Whole30 Almond Butter (Homemade)
This Whole30 Almond Butter is smooth, creamy and hearty! This homemade version is WAY better than anything store bought. Spread it on your favorite fruit, use it in dips, or devour by the spoonful. Either way, this creamy almond butter is a winner!
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Almond Butter
- This Whole30 almond butter is healthier and tastier than store bought brands.
- This recipe requires only one ingredient.
- Since it is homemade, it is totally customizable.
- Feel free to add a sprinkle of sea salt or cinnamon (or ginger!) for a tasty combination.
- Spread this almond butter on a banana or apple for an easy, healthy and delicious snack.
- Some store bought brands contain traces of other nuts. Making homemade almond butter ensures less cross contamination risks.
- This almond butter is made without palm oil, without added sugar, and without salt.
- This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Low Carb, Sugar Free and Keto friendly.
The Best Almonds to Use
Surprisingly, almonds are the only nut that must be pasteurized. In fact, this is now a law. Almonds MUST be pasteurized before being sold to consumers. Almond that are not steamed are disinfected with a chemical called PPO (propylene oxide). (source)
Years ago, there were salmonella outbreaks linked back to almonds. Due to this, laws have been passed that require the pasteurization of almonds. A law was passed in 2007 that requires this.
Since all almonds are pasteurized, they are no longer considered truly “raw”. There are no laws stating what is technically considered “raw” so many brands will market their product this way.
To find truly “raw” almonds, local farmers or farmers markets are probably your best choice.
For this recipe, I used Trader Joe’s Raw Almonds. Roasting them in the oven before blending allows for an easier blending process.
Whole30 Almond Butter Brands & Where To Buy
How To Make
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place almonds on a cookie sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, or until fragrant but not burnt.
Add almonds to high speed food processor or blender.
Blend in 1 minute increments. Stop each minute to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.
Continue blending until almond butter consistency is achieved.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Use a HIGH SPEED blender or food processor for this homemade almond butter. I do not suggest a small or weak blender.
If you have some extra almond butter laying around before making this, I suggest adding a spoonful to the blender before blending. This helps jumpstart the process.
Continue blending until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached. Depending on the blender used, this can take up to 20 minutes.
Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula every minute or so.
Whole30 Compliant Almond Butter Brands
There are some great Whole30 compliant almond butter brands!
Georgia Grinders, Mee Eat Paleo, Trader Joe’s, Artisana, Barney Butter, MaraNatha, and Justin’s all produce a compliant nut butter. Some of these brands also produce NON approved butters. As always, check ALL labels to be sure there are no added sugars or oils.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, almond butter is Whole30 approved. Check labels to make sure it does not contain added sugars, oils, or preservatives.
No, almond butter does not need to be refrigerated.
If eaten in small quantities (such as one tablespoon), yes almond butter is low FODMAP.
Almond butter tastes like a nutty hearty nut butter. It is slightly more nutty and intense than peanut butter or cashew butter.
Roasting the almonds is an optional but highly recommended step. It really helps the blending process since the almonds will be warm.
Almonds are a healthy fat. They contain high levels of magnesium, Vitamin E, and manganese. In addition, these nuts are high in antioxidants.
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Get the Recipe: Whole30 Almond Butter (Homemade)
- 2 cup almonds
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread almonds into one even layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast for 10 minutes or until almonds become fragrant.
- Then, add almonds to a high speed food processor or Vitamix blender.
- Blend on high for 10 to 15 minutes, or until almond butter consistency is achieved.
- About every 1 minute or so, stop blending and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender.
- Finally, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
- Serving size is 2 tablespoons almond butter.
- Use a high speed food processor or Vitamix blender for best results.
- I do NOT recommend a small blender for this.
- Tip: if you have any extra almond butter laying around before making this, add a spoonful or two to the blender. This will help the blending process immensely.
- Continue blending until almond butter consistency is reached.
- I have made this in both a Ninja Foodi Food Processor and a high powered blender.
- Depending on what blender or food processor you use, this could take up to 20 minutes of blending time.
- If your blender gets too hot while blending, stop the process and let it rest until cooled down.
- Store almond butter in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
- Refrigerating will lengthen shelf life, but the almond butter will be very thick!
- A little oil separation is natural.
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