Homemade Almond Butter

by Erin

The other day while driving home at night I was being a bad driver by taking my eyes off the road to crane my neck up to see the stars out my car window. Orion is one of the first constellations I spot every time I look at the night sky, and I have always been amused by how he is upside down. That was until Bob ruined it by telling me he is in fact up right. Mind-blowing. My entire life I have believed that he was upside down and now I have to completely readjust how I look at him in the sky. I was not okay with this realization and proceeded to look away from the road to stare at Orion in disbelief. No worries I did not crash.

Yesterday Bob decided to rub it in even further by sending me this XKCD comic about Orion and his mysterious stars between his legs (the stars are what sparked the conversation about which direction he was positioned in the sky – yes I have unusual conversations with my friends). It’s cruel to keep killing my childhood memories of gazing up at the stars with my family while waiting for meteor showers. I need to move to the Southern hemisphere so that I can be correct about my views on Orion. Am I the only one you thought this?

While we are on the subject of being wrong, have you ever made a grocery list and omitted something because you “knew” you had it only to discover that it has mysteriously disappeared (aka you used it all and forgot)? This happened to me when with the almond butter in the chocolate almond cupcakes I shared with you yesterday. But I came to the rescue of myself by whipping up some from scratch! Thank goodness for my zombie-apocalypse-worthy pantry of supplies which contains several large Sam’s club sized bags of nuts.

Making this almond butter from scratch was so easy that I almost feel ashamed for buying any sort of nut butter from the store. I see many nut-butter creations in my future.

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Makes approximately 1.5 cups


2 cups raw almonds

1 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on a 9×13-inch baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Place roasted almonds in a food processor and grind for 15 minutes, stopping regularly to scrape down the sides. After 15 minutes the almonds will turn smooth and creamy. Add the salt and blend. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Source: Adapted from A Cozy Kitchen & Tasty Kitchen.

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Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious March 5, 2012 - 6:16 pm

I have been wanting to make this one as well using my Vitamix blender, so thanks for sharing :)

Christy February 28, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Hmmm, this is the first time I have heard of almond butter and I am guessing, with the creative minds of bakers like you, we will be seeing most of the nuts being made into butter as well?:p

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 28, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Nothing I say, nothing compares to homemade peanut or almond butter. This looks delish!! Can I have a few spoonfuls?

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes February 28, 2012 - 9:45 pm

I have the same huge bag of almonds in the fridge. I’ll have to give almond butter a try. I didn’t know it would be so easy.

spiffycookie February 28, 2012 - 11:02 pm

I didn’t realize it was so easy either. Happy surprise.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 28, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Well that was easy! wish I had a bunch of almonds in my freezer!

Tracey February 28, 2012 - 3:58 pm

I’ve never actually had almond butter, but people seem to love it so I should get on that. I used to omit things from my grocery list all the time thinking I had them, and after being wrong a million times I’ve finally started checking more often to make sure :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Seems like you made a good mistake! Got to love homemade nut butters:-)

I never could figure out the constellations at all! I would believe you if you told me it was upside down:-)

spiffycookie February 28, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Sweet, just believe that then so I won’t be alone O:-)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 28, 2012 - 2:52 pm

I loooooveee almond butter. I’ve never made my own though. Can’t wait to try this! :)

Catalina @ Cake with Love February 28, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Never tried making my own nut butter, but this looks easy and I believe it taste delicious!

Choc Chip Uru February 28, 2012 - 12:55 pm

This almond butter looks gorgeous – simple but effective to add a different kind of flavour :D

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Steph@stephsbitebybite February 28, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Ok…I think you know that this is probably my favorite thing that you’ve made so far. Seeing as how I’m a nut butter freak and all! I wishI had that spoon!

Rita Hendrickson February 28, 2012 - 10:16 am

Nice Erin. We will have to try this. We have one of those Montel blender things. I think it may work!
Enjoyed the star story too! Did you see the two planets lately below the moon? I forget which ones but they are
in alignment below it.

spiffycookie February 28, 2012 - 10:17 am

I did see them! There were supposed to be 5 planets visible in the night sky last week. I never got a chance to see them though.

Emily @ Life on Food February 28, 2012 - 10:09 am

Making my own nut butter is something that has been on my list for a while. I really need to get on it. I am convinced I need a larger food processor though.

spiffycookie February 28, 2012 - 10:10 am

I used a small food processor for this batch.

brandi February 28, 2012 - 8:01 am

this looks perfect! i need a food processor, just so i can make my own!


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