Homemade natural almond butter with roasted almonds

Learn the tricks to make the most delicious homemade roasted almond butter ever! This easy recipe contains only one ingredient, the mighty nutty almond. This is a recipe for best almond butter made in a food processor and the grinding takes about 15 minutes or less. You can use heavy and sturdy blenders. like Vitamix blender, too! This roasted almond butter is sugar-free, sweetener-free as well and it does not contain any added oils. When you make your own almond butter you can decide what it contains.

Smooth roasted almond butter in the jar and falling from the spoon. Some roasted almonds on the wooden surface

Is almond butter healthy?

Almond butter made only with almonds can support your healthy diet in reasonable amounts. 100 grams of almond butter can contain even 21 grams of protein! Almond butter is also a good source of fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. (Source.)

Why you’ll love this recipe and why you should do almond butter at home

  • You can choose your ingredients in your DIY almond butter
  • You have always fresh nut butter at home
  • The taste of roasted almonds is just crazy good in homemade ones!
  • You can tweak this recipe endlessly.
  • It’s cost-effective, sometimes you can get the raw almonds for even half of the price of the almond butter when you compare the price per weight!
The phases of making roasted almond butter from scratch.

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About the main ingredient – the almond

Almonds contain healthy fats and that is also the reason why the almonds or the almond butter can go rancid. So when buying the almonds make sure you buy from a trusted place and that the almonds have not been standing on the shelf for ages. Sometimes going with the organic almonds is the best way. Choose quality and you get a quality almond butter. That’s simple. I will guide you later in the post on how to roast your own almonds.

Comparing two almonds in the palm: one is roasted almond, and the other is raw almond.

Raw almonds vs roasted almonds

You absolutely CAN use the raw almonds to make almond butter. It might take 15-20 minutes with the food processor, while the roasted ones release their oils earlier and you will get perfectly smooth almond butter in about 10-15 minutes. I use an inherited food processor from the Stone Age (just kidding – but it is really old and weighs like 10 kilos!) so my food processor is not powerful enough to make raw almond butter with it. Plus, you will just love how the roasting gives the creamy almond butter its characteristic nutty flavor. 

If you choose to use raw almonds to make almond butter just make sure you have a food processor that is powerful enough or pause several times to cool the processor to not overheat the motor during the process – I really mean it!

Blanched almonds  vs unblanched almonds

If you want to have slightly sweeter flavored almond butter without adding any sweeteners like sugar, honey, or syrups, you can use blanched almonds without roasting them. The almond butter or almond paste will then be visibly lighter in color than the one that you’ll see in this roasted almond butter recipe post and will have slightly sweeter note.

The almond skin is harder to digest. In the form of almond butter, it is easier though for the almond is already ground or “pre-chewed ” so to speak. There seem to be benefits to choosing almond butter over almonds, but the best is to alternate. If you have delicate stomach eat your almonds blanched and your nut butter unblanched to digest better.

Comparing two different almonds on a palm: one is blanched other is unblanched.

Pro tips for the best result 

  • Let the almonds cool before adding them to the grinder to ease up the food processor’s task and not overheat it.
  • If you are doing the homemade nut butter for the first time – great! This is a very easy recipe to start with. The only hard thing is to wait for the almonds to become butter so just be patient!
  • It is easy to double the recipe to do more at once, but you might need to do roasting and grinding in small batches to roast evenly and fit the batch into a processor container. I have found that 500 grams is the ideal amount to do with my food processor, but if you have a bigger container you can of course add more.
  • If you have started grinding the almonds and you notice that the work is too much for your food processor, you can take a bit out to ease the grinding. Seal the almond crumble in a jar and sprinkle over yogurt, or a crêpe even!
Almond crumble in a jar and behind a crêpe filled with tahini and almond crumble.

Ingredients you need for roasted almond butter

  • Almonds

Wow – that’s it. That’s the shortest ingredient list in any of my recipes so far! 

Tools and equipement you may need

Use unblanched and unsalted raw almonds for this homemade almond butter recipe for the best result. I guide you on how to roast the almonds in the recipe, but you can of course use ready-roasted almonds too. Just make sure that you use unsalted almonds and that they are recently roasted. If your almonds are close to expiring date – so is your almond butter too and it might have a bit rancid flavor.

  • Oven for roasting
  • Baking tray and parchment paper
  • Food processor, make sure your model is recommended for nuts and seeds and that it has the power and speed needed to break the almonds
  • Spoon to scrape down and mix the almond crumbles to help the mixing process
  • Spatula, to scrape ALL the yummy almond butter from the food processor container
  • Glass jar, or another airtight container with about 4 dl (1,7 cups) capacity

How to make roasted almond butter at home

Roasted almonds on a parchment paper.

Step one – roast the almonds

Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F). Spread almonds on a parchment paper-lined baking tray in a single layer. 500 grams of almonds spread nicely on one baking pan. If you plan to do a bigger batch use another pan to let the almonds some space to roast evenly.

Let the almonds roast for 10 minutes, mix a bit, and bake for about 5 more minutes. I normally just lift the baking sheet from the opposite corners to let the almonds roll to the middle and then I spread it out quickly with my fingers – I recommend using a spatula or spoon though – you might burn your fingers otherwise! 

Notice that the time might be a bit more or a bit less depending on your oven!

Keep an eye on the almonds to not over-roast them! Almonds have a deep golden brown color when they are ready. Take them off from the oven and let them cool down. Beware – they will continue roasting a bit still while they are cooling down!

When the warm almonds are cooled enough to touch and hold in your hands without burning yourself you can pour them to the food processor to grind them. 

Step two – grind the almonds

When you start grinding in the beginning it makes a lot of noise – but it will calm down after a moment when almonds are more finely grind. When you see that the almond crumble makes a wall around the container and doesn’t move around hit the stop and scrape down the sides of the container. Repeat a few times when needed to help the processor succeed in its heavy task.

Step three – let it grind

Continue grinding. It feels quite a long time, but don’t despair it will take 10 to 15 minutes for the oils of almonds to start to release, and for the smooth and creamy almond butter.

First, in the roasted almond butter grinding process, the almonds become almond meal. Then, when oils start to release, the almond butter makes big chunks or almond butter balls or piles in the processor and finally it starts to look like a smooth butter heading to a great texture. Continue until almond butter is very liquid and you will get a perfectly smooth texture. Notice that right after grinding almond butter is still warm so it seems more fluid than when it has cooled down! I have taken the photos about every two minutes or so when grinding the almonds, so you know what to expect:

Step four – tweak if you like

Taste the almond butter. If you decide to give some flavor or any seasoning, add them now and let the processor spin still a few more rounds.

Step five – pour into a jar

Use a spatula to scrape all the goodness from the sides of the container to pour every last drop of your precious homemade roasted almond butter into an airtight glass jar.

Almond butter in a glass jar and drop from spoon into it. Some whole roasted almonds on the side of the jar on a wooden surface.

Best ways to use almond butter

  • Baking cookies, muffins, breads
  • On the top of the toast! Almond butter spread on toast topped with baby spinach, sliced avocado, pickled red onions, and sprinkled sesame seeds is my favorite way to enjoy almond butter!
  • Add to smoothies. It makes a yummy creamy texture in any smoothie.
  • Use in baking granola.
  • Add to the salad dressings.
  • Spread on the top of waffles.
  • Use as a dip for apple wedges, carrot or celery sticks, or even sweet potato fries!
  • Use it in the overnight oats to give more flavor and protein.
  • Add to your yogurt with some strawberry compote and müsli.
Hand holding a bowl sith yogurt, müsli and almond butter.

Storage and making ahead

Store the almond butter in a cool dark place for up to 6 months or even more. If you want to increase the shelf life even more store it in the fridge.  Almond butter can go rancid at high temperatures. If you have a very warm room temperature at home or at summer times make sure you keep it in the fridge to enjoy longer. 

You can freeze the almond butter as well if needed. Just pour it into ice cube trays so it will be easy to add to smoothies or thaw for a cookie recipe.

How to tweak this recipe

  • Add sweetness: honey, maple syrup, dates…
  • Add spices: vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, cardamom…
  • Add a bit of sea salt: if you are used to store-bought almond butter, notice that you might need to add some salt to get more flavors that your palette is used to!
  • Add a little bit of coconut oil to give the extra flavor.

Little Helper

Tiny chefs are perfect to help spread the almonds on the oven pan and taste some – you need to know what you are cooking, right? Also tasting the almond butter in every different phase after buzzing in the food processor is totally recommended and supported! Just mind that the sound of grinding the almonds is quite loud so I suggest you guide your children to cover their ears when starting. My daughter knows already the drill: when she sees I’m taking the food processor out from the shelf she covers her ears and runs to the other room to sneak back when it feels safe for her to return…

How do you use almond butter?

What do you like to top with almond butter? What is your favorite way to enjoy the delicious almond butter? Let me know in the comments below!

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Almond butter in a glass jar and drop from spoon into it. Some whole roasted almonds on the side of the jar on a wooden surface.

Roasted almond butter

Yield: 500 g
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Grinding Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Learn the tricks to make the most delicious homemade roasted almond butter ever! This easy recipe contains only one ingredient, the mighty nutty almond. This is a recipe for best almond butter made in a food processor and the grinding takes about 15 minutes or less. When you make your own almond butter you can decide what it contains.

Ingredients

  • 500g raw almonds

Instructions

  1. Step one - roast the almonds
    Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F). Spread almonds on a parchment paper-lined baking tray in a single layer. 500 grams of almonds spread nicely on one baking pan. If you plan to do a bigger batch use another pan to let the almonds some space to roast evenly.

    Let the almonds roast for 10 minutes, mix a bit, and bake for about 5 more minutes. I normally just lift the baking sheet from the opposite corners to let the almonds roll to the middle and then I spread it out quickly with my fingers - I recommend using a spatula or spoon though - you might burn your fingers otherwise! 

    Notice that the time might be a bit more or a bit less depending on your oven! Almonds have a deep golden brown color when they are ready. Take them off from the oven and let them cool down. Beware - they will continue roasting a bit still while they are cooling down!

    When the warm almonds are cooled enough to touch and hold in your hands without burning yourself you can pour them to the food processor to grind them. 
  2. Step two - grind the almonds
    Start grinding the roasted almonds. When you see that the almond crumble makes a wall around the container and doesn’t move around hit the stop and scrape down the sides of the container. Repeat a few times when needed to help the processor succeed in its heavy task.
  3. Step three - let it grind
    Continue grinding. It feels quite a long time, but don’t despair it will take 10 to 15 minutes for the oils of almonds to start to release, and for the smooth and creamy almond butter. Notice that right after grinding almond butter is still warm so it seems more fluid than when it has cooled down!
  4. Step four - tweak if you like
    Taste the almond butter. If you decide to give some flavor or any seasoning, add them now and let the processor spin still a few more rounds.
  5. Step five - pour into a jar
    Use a spatula to scrape all the goodness from the sides of the container to pour every last drop of your precious homemade roasted almond butter into an airtight glass jar.

    Storage and making ahead
    Store the almond butter in a cool dark place for up to 6 months or even more. If you want to increase the shelf life even more store it in the fridge.  Almond butter can go rancid at high temperatures. If you have a very warm room temperature at home or at summer times make sure you keep it in the fridge to enjoy longer. 

    You can freeze the almond butter as well if needed. Just pour it into ice cube trays so it will be easy to add to smoothies or thaw for a cookie recipe.

Notes

  • Let the almonds cool before adding them to the grinder to ease up the food processor’s task and not overheat it.
  • It is easy to double the recipe to do more at once, but you might need to do roasting and grinding in small batches to roast evenly and fit the batch into a processor container. I have found that 500 grams is the ideal amount to do with my food processor, but if you have a bigger container you can of course add more.
  • If you are doing the homemade nut butter for the first time - great! This is a very easy recipe to start with. The only hard thing is to wait for the almonds to become butter so just be patient!
  • To adjust this recipe with different add-ins, look for How to tweak this recipe, in the blog post.
  • To get more ideas on how to eat and serve almond butter look for the header Best ways to use almond butter

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 31 Serving Size: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

These calculations are generated automatically by Create by Mediavine based on the ingredients shown in the recipe. The nutrition information is an estimation and may include errors. All nutritional information presented and written within this site (blueteatile.com) is intended for informational purposes only. The writer is not a certified nutritionist or registered dietitian and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline only.

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    1. Both are ok! If you consume it faster – our family finishes this amount easily in one week it is totally ok to keep it at room temperature, if it’s not hot. If you want it to last longer I would recommend to store in the fridge. You can read more under the header Storage and making ahead.

  1. Since I love to use almond flavoring in my baking, I know I’ll love this! Betting it will taste heavenly on Hawaiian rolls!