Even I was impressed at how easy this was to make. I didn't think it would turn out as smooth and creamy as the ones you can buy in the store (for a fortune!), but it did!
Although a Vitamix blender whips this up in half the time, a food processor will do just as good a job.
For those who prefer making raw almond butter ( using unroasted nuts) it is important that they be soaked overnight in salted water. This does two important things - it breaks down and neutralizes the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that are contained in the nuts. Both of these can cause upset stomach and poor nutrient absorption if not soaked before consuming. Once the nuts have been soaked then patted dry then can be processed.
However, for the best tasting almond butter, toasting the nuts first is what really enhances and deepens its flavor. Ensure that the nuts are are still warm from toasting before processing, this softens their oils allowing them to process up smoother and creamier than if the nuts were cold.
Here is what the butter looks like at the half way point..
At the 10 minute mark is when it really starts to get a smooth and creamy consistency (or less if using a Vitamix blender).
- 2 cups whole raw almonds
- 4 cups of warm water +1 Tbsp salt - if making Raw Almond butter (not toasting nuts)
- ½ tsp salt*
- 2 Tbsp honey, optional for added sweetness
- To make raw almond butter (not toasting the nuts) - You must first soak the nuts to remove their acids/enzymes that can cause digestive upset: Place nuts in a large bowl and cover with the water. Stir in the 1 Tbsp salt to dissolve. Loosely cover and let sit at room temperature overnight. Drain, rinse and pat dry nuts. Proceed to step 3.
- For toasted almond butter (the most flavorful) - Place nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 8-12 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned, shake pan halfway through. Cool for 10-15 minutes, you want the nuts still warm when you process them.
- Place warm/dried nuts and ½ tsp of salt (if using) in a food processor and process on high until mixture turns smooth and creamy, about 8-12 minutes (less if using a Vitamix blender). Scrape down sides as needed. If desired you can sweeten with some honey, to taste.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 months.