almond butter?
Nope! Almonds have their own natural oils inside of them. When they are pulverized in the blender or food processor those natural oils are released giving the almond butter that creamy buttery texture that we know and love.
That can’t be it—don’t I have to do anything else?
I’ve seen some bloggers swear by roasting their almonds before blending them. But for me, this just adds extra effort and time. But another option is you can buy almonds pre-roasted and blend them immediately, though I always use raw.
What kind of almonds should I buy to make almond butter?
You can buy whichever almonds you like to make Super Easy Almond Butter (provided they don’t have any crazy flavor on them unless that’s your thing)! I prefer raw almonds, though you can also buy roasted and salted almonds. I prefer to buy raw almonds just because they have slightly fewer calories per serving (like 7 less, it’s honestly negligible), and I like to add my own salt to control the salt content.
Personally, I find that pre-salted nuts tend to be too salty for my liking, and what’s the golden rule with salt? You can add more, but you can’t take away salt. So choose what works best for you.
About How Long Does it Take to Make Almond Butter?
Super Easy Almond Butter can be ready in about 15-20 minutes. With virtually no prep time, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes in my food processor to make whole raw almonds into smooth creamy almond butter. That said, times could vary based on the food processor/blender you’re using and may vary base don whether you’re using roasted vs. raw almonds.
What can you eat almond butter with?
You can eat almond butter with pretty much anything that you would eat with peanut butter. My favorites are:
- With honey, cinnamon (if you didn’t already add any to your almond butter) and sliced apples
- In Almond butter and jelly sandwiches
- On toast
- in two-ingredient pie crust
- 2 cups of Almonds (raw or roasted, unsalted)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt (fine--or table salt)
- Pour almonds into food processor
- Sprinkle with salt
- Place the lid on the food processor and, if possible, place food processor in a room with the door closed (this will be loud!)
- Turn food processor onto the highest setting and blend until desired consistency is reached. For a creamy consistency, this should be about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once almond butter is blended, taste. Add additional salt or any other spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg) as desire and store in an airtight container.
You may need to check the almond butter periodically as it's blending to scrape the almond butter off the sides of the food processor.