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How To Make Almond Butter (Smooth or Crunchy!)

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Homemade almond butter is something I think everyone should learn how to do.  It’s simple, delicious and just a good skill to have under your belt.  Depending on the cost of your favorite store bought brand, this homemade almond butter recipe may be cheaper too.

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How To Make Almond Butter

There are many options for making homemade almond butter.  Some like it raw, some like it roasted, some like to add sweetener or extra oil.  Whatever you decide, the following steps will help you get the end result you’re looking for.

Step 1: Roast the nuts by spreading them on a sheet pan in a single layer and placing them in a 350℉ oven for 8-10 minutes.  Next, remove the nuts, and allow them to cool for about 5-10 minutes until they’re warm to the touch.

If you want to keep it completely raw, skip this step and go straight to step 2.  However, roasting the raw almonds helps to release a bit of their natural oils, which will in turn help the nuts blend easier in your food processor.  It also helps to bring out their naturally nutty flavor.  For these reasons, I definitely recommend roasting.

how to make almond butter

Step 2: Carefully place the roasted (or raw) nuts into your food processor.  Next, begin processing the nuts by turning your food processor on high.  You can expect it to take a good 10- 15 minutes to reach a creamy consistency.

Step 3: Once the homemade almond butter has come together into a creamy consistency, add the salt and continue to process for a few more minutes to ensure it’s extra creamy.

You’ve done it!  See I told you that was easy.  My kind of recipe right here.

Homemade Almond Butter

Crunchy Almond Butter

To make a crunchy version like the one pictured in this post, roast an extra 3/4 cup of nuts.  For extra crunchy, roast an extra 1 cup.

Before adding the roasted nuts to the food processor, set aside the 3/4 – 1 cup of extra nuts and finely chop them.  Once you’ve achieved you’re smooth and creamy finished product, add in your chopped almonds and use a spoon to incorporate them until they’re evenly mixed in.

Homemade Almond Butter

How to Eat Almond Butter

You can use this almond butter the same way you would use any other nut butter.  Enjoy it on top of some gluten free bread or sweet potato toast.  Add a dollop to a smoothie or drizzle over your favorite oatmeal.  Another idea is to use it as a dip for carrots, apples, bananas or celery.  My kids even enjoy it straight from the spoon for a quick high protein high fat snack.

How to Store Almond Butter

Once you’ve reached a consistency you’re happy with, transfer the mixture to an air tight container – like these mason jars.  Store in the refrigerator for 10-14 days.

how to make almond butter

Almond Butter Nutrition

Almond butter is famous for it’s high fat and protein content.  But did you know it’s also high in calories?  Due to this, people watching their caloric intake may want to be extra cautious when consuming it.  Lucky for me, I don’t count calories. 😏

2 tablespoons contains:

7 grams of protein
18 grams of fat
196 calories

Tips for making Almond Butter

In the beginning, the mixture will be very dry and crumbly.  Because of this, you’ll want to stop your food processor to scrape down the sides every so often, until the almond mixture is able to blend easily.

Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t resemble almond butter in the first few minutes.  You’re not doing it wrong! Patience is key to getting smooth and creamy almond butter!

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How to Make Almond Butter (Smooth and Crunchy)

This healthy homemade almond butter recipe is easy to make and tastes so fresh. With options for smooth, crunchy, and extra crunchy, there's something for everyone!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Recipe Type: How-to-recipe
Servings: 16 oz
Author: Simply Jillicious

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw almonds or 3 3/4 cups for crunchy, or 4 cups for extra crunchy
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional add-ins:
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • drizzle of maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • other types of nuts

Instructions

  • First, roast the nuts by spreading them on a sheet pan in a single layer. Place them in a 350℉ oven for 8-10 minutes. (Skip this step if you'd like to keep it raw)
  • Remove the nuts and let them cool for about 5 minutes until they're warm to the touch and not too hot.
  • If making crunchy almond butter, reserve 3/4 cup (1 cup for extra crunchy) of the roasted almonds, finely chop them, and set aside until the end.
  • Next, carefully place the 3 cups of roasted (or raw) nuts into your food processor.
  • Begin processing the nuts by turning your food processor on high.
  • Scrape down the sides of your food processor a few times to make sure it mixes evenly.
  • Process the nuts for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
  • Add the salt, and any other add-ins you'd like, and process for another minute.
  • Stir in the chopped almonds with a spoon (if using for crunchy almond butter).
  • Transfer to an air tight container and store in the fridge for 10-14 days.

Notes

Roasting the raw almonds helps to release a bit of their natural oils, which will help the nuts blend easier in your food processor and bring out their naturally nutty flavor.
If making raw almond butter, you may need to add a drizzle of oil to help it reach a creamy and smooth consistency.
Expect it to take a good 10- 15 minutes to reach a creamy consistency. Don't get discouraged or think you're doing it wrong if it looks dry and crumbly for the first few minutes. Patience is key to getting smooth and creamy almond butter!
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