If you’ve yet to sample the delight of fresh, homemade almond butter then you’re in for a treat. Homemade almond butter is on another level to that which you can buy from the grocery store - it’s thick, it’s creamy and it brings out the very best almond flavors. What’s more, homemade almond butter is surprisingly easy to make, it will likely save you money and it puts you in complete control of the ingredients, ensuring that you get to eat an almond butter that tastes amazing no matter your preferences.
So how do you make fresh homemade almond butter at home?
To make fresh almond butter you just need 1 ingredient, almonds, and 1 piece of equipment, a sturdy high-speed food processor or blender, throw in a sprinkle of patience and voila - you have fresh almond butter. Of course, you can tweak the recipe to suit your tastes, use roasted almonds for a nuttier flavor, use raw almonds for a milder flavor, use honey for sweetness, or salt for a savory boost of flavor, or why not go wild and add cacao, or vanilla - there really is no end to the number of homemade variations you can try.
To get you started, here’s the recipe for a very simple roasted almond butter:
Roasted Almond Butter
Makes one 16oz jar
- 3 cups of plain roasted almonds (16oz)
- Optional (¼ teaspoon of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of honey, or whichever other flavorings you like)
- Place your almonds in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend.
- Scrape down the sides to keep the almonds in the path of the blades.
- Have patience, it will seem like it will never come together but it always does.
- Once smooth and creamy add in any extras you plan to use such as salt, honey or maple syrup.
Depending on the speed and power rating of your blender or food processor, you may find that you are blending your almonds for quite some time, in which case, your blender and mixture may start to get a bit hot. If this is the case, just turn the blender off for a few minutes and then start the process again once it has cooled down. The almonds do require some heat for their oils to be released, but we don’t want to risk any blender malfunctions, so if in doubt, let it cool down a little.
How to store fresh homemade almond butter?
So there you have it, with a little patience you have successfully turned almonds into a delicious and nutritious, healthy spread that can be used on toast, in baking, or even eaten straight off the spoon. Once cooled, transfer your creation to a storage container of your choice, such as a recycled jar or a Tupperware container, and it will last quite happily for up to two weeks in the fridge.
Can any blender or food processor be used to make almond butter?
To take the almonds past their flour stage and into the almond butter stage you will need a high-speed blender or powerful food processor. Most modern blenders and food processors are adequately rated to produce almond butter, but if in doubt, we suggest doing a quick search for your blender online to see if other users have been successful.
Can I use raw almonds instead of roasted almonds?
Absolutely! Your decision to use raw almonds over roasted almonds is entirely up to you. Raw almonds tend to give a much milder flavor, which can be beneficial if you want the flavor of other ingredients to shine through.
Can I roast raw almonds myself?
Yes, you can. Simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, take your raw almonds, lay them in a single layer on a baking tray and then roast them for 10 minutes. Once golden brown, remove them from the oven and allow to cool completely before using in your almond butter recipe.