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Creamy Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

This delicious and creamy homemade almond butter recipe is rich in flavor and it’s convenient to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients, and notably preservative-free. It’s a wholesome and nutty addition to your favorite snacks, bread, and meals.

How To Make Wholesome & Tasty Almond Butter Recipe

It’s easy to make creamy nut butter at home. With raw almonds, you can produce almond butter better than store-bought versions in flavor and quality.

It is quite adaptable, so you can experiment with other dishes for a different taste. Use it as a fruit dip, spread over toast, or mixed into smoothies. 

In addition, try adding toasted almonds, a little pinch of salt, or natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup for a unique twist.

Almonds – More than Just a Nut

Almonds are a powerhouse of vital nutrients, rich in proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. They take on a creamy texture when ground into butter, perfect for spreading on toast or stirring into your morning oatmeal!

What you’ll love about this recipe

  • Incredibly fresh flavor of freshly roasted almonds 
  • Easy to customize the flavor and texture to your liking 
  • Versatility for baking recipes, smoothies, or as a dip 
  • Cost-effective ingredients 

Ingredients for making Creamy Homemade Almond Butter

  1. Raw Almonds: the base for almond butter. It’s a rich source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and essential nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium.
  2. Honey (or maple syrup if vegan): enhances the almond butter’s flavor and sweetness.
  3. Sea Salt: a pinch of salt can be added to almond butter to balance its flavors and enhance its overall taste.
  4. Neutral oil (like sunflower or grapeseed): for a smoother and creamier consistency.

How to Make Creamy Homemade Almond Butter

  • Roast the Almonds: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lay the almonds on a baking tray and roast for about 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Let the almonds cool.
  • Blend the Almonds: Place the almonds in a high-speed food processor or blender. Blend on low speed for about 10-15 minutes or until a crumbly paste forms.
  • Add Sweetener and Salt: Add the honey (if using) and salt to the blender.
  • Continue to blend on low, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender every few minutes. This process will take patience; the almonds will first become a fine meal, then start to stick together, and then eventually become buttery and creamy.
  • Add oil: If the mixture is not forming a smooth, creamy butter after ~15 minutes of blending, add the oil (you may not need it). Start with just half a tablespoon, blend, and add more if needed.
  • Taste: Add more honey or maple syrup if you want it sweeter. If you want it saltier, add a pinch more salt. Blend to incorporate any additions.
  • Store it: Transfer the almond butter to an airtight container once it is creamy and smooth. It can be stored at room temperature for a week, in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for several months.

To store your Almond Butter

  • Use an airtight container, refrigerate it, or store it at room temperature.
  • Stir the almond butter before each use to maintain consistency.
  • When scooping out the butter, use a clean utensil and freeze it for extended storage.
  • Keep an eye on any changes in smell or taste, as they may indicate the need to discard the butter.

Properly stored almond butter can last several months in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does homemade almond butter last? 

Homemade almond butter can last several months in the refrigerator or even longer in the freezer, but it’s crucial to check for signs of spoilage.

  • Can I use roasted almonds for almond butter? 

Yes, roasted almonds are commonly used for almond butter due to their enhanced flavor, but you can also use raw almonds for a lighter taste.

  • Is it necessary to add sweeteners or salt to almond butter? 

No, adding sweeteners or salt to almond butter is optional and depends on personal preference. 

  • Can I use almond butter in cooking and baking? 

Absolutely! You can use Almond butter in various cooking and baking recipes, including smoothies, cookies, muffins, and savory dishes like almond butter sauces for vegetables or noodles.

  • Can I use almond butter as a substitute for peanut butter in recipes?

Almond butter can be a suitable substitute for peanut butter in recipes, but it may slightly alter the flavor, so it’s important to consider personal taste preferences.

  • Can almond butter cause allergies? 

Almond butter can cause allergies in individuals with almond allergies, so it’s crucial to be cautious and ensure it doesn’t contain other allergens.

creamy homemade almond butter in a glass jar

Tips

  • Use fresh, high-quality almonds for optimal results. Whether raw or roasted, ensure that they are not rancid.
  • For a great flavor, roast almonds before blending at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to achieve a richer, nuttier texture.
  • Gradually add honey or salt to your recipe, and taste it as you adjust the flavor to your liking.
  • Add unique flavors like vanilla extract, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to your recipe for a creative and delicious experience.
  • To achieve a creamier texture, consider adding a small amount of neutral oil, such as vegetable or coconut oil, during the blending process.
  • Store almond butter in a clean, airtight container for freshness, and consider refrigerating for a longer shelf life, especially if sweeteners have been added.

What to serve with this recipe

Homemade almond butter is a versatile ingredient that you can use in various dishes, including toast, fruits, smoothies like Blueberry Banana Smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, vegetables, sandwiches, baking, salads, Thai and Asian dishes, energy bars, ice cream, dipping sauces, pancakes and waffles, and cheese pairings.

Its creamy texture and nutty flavor make it a versatile addition to sweet and savory dishes, offering a unique twist to culinary creations. It can be used as a dip for vegetables, substituted in sandwiches, baked, dipped in ice cream, or paired with cheese for a sophisticated appetizer.

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Creamy Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

Creamy Homemade Almond Butter is a nutritious and delicious alternative to store-bought almond butter. It’s a wholesome and nutty addition to your favorite snacks, bread, and meals.
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Blending Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 servings (1 tablespoon per serving)
Calories: 133.6kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almonds Raw
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup if vegan
  • Pinch sea salt optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil neutral oil like sunflower or grapeseed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lay the almonds out on a baking tray and roast for about 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Let the almonds cool.
  • Place the almonds in a high-speed food processor or blender. Blend on low speed for about 10-15 minutes or until a crumbly paste forms.
  • Add the honey (if using) and salt to the blender.
  • Continue to blend on low, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender every few minutes. This process will take patience; the almonds will first become a fine meal, then start to stick together, then eventually become buttery and creamy.
  • If the mixture is not forming a smooth, creamy butter after ~15 minutes of blending, add the oil (you may not need it). Start with just half a tablespoon, blend, and add more if needed.
  • Taste your almond butter. If you want it sweeter, add more honey or maple syrup. If you want it saltier, add a pinch more salt. Blend to incorporate any additions.
  • Once the almond butter is creamy and smooth, transfer it to an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for a week, in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for several months.

Notes

  • Use fresh, high-quality almonds for optimal results. Whether raw or roasted, ensure that they are not rancid.
  • For a great flavor, roast almonds before blending at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to achieve a richer, nuttier texture.
  • Gradually add honey or salt to your recipe, and taste it as you adjust the flavor to your liking.
  • Add unique flavors like vanilla extract, cinnamon, or cocoa powder to your recipe for a creative and delicious experience.
  • To achieve a creamier texture, consider adding a small amount of neutral oil, such as vegetable or coconut oil, during the blending process.
  • Store almond butter in a clean, airtight container for freshness, and consider refrigerating for a longer shelf life, especially if sweeteners have been added.

Nutrition

Calories: 133.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 11.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 157.8mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 1.8g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 57.8mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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