Raise your hand if you love almond butter 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️ Raise your hand if you spend like 10 dollars too many on the perfect jar? Anyone? Same.
I mean, there’s something to be said about the convenience…
If I’m already out and in buying mode, getting all the groceries I need, so it’s simple to just grab a jar of nut butter and put it in my cart.
It just jumps off the shelf and feels super easy. I get it.
But you know what else is super easy but doesn’t cross my mind nearly as much? Homemade almond butter. It turns out amazing every. damn. time.
One ingredient. Two steps. I need homemade almond butter to be a weekly occurrence.
Is Making Almond Butter at Home Cheaper?
You betcha! It can be wildly expensive. I mean sure, you can get good deals for store-brand almond butter but I’ve seen some almond butter upwards of $20 a jar!
I did a quick math for you which shows you how committed I am to writing this section because I’m not really a math person, but here we go.
Costco (Kirkland) almond butter goes for $0.59 per oz where Costco (Kirkland) raw almonds go for around $0.39 per oz.
There you have it, making almond butter at home is for sure cheaper! Not to mention really fun to customize to your own tastebuds.
What Kind of Almonds to Use
Go for raw almonds! I tend to get raw almonds with the skin on because those tend to be the cheapest. But, feel free to use whatever almonds you have on hand. If all you have laying around are blanched or slivered, those work too!
Equipment You’ll Need
Food processor. I use a food processor because it’s always out and easy for me to use. You press a button and let it roll!
Blender. High powered blenders will absolutely work too! You may need to take breaks to scrape down the sides and break up any nut ball that forms, but if your blender has a tamper to agitate it as it blends, using that is ideal!
How to make almond butter
Roast. Spread your raw almonds out on a baking sheet. Roast them for 10 minutes and then allow them to cool on the pan.
Process. Transfer the roasted almonds to your blender or food processor, and turn it on. Let it run for about 5 – 7 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to mix it up and scrape down the sides. Let it run for another few minutes until it gets super smooth and drippy.
Jar it! Store in an air tight container in your pantry and enjoy!!
Ways to Customize it:
Salt. I recommend adding some salt in this recipe. I always use unsalted almonds and then add my own salt because then you can control how salty your almond butter is. Salt to taste 🙂
Add spice! Cinnamon is always a good idea in my opinion but if you want something more seasonal, try a gingerbread mix or pumpkin spice!
Sweetness. Add a couple dates or a few tablespoons of agave nectar, honey or maple syrup to add some sweetness to this almond butter.
There’s going to come a moment where there’s a ball of nut butter just rolling around in your food processor and you’re about to give up. I’m here to encourage you to keep it going.
Be patient and let it do its thing until its nice and creamy, drippy and drizzly!
- 4 cups raw almonds
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- First, spread your raw almonds out on a baking sheet.
- Roast them for 10 minutes and then allow them to cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
- Transfer them to your blender or food processor and turn it on.
- I agitate it a lot with the blender wand as it’s blending. If you’re using a food processor, you can process it and take breaks to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula if it needs some help.
- You want to let it run for about 5 – 7 minutes.
- Here’s the key. Right when you think, “Ok it’s as far as it can go” and the almond butter is buttery but still stiff, you want to let it run for another few minutes until it gets crazy amazing smooth and drippy.
- Store in an air tight container in your pantry and enjoy!!