Homemade Almond Butter is made with just two simple ingredients. It comes together in a matter of minutes and makes a great alternative to peanut butter.
Almond butter is a versatile staple ingredient. Just like peanut butter, you can use almond butter on your pancakes, in your smoothies, as a fruit dip… the options are endless!
Making it is incredibly easy. All you need are almonds and a food processor. That’s it! I use dry roasted, plain almonds.
You can use salted almonds if you prefer. I also like to add a tiny bit of coconut oil to my nut butters. It makes them extra rich and creamy, but this is totally optional.
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How to make homemade almond butter
I use The Ninja Kitchen System. It comes with a large pitcher, 8 cup processing bowl, and two single serve blending cups. I use the processing bowl to make my nut butters. At one point, I owned the blue Master Prep and it comes with a pitcher and a small processing bowl.
I believe the newer one is black and has better blade technology. Here’s the link if you care to see it. In my opinion, the small bowl would the ideal for making small amounts of nut butter. The large bowl I have is best for larger amounts of nut butter.
Blend and the almonds until they become coarsely ground. Then scrape down the sides and continue to blend until the mixture becomes smooth. You may need to stop occasionally to scrape the sides down some more.
Depending on your food processor this whole processes can take as little as 10 minutes. Two cups of almonds will make about one cup of butter.
And there you have it! Deliciously healthy homemade almond butter.
This cinnamon honey almond butter is pretty tasty as well! Give it a try if you love flavored nut butter.
Why is homemade almond butter better for you than almond butter?
Both nut butters are actually quite good for you and both have similar nutritional values. But, almond butter contains a few more key vitamins and minerals.
It actually has four times more vitamin E!
Almond butter is also a better source of fiber. There are 1.6 grams of fiber in one tablespoon of almond butter.
So all in all, almond butter offers some health advantages over peanut butter due to its higher vitamin and nutrient content.
Tips for making homemade almond butter
- You need a powerful food processor to break down the almonds.
- Add a little coconut oil to help the almonds process easily.
- For more flavor, try roasting the almonds before processing.
- If you don’t like coconut oil, use any flavorless oil instead.
Homemade Almond Butter
- In a food processor, process the almonds until they become coarsely ground. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the tablespoon of coconut oil if they almonds aren’t breaking down easily.
- Continue to blend for 20-30 minutes, stopping and scraping down the sides as needed throughout the process, until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.