Recipe Directions

  • 1. Place the almonds only (do not add the honey or salt) into your food processer.
  • 2. Food process your almonds for five minutes, stopping every 1 minute to scrape down the sides. (Almonds will just be all powdery and you'll think you need to add liquids. But do NOT add any liquids.)
  • 3. Continue processing almondsfor an additional 15 minutes.(Yes, that's right, 20 minutes total!!) Almonds will eventually turn dough-like, then whipped, and then finally, they'll turn buttery and identical to store bought almond butter if you process them long enough! (Scroll down to "Thoughts" for a minute-by-minute play by play!)
  • 3. After approximately 20minutes of food processing (could be a bit longer or a bit less depending on the strength of your food processor), your almond butter is ready.
  • 4. Transfer creamy, spreadable almond butter to a jar or bowl. Then, optionally, add the honey and salt immediately and then stir 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!

Please wear ear protection, by the way! This is a long and loud process.

Note: Note all food processors are up to this task. There is a small chance that your food processor's engine will burn out during this process, particularly if you have a cheap one. Consider letting the motor pause for a few 20 second intervals during this process to let your food processor cool down a little.

Note re: photograph: The almond butter in this photograph is a bit too chunky! Keep processing until you get the texture of store bought spreadable wet butter. I need to update this photo but I haven't gotten around to it yet!

Laura-Jane's Notes using her Cuisinart Classic Food Processor:

  • First 5 minutes: Need to scrape the sides every minute or so to ensure the mixture is evenly distributed. (Important.)
  • 5 minutes: Sticky, beginning to ball together.
  • 6 minutes: Formed a big ball. (Might need to stop briefly and bust up the ball.) 
  • 8 minutes: Doesn't need any more interference from here on. Now, little sticky crumbs.  
  • 10 minutes: Big hot sticky dough ball!
  • 11 minutes: Starting to look whipped!
  • 12 minutes: Getting wet.
  • 14 minutes: Getting smooth and creamy!
  • 16 minutes: Similar to above.
  • 17 minutes: More spreadable, almost store bought.
  • 18 minutes: As spreadable as store bought!
  • 20 minutes: Yep - it's perfect! Same texture as store bought but a little lighter in color.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 89 out of 100
  • 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.

Amounts per 35 g (1 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 206 8 %
Protein 7 g 13 %
Fat 18 g 23 %
Carbohydrates 7 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 12 %
Sugars 1.7 g
Calcium 92 mg 9 %
Iron 1.3 mg 10 %
Sodium 1 mg
Source: USDA, The Rawtarian

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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***

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

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Do you need to soak the raw almond to remove the peptic acid before blending them into butter?

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Nope :) Do not soak. The almonds need to be dry to make this recipe.

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Can you use the Omega 8004 that has the attachments for nut butter ?
Or is the food processor better?

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I have an 8006 which is just a newer version of the 8004. It will create nut butter.

The cons:
It's very messy (using a food processor is also very messy, but the juicer is more so).
You have to put the nuts through the juicer numerous times.

The pros:
It doesn't heat up like a food processor, so if you want raw nut butter you can run it through the juicer nonstop and not run the risk of the butter being heated past the point of still being raw.

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I imagine that it would be messy to make almond butter in a juicer!

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Hi Oma! I've never done it myself as I have never owned an Omega, but I am sure it would be worth a shot -- especially if it's an attachment made specifically for nut butters. The timelines might be a bit off, but my timeline will at least give you a sense of what to expect :)

Good luck and let me know how it turns out

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I made a half batch of the Almond Butter and it turned out perfectly delicious. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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I'm so glad it worked out well for you, Sandy! What did you eat it with?

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I used a tablespoon of the almond butter in a breakfast bowl, and the remaining with apples. Delicious!

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Very nice Sandy!

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Sorry to ask a silly question, so you are saying not to use a Vitamix, is it possible to use a Thermomix? no heat of course?

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Hi Adam...I make nut butters in my Viatmix all the time. Takes only a few minutes and works perfecyly. Thanks for the great recipe Rawtarian!

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Hi Adam! I've never used one, but it should be okay! :)

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My family will not eat store-bought almond butter, but they will eat this one! Thank you for this simple, yet delicious recipe. And yes, the full 10 minutes were needed.

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Wonderful news, Desiree. It's always great to have your family on board! Thx for sharing!

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Hi, I have just made my second batch of your almond butter and this batch has turned out a bit thicker than the first batch which was delicious and really easy to make following your recipe and the great tips, my question is, would it be ok to put it back in the food processor and if so will this make it creamier?
Thank you

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Hi Helen, if this happens again, yes, by all means, put it back! But put it back before adding the honey and salt.

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Thank you, it is still delicious, just somewhat thicker.

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Awesome. We want it to taste good!

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Hi agin, I just had to let you know that I have just made this again this morning, I took your tip that if you leave it longer it will be creamier and it is absolutely perfect, however as s others have said it does take longer, along with scraping down the sides I took nearly 30 mins, I have a Kenwood processor.

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Helen. I'm so glad it turned out for you the second time round!

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This is just a thought. Is it possible that it takes such a long processing time until the heat from the motor/blades is transferred to the almonds, which in turn is releasing the oils in the almonds. What would happen if after, say, 5 minutes of processing, you removed and then heated up the batch externally (micro, oven, blow-torch) and returned it to the processor to complete the process. It seems like the heat build-up is your friend and enemy at the same time. Just kidding about the blow-torch.

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You could certainly try it, Jamie. But no 'cooking' allowed for this to be raw! :)

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Be sure to Monitor the nut butter while processing -- it can get Very warm - to almost Hot. When the processor bowl feels warm, I shut the processor off, leave it (the nut butter) to completely cool, then process a bit more. It can take a very long time to get a batch of nut butter, but it remains raw this way.

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Hi Terry, thanks for sharing those helpful tips!

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