How to Make Almond Butter (in 1 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. 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.

Making Almond Butter in a Vitamix

Here’s why I love my Vitamix. 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?

Raw almonds on a baking sheet.

Almond butter in a Vitamix blender.

Watch this Quick Video of My Almond Butter Recipe

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. Give it a watch!

How to Make Almond Butter

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. Voila, homemade almond butter without a food processor.

Girl standing next to Vitamix blender with almond butter in it.

More Tips for Your Homemade Almond Butter

  • Storage: The almond butter will stay good for several weeks in the fridge (if not longer). I always store it in my favorite Le Parfait Jars.
  • Temperature: Keep in mind that all ovens cook at slightly different temperatures and you may need to cook your almonds a minute or two longer, especially if you find them harder to blend without using oil.
  • Tamper: Really use the tamper to push the nuts into the blades when blending and push towards the corners of the container. Don’t be gentle. It’s the friction that’s needed to turn it into nut butter.
  • Nuts: I don’t recommend making this with soaked and dehydrated nuts. But if you do, you definitely need to add oil (and likely more) as you’ve now removed some of the natural oils within the nuts. Roasting soaked nuts alone simply won’t work. Alternatively, you can use almond that are pre-roasted for flavor, but you’ll still need to add additional oil. Only freshly roasted almonds will have their natural oils released and make it easy to blend them on their own.
  • Quantity: Do NOT reduce the quantity of almonds if using a Vitamix. You need a minimum amount of almonds (4 cups) in the blender to ensure the blades work properly.
  • Tips: If you’re making almond butter without oil (just roasting) and it seems dry and flaky and not turning into butter, there’s likely two reasons: 1) the almonds needed to roast just a little bit longer (see temperature note above), 2) the brand of almonds. I’ve found certain brands of almonds just blend better than others. I really have no idea why, but I’ve never had any problems with the brand linked in the recipe card notes. But if you’re in the predicament of your almonds not turning to butter, just add one tablespoon of oil at a time until it turns creamy. It’s totally salvageable!

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Almond butter in a glass jar.

Almond butter in a glass jar with a spoon.

How to Make Almond Butter (in 1 Minute!)

4.93 from 39 votes
Prep Time: 1 min
Total Time: 1 min
Servings: 2 cups almond butter
Author: Lisa Bryan
Homemade almond butter recipe is healthy, delicious and super easy to make. It's also ultra creamy in your Vitamix. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw almonds

Optional

  • 3-4 tbsp neutral flavored oil, I use avocado oil

Instructions 

  • If roasting your almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Place the almonds on a parchment lined baking tray and roast for 10-13 minutes.
  • Let the almonds cool completely, to room temperature. Then transfer the almonds to your Vitamix container.
  • If not roasting the almonds and using additional oil, add the oil to your Vitamix container, then the nuts.
  • Place the lid on your Vitamix and remove the cap. Insert the tamper through the lid. Turn the Vitamix on high and use the tamper to continuously push down on the almonds, particularly in the corners. After one minute, you'll have almond butter.
  • Transfer the almond butter to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Lisa's Tips

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp, Calories: 96kcal, Carbohydrates: 3.7g, Protein: 3.7g, Fat: 8.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 0.5g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, almond butter recipe, homemade almond butter, how to make almond butter
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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own. The post was originally posted Jan 2017, but updated to include new tips and information. 

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263 comments on “How to Make Almond Butter (in 1 Minute!)”

  1. I did this in a Cuisinart food processor and it took forever. So long that I now buy almond butter even though home made tastes better and is cheaper.
    You have an honest face and a good reputation so I will accept the one minute claim. Very impressive.

  2. I have made this 3 times and it has never been creamy! I use a vitamix and organic raw almonds that I roast. What am I doing wrong?3 stars

    • If it’s not creamy enough, add a bit of oil as your are blending and make sure to use your tamper so that everything gets evenly blended.

  3. I stumbled upon your recipe for almond butter.  The almond butter I buy from the store always say, “blanched, roasted almonds.”  If I blanch my almonds, should I roast them AFTER I blanch them?  Is there anything else of which I should be cautious when making your recipe?  I don’t have the latest model of Vitamix (an older model, 5000, that simply has a dial in the middle and a variable/high switch on the left).  I’m actually trying to duplicate a Barney Brand Butter (almond  chocolate) which we LOVE!  It’s so expensive in the store…

    I’m also trying to make chocolate coconut butter and coconut almond butter.  We simply love the chocolate/almond butter blends!  Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

  4. I just made almond butter in my new Vitamix, process is very fast, but mine did not turn out as creamy as it shows on the video. Very good but I think next time I will add a bit of oil. Is there a way I can make the one I already made creamier. Love your videos and website, very inspiring!!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    • Hi Doris – you could try blending the one you have with a little bit of oil. Or next time, just try blending it for a couple of minutes longer. Most times that does the trick! Happy you’re enjoying my recipes and videos. :)

  5. First off, let me just says that I’m on your Blog several times a day searching for healthy recipes. I love the simplicity of the recipes and the concise directions.

    I successfully made the almond butter, but I guess using avocado oil (spray) prolonged my efforts by three minutes. (I even roasted the almonds) Next time, I think I should actually use oil instead of a spray.

    Nevertheless, less you were right a high powered blender like the Vitamix A3500 is needed to pull this off. Which fortunately I have. Otherwise I would have a meltdown..literally.

    Thank you for sharing
    Elan5 stars

    • Regular oil is much better than a spray for this recipe. But I’m glad your almond butter turned out perfectly!

  6. I am making this right now.  I use Peanut Butter instead of Almond butter,.  The taste of the sauce is incredibly delicious! And the spring rolls look beautiful!  I used matchstick carrots, stripped of cucumber, baby spinach, cilantro leaves and shrimp, just perfect for a simple and healthy dinner!  Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe to us!5 stars

    • Glad you loved the sauce Gloria! Looks like we’re on the same page when it comes to spring rolls :)

  7. Hi, I’ve tried your overnight oats, mango smoothie recipes so far. You seriously got me hooked onto overnight oats!! It’s the only breakfast that I look forward to eat now. & not forgetting, you convinced me to try out chia seeds too!!
    Would love to try out the almond butter recipe. Wondering if I could replace the oil with butter instead?

    • Hi Jessie – glad you’re enjoying the overnight oats! For the almond butter, I’ve actually not tried replacing the oil with butter, so I’m not quite sure how that would turn out.

  8. I bought my first almond butter in a store. Was just ok. Didn’t really like it.
    I bought a vitamix and  stumbled upon your site and saw your recipe!
    3rd  time I’m doing your recipe and it’s amazingly delicious!!! Love, love, love it!!!!
    Trying out your smooties and it’s so delicious!!!!
    So happy to discover your site!!!!
    Thank you!!!❤️5 stars

  9. Hi lisa
    I didn’t roasted my almonds but I add olive oil (it was the only one I had) but it took a lot of oils and a lot of time in the blender to came out something almost smooth,nothing close to your, very pale and more chunky, I was supposed to add more oil? Or it was my blender? I have the ninja and I used the chopper, any tips please?,thanks

    • Hi Allison – it sounds like it may be your blender. Nut butters are best in a high-powered blender or a food processor. If you have a food processor, you can give that a try next time!

  10. Would it be too much oil if you roast them AND add avocado oil?

  11. Hi.   I am new to you and loving everything.   From your recipes to utensils.    My husband and I are changing our diet and  your recipes are easy to make and so healthy.    So glad I found you on YouTube.      Making your banana bread today.   I have made your lentil soup and loved it.    Just getting started.  Thank you.  

    • Welcome to the Downshiftology community Cynthia! Happy to hear I’ve been able to help you on your health journey :)

  12. Did you use the container for dry ingredients or wet?

  13. Just made this! So easy. Used 1/2 raw and 1/2 low salt, roasted and used my high power blender.  I do wish I had a tamper….I lost a bit off my spatula!  Oops 
    Thanks- Love your recipes!

  14. Hi Lisa I’ve tried making the almond butter with my vitamix twice now and both times they’ve come out dry and kind of pasty.   I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, I’ve tried adding coconut oil and the other time I’ve tried roasting them.  it gets so flipping hot Im worried it’ll burn out the engine.  is there anything else I could try??

    • Hi Sarah – Did you read all the tips above? Sometimes it’s just little things like roasting them a minute or two longer, or pushing down harder with your tamper. It’s just takes a little practice. :)

  15. Im obsessed with this recipe. Im a fans of Dowshiftology :D5 stars

  16. Hey Lisa! Just curious about the cost of homemade vs. store bought almond butter. It looks like Amazon has 3lb. (48 oz.) bags of raw almonds for about $22. If I have to use 32 oz. of the bag to make 16 oz. of almond butter, it looks like that would wind up costing about $14.72 (.47 per oz. x 32 oz). A same sized jar of raw almond butter at Trader Joe’s runs about $8. Could it really be almost double the price to make it yourself? I would’ve figured homemade would be cheaper, but my math could totally be off! Would love to get your thoughts on whether you find making it yourself to be more cost effective. Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi Mary – Sometimes, it might be a bit more expensive to blend your own almond butter (depending where you buy your almonds). But the main benefit of doing so is that you are excluding all the unnecessary additives, preservatives, and extra sugar that’s made in the store-bought versions. You can always opt to buy a jar if you’re looking to be more cost-effective, but if you’re cautious of what ingredients go into your body – homemade is the way to go :) Hope that helps!

    • If you go to Sams club 3LBS of whole natural almonds is only $5! I also checked Amazon and I found that they oversell their raw almonds.

    • Your math is probably correct and I agree that it’s crazy and hard to believe how much more it costs to do DIY. And let’s be clear that we’re comparing it to one-ingredient-only store-bought almond butter. The only benefit is not having to worry about all the plastic jars that we wash and try to use but most likely do not get recycled because they’re plastic.

      Is the recipe the same for peanut butter or any other nut butter?5 stars

  17. Hi there! Since this is my first comment, I was to say you are amazing! I tried many many recipes of yours and each and every one was delicious and beyond.
    And something that is very important to me, since I’m a European, I was able to easily follow any recipe and convert just about everything…well, except for those 4 cups of almond, lol. I found many different answers and they differed quit a bit, so I was hoping, maybe I could an answer from you? It doesn’t have to be in grams, it can be in anything, and I’ll do the rest.
    Either way, I want to thank you for every recipe you made and shared with us!

    • Hi Marija – I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed all my recipes so far! As for the almonds, it should be around 572g raw almonds. Also, not sure if you know already, but there is a metric button in the recipe card that should convert all the ingredients :)

      • Thank you! 
        And I can’t believe I missed the button. 😂
        It will definitely help, as soon as tomorrow, when I make your overnight oats! Many thanks! 💛

  18. Hi, how are? Can i add salt?

  19. Hi I was wondering if the almond butter stays creamy; especially once you put in the fridge.
    Thank you

  20. I made the nut butter,I added avocado oil ,it came out dry,I use a blender maybe that is why.I don’t have the one that use in your video.Where can I buy the one you use in your recipes
    I’m in South Africa.
    Thanks5 stars

    • Hi Jane – You can find the blender I use in the Shop page on my website! If it’s coming out dry, it can be hard to tell sometimes what may cause that. It may be that they needed longer to roast (as every oven is different) or it could have been the brand of almonds. As long as you followed all of the other tips above, I’d try tweaking those two things and giving it another go. Hope it turns out better next time!

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