Overview

Raw almond butter is surprisingly easy to make in your food processor. Follow these directions for easy almond butter that you can make at home.
  • Prep Time

    15 min
  • Total Time

    15 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place the almonds only (do not add the honey or salt) into your food processer.
  • 2. Food process your almonds. Keep scraping the sides. At first, the almonds will just be all powdery and you'll think you need to add liquids. But do NOT add any liquids. Just keep processing them and scraping the sides. Seriously, keep processing and scraping the sides for approximately ten minutes. (Yes, that's right, 10 minutes!!) You'll see that your almonds will eventually turn kind of doughy. Keep processing them... They'll turn buttery if you process long enough.
  • 3. After approximately ten minutes of food processing (could be a bit longer or a bit less depending on the strength of your food processor), your raw almond butter recipe is basically ready. Please wear ear protection, by the way! This is a long and loud process.
  • 4. Once you've got the consistency you like, add the honey and salt and mix by hand.
  • 5. Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers in fridge.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw almond butter recipes are something of a myth in the raw food world. Why won't they blend well? What's the deal with all these bad raw almond butter recipes?

But I've got a raw almond butter recipe that does the trick.

Make this raw almond butter recipe in your food processor, not your blender, not your VitaMix and not your BlendTec. (Trust me.)

This raw almond butter recipe is simple and delicious. I love it spread on apples or raw crackers. Keep it in the fridge. It tastes best when it is served at room-temperature.

Note: Do NOT soak your almonds in advance. (Use dry, unsalted, unsoaked, unroasted almonds.)

This is a great replacement for peanut butter. And much healthier, too!

WARNING: DO NOT PROCESS FOR LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES TOTAL. IF YOU LET YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR GO FOR LONGER YOU MAY BURN OUT YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR'S ENGINE. BIG THANKS AND APOLOGIES TO S. WHO CALLED TO LET ME KNOW THAT THIS RECIPE KILLED HER BRAND NEW, NEVER USED KITCHENAID FOOD PROCESSOR THAT WAS NO LONGER UNDER WARRANTY :(

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin E.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, and Riboflavin.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, and Iron.

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Do you need to refrigerate? How long will it keep? (FYI - I have a super cuisinart and it took way longer than 10 minutes)

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LOL Ooops baby look, I burned up my Food Processor trying to make you some coconut butter, mmmmm Yeah, i think that will work ***Winx***

Signed Me

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Hi Beth, it will keep for at least 5 days in the fridge.

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I have found that its best to use the freshest almonds you can get your hands on. If their too old, the butter just doesn't turn out as well....just from my experience. :)

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Thanks for sharing, Loma! Good to know.

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Just made this as my boyfriend has cut butter from his diet. It's incredible. I added a squeeze of lemon too!
Thanks for sharing :)

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Hi Leonie! I'm glad this butter fits the bill with you and your b/f! :)

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I just tried this for the first time. At first, it went really well! Then I added the honey and salt - and mixed it by hand. It seemed to back to the dough consistency. I put it back in the processor - and it's like starting over. Any tips?

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Hi Lori! Then end product is pretty doughy...

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The ist time I used just raw almonds - lovely gooey nut butter was the result.
2nd time I used 1 cup Almonds, 1 cup cashews and 1 cup Brazil nuts which I all soaked over night as many recipes on the net ask for this.
Currently I have after 30 mins of on and off blending (Vitamix blender) a steaming hot thick paste of expensive organic nut muck.
It smells like bread dough.....I'll be back in a minute - I have an idea!...

Now I know how Frankenstein felt with his first failed attempts ...
I thought in my wisdom that a little water and oil would lubricate proceedings and get this butter buttery!
However now I really have just a semi cooked yeasty smelling container of muck and and a rather annoyed at the cost (BUT HOW DO WE NOT LEARN BY EXPERIMENTATION!)of this tradegy partner who is giving me the evils and mumbling under her breath about waste and not thinking things through.
Is there any way of getting this train back on track or am I to sit amongst the wreckage?
HELP!

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Lol! Awww bummer.

You probably won't get nut butter other than your Frankenstein butter lol.

BUT if this was me, I'd turn it into some cookies or fudge or something. Try modifying my brownie recipe by adding coconut and dates and cacao - https://www.therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe

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I love the idea of a food processor with a side scraper.

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I hear you! :)

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What brand Cuisinart Food Processor do you use? I have had trouble with my bowl breaking when I use my processor to make almond butter.

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I used raw almonds that I had soaked for 8 hours, then removed the skins. They were still moist from the soaking when I put them into our new multi-blade Ninja. It crumbled the almonds, but they kept sticking to the side & after numerous scrapings, I transferred the almonds to our also new Hamilton Beach food processor. After a few minutes, it formed a ball which went around & around & rocked the food processor so hard that the lid unlatched ! That really freaked me out. I kept going another few minutes, but gave up out of fear of ruining the machine. I ended up with a doughy paste, which will most likely be my only attempt at making almond butter. I don`t know if they had been dry or if I had used roasted almonds, if it would have made a difference.

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Hi Maggie,

Sounds like an epic adventure - but without a happy ending :)

Definitely want to use dry almonds for this one!

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I made a batch of this the other day that just refused to turn buttery! I have made it successfully before but this time I used almonds that I had soaked and dehydrated. Its just a thought but may be soaking affects the oil content? Seriously I was processing for over 20 mins and then I even took it out and put it in the Vitamix. Still nothing but a paste. I even added oil!

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You got it Joanne... you don't want to use soaked almonds for this recipe.

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Patience is the key here, it also helps to have a food processor with a side scraper like I have here. It has a handle on top you can use to scrape the sides, saves you a lot of effort opening the top and I think that helps the almonds form to run continuously. Still I often am doing something else so I run it 5 minutes, run it again... eventually it comes together, and I don't use any oils. We use almond butter here to hold our granola bars together.

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Hi Joel,

I love the idea of a food processor with a side scraper. What brand is it? Never heard of that before. Genius.

Your granola bars sound deelish! Yay for Canadian, to boot :) (Me too, located on PEI myself)

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It's a Hamilton Beach! Found it at Canadian Tire, how Canadian is that eh? Lucky find really because it was my first buying a food processor and I didn't even realize how handy it would be.

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Nice Joel! Yup, pretty pretty Canadian!

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Caleb's Review

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I love peanut butter but I have been looking for a healthier alternative. I think I have found it. Thank you for sharing.

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My pleasure Caleb

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Yippee this worked! Everyone's comments were super helpful (wait for the ball, keep scraping, etc). And the admonishment NOT to add the liquids till after! Thanks for another great one!

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We are rife with admonishments here lol. Glad it worked out well for you Tiff!

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I would like to know should the nuts be soaked to remove the enzyme inhibitors and then dried out in an oven or dehydrator?

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Hi Reeal, many raw foodies suggest doing so, and go for it if you have the time. I personally don't soak because it's not realistic for me.

(In my recipes, it's only necessary to soak if I explicitly state a need to do so in the recipe/directions)

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I made some almond butter in my 12 cup KitchenAid FP and it took 13 mins to make. I used a timer & scraped down the sides every 2 mins and then after 12 mins I put an 1/16 of a tsp of sea salt in the shoot of the FP when it was turned on, then let it run another 30 secs. Turned out great!

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Awesome Sara. Great tip. It's comments and feedback like yours that make this website (and app) great!

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Hi, I made nut butter this afternoon with just raw almonds in a processor and I processed for around 15 mins and the result is a butter but a very dry nut butter not like the nice oily butters you can buy in jars... Is this as good as it gets or could I have done something wrong?

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It may be the type of food processor that you use. I use a Cuisanart and I do get it to that "nice oily butter" consistency. When I start out, I have to keep stopping and scrapping it off the sides. After a few minutes of processing a good part of it turns into a greasy ball that travels around and around. It then breaks up and looks like the picture above. After a few more minutes of blending, it finally looks like nice oily almond butter. In order to keep it raw I monitor the temp stopping when it reaches above 100 degrees. I let it cool in the freezer or fridge before continuing.

I haven't paid close attention to the exact amount of processing time but the newer the blade in the Cuisanart the quicker the nuts turn to butter.

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Hi! What model number is your Cuisinart food processor? I have gone through 2 Hamilton Beach food processor bowls. They have both cracked while I have made almond butter. I am trying to find a quality one that can take my almond butter making obsession. I make it every couple of weeks. :) Thanks!!

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Interesting! I had this cheap FP for years and never had a problem with cracking - and I abused it haha

Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

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Great tips John. Thank you for sharing. It's comments like yours that make this place such a great resource for all.

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As good as it gets, Claire!

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I make raw Almond/Brazil nut butter about once a month. I soak the nuts overnight and then dehydrate at 105 degrees for 20-24 hours. I use a Cuisanart food Processor to grind the butter to the consistency that I prefer but I use a thermometer to monitor the temperature as I grind. When the temperature of the butter reaches 100 degrees, I let it cool off in the fridge or freezer before continuing. I add more almonds and brazil nuts as I go along. I usually make about 6 cups a batch.
I use far more nuts than what your recipe calls for but wouldn't overheating of the butter in the food processor still be a problem?

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Hi John, sounds delicious. What do you eat your nut butter with? Good tip about pausing and cooling!

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I usually use it for raw smoothies. For example, I make a raw chocolate smoothie that consist of 2 bananas, 2 cups water, 2 tbsp raw cacao, 3 Medjool dates, and 1/4 cup Almond/Brazil nut butter. Sometimes I will change it up a little by adding only one date and adding 2 tbsp of Lacuna Powder and/or 2 tbsp of Chia seeds.

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Sounds delicious John

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My Cuisinart worked like a charm. Once it started to form a ball i turned it onto my dough setting. Tastes amazing and has amazing consistency. Thanks for the recipe. I will pass it on to many of my raw foodie friends :)

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Awesome Leah!

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I process my soaked Almonds and Macadamia nuts through our, twin stainless steel gear juicer. I then blend the butter, in my Breville kitchen whizz, which has a quade blade.
I blend it with a bit of hemp oil, macadamia oil or black seed oil ( Nigella Sativa oil). I like the texture of it being cold pressed first, then blended. Everyone who has tried it likedit too. :)

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Sounds delicious SpiritDancer! Interesting oils, I've never tried macadamia oil

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Just downloaded your app :)

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Hope you like it, SpritiDancer! I find it super handy. Super duper handy!

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I used a Cuisinart 9-Prep Food Processor. It heated up after about three minutes, so I finished the last seven minutes in 1.5 minute increments cooling the machine down in between use. I used three cups of almonds. It was VERY loud at first so I covered the machine with a towel to muffle the sound. It was dry about half-way through the process it took on a crunchy butter and then creamy butter texture. Taste good as is but added three tablespoons of raw agave nectar, three pinches of pink Himalayan sea salt, and nine drops of raw vanilla flavor. It fit easily in a two cup container. It was very crumbly when spread so to give it a spreadable texture I mixed in about .5 cup of raw coconut oil. It fit back in the two cup container to the top. It is a very good butter. Much better than any store bought variety and much cheaper too. Very yummy and well worth the effort. I made it to take on a camping trip this week. Me celery, cherries, and the woods.

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Awesome ItalianCypress! Sounds like you progressed through all the stages beautifully.

Me celery, cherries, and the woods.    - love it lol

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I made toasted almond butter tonight in my old Cuisinart Food Processor in about 8 minutes. It turned out great---creamy with no equipment meltdown!!
I toasted the almonds so the butter would last longer in the fridge, made about a half batch (used about 1 1/2 cups of nuts, and the BIG THING I DID Differently, was that I started with sliced almonds.
I live in a very small town , so I used the almonds available to me at Walmart--Fisher brand, Chef's Naturals. I thought I would invest only a small amount of money until I had tried the process. They were about $6 a pound.

Anyway, my result was wonderful--I am sure that starting with sliced almonds was the key.I did not add any oil as I processed the almonds, but I added a touch of salt and nothing else when the butter was done.
Thank You for your help. I would not have known that I needed to Process and Process until it became liquid if I had not read your comments.

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Awesome Ginna!!!!

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do I need to soak the almonds in water first?

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Hi Sheyla, no, soaking is not required

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With all that FP processing,does it not heat the almonds a bit?Have not tried this recipe yet,but have tried without first roasting almonds,to get them to the consistency of store bought nut butters,with no avail.

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Hi John - ditto! Haven't had that commercial consistency myself either with a food processor

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hi there

thanks for the recipe! how do companies make nut butters commercially (just out of curiosity!)

thanks

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Hi Julia, I have no idea!

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I usually put my almonds in a plastic bag and put it on a rock slab, and take a nice
flat smooth rock that fits in the palm on my hand, and crush them on the flat
rock at the bottom, and they end up in powder and tiny chunks. Saves the stress on the
food processor. Thanks for your helpful site.
Julia

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Plus, you get the added benefit of getting out any pent up rage. Lol Great tip Julia!

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Please mention at the begininnof the recipe that soaking is required, some people don't assume that

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Hi Donna, I do not soak all of my nuts. Soaking is only required when it is explicitly stated in my recipes.

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Hi,
I was trying to make almond butter with raw almonds...I even doubled the recipe.. I got the brilliant idea of adding coconut oil to the raw almonds in the food processor since I had tasted this combination before and really liked it...well it doesn't seem to be coming out right and I'm worried I ruined the almond butter? :/ is there anything I can do to save this as I really don't want to throw it out? I did read your comments too late about adding the ingredients at the very end. Would you recommend anything for me to do? Thanks.

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Hi Marjorie,

I agree that this is a finicky recipe and that it probably will not turn out right. Also, I do not recommend doubling this recipe because it's hard for your food processor to do so many almonds at once.

Don't throw it out though, rather, there are many recipes that you can make using the almonds. (You can also freeze what you have and defrost it for use later.) For example, you could definitely use the somewhat ground almonds in this recipe in place of the almond meal in the same quantity: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-almond-pulp-fudge

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I am new to raw food diet but I am loving it so far. The almond butter was so easy to make and I have a very inexpensive food processor which thankfully did not over heat. I am glad I found this website, the recipes look fun and easy. Thank you for sharing :)

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Hi Damita, so glad your food processor survived this recipe :) My food processor is a cheapie too (a Black and Decker: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4), and it does the trick!

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My first attempt to make almond butter : half an hour of blending (with short breaks so my FP could rest) and still no cream :( I gave up and added water - and now I have white almond butter - tastes ok but not exactly same as the one I buy...

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Hi Kat, it will never become like the almond butter that you see in stores - that is much liquidier and oilier. It becomes more like a thick, spreadable peanut butter texture.

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Do you need to refrigerate? How long will it keep? (FYI - I have a super cuisinart and it took way longer than 10 minutes)

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Hi Beth, it will keep for at least 5 days in the fridge.

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This was so easy and SOOOOO good! Why didn't I try this years ago? My FP did get hot, but I would stop, scrap and let it cool for a minute or two. At first I only made half a batch, but when I tasted it, I made a FULL batch!! My boys loved it too! Thank you so much for sharing!

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My pleasure Amanda, so glad your boys enjoyed, and that you took the needs of your FP into consideration too :)

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Hi there!! I'm looking to try and make almond butter but I do not have a food processor. What would you recommend so that I can handle the process? Also... I was wondering if you could make multiples and seal the cans?

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Not sure what your budget is, but if you're cheap like me here's what I recommend!

Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

Multiples and seal cans? Nope, wouldn't recommend it

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Hi there Folks, Well I have just done this "Raw Almond Butter" & it has turned out Great!! Mind you you definitely have to blend it for a good 15 minutes or so. Stopping and starting it frequently, but it's worth seeing it changing from powdery to doughy. I then added 1 cup of cooked Chickpeas and continued to blend and scrape it. Adding a 1/4 cup of boiled water along with 2 tbsps honey and 1/2 tsp salt. Blend all that slowly but surely, until you get the right consistency come around the corner. It does...looks good and taste excellent!!!So here is my recipe try it and let me know folks.
"Tania's Healthy Almond Butter":
1 cup of almonds , 1 cup cooked chickpeas, 1/4 cup boiled water and 1/2 tsp salt.
Follow the process as above and most important have a chair handy to sit down on throughout the whole process.......From Tania.

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I've been making almond butter but have never added raw honey. I'll be trying this, thanks! One note: I had no idea it only lasted 4-5 days. I have kept mine much longer than that and it is fine. At least I think it's fine. Wouldn't I know if it went rancid? I'm still here so it must not have been deadly. LOL

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I think its great that you respond to most everyone! I just wanted to make a suggestion- maybe there is a way to have your web developer send an automatic email to the people you respond to, letting them know you responded?

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Hi Jessica, I love this idea! Not sure if I will actually make it happen, but I really like the idea and think it would be handy! Thanks for the idea, I like it!

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I just made a jar of almond butter in my Vitamix in 2 minutes...YUMMY!

3 cups of raw, organic almonds... that's it...start on variable 1, increase to 10, switch to high setting, then continuously tamper down for the full 2 minutes. You will actually hear the Vitamix change tone when it's finished. The Vitamix only got a little hot and the almond butter was a little warm.

RESULT: a really creamy, yummy almond butter! That's it! ENJOY!

P.S. my Vitamix is just fine, no issues.

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Cool Bex! Thanks for sharing :) Did you soak your almonds first?

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Do nuts have to be soaked???

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Hi Aurika! No, you do not have to soak your nuts! Use dry nuts for this recipe.

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Is there a way of making this and storing it; I was thinking of giving it as gifts but if you have to keep it refrigerated, that does not help. I buy raw almond butter on the shelves so there must be a way, would love any insite

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Hi Ashley Rose, this will go BAD very quickly so won't go well for a Christmas gift I don't think. I am not aware of any good way of preserving. Any readers out there have any suggestions for us?

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I found a recipe for cashew butter that we've made several times that uses a bit of olive oil and orange juice in addition to the nuts etc. I'll never buy cashew butter again. The vita-mix has no problem with it.

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Lance, that sounds really delicious! I have never made cashew butter. I like the idea of the orange juice for a nice hit of citrus flavour

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Help! I have tried to make raw almond butter several times in my Ninja with no success. I have tried soaking the nuts, I've tried adding water, adding oil, you name it. It will not turn into butter! I had a theory that perhaps I need to buy a food processor and I see now by reading your recommendations that you ARE saying use a FP, not a blender. So I guess my theory is correct?

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Yep, a food processor is what you need :)

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I love this. I made it last night; I processeded off and on for a little more than an hour. I would blend a little, go wash some dishes. Blend some more, go do a load of laundry, etc. I really did not want to overheat my processor. It is awsome. I made a "reese's peanut butter cup" by combining this and the one-minute fudge - and that is my luch!

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Raw Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for lunch? Now you're talking!! :)

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I am looking forward to this recipe and the comments help avoid some potential missteps. I am curious why the recommendation against using the VitaMix and BlendTec? I have both a FP and a Blendtec in my kitchen, but my intuition leads me towards using my Blendtec with its stronger motor. In fact making nut butters is one of the motivators for having it. Thanks.

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just made a little bit to try it out in a mini Cuisinart food processor. I LOVE it! I never need to buy over priced almond butter again, thank you!

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Thanks! This worked perfectly ;) it turned out better than the $15.99 jars of raw almond butter I was buying from sprouts. I skipped thr salt and honey for this batch but will try it next time ;) thanks for the info about not needing to soak the almonds. I think all that processing breaks them down perfectly! It took a good 15 mins total off and on.

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I am not sure why you need the honey and salt. Mine tastes great with just the almonds.

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Do you think it is necessary to refrigerate nut butters after processing? And just to get your opinion, would you buy from a nut butter manufacturer who did not soak or rinse the nuts before processing?
Thanks

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Yes, nut butters should be refrigerated

Sure, I would buy from a nut manufacturer who didn't soak and rinse. I don't always soak and rinse. It is better, but... not always realistic.

I don't buy nut butters much, I usually make them

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I believe the honey and salt needs to be stirred into the nut butter with a spoon after it has reached the desired consistency otherwise it will cease up - exactly as Leslie experienced it.

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I completely agree with Nicolette

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Hello. I tried this with almonds that I had blanched for about 30 seconds and then removed the skin. After processing for about 10 minutes it was still very dry and gritty so I added honey, thinking it would help gain the creamy consistency. I wound up processing for nearly 30 minutes and NEVER got a creamy consistency (even with olive oil, which I added in the last couple minutes). It wound up being gritty, hard, and oily. Do you think it is because I blanched the almonds, or because I added the honey too early, or possibly my very inexpensive Hamilton Beach food processor? I would like to try it again, but I'm afraid of having to throw away another two cups of expensive almonds. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi again. I figured out what the problem was...I thought I should let you know. I made a second batch, and the almonds turned into wonderful, spreadable, butter in just over 8 minutes. Then I added about 1/2 Tbsp of raw honey and a pinch of sea salt. Within seconds of turning the processor back on, the almond butter clumped up and was no longer spreadable. So...it's the honey. For some reason it's affecting the nut butters consistency. I'm not sure why, but I know that it's either not a good idea to use the food processor to mix in honey or to add honey at all (not sure which). I hope this helps anyone else who might be trying to make nut butter.

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Hi Leslie,

Thank you so much for your note. It helps to improve everyone's learning here when we post our successes, failures and learning experiences.

Thank you Leslie for making this website a better place.

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My first batch of almond butter didn't make it! My food processor started smoking like crazy and it tainted the taste. :( But, I used a different processor for the second batch and it's delicious! Just plain almonds and a pinch of Celtic salt. Thanks!

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Lol you were brave to try it again after that debacle!

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I made a batch of this delicious stuff (ignoring the not a blender warning) and burnt up a new kitchen-aide blender, 12 speed too. melted the plastic that holds the metal blade and washer. it was new so i took it back and exchanged it for a much higher priced Food Processor same brand. I made some no bake chocolate coconut cookies and used the remaining batch, so i will be making this for the first time in the new FP. Wish me luck! I will be soaking the nuts to soften them though before i begin this time around.

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That is great that they let you take it back to the store!

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Do you need to soak the almonds at all first?

Thanks

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No

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Hi, It is pointless to take the time to prepare food when you aren't getting all of the nutrutional value from it that you can! This is the point of soaking or buying raw. Even if you cannot afford the higher priced raw organic foods it STILL is good to soak. Please read Jordan Rubins books (The Maker's Diet) and Sally Fallons (Noursishing Traditions). They both give EXCELLENT informtation on the "whys" of raw and soaked. This will help. Blessings! : >

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Thank you for the recommendation Julie

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I made almond butter before in my magic bullet. But that was when it was brand new, now that's it's a few years old I don't know. So I'll make this again in my FP.

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Well forget the magic bullet and use the FP it makes much better almond butter!

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I am glad they turned out well for you so far Martha :)

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I'm going to try your raw almond butter recipe in another recipe I found for raw fudge balls. Here's the recipe:

2 cups dates, pitted and soaked

2 cups raw almond butter

1/2 cup raw carob powder

With a food processor, blend the dates to a smooth paste. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Remove from processor and form into round balls.

Note: These will keep for a long time in the refrigerator.

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I used my Omega juicer to make the butter and it it awsome. Nice touch to put honey in... yummy... très bon!

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Felicitations! You must have an awesome juicer??

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Merci :)
Yeah it's the Omega 8006, absolutely brilliant for making butters, like cashew butters, almond butters peanuts, coconuts etc... It has a blank filter, so when you use that particular filter it processes the nuts into butter very quickly and efficiently. That's also how you can make banana ice cream... yummy.

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That is pretty cool! So if you were to make a smoothie would you use the Omega 8006 or do you have a blender too?

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Yeah I really love my juicer.
I have a Phillips aluminium blender for my smoothies, until I can convince my wife that I NEED a Vitamix heheh... She's not into into raw food.
To be honest I do make a lot more juices than smoothies. I have a huge green juice everyday... and not only is it good for me, but my 4 year old son, helps me make the juice and eats the raw carrots, spinach and broccoli as he puts them into to the juicer.

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Wow, you did well with your 4yo loving carrots and broc! What's your secret? Lol

Yes, I had trouble convincing my DH that I needed a VM too. But eventually I wore him down!

I would really like to get into juicing more - I don't even own a juicer.

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hahah I have no secret, I never forced him, it's just that he's a daddy's boy, so everything I do... every time I juice he comes help eventually he started tasting without me even offering.
Ok, I will try wearing my wife down for the Vitamix heheh.

Well, since I discovered juicing, I never looked back. I have a juicer for whole fruits and one for greens and butters...

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He is lucky to have you

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Just finished a batch in my 40 (yep, that's "forty") year old food processor (thanks to my mother-in-law from whom I inherited it). It worked beautifully and only got a bit warm. I did go hang up some clothes in the middle of the process, so that 5 minute rest may have helped cool it down a bit. I don't like sweets in my nut butters, so all I added was the salt and some coarsely chopped almonds so that it's now "chunky style". Thanks for such a good recipe!

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Oh, good. I was worried you were going to say that it was this almond butter recipe that finally did your 40yo FP in :)

They don't make things like they used to, huh?

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By running the FP continuously, the almonds are cooked and no longer raw. If the butter is warm or you are seeing steam, it is no longer raw. For maximum benefit, don't rush the process;)

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How about clarified butter?

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Would not be considered raw vegan PJ

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Actually, neither would honey. Honey isn't vegan. Not that I mind (I love honey!), but I felt a need to clarify.

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Totally true MF :)

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Can you use something other than honey it is out of my price range.

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Honey is out of your price range? You should find a local source!

You can omit the honey if you like

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Hi, This works great! How long will this last in the frig? mmmmm, delicious!
Thank you!
Jim

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5 days or so

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I make almond (and hazelnut) butter in my 20-yr-old FP. it does start to heat up, but when it does I stop it and let it rest for a minute or two, then I blend again. I keep blending and stopping (and scraping) until it’s ready.

SO WORTH IT!

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I love your new website - it is so pretty

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Thank you!

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I make almond (and hazelnut) butter in my 20-yr-old FP. it does start to heat up, but when it does I stop it and let it rest for a minute or two, then I blend again. I keep blending and stopping (and scraping) until it's ready.

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Patience is a virtue, isn't it Karina? :)

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I dont have a food processor. Can i ground the almonds in a grinder instead of a food processor? The grinder is 600 Watts. Thanks.

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Nope, sorry, not going to work :(

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Wow! It was like magic! It went through the exact stages you said it would! I know! Go figure! Absolutely delicious and soooo creamy! As usual, a fabulous recipe! Thanks ever so much!

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It is crazy, isn't it! Glad it worked out well for you Ronda :)

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Oh Laura-Jane...this is amazing! I have made this several times now and each time I have processed a little longer...oh does it get creamy!!! I also make my own raw jam with cherry's, raspberries, red grapes, and a little yumberry. I love being able to change those old childhood comfort foods into a healthy (and very delicious) alternative.

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Mmm, Jamie, how do you make your own raw jam??? Recipe please!

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I made some today, used agave syrup and cocoa and sea salt to try for chocolate. I think it needs vanilla, but it is edible. After reading this, I think I gave up too soon and stopped at the doughy stage- tastes a little like marzipan. Anyway, my Cuisinart got pretty hot, and steam was coming out of the mix, but it lived.

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As long as it's still living, lol :)

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I will be trying this recipe this weekend! Thank you!

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Hope it turns out well for you :)

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Ive attempted to make almond butter a few times with various recipes and it never came out properly. I always resorted to adding oil and it never tasted quiet right. I followed yours and for once it came out just perfect! FINALLY. It took about 20 mins of nearly non stop processing/scraping and I removed the FP pusher to let some of the hot air out. Thanks so much~

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Lol, good, I was reading this and was worried that you were going to say, "And your recipe was the worst of them all!!" Lol

Glad it worked out for you :)

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Looking forward to making this today. I already make my own peanut butter, but this will be a great alternative! Thanks for posting.

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You are welcome, Leanna! Let us know how it turns out. Enjoy your Sunday!

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I just made this today. It. Was. Delicious.Thank you for the recipe!

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You're welcome!

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I just had my first attempt at making almond butter and used this recipe. I have a cheap black & decker food processor and it came out wonderful! It did take me about 14-15 minutes to get the right consistency. Thank you for posting this recipe. :)

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I am glad that it worked out for you, especially with your inexpensive food processor. I hope you were wearing ear protection :)

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I worry too about my FP-trying to make my own coconut butter it has overheated. I may attempt this as I'm dying to make my own at this point-if it burns up then maybe I can convince the hubby to buy a new one I've had my eye on LOL. I mean how sad would it be to not have one at all!!

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LOL Ooops baby look, I burned up my Food Processor trying to make you some coconut butter, mmmmm Yeah, i think that will work ***Winx***

Signed Me

T

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lol Tamber

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It would be tragic to not have a FP. I cannot live w/o my FP and my Vitamix.

Well, I mean, I *could* live, but I would be grumpy. :) Lol

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I totally melted the center post of my food processor making almond butter.
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Got a new FP, but am hesitant to use it for this. So far I'm not super impressed with the S blade.

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You may want to start with a smaller amount of almonds. I have found that putting too many almonds in the food processor puts a real toll on the machine.

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Lol OMG I am so sorry!! :(

Hopefully your next one can handle it.. Start slow!!!

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how long does the almond butter last once u place it in the frig?

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Hi Julie, it lasts for 4 days

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I made some of this last night after a trip to the store brought on a slew of pleas from the babies to make almond butter in their commercial grade machines. I declined as the price and texture both displease me. But this! This is wonderful! I may never but peanut butter again. The speadability of ine wasnt great but I got impatient for the final product and cut out aybe too soon. But the kids wanted to eat it like cookie dough it was so good. We all agree that nothing beats this fresh and warm from the processor. Thanks. Now I'm on to the raw chocolate cookies. Then flax crackers. Thanks for all your recipes and pracitcal advice. Anything to make living raw easier. Especially with two kids!

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tandi how old are your kids and how easy is it to get them to eat raw

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My pleasure Tandi! :)

Your babes sound cute.

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You mentioned that yours is a cheaper food processor and doesn't overheat. I've got a very inexpensive Hamilton Beach. Will I have to stop and start it every few minutes?

Also, what dry almonds are you buying? Something equivalent to Diamond Whole Almonds? Also, is it healthiest to buy raw organic ones? Does it wind up more expensive to make it at home if you choose to use the latter? In some stores you can grind it there fresh - again, I've never paid attention to which almonds they were using.

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Hi Sarah,

Personally, I use raw organic almonds that are imported from Italy. All U.S. raw almonds, even organic, are treated to kill micoorganisms. It's actually more dangerous to consume raw almonds that aren't certified organic because they are often treated with dangerous chemicals to kill the microorganisms. You can find raw organic italian almonds at Whole Foods Market and online. Ask stores near you to see if they carry any. Find out more information about raw almonds here http://www.cornucopia.org/almonds/ It's definitely more expensive to use good quality imported raw organic almonds but you save money if you compare how much you would pay for jarred italian raw organic almond butter ($17.99 for 16 oz jar - at a minimum, or $11.99 per pound for raw organic italian almonds). So looking at it that way, it's cheaper to make your own. Hope this information helps you!

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I also use raw imported almonds from Italy. I get 5 lb bags online from Jaffe Brothers. I have been very happy with them!!

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Hi Lori, glad you're nuts over your nuts ;)

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i always boil almonds before eatting them. it kills the bacteria, & i like the soft texture. question: i want to boil my almonds & make almond butter. i assume they must be dreid out first. i have a 7 speed silox blender. will that work? what is i put the almonds in there damp, & just make enough butter for one sandwich?

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Hi Lauren, yes, do dry them out first.

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Hi Maryann,
Do you mind telling me which Whole Foods store you shop at? The organic raw almonds I buy at the Sauganash store in Chicago (Peterson & Cicero) and most other Chicago WF stores charge $14.99-16.99/lb. for both the Italian and domestic. If they are charging $11.99 in another market I'm going to give them hell for overcharging us here in Chicago! Thank you :)
Mary Ellen

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If you feel that the unit is overheating then you should turn it off to give it a break. Perhaps after 5 minutes

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hmmm how did you handle the almonds - if at all - before grinding them to butter?
Did you soak, dehydrate or peel them?

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Important note:
Sometimes a recipe calls for soaking/rinsing the seeds or nuts immediately before using. This is important for two reasons: remove enzyme inhibitors and funky tastes. Also, soaking may be necessary in order to soften the nuts.

However, in the case of these almonds though, I do not do anything to the almonds beforehand. I definitely don't peel them. You could certainly soak them and rinse them to remove the enzyme inhibitors, but then I'd make sure they were dry. To be honest, I don't bother doing this with almonds for some reason. I just take dry almonds and throw them in my food processor.

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I was listening to Dr. Bob Marshall, PhD, describe how that all nuts today are coated with some substance by the manufacturer. He says he "never eats any nuts without soaking them overnight in water, first." He states that he then pours the water off and rinses the nuts before eating them. His website is www.qnlabs.com. There are digital recordings at this website, but probably no specific recording on this subject. This information is just "thrown in" every so often on his radio shows and the mp3 downloads. Thank you for your website and information.

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Thanks for sharing Betty - we always soak all of the nuts so we get the most nutrients and easier to digest....and always organic.....still - we soak them in water with a few drops of Lugols Solution (iodine solution) - which is a germicide - cuz you never know! Plus it also adds a little iodine to our diet :)

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Thank you for the recipe. I will try it. It is very easy to make.

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try the same recipe with raw walnuts, add 1 tsp cinnamon decrease honey 1 tab, much quicker takes a few minutes to prcess into a creamy texure

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Netty, have you tried it yet? I've heard some people say that they have difficulty with their food processor overheating, but I haven't had any trouble myself, even though my food processor is cheaper.

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you can put nuts straight through a champion juicer and you get instant nut butter. Almonds need to be fresh ish if too old they are dry and it will be crumbly. Brazil nuts are oily, can add them to almonds. Cashews awesome on their own

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Great tips Natasha! I will have to get me one of those juicers. Sounds awesome.

Thanks for sharing. It's comments like yours that make this place great!

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What food processor do you use for almond butter making?

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Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

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Why can't I use my vitamix to make almond butter?

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Hi Yum, It just doesn't work out very well - especially because the carafe is high and the blades are small. In general, blender is for smooth, liquidy things (sauce, pudding, smoothie, soup) and food processor is for dryer items (brownies, cookies, pie crust, etc). Almond butter is somewhere between the two extremes (liquid and dry) but it works much better in FP.

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I have a VitaMix nut jar. Can I use that make this?

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Vitamix does work.. I used to work for Hopkins agriculture out of California. we made RAW almond butter by the bucket loads in a vitamix =] but the. the vitamix works best if the almonds are roasted first. but then its not raw haha

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I have a vitamix....my nut butter (soaked and dehydrated hazelnuts) is kind of doughy...any recommendations on how to fix it? I actually tried to ,ale a Nutella alternative and used coconut oil, coconut cream & raw cacao powder...but this stuff is not spreadable

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Hi Troye, Mine turns out to be somewhat doughy as well

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Hi Geena, I totally agree about the roasted-first bit - that is what my understanding is as well - that in order to make in a vitamix they should be roasted first (which isn't raw, as you stated). Thanks for sharing your insider knowledge! What's Hopkins?

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Love it... thanx for sharing this :)

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My pleasure David

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