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How to Make Homemade Almond Butter (in One Minute)

Homemade almond butter is healthy, delicious and super easy to make. My version only has one ingredient – almonds (with no added oils) – and takes one minute to make with a Vitamix. Watch the video to see for yourself!

Homemade almond butter is healthy, delicious and super easy to make. It only takes one minute with a Vitamix - watch the video to see for yourself!

Homemade almond butter (or any nut butter for that matter) is a staple do-it-yourself recipe. Just like homemade nut milks (which, you know my fave is cashew milk). But I still remember the first time I made almond butter in a food processor and thinking, “sheesh, this is taking a really long time.”

20-minutes to be exact. Because everything I’d found on the interwebs said that the best way to make almond butter was in a food processor. So that’s what I did, for several years. Then, I got my first Vitamix and the homemade nut butter clouds parted ways to show me the light.

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Are you ready for the light? You can take 15-20 minutes (depending on the size and strength of your food processor) to make homemade almond butter in a food processor. And it works, no doubt about it. Or, you could take one minute to make homemade almond butter in your Vitamix – for rich, creamy, super smooth almond butter. Which would you choose?

Because there’s so much incorrect information out there that says it’s difficult to make almond butter in a Vitamix, I whipped up a video to show you just how easy it is. I’ve also timed it for you with my Ascent 3500 blender. Yep, no smoke and mirrors around here. Just one minute to blend almonds into delicious almond butter.

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

In order to make the best almond butter possible, it’s important to know a few things about nuts. Namely, some nuts have more natural oils than others, which affects how easy they are to churn into butter. Peanuts, cashews and macadamia nuts have more natural oils (fatty acids) so they turn into nut butter quite easily. Almonds have a bit less oil.

Therefore, the easiest way to make almond butter is to 1) add a little oil (I like avocado oil) to raw almonds while blending to help them churn easier, or 2) roast the raw almonds first which helps to release their natural oils. I usually opt for the latter – and that’s what I show you in the video above.

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

If you roast the almonds, there’s just one important step to not forget – let them cool to room temperature. You do NOT want to put hot nuts in your plastic Vitamix container or it may ruin/melt it. Vitamix containers can definitely take hot liquids and make hot soups (I do it all the time), but hot nuts are concentrated oils which then get even hotter when blended. So remember….roast, cool, then blend.

Whether you roast the almonds or not is up to you. I personally like the flavor of roasted almond butter – it’s so darn good! But if you’re in a hurry, just toss raw almonds with 3-4 tablespoons of neutral-flavored oil into your Vitamix. Then, turn your blender on high and use the tamper to push down on the almonds. Pushing the almonds into the blades quickly turns it into almond butter. And one minute later you’re done.

Homemade almond butter without a food processor.


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How To Make Almond Butter

Make homemade almond butter in one minute with your Vitamix. Super easy and delicious - watch the video!

How to Make Homemade Almond Butter (in One Minute)

Homemade almond butter is healthy, delicious and super easy to make. 

Total Time 1 minute
Servings 2 cups almond butter


  • 4 cups raw almonds


  • 3-4 tbsp neutral flavored oil


  1. If roasting your almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

  2. Place the almonds on a parchment lined baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Let the almonds cool completely, to room temperature. Then transfer the almonds to your Vitamix container. 

  3. If not roasting the almonds and using additional oil, add the oil to your Vitamix container, then the nuts. 

  4. Place the lid on your Vitamix and remove the cap. Insert the tamper through the lid. Turn the Vitamix on high use the tamper to continuously push down on the almonds, particularly in the corners. After one minute, you'll have almond butter. 

  5. Transfer the almond butter to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. 

This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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65 comments on “How to Make Homemade Almond Butter (in One Minute)”

  1. Reading the comments here, I’d have to conclude that either something is missing in the instructions, or making almond butter in a Vitamix does not work.

    Incredible to see how many readers here are claiming it does not work.
    At some point maybe reconsider this article?

    • There’s nothing missing in the instructions and making almond butter in a Vitamix absolutely works. I make it every few weeks using this exact recipe.

      If you re-read all of the comments you’ll see that most who had issues altered the recipe – they either didn’t roast the almonds (and didn’t use oil), they decided to soak and dehydrate the almonds first (which removes their natural oils), they used a Ninja blender or food processor (which has a completely different motor), they added additional ingredients not called for in the recipe, etc etc.

      People are of course welcome to tweak a recipe, but when they do, I can’t guarantee the results. If the recipe is made as written, making almond butter in a Vitamix is extremely easy and works beautifully. As my video shows.

  2. I tried making almond butter once a couple of years ago. It so did not turn out. Your post though has encouraged me to try again! Will be making this within a week

  3. Looks good and easy. My question is always, how to get the the part under the blades? I have tried everything and that is the one thing I do not like about the Vitamix. Any suggestions would help. Thank you.

    • Vitamix recently came out with a blade scraper which is awesome and gets under the blades (check their website). But what I do when I’ve gotten out as much almond butter as possible, is add a little of my cashew milk and a frozen banana and blend it up for an almond banana smoothie. Works like a charm. ;) x

  4. This looks amazing and thanks for sharing! I made a batch right away with my Vitamix last night. I roasted 4 cups for 10 minutes and let them cool. Unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t as smooth as yours even after 5 minutes of using the tamper and getting it all blended. I wanted to avoid adding other oils but will probably have to in order to smear some neatly on some toast. Is there a specific brand of almonds you use? And anyway to smooth this batch I’ve made after putting it in the fridge? TIA!

    • Hi Ash – the brand of almonds can sometimes impact the outcome (especially if they’ve been previously roasted). I always buy raw, organic almonds – and this is the brand I use: I don’t know if there’s any other way to smooth it out, other than to add oil, which I know you don’t want to do. Hopefully your next batch will come out a little smoother! :) x

  5. HI! I’ve tried this recipe twice and my almonds will not turn to almond butter. I’m using a ninja food processor. I roasted them for twenty minutes before and had them in the food processor for 50 minutes.. what am I doing wrong????

    • Hi Alora – unfortunately, it sounds like it may be due to your food processor. I’m not familiar with Ninja’s, but I do know it usually takes 20 minutes (on average) to make almond butter in my KitchenAid food processor. The reason it only takes one minute in the Vitamix is because the blades truly are that much more powerful and you use the tamper to push the almonds into the blades, creating more friction. So if you’re doing the recipe as per the instructions (which, it sounds like you are) it may just be due to your machine. Sorry!

  6. I love almond butter!! And it’s so easy to make. Thanks Lisa for this post! Will get the blender out and make some this weekend:)

  7. Hi Lisa! So I just tried out making the almond butter with the exact same Vitamix as you and it came out thick like a brick and still had whole almonds after 1 minute. :( I bought roasted almonds and went ahead and added 3-4 Tbsp of olive oil and a tad bit of honey. Do you have any idea what could have happened? I blended for another 30 seconds and still thick and whole almonds left. Super sad about it. 

    • Hi April – oh no! That’s such a bummer. And I’m assuming you used the tamper to push the almonds into the blades? I do find that roasting raw almonds first (then letting them cool) produces the best result, rather than adding additional oil. Perhaps there was something else already added to your packaged roasted almonds, or maybe the honey siezed it up somehow? I’d give it another try with just plain, raw almonds, that you’ve roasted yourself (as I show in the video). Fingers crossed for your second try! :) x

      • My hubby was thinking the same thing about roasting our own. I’ll give that a try! I did go back and add more oil and blend it longer and it finally turned into creamy goodness! 😀 It took a lot of tampering and oil though. ☺️ Thanks for showing how to make yumminess with this awesome blender! 

      • Oh good! Happy to hear you were able to salvage it! Hopefully your next batch will go more smoothly April (pun intended). ;) x

  8. Very nice job making Almond Butter. Thank you!

  9. Hi, I just wanted to know if I could add sweet almond oil in this recipe? Since I don’t have vitamix to help blend the nuts. I’m using food processor in making this. Thanks in advance😊

    • Hi Misty – I’ve never cooked with sweet almond oil, but just did a quick Google search and it seems most uses are cosmetic (for hair, skin, nails, etc). It also looks like there’s a different food grade, so I’d make sure that if you try it that you definitely have the food grade almond oil. But if so I think a tablespoon or two of that would probably be fine. You can also use avocado oil or a light flavored olive oil. Hope that helps!

  10. Help please withAlmond Butter never liguified is like a lock and grainy!

  11. Loving all of your recipes! Quick question about the Almond butter-about how long will it last in the fridge? Thanks!

  12. I love my Vitamix yet making almond butter can cause my machine to overheat. Yes I roast and add coconut oil. After 60-seconds, the almond butter was still thick and it didn’t make a friendly noise when you push it down. With the food processor, the blade seems to run smoother and feels less hard on the machine. You don’t need to be there bashing it down into the blades from air to a big slug of almond thick sludge. It takes longer in the food processor yet you can walk away and it feels like i’m hurting the Vitamix. I’ve never had success making almond butter in the Vitamix.

    • Ahh, that’s a bummer. I wonder if it’s a certain model? I have both the Pro 750 and Ascent 3500 and I’ve never had problems. It whips up easily in one minute. Wondering if it’s worth reaching out to their customer service about? But either way, I’m glad you found a method that works for you! :)

  13. I know you are a strong advocate for the Vitamix, however I have a Ninja. Will this work with this? I am experimenting making my own almond butter for baking. Don’t want to pay the pricey tag if it is not going to be beneficial to my business. I do love your one minute vs others which say 20 minutes. Thank you sharing!

  14. Doesn’t work in my vitamix at all. 5-7 grueling minutes produced nothing more than a grainy brick and steam hot enough to burn me

    • Hi Anthony – did you roast the almond first?

      • No. I soaked and dehydrated them, trying to keep them raw. This is my second time trying this and second time failing. I’m using a vitamix 750. I noticed my container is much wider than others I’ve seen

      • Unfortunately it won’t work that way. Almond butter will definitely work in a Vitamix 750 (I had that model for 5 years before my new Ascent 3500), but as per the instructions above, you need to roast the almonds first (to release their natural oils) or add additional oil. Just soaked and dehydrated almonds won’t work.

      • I did add coconut oil. Maybe not enough. Do you find the new model to be better?

      • Yes, you may need to add even more oil than what’s listed above for soaked and dehydrated nuts. I think both models are great and work equally well! It took me a few weeks to get used to the Ascent (after having the 750 for so long), but now I love it – especially the timer function.

  15. If I decide against roasting the nuts, would you suggest soaking them before blending?

    • Unfortunately soaking won’t help them blend easier (though it will make them easier to digest). If you decide against roasting, you really need to add additional oil when it comes to almonds. This is not the case with other nuts (like peanuts, cashews, etc), but almonds just don’t have as much natural oils. Hope that helps! :)

  16. Do you use a wet or dry Vitamix container here? I’ve always wanted to try this, but have been intimidated and worried about scratching my (wet) container. You make it look so easy!

    • With the new Ascent model there’s only one type of container. But on the older models Vitamix recommends using the wet container. As far as I know, I don’t think it will scratch. So glad you liked the video Candace! :)

  17. Amazing! Almond flour can be made with the vitamix? How?

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  19. Yum, love almond butter!

  20. How long will this butter keep in the fridge?

  21. Tried this one today. Amazing.

  22. Can’t beat wholesome, homemade nut butters! Thank you for sharing this video/recipe. Hope you keep feeling better!

  23. Always wanted to try my own nut butters, sounds even easier now!

  24. I adore almond butter! It can get so expensive to buy jar after jar at the store, so this easy homemade version is perfect!

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  25. I love making home-made anything when it comes to staples. Sauces, pickles, gravies. This looks great and you have the health benefit of the almonds. Nice job.

  26. There is nothing better than homemade almond butter! Hand down, SO much better than store-bought stuff. Love your video!