Homemade Soaked Almond Butter


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Yield: 2 cups

Store-bought almond butter is made from nuts that have not been soaked to remove the digestive disturbing properties of the nuts. Since my husband really likes almond butter, I often make my own using soaked & dehydrated almonds. The oil in this recipe is optional, but highly recommended. It helps the texture become smooth. Without the oil, the almond butter will be rather dry. The roasting step is also optional. I actually prefer not roasting the almonds. But my husband, the primary almond butter eater, loves the toasty roasted flavor. Since I sprinkle sea salt on my soaked & dehydrated nuts, I don’t add additional sea salt to the recipe, but feel free to please your palate!

Ingredients:
1 lb soaked almonds
2 tbsp unrefined palm oil or unrefined coconut oil (optional)

Instructions:
Optional First Step – Preheat oven to 350˚. On a large sheet tray, spread almonds in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes; almonds will be fragrant and lightly browned. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

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If making crunchy almond butter, remove 1/2 cup of almonds and roughly chop. Set aside.  Place remaining almonds into the bowl of a food processor. Turn on the motor and process for 1 minute; almonds will be grainy.

Add oil and turn back on the motor.  After several minutes, almond butter will turn into a ball. After several more minutes, it will separate from the ball and stick onto the sides of the bowl. Finally, almond butter will become smooth. The whole process will take approximately 5 minutes. Once smooth, if making crunchy almond butter, add chopped almonds back to the bowl and pulse until combined. Scoop into an airtight container and refrigerate. Almond butter will thicken slightly when refrigerated.

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13 comments


  • julie

    Hi! How long do you soak your almonds? And then when you don’t roast do you grind when they are wet, yet?

    March 6, 2012
  • Tiffany

    How long does this last before it goes bad?

    April 13, 2012
    • Molly Chester

      Oh… a couple months in the fridge, and a couple weeks on the counter. It will likely be gone before it goes bad! :)

      July 14, 2012
  • Megan

    Hi Molly, to circle back on Julie’s question, if you don’t roast the almonds, do you still dehydrate them before making the butter? Thanks!

    August 8, 2012
  • April

    Hi! Great post! I’d like to third the question asked above- after you soak the almonds, can you grind them directly into almond butter or is it mandatory to dehydrate/roast them before doing so? Thanks!

    September 29, 2012
  • Jeramie

    Frustrated. I followed the instructions above (only used 1 pound of nuts though) and I’m STILL blending, blending, blending. I’ve added 3 T of coconut oil and it still only resembles a graham cracker crust with lots of butter. Any suggestions??

    April 8, 2013
    • @Jeramie I had the same problem. I gave up after 50min of blending. It ended up being mostly smooth, but not as smooth as most claim it’s supposed to become.

      I had just got a Black and Decker food processor specifically to make almond butter. What make do you have?

      April 23, 2013
      • Molly Chester

        I use a Cuisinart. It should definitely not take 50 minutes, so it may be the machine??

        July 4, 2013
  • Holly

    Hi Molly. Thank you for the recipe. I too am interested in an answer to that question a few people have asked already. If I don’t want to roast the almonds (like you suggested), can I just blend them right after they’ve been soaked (and are still wet), or do they still need to be dehydrated somehow? Thanks!

    February 1, 2014
  • Brenda

    Yes dehydrate the almonds after soaking them, otherwise you will have an Almond Slurrie. You must get the water out. Oil and Water don’t mix.

    April 4, 2014
  • Gretchen

    To answer the grand question! I did two experiments and the almonds that were not roasted didn’t make butter(but they made a perfect base for adding dates and figs and some pecans to make a yummy bar!) the roasted almonds did I fact work with my cuisinart food processor!

    April 27, 2014

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