Jul 24

DIY Almond Butter

Healthy Homemade Almond Butter

I feel so guilty knowing that I ever bought nut butter from the store.  I never knew how much cheaper it is to make it at home… quite honestly, I didn’t know it was possible until a few months ago.  Plus, it’s super easy, incredibly convenient, and oh so fresh and healthy!  So let’s calculate how much cha-ching! we save by making almond butter at home:

One 3lb bag of almonds costed me $10.99 at Costco (YAY for food in bulk!), with the capability of making me ~5.5 cups of almond butter.  That’s only $1.99 per cup!

Compare that to Artisana’s almond butter (the brand I used to buy ~1x a month), which costs $11.99 for a 16oz jar, or $5.99 per cup!

Healthy Homemade Almond Butter

So after making this Homemade Almond Butter and trying to count how many jars of almond butter I’ve gone through (and extra dollars I’ve spent) over the years, I want to slap myself.  Hard.

But you don’t have to slap yourself for wasting any money, because now you can make almond butter at home too  :)

Healthy Homemade Raw Almond Butter

Yield: about 1.5 cups

Healthy Homemade Raw Almond Butter


  • 3 cups Raw, Unsalted Almonds


  1. Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse to chop.
  2. Blend the chopped almonds for about 10-15 minutes, scraping the sides when necessary.
  3. Add salt or stevia/sweetener to taste (I didn't, but it all depends on taste) and scoop/pour into a pretty sealable jar. Store tightly sealed in the fridge.


I used a 4-cup processor (yes it's small and anal retentive, but it works!) that recommends running for a max of 60 seconds, so it took me a little longer than it would a person with a normal sized processor. However, the process is actually kinda fun so I didn't mind the extra 5 minutes or so. While you process, note that a ball of nut butter will form, which I hear is totally normal so don't worry if that happens to you, just split it up while you scrape down the sides of the processor. After processing a few more times the ball will disappear. When it looks nice and buttery, just run it a couple minutes longer to make sure it'll stay like that after refrigeration.

Healthy Homemade Almond Butter

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Almond-Butter, Almonds, DIY, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, Low-Carb, No-Bake, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (23)

  1. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: July 24, 2012

    Yum, I love making my own almond butter!

  2. energeat: July 24, 2012

    Wow, price differential really speaks for itself! No reason not to make my own now :)

  3. The Cooking Actress: July 24, 2012

    I love making nut butters at home! I just made homemade pb for the first time and I am never turning back!

  4. Looks delicious!! I love homemade nut butter:)

  5. Faith: July 25, 2012

    I make this all the time with a touch of raw honey :) My favorite right now is Cashew butter!

  6. Mara @ Elemental Custard: July 25, 2012

    I keep meaning to make almond butter (I find myself going through it at a rapid pace). It’s always so rewarding being able to make things instead of buying them! AND almonds are one of the best nuts for you! :)

  7. Mmmm raw honey sounds delicious! (and so does the cashew butter….)

  8. Unknown: July 26, 2012

    Apparently you need to get a Trader Joe’s near you, a jar is only 5 bucks there, and they have both raw and roasted in both salted and unsalted! Just a note [: My food processor is itty bitty and very old…can’t handle things like this anyhow. :(

  9. Anonymous: July 27, 2012

    Can this be done with a regular blender?…

  10. Roe: July 27, 2012

    oooh I will try both the Almond (with some honey too) and the Cashew butter!

  11. BarbSchaefer: July 27, 2012

    Do you soak your raw almonds before making butter? I thought it was important to soak them first.

  12. Anonymous: July 27, 2012

    Can anyone recommend a good machine to process the almonds.

  13. Anonymous: July 27, 2012

    have you tried it with a champion juicer

  14. Debbie: July 27, 2012

    I didn’t realize that making almond butter was that easy.

  15. Joy: July 27, 2012

    It’s not really raw, just not roasted. :( Just so you know…

  16. Anonymous: July 27, 2012

    Making this as we speak for my Mum’s birthday, on my late Nana’s 30 year old kitchen whizz – It’s needed a few moments to catch it’s breath outside in the cold :) ~Shells

  17. If your blender is powerful enough, I’m sure it can. I made my first nut butter (pistachio butter) using a blender, however almonds will take much longer to release their natural oils so be prepared to blend for longer than 10 minutes! Also, I would suggest chopping the almonds before blending to make it easier on the blender.

  18. Soaking almonds helps us absorb the nutrients better, but I didn’t soak them.

  19. Haha hope you like the almond butter! :)
    PS: Happy birthday to your mother!

  20. alimccannell@mac.com: July 27, 2012

    Does it separate in the fridge or in storage? It drives me NUTS (no pun intended) when all the oil goes to the top and then you get this rock hard mess to deal with at the bottom. How is that prevented?

  21. I hate that too! Luckily, my almond butter hasn’t separated once… it’s pretty thick similar to peanut butter. I’m not sure if this makes a difference, but I stored my almond butter in a glass jar with a tightly sealed cap.

  22. I use a Cuisinart 4-cup food processor. A larger one will work better though (the smaller the processor the weaker it is and longer it will take). My sister has a 10-cup which worked well, and my friend made this using what I believe was an 8-cup? Ashley from the Edible Perspective (famous nut butter lover) uses a Cuisinart 11-cup food processor:

  23. Mom Meets Kitchen: January 12, 2014

    Thanks for such a great explanation on this. I’m SO new to actually using my kitchen and cooking. You made it easy. Tastey too!


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