How to Make Almond Butter in Your Vitamix

and a recipe for Paleo Almond Butter Blondies

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Making almond butter at home is so delicious, simple, and cost effective, you’ll never go back to store bought! Watch my video to learn how easy this nut butter is to make, and the tricks that will make it a success.

To make Almond Butter in the Vitamix:

  1. Roast 2 cups* of almonds (see below for directions). It is essential that the almonds are toasted. They will NOT turn into almond butter if they are left raw. 
  2. Add toasted almonds to the dry container of a Vitamix.
  3. Start the Vitamix on low and pulse to break up the almonds into uniform small pieces. Mix with the tamper.
  4. Turn up the Vitamix to HIGH and use the tamper to move the almond mixture around. 
  5. Stop as needed to scrape the almond butter from the bottom of the Vitamix, to allow the mixture to all turn into almond butter. This will take a few minutes.
  6. If the mixture starts to steam you may choose to let it cool down and rest a few minutes, however, it will not ruin the oil that the almond contains.
  7. Store in a glass jar in the pantry or refrigerator for up to 6 months.

 

*I find that it is generally easy to work with batches of 1.5-2 cups of almonds.  Any less and the tamper does not reach far enough down to really stir the mixture, and any more and only the bottom turns to butter, while the top stays coarser.

Making almond butter in the Vitamix is not foolproof. Sometimes it cooperates and turns out perfectly the first time, however, sometimes it refuses to budge. When that happens just add a tablespoon of coconut oil (to the total amount of almond butter), and turn your mistake into soft and delicious Almond Butter Blondies.

 

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How to roast almonds
 
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Roasting almonds in the oven brings out the oil and flavor. Add a dash of sea salt after roasting and you won't be able to stop at just one!
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Recipe type: how-to
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw almonds*
  • sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Spread almonds out on a rimmed cookie sheet (jelly roll) pan in a single layer.
  2. Roast for 10-12 minutes on 350° F or until the almonds are browned and a slightly nutty flavor wafts from the oven.
  3. Add a few dashes of sea salt if desired.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Notes
* To make almonds more digestible, remove the phytic acid by soaking overnight in an acidic medium such as water and lemon juice or water and whey. Simply cover the almonds with an extra inch of water on top. Add a tablespoon of whey or lemon juice to the water. Allow to soak overnight. Rinse in the morning, and dry in a food dehydrator and toast in the oven.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.lowery.148 Steve Lowery

    Nice recipe, I can’t wait to try this one out. I bought a Vitamix a few years ago and love it – there’s so many things you can make with it.

  • venice

    what is the best blenders to use for making almond butter ,and coconut butter ?

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Definitely the Vitamix. I use the dry container for both (see link above- at end of recipe). I’ve also used the nutri-bullet successfully for coconut butter. However, I had to use quite a bit if coconut oil, and I think it would wear the nutri-bullet down over time.

      • venice

        Thank you so much .

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  • Elena

    Alison, my dad has diabetes,….. can I do the recipe without the honey and use stevia instead???

    • http://www.healthnutnation.com Alison

      Elena,
      Honey is a viscous liquid, and has two jobs along with sweetening- holding the ingredients together and keeping the mixture moist. You may be able to substitute in another egg, or a TBS of flax meal in 1/4 cup of water for the honey and then a few drops of liquid stevia (or powdered, whatever you have) to sweeten. Let me know if you try it and what you come up with!

      • Elena

        I’ll do it tonight! :D

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