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Homemade Almond Butter

Learn how to make homemade almond butter made with just 1 ingredient – almonds! It whips up into a delicious creamy nut butter that’s inexpensive, healthy, and so easy to make!

homemade almond butter in a glass jar on white tablecloth with almonds scattered around

Homemade almond butter is easy to make, healthy, and tastes just as good, if not better, than store-bought. Today, I’m excited to share with you this simple recipe so you can make it in your own kitchen.

I eat it almost every day, someway, somehow! I may have almond butter for breakfast on my morning toast with sliced apples or bananas or as a dessert or snack smeared on pieces of my favorite dark chocolate or apple slices. It’s delicious in more ways than one!

This almond butter recipe requires one simple ingredient and a bit of patience. And in the end, your labor of love will pay off with the best almond butter ever!

This recipe uses one pound of raw almonds, costing about $6 – 7 dollars, which is about the same price, for the same amount of almond butter I currently get from TJ’s. On the high end, I’ve also seen almond butter go for upwards of $16.00. Yikes!

Not only is it cheaper to make yourself, but it’s nice knowing exactly what’s in your almond butter. Plus, you can easily customize it with optional add-ins like cinnamon and pure maple syrup, making a fun and flavorful nut butter.

almond added to the bottom of a food processor before starting to blend

How To Make Almond Butter

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound almonds (raw or toasted, pref. unsalted), about 2 1/2 cups
  • Good food processor or high-speed blender (I used this Cuisinart Elite Food Processor (affiliate link), using the small bowl)

Now you’re ready to proceed:

Start by adding the almonds to the bowl of your food processor or high-speed blender (as shown above), and start blending.

top down view of almond butter processing in food processor for about 5 minutes

Above is a look after about 5 – 7 minutes as it starts to bind and clump.

top down view of homemade almond butter in a food processor after being processed for about 10 minutes, clumpy in formation

Here, pictured above, we’re at about 10-12 minutes of processing the almonds. It’s starting to clump up at this point.

top down view of homemade almond butter after processing in a food processor for about 15 minutes, beginning to become smooth

Now you see the almonds after 15 minutes of processing. They are starting to warm up, releasing their oils and creating a smoother consistency. It’s finally coming together.

Below is after about 20 minutes. Your patience has paid off, and you now have a delicious homemade nut butter to use however you like!

Optional add-Ins

You can easily add flavor to your almond butter by adding any of these various ingredients to the almonds before blending.

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

How To Store

  • Counter: Homemade nut butter can be stored in the pantry for up to 1 month.
  • Refrigerator: For longer storage, almond butter can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 months, maybe more.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this delicious, creamy condiment:

top down view of homemade almond butter finished processing in a food processor, result is smooth creamy almond butter

I hope you loved this nut butter recipe! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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Easy to make at home, this raw almond butter is a staple in my kitchen. Spread it on sandwiches, use it in nut butter dressing and so much more!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: blender, food processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 pound (16 oz) almonds (raw or toasted), about 2 1/2 cups

optional add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon or so of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, warmed


Add almonds to high-speed blender or food processor blend until creamy, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides as needed. If adding in extra ingredients, please do so after you have achieved a creamy consistency.

The total time from beginning to end may take 15 to 25 min, depending on your machine.

Makes 2 cups


To make sure you get that super creamy texture, just when you think you’re done…keep the blender going for another 5 minutes or so. I’ve stopped to soon and had a somewhat pasty batch, it wasn’t bad but the creamier it is the easier it is to spread.

Be sure if adding maple syrup it’s a little warm before adding. If you add cold maple syrup your mixture will seize up a bit and take longer to finish.

Roasted almonds will be fine too!

Enjoy and have fun experimenting with add-ins!

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  1. Thank you!!!!! I have tried before and was never patient enough!!!!! I loved your whole description and I was sooooo patient! It paid off with perfect almond butter for much cheaper!

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