This almond butter recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
I love making homemade nut butters because they’re fast, easy, and inexpensive. This almond butter recipe has all the nutritional value of almonds, making it a healthy addition to your diet. Almond butter is a versatile staple in any kitchen – you can slather it on toast or pita bread, add it to smoothies, use it as a dip for fruit, stir it into the batter for baked goods, mix it into oatmeal… the possibilities are endless.
I chose to toast the almonds in the oven first, because it helps release the oils faster in the food processor. Also, it lends the nut butter a delicious roasted flavor. If the food processor becomes hot as you’re blending the nuts, simply give it a moment to cool down before proceeding.
Almond butter is a healthy alternative for people that can’t have peanut butter due to allergies or just a taste preference. It’s high in heart-healthy fats, protein and dietary fiber so it’s particularly filling and satisfying. Plus, almond butter contains a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium, and other minerals. Almonds are also naturally lower in saturated fat than peanuts, making almond butter a popular option among health nuts.
Although you can make almond butter simply from almonds alone, I prefer to add a bit of coconut oil and maple syrup. The coconut oil enables the nuts to blend easier in the food processor and helps produce a creamier consistency. Coconut oil is also a good source of lauric acid, which supports the immune system and may improve metabolism. The addition of a natural sweetener such as maple syrup or honey is optional, but I enjoy a touch of sweetness. A pinch of salt also enhances the flavor of the almonds so that is recommended, as well.
Homemade nut butters in mason jars make wonderful gifts for family and friends. The almonds can be swapped out for any type of nuts or seeds of your choice. Sunflower seeds are a good option for those who are allergic to nuts. Once you’ve perfected your nut-butter-making skills, you can try creating different varieties. Add cacao powder for a chocolaty version, or consider adding cinnamon and other spices. The addition of flaxseed meal lends a boost of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
I hope you enjoy learning how to make almond butter! Once you go homemade, you’ll never go back.
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.