Homemade Almond Butter

by Jen on June 19, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of almond butter.  When I was diagnosed with an intolerance to peanuts, I was devastated.  How could I live without my beloved peanut butter?!

That’s when I tried almond butter.  And, I fell in love instantly.  I was in heaven when I found huge jars of MaraNatha almond butter at Costco for cheap!  The reason I love that brand is because the only ingredient is almonds.  There is no salt or sugar like many nut butters.

Even though I can buy almond butter for cheap, I wanted to try making my own version.  I mean, how hard could it be?  It’s just almonds.  And a food processor.



I was right, it is EASY to make.  You’ve got to love a recipe with only 1 ingredient!


Homemade Almond Butter

Prep Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Serving Size: 1 Tbsp




  • 2 cups raw almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place almonds on a baking sheet and roast in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until almonds start to turn golden brown. (The longer you roast the almonds, the more bitter tasting your almond butter will be.)
  3. Place roasted almonds into your food processor and blend until they change from a sandy texture to clumpy to smooth. (This process takes about 10-12 minutes in a food processor or about 3 minutes in a Vitamix.)
  4. Once the almond butter is smooth, blend an extra 2 minutes for a creamier butter.
  5. Store in jar in the refrigerator.

If you want to make a different flavour of almond butter, then you can add the following to the basic almond butter recipe:

  • For maple-cinnamon almond butter – toss almonds in 3 Tbsp maple syrup before roasting.  Once done roasting, place in food processor and add 1 tsp ground cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Blend.
  • For chocolate almond butter – blend almonds in food processor until they have turned into almond butter.  Add 1/3 cup melted dark chocolate chips, a pinch of sea salt and blend together.

Maybe you’ll even think of other flavours to try.  If so, please let me know as I would love to try them!



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1 SamiJoe June 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm


Question: Is it cheaper to buy the Maranatha’s or cheaper to buy the almonds to make it myself?
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2 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Mmmm, I love almond butter! Even though I can eat peanut butter, I enjoy almond butter too. I usually get Maranatha’s but maybe I should just start making my own!
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3 Jen June 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

Maranatha almond butter is yummy, but I love the different flavors that you can make at home!


4 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily August 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Man that looks perfect! I just tried making almond butter today (raw) but it never got creamy at all. It had the consistency of thick cookie dough. I used my Vitamix and blended for about 8 minutes but got nervous when steam started coming out the top! 🙁 I’ve heard using a food processor is better but I don’t have one :(.
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5 Jen August 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I find it’s hit or miss with the Vitamix. The batch I made for this post turned out great in the Vitamix, but the next time I did it, the same thing happened to me…smoke coming out of the top. It should only take 2 minutes in the Vitamix, otherwise, it won’t work. Perhaps adding a few almonds at a time is the trick?!


6 stacye December 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

How much butter does 2 lbs of almonds yield?


7 Jen December 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

Not sure about 2 lbs, but 2 cups produces a small jar’s worth of almond butter 🙂


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