Almond Butter ~ Savory Simple

Since I now regularly make raw almond milk, I decided to invest in bulk almonds to save money.  Totally worth it! I can now make milk for pennies on the dollar. It got me wondering what else I could do with them, and I decided to try homemade almond butter.  It’s unbelievably easy and incredibly economical.

This almond butter is a bit grainier than what you’d get at the store, but I like the texture.  You can strain it through a fine mesh strainer if you prefer it to be more like store brands.  The longer you puree, the smoother the butter will be.  It should keep in the fridge for several months.  You can also make this with just the nuts and salt.  The vegetable oil makes the almond butter more spreadable but it’s not essential.  You will have to run the food processor for longer, but the oil from the almonds will eventually come through as the machine heats up.

 

Almond Butter
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil (any neutral flavored oil is fine)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roast the almonds until fragrant. This can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, depending on your oven. You'll know they're ready when they smell amazing and are just slightly darker in color. Allow them to cool.
  2. Pulse the almonds with the salt in a food processor until they're finely chopped.
  3. Slowly add the oil while the machine is on, and continue to puree until smooth. This will take several minutes. Scrape down the sides periodically.
  4. The food processor will heat up the almond butter, so it may need to chill before it's a spreadable consistency.

 

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  • jane

    Looks really good!

  • Sarah

    Thank you for this!

  • http://icemaiden013.wordpress.com Lasairiona

    Do you just eat this on toast like regular butter?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Yes, and anywhere else one might use nut butter. I really like it in smoothies with bananas and almond milk.

  • Christine

    Mmmm! I love alternative nut butters, and your almond creation’s texture looks perfect (especially since I’m a chunky peanut butter fan)!

    Have you ever tried macadamia butter? A touch of sugar, a pinch of salt, and it’s outta this world! :)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Macadamia butter sounds awesome! I will have to try that when I run out of almonds.

      • http://gradissima.wordpress.com Gradissima

        Macadamia nuts also make for a decadent pesto…in case you’re looking for more fun with macadamias ;)

  • http://libbybouma.wordpress.com Libby

    Wow! Super simple. I need to try this asap! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://spreescookingspree.wordpress.com spree

    Really like the photo too! It whispers of “how simple!”

  • stephala

    Thanks for your comment! I just perused your ENTIRE blog and now have more inspiration for my own! All your food looks amazing!

    https://stephsapartmentkitchen.wordpress.com/

  • http://savoringtoday.com Judy

    I like almond butter with sliced apples for a snack. YUM!

  • http://adashofdomestic.wordpress.com JamieAnne

    Wow! How savvy!

  • Carolyn Chan

    This looks great! Suggestions on how to use it?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      You can use it anywhere you’d use peanut butter. A sandwich, on apple or celery slices, in smoothies or sauces…

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    That almost looks like a drink! Great stuff.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      It wasn’t easy getting a shot where the butter was dripping evenly :)

  • http://www.cookwithb.com Brigitt

    Thanks for posting! I’ve been wanting to make almond butter for so long now. I love it on sandwiches with fruit!

  • http://www.offallytasty.wordpress.com offallytasty

    This picture is DIVINE!!!

  • http://macmaker.wordpress.com macmaker

    seems like it’d be delicious on those pumpkin bagels…

  • Zoe

    I had no idea if was so ingredient easy. :) This might be in my ability range! :D
    And as always, just love you eye for setting up a shot.

  • http://bitofthegoodstuff.wordpress.com Sharon

    I absolutely love almond butter but never thought about making my own. You’ve made it look so simple and delicious that I must give it a go! I wonder if I can bulk buy almonds here. Could save me a small fortune!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Around here they’re $3 a lb at BJ’s. I don’t have a membership but a friend grabbed me some.

      • Flip’s Foodie Files

        Trader Joes has great prices on Almonds, and Costo too. Hopefully you have a TJ’s in the area, Sam’s Club also has them if you’re a member there.

        • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

          I used to get them at Trader Joe’s but since my boss has a membership to BJ’s Wholesale I had her get me several lbs last time she went. $3 a pound!

  • kaliesthoughts

    Ineed some :)

  • Leah Vanderveldt

    I have wondered if my little food processor could make me a nice nut butter – love it. Looks delish

  • http://utlawgirl.wordpress.com Lauren

    This looks fantastic! I may have to try it one of these days, when I’m feeling productive.

  • http://foodiesandthefeast.wordpress.com Maddie Ruud

    Great, now you’ve got me craving some almond butter. On whole wheat toast with fresh peach slices… Mmmm…

  • http://cookingquidnunc.blogspot.com/ Natalie

    Looks so delicious!

  • http://jeremeskitchen.com Jereme’s Kitchen

    that looks awesome! and i luv the pic!

  • Flip’s Foodie Files

    amazing photo and cool jar! I’ve always bought cashew and almond butter but I’ll have to make my own now, thanks for the recipe!

  • Vicki

    I love almond butter. This delicious recipe is a keeper! Just a quick question: Will a blender work as well as the food processor for this recipe?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I don’t see why not, go for it!

  • http://movitabeaucraft.wordpress.com movita beaucoup

    All I can say is: I want this. Now.

  • pursuitofhappieness

    It is like you read my mind, I can’t wait to try this :)

  • http://thefrenchfryconundrum.wordpress.com Nicole

    I love almond butter and I didn’t realize how easy it was to make it! I am going to have to start making my own now.

  • ceciliag

    wow that does sound simple and you get exactly what you want without all the additives.. awesome! c

  • baconbiscuit212

    This looks fantastic! Thank you!

  • Sara

    I saw this idea on food in jars as well and have been wanting to try it! Why not, when you can just whip it up in a food processor!

  • http://eatswimshop.wordpress.com Jen

    This looks great, and I’m sure it’s way more economical than buying almond butter. I’m going to check out the almond milk, too!

  • http://fitvegan4life.wordpress.com fitvegan4life

    I definitely need to try this!

  • http://Www.jlggarden.wordpress.com Grace

    This looks amazing! We love almond butter and almond milk, but I haven’t been brave enough to try them myself. Might be a project for next weekend :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://gradissima.wordpress.com Gradissima

    Nice ;) And (as expected), so simple! I’ll be trying this soon…and experimenting with walnut butter (any thoughts on walnut butter?)…

    Nuts are pricey here, but my parents recently came for a visit, and their Costco Membership afforded me a few pounds of walnuts and almonds to play with :)

  • http://hellopalz.wordpress.com Hellopalz

    Almond butter is much healthier….will make it for my husband
    hmmm…too bad i’m allergic to good stuff.

  • http://wineandfoodmusings.wordpress.com/ Wine And Food Musings

    I love almond butter on sliced apples. The best! I’ve tried making almond butter at home before and it didn’t come out very well however I didn’t roast the almond before doing everything else. Maybe that’s why. I will definitely try it again. Do you have to use a food processor or can you use a high powered blender?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      You can use a sturdy blender, it’s just a bit harder to scrape everything out.

  • http://masalaart.wordpress.com/ Cinnamin

    Thanks for sharing this! I love peanut butter, but I have been looking for an alternative for a while. I’m going to try this out (and maybe sweeten it a little) and use it on toast and fruit. This must be so rich and fragrant!

  • Preena

    Thanks for sharing! I suppose you could also spice it up too with different flavours. Going to try this with Chai Masala!

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  • coachingcarter

    Definately gonna make this a part of my stock. Almond butter is a bit pricey for what you get. Thanks!

  • http://eatgoodlivegoodfeelgood.wordpress.com abbeyspiro

    Do you think I could use this recipe with walnuts to make walnut butter? I’ve got a bunch of walnuts lying around and I don’t like eating them plain…not that there’s not 83746557392048547 other things you can do with walnuts, but I’ve been wondering about making nut butters at home!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Definitely! I think you can use any nut. I’m going to try cashew butter next.

  • brightforce

    um I’m salivating big time. looks sooo yummy!

  • Sahlia Painter

    That looks great! I will have to try this, I love Almonds :) Thank-you for sharing.

  • thesmartcookiecook

    It’s funny; i’ve seen tons of homemade peanut butter recipes, and yet i’ve never thought of making homemade almond butter! it looks delicious. I’ll have to give it a go.

  • Kay aka Babygirl

    Ahhh Almond Butter.. I can certainly use some right now.. I am so hungry now lol.

  • http://michaeltuuk.wordpress.com michaeltuuk

    We’ll have to try this — we have something like 40# (seriously) of raw almonds in our freezer waiting to be used :-)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Check out my raw almond milk as well! I’m making these two recipes so often I’ve started buying almonds in bulk.

      • http://michaeltuuk.wordpress.com michaeltuuk

        Wow, you’re fast with the replies :-) We’ve made lots of almond milk over the years and love it. I’ll check the post in any case — maybe you’ve got some new ideas with it!

  • http://vegobsession.com vegobsession chick

    Awesome! I will have to try this!

  • http://mybites.de Robert

    The first image looks gorgeous! Have you tried peeling the almonds? Peeled you can roast them even darker in the oven which also develops chocolate like aromas. Adding the roasted ground almonds to toffee caramel is also a nice combination – you might even use the dry leftovers from the almond milk making for that purpose.

  • cityhippyfarmgirl

    We’ve always got almond butter in the fridge, but I still can’t make it as I need to get a better food processor. Perhaps santa will be generous this year!

  • http://sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com Sophie33

    Thanks for visiting my blog so that I could discover yours! I made this recipe & it was bang on! It was so good! I will never buy them anymore because I will save a lot of money that way!!

    thanks again!! ;)

  • http://eateng.wordpress.com eateng

    HI, amazing site full of fresh, delicous recipes! I used to make my own paste with various nuts too. I was surprised how easy it was. I grind nuts to make nut flour, too. It’s very economical, you’re absolutely right!

  • http://ederlyf.wordpress.com ederlyf

    mmm.. looks yummy..

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  • http://fitandfed.net Mary

    Add me to the folks in awe of the dripping almond butter action shot! I make my own almond butter too, but just with raw almonds. It’s thicker than yours and wouldn’t run off a spoon like that. While I like the way mine turns out fine, I will have to try it with toasted almonds sometime just to see if it’s different. I’ve been imitating the raw almond butter from Trader Joe’s, so I just went with one ingredient, the raw almonds. I use a Vitamix. It works fine for blending up almond butter.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I purposefully thinned it our a bit for the shot. The almond butter I typically make it much thicker like the TJ brands. I’ve made it with raw almonds as well and both ways are good.