I absolutely love nut butters made with real ingredients. Almond butter is one of my favorites. It’s such a great, healthy way to add nutrient-rich fat and protein to our diets.
Unfortunately, almond butter can get pretty expensive—easily costing over $10 for a 16-ounce jar. While I’m not opposed to spending more for wholesome, real food, if you’re looking for a way to spend less consider making your own homemade almond butter. It really is super easy to make, especially if you have a high-speed blender like a Blend-tec, Vitamix, or Ninja.
And how many ingredients are in my homemade almond butter? Just two! Roasted almonds and a little salt. Yes, you can add a little honey or maple syrup if you want your almond butter sweeter, but personally, I prefer mine au naturale. 🙂
7 Super Ways to Use Homemade Almond Butter!
There are tons of ways to use almond butter. Here are some of my favorites!
- Breakfast. Drizzle or stir it into oatmeal or yogurt.
- Sandwiches. Any sandwich fit for peanut butter can be made even better with almond butter. Switch up PB&J to an AB&J. Or how about an almond butter and banana sandwich. Can you say YUM!?!?!
- Snacks. Cut up apples, bananas, and celery are all healthy snacks that are even tastier when paired with the high-protein punch of almond butter.
- Green Smoothies. Almond butter is the perfect addition to a green smoothie by mixing in a healthy source of protein and fat!
- Dressings and Dips. Add almond butter to your favorite honey mustard salad dressing recipe for a nuttier twist. Or whisk it into a red wine vinaigrette and drizzle it over cabbage, kale, or carrots. Almond butter is also a great substitute for tahini if you’re mixing up a batch of homemade hummus.
- Soups, Sauces, and Stir-Fries. Soups made with orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash all pair well with the addition of almond butter. And one of my favorite quick and easy sauces to drizzle over veggies or use in stir fries uses almond butter as the base. Just sauté minced garlic and/or ginger, green onions and add some almond butter, soy sauce, vinegar, Sriracha sauce, and a hint of maple syrup. OMG, this is so good you’ll want to like the spoon!
- Desserts. Vanilla, chocolate, or banana ice cream all go perfectly with a drizzle of almond butter. Or go for an über healthy dessert option and make one of the snack ideas mentioned above!
Don’t all these ideas sound tasty?
My Homemade Almond Butter Recipe
So let’s get out our blenders or food processors and whip up a batch or two of homemade almond butter. Not only will your family love it, but you’ll also have a little more green left in your wallet!
- 2 cups dry roasted almonds (see notes if you're using raw almonds)
- salt to taste (about 1-2 teaspoons)
- Add roasted almonds to a high-speed blender or high-quality food processor (using the "S" blade). (see notes)
- In most high-speed blenders the process will take about 1 minute while food processors will take 10-15 minutes or more to create a smooth, almond butter. Make sure to scrap down the sides of the blender or food processor often.
- Add salt. Let cool. Pour into a glass jar and enjoy! Refrigerate after use.
This recipe works best with high speed blenders like a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Ninja. Sturdier food processors can do the trick to, although they will take longer.
If you want to roast some raw almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour almonds onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, moving the nuts around about halfway through the cooking time. Cool the almonds and you're ready!
Although you can use raw almonds, I prefer the taste of roasted almonds. Also raw almonds may require the addition of 1-2 teaspoons of a high quality, unprocessed oil (olive, coconut, almond, grapeseed, or avocado oil are all great options.)
Refrigerated homemade almond butter keeps 3-6 months depending on how clean you keep the knife or spoon your dip into the jar. I've found almond butter freezes well too and can keep over a year!
Kitchen Tips and Resources for making Homemade Almond Butter:
- I use my high-speed Blendtec blender to make my Easy Homemade Almond Butter but I have friends that use Vitamix and Ninja blenders as well. I’d avoid using your standard, run-of-the-mill blender for making almond butter since their motors usually aren’t strong enough to run for so long without overheating. However, most sturdier food processors can make nut butters as well—they’ll just take a little longer.
- These 8-ounce and 4-ounce jelly jars are a great way to store and freeze bigger batches of Homemade Almond Butter.