Homemade Almond Butter

Almond butter is a staple in our household. Whether for a snack with apples, bananas, or celery or as a necessary ingredient in Coach Sarah’s paleo brownies, almond bread, or almond banana, almond butter is constantly disappearing from our pantry.

Here’s another thing: store-bought almond butter is EXPENSIVE – as in $10 or more per jar! Oh, and be careful, not all almond butter is just almonds – some have added oils, salt, or other unnecessary ingredients.

What’s a girl to do? Make her own (thank you, Vitamix). Although raw almonds are also expensive, I find that they are usually cheaper than almond butter (by quite a few dollars).

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw almonds

Directions

  1. Pour almonds into Vitamix and replace lid plug with tamper.
  2. Turn Vitamix on variable #1 and quickly move through each variable speed before setting to high.
  3. Use tamper regularly to move almonds (then almond meal) through blades and eliminate air pockets.
  4. Vitamix motor will make unhappy sounds but continue blending at high speed until blade churns through butter and movement is visible. This process should take no longer than 1 minute to 1:30 minutes. Immediately turn Vitamix off.

Recipe Notes

Do not blend on low; following Vitamix directions, move quickly through variable speeds and blend almonds on high speed. Blending at a low speed for a prolonged time will cause motor to overheat and shut off (and it may take as long as 20 minutes for the blender to cool down enough to be usable again)

If the blender does overheat before almond butter forms, do not worry. Just let it cool and start again. I will often pause when the container starts to steam from the heat and then start again until I get the desired, creamy consistency.

 

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Butter

  1. hi. did you find you needed to add oil? i have read that the almonds are more dry than peanuts and a tad harder to grind? i think the vitamix book actually calls for canola oil, as well… what was your experience like in that way? i’d prefer not to have to use oil…

    • Hi there! In fact, I did not use oil, and the almond butter turned out great – even if the Vitmamix made some concerning sounds at first.

      The trick is to limit the amount of almonds you use. My first batch was a bit of a problem, and there were far too many almonds. I would say to aim for 2 1/2 cups to 3 cups and no more.

      Make sure you very quickly move through the variable speeds and switch to high. Then be prepared to work the tamper to keep the almonds moving and to eliminate air pockets. If you think the vitamix is getting too hot (or your arms need a break), there’s no problem in shutting it off for a few minutes before starting up again.

      I promise that when the almond butter is truly ready that the blades WILL move freely, and you’ll be able to see the butter turn.

      • thank you SO much for your detailed account of this. i hadn’t known anyone to actually TRY to make nut butters, so i was hesitant to try myself… sounds like your experience was easy and so i’m going to try today!! 🙂 thank you for the confidence and for taking time to write back! i look forward to seeing what else you come up with. i’ve only used my vitamix for smoothies and sorbet so far. i tried a couple soups, but to no avail. that also requires some tweaking, i believe. 🙂 have a great day!

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