I almost feel guilty posting a recipe that only has one ingredient in it. Yes, one ingredient! However, this is the one of the easiest and healthiest goodies to make and I simply have to share it with you.
I enjoy making my own Homemade Peanut Butter so it only makes sense that I’d venture out and try other nut butters. (My husband laughed at “nut butters” because he thought it sounded funny, but is there really a better way to word that?) My Homemade Peanut Butter has very little peanut oil in it, but this almond butter doesn’t require any oil at all! If you love peanut butter then I think you’ll love this too. 🙂
Homemade Almond Butter Recipe
(Makes between 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the almonds on a baking sheet (in one layer) and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Let the almonds cool.
- Place the almonds in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes or until smooth.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Since the almonds are the sole ingredient here I want to make sure that they are packed with maximum flavor. To achieve this, I roasted them. Roasting things releases tasty oils and flavors and in this case every little bit helps.
While this recipe could not be more simple, you will need a little patience. This may be challenging for you multi-taskers. 😉 I’d say that my food processor is a good quality one and it took about 10 minutes for the almonds to transition from merely noisy to a smooth consistency. Please don’t run your food processor for 10 minutes straight. I assure you that it will not be happy. Run it for 2 minutes at a time. It’s doing all the work for you so give it a little rest and relaxation between times where it’s doing that work. The brief pauses are a good time to let it rest and for you to scrape the almond bits from the sides of the container. The below is a picture at the 2 minute mark. It has kind of a sandy texture at this point.
This below is a picture at the 6 minute mark. Now we’re starting to see something that resembles a crunchy nut butter, but we’re not there yet. Don’t give up! It will turn smooth, I promise. “Patience is a virtue.” I use this quote all the time. It’s from one of my favorite movies, The Mummy. My husband was in his office when I made this batch and he was curious as to what I was up to that would require the food processor to run so long. Once he popped out to see, he completely understood why.
Many people add oil to their almond butter. Using oil may make the food processing time a little shorter, but I’d rather skip it since it’s not necessary.
With a little patience (okay, maybe a lot of patience) you can have this silky smooth almond butter. Trust me, it’s not pasty. My tongue does not stick to the roof of my mouth (you know what I mean if you’ve tried organic almond butter from the grocery store).
As you read this you may be thinking. “This chick just posted about a rich and decadent Chocolate Tort the other day. Now she’s going in the complete opposite direction with one of the most healthiest recipes out there?” I believe it’s all about moderation. I try to eat healthy during the day, but when I splurge on calories I do it at dessert time. 🙂
Almond butter is an awesome healthy treat. It’s a great source of protein and contains healthy fats. I love to eat it with an apple for snack. It’s also a great spread over toast or to mix into any kind of shake.
When I eat it from the fridge, I like to nuke it n the microwave for a few seconds because I like it when it’s warm and soft.
Obviously this is a pretty basic almond butter recipe. I mean you can’t get more basic than with a one ingredient recipe. I like to start with a basic recipe (that goes for any kind of recipe, not just this one) and then elaborate in future iterations. I’ve seen others make a variation of it using cinnamon and brown sugar or honey. Has anyone tried these variations?
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Here’s that Homemade Peanut Butter I talked about earlier.
Homemade Granola goes fabulous with almond butter and peanut butter.
I love homemade nut butters!! And I like that there’s nothing added to it, just pure almonds!
I’m on a nut butter kick now! 🙂
It’s funny, I don’t add any oil to my homemade peanut butter, but I found I couldn’t get a good texture without the oil in my homemade almond butter! I’ll try just processing it longer next time!
Oh that is too funny! I hope you have better luck with the almond butter next time. 🙂
I’ve always wanted to make my own nut butters at home. Succesfully, I mean. I never ever ever get the texture right… I guess I’ll have to process it for longer next time 😉
I hope you have better success if you try making it again. 🙂
I never made my own butter, I always try to remember but always forget.. but yours looks so good I have to do it!
I’m always in search of recipes but I too tend to overlook the obvious options of something this simple. Let me know if you end up trying it. 🙂
I have yet to try almond butter but I hear it’s amazing! I’d like to try cashew butter as well. I’m a cashewaholic if there are any around!
I wanted to see what all the talk was about so too and now I know why it’s so popular…it really is delicious! I love eating cashews by the handful and I bet it would make a great nut butter. 🙂
I made homemade almond butter last night!!! I add coconut, vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon. I could polish off the entire batch in one sitting if I don’t show some form of self-restraint…it ain’t easy though!
Seriously!? Too funny. Ooh, your recipe sounds awesome. That would be great on toast for breakfast. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I must say, I am so happy you posted this! I go through almond butter way too fast. And the sad thing is, I can never find raw almond butter that is organic with no added ingredients! It’s nearly impossible in my part of the world. (I try to eat only raw nuts, and the only jar I could find was in a Natural Foods store for $18.00! Which is highway robbery, in my humble opinion.)
I tried making almond butter once in the past, and reading your post, I realize what I must have done wrong. It didn’t really turn “smooth” at all, because I didn’t let it process long enough – I was so afraid that I was going to make my food processor overheat! I didn’t think to stop the machine at intervals. *facepalm*
I am definitely bookmarking this recipe and trying making my own almond butter again. Pinning this, too! Thank you for clearing that up for me. 🙂
Oh, and one more question: will this work the same with raw almonds, do you think?
$18 is ludicrous! I know it’s expensive (here in CT) but I’ve never seen it nearly that high. That’s a very good question about the raw almonds. Presumably the oils in the nuts are there whether they have been roasted or not, so it certainly could work. What I don’t know is whether the roasting is directly responsible for releasing the oils. If it does work, you are right, it will almost undoubtedly be way cheaper. Thank you for pinning. 🙂 If you try it out, let me know how it works!
It’s actually kind of amazing that all you need for this is almonds! I think I have to give it a go, love almond butter!!
Definitely amazing what one can do with 1 ingedient! Let me know if you end up trying it. 🙂
I love homemade almond butter – in fact, I’ve never tried store-bought. My family certainly does not love the noise it makes in the food processor!
Hehe. Noisy food processor indeed, but it sure does make some good stuff!