How to Make Almond Butter

Learn how to make almond butter at home! Made with just 3 ingredients, it's smooth, creamy, and nutritious. You'll love it on toast, oatmeal, and more.

Almond butter

I started making this homemade almond butter recipe in an effort to clear out my pantry. It sounds silly, I know, but partway through last winter, I ended up with jars and jars of different nuts in the cupboard. Pistachios left from this carrot salad, hazelnuts left from this kohlrabi slaw, and so forth. I had one big canister of almonds that was begging to be eaten, and since Jack and I had a great time making homemade peanut butter last spring, I decided to try blending them into homemade almond butter.

Let me tell you, I am so glad I did! If you’ve never learned how to make almond butter at home, you have to try this recipe. The almond butter is smooth and creamy, perfectly runny, and filled with a nutty, toasted almond flavor. It’s fun to make, watching the whole nuts slowly melt into a luscious spread, and it’s even more fun to eat. You’ll love slathering it onto toast, dolloping it onto oatmeal, and downing it straight off a spoon!

Homemade almond butter in a food processor

How to Make Almond Butter

To make this homemade almond butter recipe, you’ll need 4 things:

  • Raw almonds – We’ll start by toasting them in the oven to bring out their nutty flavor. This step also makes them easier to blend.
  • A food processor or high-speed blender – To grind the almonds into a smooth, creamy nut butter.
  • Sea salt – If you like, you can skip it and make unsalted almond butter, but I highly recommend adding a pinch or two. It gives the homemade almond butter a richer, more complex flavor.
  • A neutral-tasting oil – Only if you need it! If my homemade almond butter looks gritty and isn’t getting smooth, I’ll add a little oil to help loosen it up.

Once you have them handy, here’s what you need to do:

Ground nuts in a food processor

First, toast the almonds. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spread the almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 minutes, or until they smell rich and nutty. Remove the sheet from the oven, and allow the almonds to cool slightly.

Then, transfer the roasted almonds to a food processor or powerful blender. From here on out, you’ll just be processing/blending the almonds until they transform into a smooth nut butter. But heads up – this will take some time, about 15 minutes total. Stop regularly to scrape down the sides of your food processor or blender and to give the motor a break.

Grinding nuts in a food processor

At first, the mixture will be crumbly and chunky.

How to make almond butter - Nut butter in a food processor

Then, it’ll thicken into a ball.

Creamy almond butter inside food processor

Finally, it’ll become smooth and creamy! If the mixture is still thick and gritty after 15 minutes of processing, add a neutral oil, 1 teaspoon at a time, to help it blend.

Season to taste with sea salt, and enjoy.

Smooth and creamy almond butter in food processor

How to Use Almond Butter

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be happy eating this homemade almond butter straight off a spoon, but have fun experimenting with other ways to use it, too! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

How do you like to use homemade almond butter? Let me know in the comments!

Almond butter recipe

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If you love this almond butter recipe, try making one of these homemade basics next:

How to Make Almond Butter

rate this recipe:
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves 12
Learn how to make almond butter at home! Creamy, nutty, and smooth, it's delicious on toast, overnight oats, yogurt, and more. Vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw almonds
  • Avocado oil or another neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed, as necessary
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread the almonds in an even layer on the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Transfer the toasted almonds to a medium food processor. Process until very smooth, stopping every 30 seconds to 1 minute to scape down the sides of the bowl, as necessary, and to give the food processor's motor a break. The mixture will be chunky at first. Then, it'll thicken into a ball, and finally, it will become creamy and smooth. The whole process should take about 15 minutes.
  • If the almond butter still isn't coming together after 15 minutes, add avocado oil, 1 teaspoon at a time, to help the mixture blend.
  • Season to taste with salt, and serve on toast, overnight oats, oatmeal, yogurt, or banana bread. Find more serving suggestions in the post above.

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  1. Maria
    05.23.2021

    5 stars
    Hi! I just made this. It was so much easier than I ever imagined – and delicious too! I assume it should be stored in the fridge? How long will it last?

  2. Catherine Lee
    05.20.2021

    Can you do this with walnuts for walnut butter?

      • CATHERINE LEE
        05.20.2021

        Awesome, thank you!

  3. Kayla
    05.18.2021

    Would love to try this! What if I use almonds with salt already? Would this make it too salty?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.18.2021

      It should be just fine, you probably don’t need to add any additional salt in that case.

  4. Tammy
    05.18.2021

    One of my favorite snacks is a crisp sweet apple, sliced and dipped in almond butter.

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