Homemade Almond Butter tastes so much better than store bought nut butter. How to make almond butter is not so difficult.
This Whole30 almond butter recipe comes together with a few simple ingredients and you can customize this nut butter recipe any way you want.
- What is Blanched Almond Butter?
- Does Almond Butter Taste Like Peanut Butter?
- Other Recipes with Almonds
- Ingredients Needed to Make Almond Butter
- How Many Cups are There in a Pound of Almonds?
- Instructions on How to Make Almond Butter
- Top tip
- Does Almond Butter Need to be Regrigerated?
- Substitutions and Variations of Homemade Nut Butter
- Recommended Equipment to Make Nut Butter
- Storing Almond Butter
- Food Safety
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- Recipe Details
A good substitute for peanut butter, this homemade almond butter is a great way to get your health plated fat on Whole30.
Almond butter can be used in a number of recipes like:
- apples with almond butter
- almond butter keto balls
- substitute almond butter for peanut butter
- almond butter breakfast with oatmeal
Making your own almond butter doesn't need to be restricted to any time of the year. Almond butter can be made anytime and will last for weeks. When you make your own almond butter, you can guarantee that the almond butter is Whole30 approved.
What is Blanched Almond Butter?
Blanched almonds are simply almonds that the skin has been peeled away. You can make almond butter with blanched almonds or unblanched almonds.
Blanched almonds taste slightly different than unblanched almonds. Blanched almond meal is finer and fluffier. Unblanched almonds are coarser, drier and have a woodsy taste.
Does Almond Butter Taste Like Peanut Butter?
No. Almond Butter does not taste like peanut butter. Almond butter has a mild, sweeter taste than peanut butter. Just like peanut butter, you can have roasted almond butter or raw almond butter. As well, it can be chunky or smooth.
Other Recipes with Almonds
There are so many recipes that you can make with almonds. Here are just a few:
- Almond Tart (Gluten Free)
- Almond Milk
- Paleo Flour
- Gluten Free Tart Shell
- Torrone (Nougat) Ice Cream
- Amaretto Cookies
- Vegan Energy Bites
Plus much, much more!
Reflection: Cooking is like science, you need to experiment with different combinations to come up with the perfect result (for you). But, don't worry if it's not perfect. Pat yourself on the back for trying, you deserve it! Just try and figure out what you did wrong and do it different next time.
Ingredients Needed to Make Almond Butter
You don't need a lot of ingredients to make almond butter and the majority are optional.
- vanilla extract (optional)
- spices (optional)
See recipe card for quantities.
How Many Cups are There in a Pound of Almonds?
This might seem like a stupid question, but it will help you to decide how many almonds you want to purchase and how many you want to use.
The short of it is that there are about 3 cups of whole almonds in a pound of almonds. You will need at least 2 cups of whole almonds to make 6 ounces of almond butter.
Instructions on How to Make Almond Butter
First things first, you will wan to lightly roast your almonds and then let them cool.
Place your whole almonds in a food processor. Turn on the food processor and let it run for about 5 minutes.
You will notice the almonds turn into almond meal and then a fine ground almond.
Occasionally stop the food processor and scrape down the sides. It will take a while, be patient.
Eventually the peanut butter will turn into a gooey butter. At this point you can add your spices, salt, extracts and any other flavors.
It will take at least 10 minutes to turn whole almonds into nut butter in a food processor at high speed.
Hint: Remember to scrape the bowl occasionally and if the mixture gets too hot, let it cool for a few minutes before turning the food processor back on.
Does Almond Butter Need to be Regrigerated?
The short answer is if you want to extend the life of home made almond butter, yes, you should refrigerate the almond butter. You can also store it on the counter top if you will consume it within the week.
Substitutions and Variations of Homemade Nut Butter
Almond butter tastes great, but I guarantee that once you make your own nut butter, you are going to be thinking about what other types of nut butter combinations can you make. Here are some ideas.
- Almonds - instead of using almonds, use peanuts
- Extract - instead of using Vanilla Extract, use Almond extract to kick this nut butter up a notch
- Spices - add some cinnamon or some heat!
- Chocolate - add chocolate to make this a chocolate nut butter
- Kiss of Sweetness - add honey or maple syrup to sweeten the nut butter
- Mix and Match - mix different types of nuts to make this a mixed nut butter.
The combinations are virtually endless. Use your imagination to make this Almond Butter recipe unique to your liking.
Recommended Equipment to Make Nut Butter
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. This almond butter recipe requires a food processor.
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Storing Almond Butter
Store the almond butter in mason jars refrigerated. Refrigerated almond butter will last you 4 to 5 weeks. You can also store the almond butter on your counter if you think you will consume it in a week's time.
I have never frozen peanut butter or almond butter before, so I can't say whether almond butter will hold up to freezing.
Note that the storage guidelines provided on this page and site are estimates from personal experiences. We are all adults and as an adult you are responsible to ensure that the food you eat is safe to eat. Since, I'm not a food safety expert, you are responsible to review your local guidelines on food storage prior to storing any food left-overs.
- Not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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Almond Butter Recipe
- 2 cups Raw Almonds
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Lightly roast the almonds at 350° F for 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool.
- Place whole almonds in a food processor and turn on the food processor.
- Let food processor run for 5 minutes, occasionally scraping down the bowl.
- Continue to run the food processor, scraping occasionally.
- It might seem like the mixture will never turn into nut butter, but it will, be patient. It will take almost 10 minutes for the nut butter to form.
- Once the nut butter has turned into a smooth liquid, add in salt, spices and any other ingredients.
- Mix again to combine the ingredients.
- Transfer to a mason jar and store sealed int he refrigerator.