You need to start making homemade roasted almond butter! Making almond butter at home is easier than you might think! Plus, roasting the almonds beforehand makes them easier to blend as well as resulting in a beautiful, toasted flavour.
In this post, find out why you need to start making your own homemade almond butter and how to do it.
🌱 Why Make Your Own Almond Butter
Avoid Added Ingredients
Admittedly, it is much more common to find 100% almond butter than 100% peanut butter. Is that because those selecting almond butter are more health conscious perhaps? Who knows!
Nevertheless, when you are making your own nut butter you will know exactly what is going inside and steer clear of any added sweeteners or oils.
By making your own almond butter you can minimise the amount of packaging used. As someone who eats A LOT of nut butter, I particularly love that I can store a large batch of nut butter in several glass jars, as opposed to buying a large plastic tub of it.
When making almond butter at home you are using fresh nuts and then storing the butter right away. No waiting around in distribution centres, stock rooms or supermarket shelves.
Homemade nut butters last around 4 weeks in the fridge and around 3 months in the freezer.
Leading brand Meridian costs £1.85 per 100g whereas the almonds I buy (at Aldi) are £1.60 for 200g, making it only 80p per 100g of almond butter (prices correct as of 2023).
I know this one is completely subjective, but I genuinely find my homemade almond butter tastes miles better than the shop bought versions.
Make as Little or as Much as You Need
If you eat a lot like me or want to share your creations with friends and family, you can make a big batch. Otherwise, if it takes you a while to get through a jar, making a small batch is a great way to keep the almond butter fresher and minimise waste.
Bonus Almond Milk
And this one is a little cheeky bonus. If you are making almond butter from scratch, no matter how well you scrape the contents from the food processor, there will always be a little left behind.
The beauty of this is that by simply adding a cup of water and giving another blitz, you are left with fresh almond milk and a (slightly) cleaner food processor. Result!
🔧 Equipment Required
Making your own homemade roasted almond butter is so easy! All you need are almonds and a high-speed food processor.
After I followed the candida diet, my eating habits were changed for good. I started to eat more wholesomely and soon enough my family caught on that this was not just a phase. Which is why for my 30th birthday, my family all chipped in to get me a Nutramilk.
A Nutramilk is essentially a high-speed food processor made specifically for making nut butters and nut milks. What makes it different to a regular food processer is the fact it has a mesh to strain milk, has rotating blades to move the nuts around for you. And finally, it has a spout to easily extract the almond milk.
When I first received it, I was a little surprised by the size of it, after all I only have a small kitchen! But sure enough, I found a space for it, and I am so glad I have it now! I could make 100s of recipes with it but to be honest, I use it almost exclusively to make my homemade almond butter and almond milk.
The method for making roasted almond butter couldn’t be simpler. First, pre-heat your oven to 130°C / 266°F. The cooking temperature is intentionally low so that the nuts roast slowly. This ensures a mild roasted flavour and prevents the risk of the nuts burning and causing a bitter flavour.
Next, spread as many almonds as you want to make in almond butter. I normally make a batch of 600g at a time. This is over the recommended amount for my Nutramilk, but I really do hate washing up, so that is a risk I’m willing to take. And 4 years later my Nutramilk is still going strong, so I will continue to do it.
The almonds need to be roasted for between 22-25 minutes. You will know they are done because your kitchen will start to smell beautiful. Tasting them once cooked is optional but highly recommended.
Once the almonds have roasted, it is super important that you leave them to cool down fully. If there is any warmth left, it will create humidity while they blend, and it will be more difficult to get a smooth butter. I have learnt this the hard way. Patience is key!
When your almonds have properly cooled, you can add them to your food processor (or Nutramilk). How long it will take to process will depend on how many almonds you used. A batch of 600g takes 10 minutes to blend. I also leave mine on the longer side as I like my almond butter to be as runny as possible.
If you are using a food processor instead of a Nutramilk you will need to manually scrape the sides down every couple of minutes.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to make your own homemade roasted almond butter! The only question that remains, is what are you going to have with yours?
💕 Suggested Recipes
Here are my all-time favourite ways to use almond butter:
Delicious Homemade Roasted Almond Butter - Easy to Make!
- High speed food processor or Nutramilk
- 600 g whole almonds
- Preheat the oven to 130°C / 266°F.
- Spread the almonds evenly over a baking tray.
- Bake at 130°C / 266°F for 22-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely. This is very important as if they are still warm it will create humidity and the butter will not blend properly.
- In a high speed food processor or Nutramilk, blend for up to 10 minutes, or until the nuts have broken down into a smooth consistency. If you do not have a Nutramilk, you will need to pause the food processor occasionally in order to scrape down the sides.
- Pour the almond butter into a clean glass jar with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for up to four weeks.