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How to Make Homemade Almond Butter (in One Minute)


Posted by on January 18, 2017 / 31 Comments

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 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.

Enjoy!

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

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!

How to Make Homemade Almond Butter (in One Minute)

Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 2 cups almond butter

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

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Instructions

  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. 

Other healthy cooking videos you may enjoy:

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

How to Make Cashew Cream

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

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

  • Mark Rudd

    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.

    • Homemade trumps store-bought any day, doesn’t it? Especially when it’s as easy as this almond butter. :) Thanks Mark!

  • 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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    • It’s definitely more cost effective to make almond butter at home! You can also add flavorings, like cinnamon or maple syrup. :)

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

  • Liz Stark

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

  • João

    Tried this one today. Amazing.

  • Kathy

    How long will this butter keep in the fridge?

  • Yum, love almond butter!

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  • Marlen Montes

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

  • Candace

    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! :)

      • Candace

        Thanks so much for getting back to me about this! I’m going to try it! :)

  • KissTheCook

    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! :)

      • KissTheCook

        Thank you. I will definitely give it a try!

  • Anthony Savoy

    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?

      • Anthony Savoy

        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.

          • Anthony Savoy

            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.

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