Homemade Almond Butter and Accidental Caramel-ish Dip

July 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm 17 comments

Happy Friday! Today I learned about patience. Let me explain a bit –  I have always wanted to make my own almond butter, and I have attempted several times but always came up with a clumpy mess. After this morning’s effort though, I learned (once again) that persistence is key. I am learning life’s lessons from food…it definitely must be time for the weekend!🙂

Making your own almond butter is quite simple actually: you need almonds, a food processor and as mentioned before, patience. I’ve heard others that use a Vitamix with success but I can’t speak for that high-powered blender myself. In a nutshell, you add the nuts in whichever form desired – raw or roasted/toasted – and then turn on the processor…stop and scrape the sides, turn back on…stop and scrape the sides again, turn back on…stop and scrape the sides yet again, turn back on. You will keep repeating this method over and over until you get the smooth consistency that you find in high-quality jarred versions from the store. It takes a little time for the almonds to release all of their oils and that’s where the perseverance plays a part🙂 My handy-dandy KitchenAid food processor was put to work and began to get heated at the base but don’t worry, this is ok!

This is the basic process for creating your own homemade nut butter. From there, you can then make different variations – raw, roasted, roasted and salted – as well as various flavors – chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, flax etc. If you want chunky nut butter, you can add in 1/3 cup or more of chopped almonds after desired consistency is reached.

I made roasted almond butter (as I prefer the deeper flavor to raw), and after successfully achieving the silky texture I so desired, I got a little carried away and decided to make a super combo of flavors. Let’s just say I went overboard in the experimenting department and added flax, chia seed, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon and a little stevia to slightly sweeten. Is that considered overkill?

Caramel-like dip, perfect for apples!

Looking back, I should have added these ingredients a little at a time instead of all at once. At first, it became a thick paste mixture, so I added some coconut oil to thin along with some almond milk. Turns out the chia, flax and almond milk created a caramel-like texture that made the almond butter flavor fade into the background and I was left with a delicious but sticky mixture that I used for a yummy dip for apple slices. Although it was a “happy accident”, I am not sure I will be recreating the same flavor combo using the same method as before…it was a lot of trouble for an apple dip : ) Next time, I think I will add either honey or maple syrup as the sweetener, use a teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon of flax and some vanilla and leave it be.

Homemade Roasted Almond Butter

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups raw almonds

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out almonds. Bake for 8 minutes, stir and return to oven for another 7-8 minutes or until roasted and slightly fragrant (don’t them them burn!).
2. Remove sheet from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place roasted almonds into bowl of the food processor and process for about 10-15 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl every 30-60 seconds as needed.

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups (more or less, I kept tasting it!)

Here are what the stages look like from start to finish. You WILL achieve that creamy almond butter you are looking for!

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    My jar of almond butter is almost empty and I was going to buy a new one next week. Not anymore! I will so be making my own. Woo!😀 Do you think that if I make double your batch, it will kill my trusty KitchenAid food processor, if yours got a fever from making a single batch? Maybe I should stick to the smaller quantity…

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Fresh is tbe best! Have you made your own coconut butter? It’s SO easy and much less expensive – same process🙂 I think you should be fine with a larger batch, I would actually increase mine next time too for all the work! I have a sturdy food processor but if you think yours could handle it then I would definitely give it a whirl! It might even help the process of not having to scrap the sides and bottom as much since the blades would have more to hold on to? I should try too and let you know!

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  • 3. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  July 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks Nora. Whoever tries it first lets the other one know, how’s that? I think I will try a toasted almond / hazelnut butter. Should be pretty good with apples!😀

    I’ve never tried making coconut butter but it sure sounds interesting (I love coconut!!!) Do you have to peel the brown skin before you process it?

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  • 7. alani  |  February 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    mine didnt turn out creamy like yours😦 i tried for like 20 minutes! i didnt roast mine, i like the almonds raw, maybe that was why?

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    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  February 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Oh no!😦 Was it chalky or crumbly? If so, that means you are getting really close! In my experience, by roasting the nuts, it helps pulls out the oils so that it comes together as a butter easier. If that still doesn’t work, then you could always add a few teaspoons of neutral oil or even almond oil to help it along. I hope this helps!

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      • 9. alani  |  February 22, 2012 at 8:42 am

        It was more of a pizza dough consistancy (haha cant think of another way to describe it). It was like one big ball! It was probably because i didn’t roast them. I’ll try adding some almond oil next time! Making this tonight! Thanks!!

  • 10. Buffy the SMIL (StepMother In Law)  |  March 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Wow, that was easy. About 10 minutes in my Cuisinart. I starting getting nervous when it was a big ball swirling round but kept the processor going and it began to smooth out after a minute or two. Much better than the “grind your own” at the grocery store.

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    • 11. naturalnoshing  |  March 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Yay! SO glad this worked for you – it’s super simple, I am happy to hear you gave it a whirl…haha, no pun intended (ok I had to giggle at that one)

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  • 12. Davina  |  June 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I have just made this for my 17 yr old son who LOVES almond butter. All I have to say is…YUMMY🙂

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    • 13. naturalnoshing  |  June 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Isn’t homemade the best??!🙂

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      • 14. Davina  |  June 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

        It is awesome. Next time I will figure out a way to make the almond butter have a creamier texture. With my Ninja Blender, I had to process it for about 30 minutes. Do you think processing it for longer than 30 minutes will help make it creamier?

      • 15. naturalnoshing  |  June 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        The longer you process, the more creamy it should get because it will release oils. Depending on the batch and almonds used, you can always add a tablespoon or so of oil (or even almond oil) to help it along. Mine is super creamy but I’ve never used a Ninja blender. It helps if you are adding the almonds after you bake them too since the oils release faster🙂 hope that helps!

  • 16. Davina  |  June 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Okay…Thanks🙂

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