How to Make Almond Butter

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This is a step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own homemade almond butter with a food processor including tips, guidelines and add-ins!

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Make your own almond butter! All you need are nuts and a food processor. It is easy and can be very cost-effective especially if you are in the habit of picking up premium nut butter for $12 a pop. Plus, when you DIY, you customize the chunkiness level and pick your own add-ins like cinnamon, honey, or both!

Homemade almond butter in a white bowl with spoon inside
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Almonds are very nutritious. Of course, they are high in fat, but it is monounsaturated fat, aka, the good kind that helps lower bad cholesterol. A tablespoon of almond butter can add protein, fiber, and iron to your diet.

Ingredients to make almond butter

  • Almonds: First, for the purest product, start with raw, unsalted almonds. That way, you control the salt and oil in your almond butter. Commercially roasted often contain oil. Also, pre-salted nuts have the potential of leaving you with an over salted final product. You can always add salt but you cannot subtract it.
  • Salt: Whatever salt you prefer to use in your kitchen, and you can control the amount. Try the recommended amount in the recipe below and adjust to your taste.
  • Optional Add-Ins: If you want to sweeten things up, honey, agave syrup, and maple syrup are all natural additions. Spice-wise, try pairing the almonds with cardamon, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or even hot pepper flakes for a savory mix. Finally, chia seeds, flaxseeds or a handful of other kinds of nuts are also tasty additions.
Almonds in a white bowl

How to make homemade almond butter

  • Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, turning halfway through.
  • If you are starting with roasted nuts, it’s still a great idea to toast the nuts just for a few minutes to warm them up. Heating releases their oils which makes for better blending.
Almonds on a tray before roasting
  1. Allow let the almonds cool a bit but not too much. (They blend better warm but you never want to put HOT food in a food processor. ) And transfer into a food processor along with the salt.
  2. Next, blend until the nuts break down and start to form a paste.
  3. Keep blending until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
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Tips for making homemade almond butter

  1. Use the freshest nuts. Most importantly, consider your foundation. Because the freshest nuts make the best nut butter. Also, the resulting almond butter will have a longer shelf life.
  2. Keep watch on the nuts in the oven. Toasted nuts are yummy but burnt nuts taste acrid. And nuts burn easily! So, the moment you start smelling that toasty nut smell from the oven, remove immediately and slide the hot nuts off the pan and onto a cool surface to cool slightly before processing.
  3. Be super patient. Achieving creaminess really takes a while, even in the best food processor. It could take up to 10 minutes to get the right consistency.
  4. Use this two-step method if you love chunky nut butter. First, set aside a scoop of the ground-up almonds when they are at that granular wet-sand stage. At the end of processing, mix in the set-aside.
  5. Add your own oil. For ultimate spreadability, add a bit of a neutral oil – like peanut or canola – during your final bit of processing. Start with a very small amount, about one teaspoon.

Recipes that use Almond Butter

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to refrigerate almond butter?

For long storage, yes. And it will last in the refrigerator for up to six month. If you prefer warm almond butter and go through it quickly, you can store it in the pantry. For ultimate safety, always refrigerate.

Can I freeze almond butter?

Yes. It will never hard freeze because of its high fat content, but for smoothies, it is great right from the freezer. Expect it to last up to a year if stored in an airtight container.

Is it healthier to use raw almonds and skip the roasting in the oven?

According to Healthline, while roasting nuts can potentially negatively alter the structure of their healthy fats, roasting at a low temperature (as recommended) minimizes this damage. And, roasting improves the flavor.

Homemade almond butter in a mason jar

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How to Make Almond Butter

This is a step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own homemade almond butter with a food processor including tips, guidelines and add-ins!
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Servings 8 servings
Course Condiments
Calories 310
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 275°F. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Transfer the warm almonds from the baking sheet into a food processor fitted with the metal blade along with the salt.
  • Blend until a smooth homogeneous paste forms, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. It could take up to 10 minutes depending on your food processor.


Storage: Store the homemade almond butter in the pantry for up to on month. Or store it in the refrigerator for up to six months. If you prefer warm almond butter and go through it quickly, you can store it in the pantry. For ultimate safety, always refrigerate. 


Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 393mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Condiments

Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

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  1. Monika Wendehorst says:

    I definitely will do the almond butter, sounds easy and no preservatives, bonus.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yes! Let me know what you think once you do!