How To Make Almond Butter

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Learn how to make my homemade almond butter recipe with just one ingredient and a few minutes. I love that there’s no oil, salt, or sugar needed!

Love making your own nut butter? Learn how to make granola butter, honey peanut butter, and protein cookie butter next.

homemade almond butter.

As much as I love peanut butter, I’ve always been partial to almond butter for its slightly sweeter and richer flavor. For years, I would fork out tons of money each week for a jar of store-bought ones. 

Now that I make my own and I’m kicking myself why it took so long!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make it
  4. Ways to use this nut butter
  5. Arman’s recipe tips
  6. Storing instructions
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Recipes using almond butter
  9. Homemade Almond Butter (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • One ingredient only. Raw and unsalted almonds– that’s it. 
  • Cheaper than store-bought. Some brands of almond butter cost around $8 per jar. This recipe makes enough for four jars AND still costs less. 
  • Easy to customize. Sweeten it up, make it smooth or crunchy, or fold in some cocoa powder to make it chocolate flavored. The options are limitless, and I’ll be sure to give you some ideas later on. 
  • Surprisingly healthy. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats, and with only 2 grams of net carbs and zero added sugar (perfect for a low carb diet).

★★★★★ REVIEW

“My go-to recipe for homemade almond butter. Turns out perfect every time.” – Ally

Ingredients needed

  • Almonds. Raw and unsalted almonds. 
  • Salt. Optional, but I love adding a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor of the almonds. 

How to make it

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Roast the almonds. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant and toasted.

Step 2- Cool. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Step 3- Blend. Once cool, place toasted almonds into a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse until a crumbly texture remains. Add salt if desired. Continue pulsing until smooth and creamy, regularly scraping down the sides.

Step 4- Store. Transfer the almond butter into a jar or container.

how to make almond butter.

Ways to use this nut butter

Now, I’m partial to eating my almond spread straight from the jar with a spoon, but of course, there are more creative recipes for using it! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Don’t try to blend raw almonds. Trust me, it’ll take twice as long to blend them and put serious strain on your blender (ask me how I know!). 
  • Patience is key. I know it may seem like the almonds will never blend, but I promise they will! 
  • Save time. If I’m in a time pinch, I’ll use roasted almonds and skip the first step. 
  • Taste as you go, and add more salt or sweetener as needed. 
  • Let the almond butter cool completely before putting the lid on. The blending process will warm it up slightly, so don’t put the lid on right away.

Flavor variations

Like peanut butter, this spread is like a blank canvas so try out these flavor combos! 

  • Crunchy. Fold through 1/2 cup of finely chopped almonds into the freshly blended almond butter. 
  • Chocolate. Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and a teaspoon or two of your favorite liquid sweetener, like honey or maple syrup. 
  • Maple. Add 1/4 cup of maple syrup (or keto maple syrup).
  • Honey. Add 3 tablespoons of honey (or keto honey).
  • ABC Butter. Swap out half the almonds with equal parts Brazil nuts and cashew nuts. 
  • Vanilla. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

Storing instructions

To store: Almond butter can be stored in a sterilized jar or airtight container for up to six months. 

To freeze: Freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to six months. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is almond butter healthier than peanut butter?

Almond butter and peanut butter both have similar nutritional profiles, however, almond butter comes out slightly ahead. It is higher in protein and fiber, and has less sugar too.

How many calories are in almond butter?

There are 90 calories in one tablespoon of almond butter.

Recipes using almond butter

homemade creamy almond butter

Homemade Almond Butter

5 from 79 votes
Learn how to make homemade almond butter in less than a minute and with just one ingredient- almonds! No added oil, salt, or sugar needed.
Servings: 1 cup
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place almonds on a large baking tray and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant and toasted.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Once cool, place toasted almonds into a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse until a crumbly texture remains. Give it a stir using a rubber spatula. If desired, add some salt. Continue pulsing until smooth and creamy, regularly scraping down the sides.
  • Transfer the homemade almond butter into a jar or container.

Notes

TO STORE: Almond butter can be stored in a sterilized jar or airtight container for up to six months. 
TO FREEZE: Freeze excess almond butter in an airtight container for up to six months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 8gFat: 8gPotassium: 2mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published January 2020, updated April 2022, and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Works great. I used 2 cups of almonds and got 8 ounces of finished product. Will definitely make again. Thanks! P.S. I’ve lost 55lbs with the help of your website!

  2. 5 stars
    My almond butter seem to be a little on the dry side. Maybe I roasted them just a little too much. And also I used slice almonds instead of home. But to give it some texture I added a little olive oil to soften it up and add some salt and it was very tasty. I made it to go into your ice coconut ice cream.