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Homemade almond butter

March 16th, 2010 · 22 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s restaurant week in Boston so Adam and I made reservations for a fancy dinner out that we will get to enjoy at a fraction of the price. :) I didn’t take any pictures of today’s eats because I don’t like putting them together in one post with a restaurant review and I’m already backed up from this weekend, but I ate intuitively. I promise! 😀

So since there is no recap of today’s eats, I thought I would entertain you (or something like that) with a post on my almond butter making experiment this weekend. As many of you know, I am obsessed with Barney Butter. I could (and have) eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon. I also pretty much have to have it at least once every few days. It most often makes an appearance in my breakfasts but sometimes as part of a snack. Luckily, I can eat it now like a normal person – so eating out of the jar is no longer a problem. Thank goodness.

This weekend I ran out of my lovely BB. They started selling it at my local supermarket, which is awesome when you need that “fix” in a pinch but it is a lot more expensive than getting it on Amazon (yes, I buy 3 jars at once!). I’ve seen some bloggers make nut butters at home, so instead of a grocery trip for overpriced BB, I decided to make my own! I have a Vitamix after all. This baby should be able to blend some roasted almonds like it ain’t no thing! 😉

Here is how it went…

I started with a Vitamix and a pound of roasted unsalted almonds. These are my favorite!


Then we got to blending. The vitamix sounded very VERY angry. It did not like those almonds but I knew it should work with time. See the almond butter forming on the bottom?


It continued turning for a while without changing much. Ahha, I need to mix it a bit!


Well this little trick worked like magic. In seconds I had REAL ALMOND BUTTER!! Adam, it’s working, it’s working!!


It was tiny bit grainy so I called for backup: 1tsp of coconut oil to smooth it out and 1tsp of agave nectar to sweeten it (+ a pinch of salt for balance).


Smooth ab……mmm


Voila, 16 oz of delicious home-made almond butter for just a few bucks!!


Notes: just 1tsp of coconut oil gave the almond butter the perfect smooth consistency. The coconut oil added a tiny touch of sweetness but you can use any other oil to get the right texture. 1 tsp of agave nectar did not make this as sweet as Barney Butter. After comparing them side by side (I was scraping down sides of the BB jar), Barney Butter tasted like dessert. I like the one I made but I may make it a bit sweeter next time to make it more dessert-like. Also, I think agave nectar is a mild sweetener. I may use maple syrup or something stronger next time. Oh the possibilities! :mrgreen:

When you can’t get every last drop of almond butter into the container, what do you do? No, you do not stick your head into the blender and start going at it! Jeez!! 😆 You make a smoothie!!


This guy had prob. about 1.5T of almond butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, a big handful of ice, 1 small banana and lots of frozen spinach.


SO GOOD!! Very filling too. Almond butter in smoothies may be my new thing. :)

Have you made nut butters at home before? If so, any tricks or favorite combos you’d like to share with us here?

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22 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Morgan

    A pinch of salt in your AB might make a big difference. A little of it goes a long way, and does have a big overall impact on the taste! Barney Butter has salt in it I think!

  • #2 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    That looks so good! Makes me wish I had a vitamix for sure….

  • #3 - Elina

    Morgan – oops, I forgot – I did add a pinch of salt. I added that little tip to the post. Thanks! :)

  • #4 - Bridget

    Looks awesome! I don’t have quite the superstar blender though, so I’d be nervous to set mine on fire haha, but maybe I’ll give it a whirl…no pun intended.

    Love rest. week!!

  • #5 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I love finding ways to make store bought foods on the cheap! Awesome almond butter — my favorite!

  • #6 - Jenna

    Omg looks great!!

  • #7 - Shannon

    I’ve never tried to make nutbutter. But then I don’t have a vitamix. I think you probably need a really high powered machine to make a good nutbutter.

  • #8 - sister inna

    wow that’s so cool 😀

  • #9 - Becky @ flybynyght

    OMG – I’ve never tried to make a nut butter myself, but you’ve certainly made it look easy! Now to get myself a vitamix….

  • #10 - Kelly

    I’ve never made almond butter myself, but for some reason I always thought it would be more of a process than this. I should definitely try it!

  • #11 - RunToTheFinish

    woooow a vitamiz, so jealous and making a smoothie afterwards you are a friggin genius!!

  • #12 - Cara

    I have never made any nut butters but I’m psyched to try out homemade coocnut butter that I’ve seen popping up!

  • #13 - Shannon

    Mmm, i made it once myself, roasting the almonds and adding them warm to the blender… didn’t seem to need any oil, but i’m sure it would’ve smoothed things out a bit. like the idea of the coconut oil!

  • #14 - Julie

    I made almond butter in the food processor once and it took a million years and didn’t come out as smooth! I should try it again with coconut oil or agave.

  • #15 - maria

    Wonderful idea about using the leftover in the blender to go ahead and make a smoothie! I am going to give that a shot next time!!!

    I love homemade almond butter. I eat it a lot more than I do company made because they do not carry almond butter in any of my local groceries in Japan. A girl can dream, though, right?

  • #16 - michele

    Well you know that most almonds grown in this country have to be pasteurized which destroys all nutrients. See to read more. I buy Spanish almonds and have to pay quite a bit more for them, but worth it.

  • #17 - Roy

    Was the almond butter super smooth? Do you think its suitable for making ice cream if I’m looking for a super smooth grit free ice cream?

    • #18 - Elina

      Hi Roy – the almond butter was smooth but if you want to take the extra step, I’d blanch the almonds first. I think I may actually try it myself :)

  • #19 - sara

    Please do not call this an Intuitive Eating website if you are attending Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers is dieting and not at all what intuitive eating is all about.

    • #20 - Elina

      Sara – I don’t put this blog in any category – it’s just my journey through life – eating, cooking, traveling, living. Not sure where your comment is coming from. And although it’s beside the point, I have stopped attending WW (and dieting all together!) in February 2011.

  • #21 - Ikra

    How long is the shelf life?