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Raw Recipe: Almond Butter

Making nut butters can be a little tricky. I used to think that I had to do them in my Vitamix, which would drive me batty with all the scraping down that was required. Other times, I would have a fail, only because I quit too early. I didn’t realize how much time it takes, and the process that the nuts have to go through. But if you have a little patience, you can make nut butters that are fabulous. You will never want to buy them again! Almond butter is a good one to start with.



I used my Kitchen Aid 12 cup food processor. It is a strong processor. The bottom warms up a little bit but if you are using an older processor, or a processor with a much weaker motor, common sense needs to prevail.



After 2 minutes it will look like this.



After 4 minutes it will look like this.



After 6 minutes it will look like this.



Around 8 minutes, the almond mixture will ball up. Just let it keep going.



At 10 minutes it has begun to redistribute, but it is not done yet. You want to wait until the oils get released.



At 12 minutes the almonds have released their oil and the butter is ready! If you want to add honey or salt, stir it in by hand.

*Chef’s Note: If using soaked, dehydrated (dried) almonds, you may need to add a little oil. This recipe requires the use of completely dry almonds.


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  1. Carol wrote on November 1, 2016

    Hi, Susan. I recently tried making raw almond butter in my Nutribullet. Took FOREVER, and the result? Well … I wound up throwing it away cuz it tasted TERRIBLE (part of the problem was that, unfortunately, the nuts I used were not real fresh … and I think the heat produced by the friction of grinding degraded the oils further).

    Anyway, I have almond meal on hand from trying out a keto diet (which didn’t work for me). Wondering if I could just put the raw almond meal in my Cuisinart to make the almond butter. Your thoughts, please?

    … and THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!!! I’ve been cruising all over the Internet recently for raw almond butter recipes, and I think yours sounds like it will yield the best result. Store-bought raw almond butter is ridiculously expensive!!! πŸ™

    • Susan wrote on November 4, 2016

      You could try the almond meal but if it has been processed at all (meaning it is not just ground almonds) you might have an issue. I would try it and see what happens! Cheers!

      • Carol wrote on November 4, 2016

        Thank you for responding to my question, Susan. I’m pretty sure what I have is 100% ground almonds, so it SHOULD work. I’ll let you know how it turns out … πŸ™‚

  2. Susan wrote on March 13, 2016

    My Cuisinart old school processor did it in less than 10 but i let it ride a bit. Sad part? Some of the nuts had been in the fridgw a while and the tadte is off. Great instructions!!!

    • Susan wrote on March 14, 2016

      Hi, Susan, I hope you will make it again! Cheers!

  3. Marie wrote on March 5, 2016

    For how long does the almond butter last?

    • Susan wrote on March 5, 2016

      It is just ground up almonds so it actually lasts quite a while. I still keep it in the fridge because the oils in the almonds are perishable.

  4. Christy wrote on February 18, 2016

    I’m trying this now. Not working. I have a Ninja and it just throws the almonds on the side and they aren’t in the blades anymore. πŸ™ Now I just have a bunch of chopped almonds.

    • Susan wrote on February 18, 2016

      Hi, Christy, A ninja is not the same as a food processor. They work very differently. I would suggest looking up a recipe specifically for making nut butters in a ninja. Cheers!

      • Alise wrote on January 23, 2018

        I used a Ninja Prep Professional and the result was just as good if not better than the almond butter from our local Whole Foods Co-op. I DID have to scrape the nuts down the side 10-12 times but $17 for 3 lbs of raw almonds is better than $10.99 a pound at the Co-op. Comes out to $5.66 lb.

      • Betty wrote on March 25, 2016

        Thankful I read this because I was going to try this in my Ninja. Btw, Susan I love your blog!

        • Susan wrote on March 25, 2016

          Thank you so much, Betty!


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