Almond butter is delicious, particularly on a slice of apple or banana, or even in a smoothie for a bit of extra protein. The cost of a small jar from the supermarkets is however quite excessive. Almond butter seemed like quite a simple concept so I just couldn’t understand what constituted the high price tag. There had to be a cheaper way, and surely it wouldn’t be that hard to make it myself.
My interest in almond butter began with the Whole30 as I loved the idea of enjoying it with my fruit as a yummy dessert treat as seen on so many food blogs. I remember standing in the supermarket just looking at the price tag wondering if it was just one of those things that was priced in accordance with trends. The demand has increased so it has become easily available, but not enough so that the cost has been driven down.
I bought a bag of raw almonds instead, determined to make my own. I could not believe just how simple it was! Sure it takes a little bit more time than simply picking one off the shelf at the store, but the taste is so good and you can be sure that there is literally nothing else added but almonds.
When I began to tell people that I had made my own almond butter, I got many responses of ‘how’? Turns out I was not the only one who hated the price of store bought almond butter. So to answer that question I have put together this post that will show you just how easy it is to make yourself at home. I have even made my very first video that takes you through exactly what to expect!
Literally all you need to make your own almond butter at home is some almonds, a food processor, and a little bit of patience.
The first step is to roast the raw almonds. This not only gives them a delicious flavour (and makes your house smell amazing!), but by processing the warm almonds they will be softer and break down more easily.
My food processor is a KitchenAid and handles the task quite easily. The quality of your food processor will come into play as to break down the almonds into butter as it will need to run for an extended period of time. It takes 25 minutes in mine. If you notice your processor is getting too hot, simply stop and let it cool down before running it again.
As you will see in the video, I stop frequently to scrape down the sides of the processor and to break up the bits that begin sticking on the bottom to ensure the blades can always spin and evenly break down the nuts.
That is really all there is to it! It is really super simple to make almond butter at home.
I hope you enjoy the video! Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more of these 🙂
- 2 cups raw almonds
- Place almonds on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius or until they start to darken.
- Place hot almonds in a food processor and process or pulse until almonds begin to break down into crumbs.
- Scrape down sides of the processor and continue to process. Anytime you can see the almonds beginning to get stuck on the sides or at the base, pause to scrape down the sides.
- Continue to process and scrape down the sides until it has all come together as a thick paste. This should take around 20 minutes of processing to get to this point.
- Almond butter will be done when it is smooth and silky and is a spreadable consistency.
- Place in a jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.