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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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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