Homemade Maple Almond Butter

Are you tired of paying big bucks for that name brand Justin’s Almond Butter? Why not give this Homemade Maple Almond Butter recipe a spin. Literally a spin in a food processor or high speed blender is all it takes for delicious, homemade almond butter.

Homemade Maple Almond Butter in a jar sitting on a blue napkin

On our last trip to the grocery store I noticed that the almond butter I usually buy was $8.99 a jar.

This surprised me little bit.

I’m not sure if it has always been this price, as the last time I bought almond butter it was on sale so I stocked up on a few and before that I had a huuuge Costco jar, so I suppose it’s been awhile since I’ve actually bought it.

 

Like many of you, I’ve seen people making their own on blogs or Pinterest, so I finally decided the time had come for me to join the ranks of the ‘make-your-own’ almond butter gang. πŸ™‚

HOMEMADE MAPLE ALMOND BUTTER

Homemade Maple Almond Butter in a jar sitting on a blue napkin

And since I have some ultra amazing maple syrup from Anise leftover from my cleanse, I knew this almond butter had to have a touch of maple.

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a bottle of Drip brand maple syrup

It’s a simple, yet tedious, procedure of processing the almonds and scraping down the sides.

Stopping and starting the machine more times than I can count.

At one point  I had to let my poor old food processor take a breather as it actually started smoking a bit! The motor was getting a tad overheated so I let it relax for about 1/2 hour before starting again. I use a Black & Decker food processor that I bought on sale at Canadian Tire a few years back and I really don’t know what the life of these types of machines are.

Does anyone out there know the answer to that? And, can you make almond butter and the like in a machine like a Vitamix?

I took about 20 minutes total, but for me with breaks for my food processor to cool down it took about and hour. First it turned into what would be described as a flour, which you could use as well for gluten free baking.

Then a big ball started forming, so I had to break that up a few times.

almonds being processed in the food processor

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Because I used raw almonds, I never got a really drippy consistency.

It was much more solid, almost like it had been refrigerated, which is fine for using in baking when you are melting it down with something, or for spreading on apples.

If you want something drippier the roasted almonds work better.

a hand holding an apple slice with almond butter on it

I actually had it spread on a piece of toast with a few dark chocolate chips tossed on top. So good!

All in all, it was a successful experiment and much more cost effective than the grocery store option. I think next time I will make a smaller batch to make it easier on my food processor, but there definitely will be a next time. πŸ™‚

Homemade Maple Almond Butter in a jar sitting on a blue napkin

MORE HEALTHY VEGAN SNACK RECIPES:

Vegan Strawberry Crumble Bars

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Bars

Peachy Vegan Frozen Yogurt Bites

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chickpea Cookie Bars

 

*Originally posted October 23, 2013. Updated August 30, 2019*

 

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I recommend a Kitchen Aid Food Processor for this recipe.

Homemade Maple Almond Butter

Sharon Rhodes
Are you tired of paying big bucks for that name brand Justin's Almond Butter? Why not give this Homemade Maple Almond Butter recipe a spin. Literally a spin in a food processor or high speed blender is all it takes for delicious, homemade almond butter.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 219 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Process almonds in a food processor until you reach your desired consistency. Add in the maple syrup & pinch of sea salt towards the end. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and break up any large balls that form along the way
  • Store in a sealed jar in the fridge

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 263mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gCalcium: 100mgIron: 1.3mg
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  2. this looks great!!! by the way about the vitamin, you don’t have to use the dry container but you have to make sure to turn it up and then go to variable speed super quick (within the first 30 seconds) and also put your almonds in the freezer before you blend promise it will work. I make mine in my old vitamin all the time

  3. P.S. you CAN use a vitamix, but you need to use the special dry container as the blade works differently and pushes, rather than pulls the nuts. Otherwise, you could risk burning out your motor. πŸ˜‰

  4. You have a really cute blog. πŸ™‚ I haven’t made nut butter in my vitamix (which is surprising to me now that I’m writing it cause I make everything else in it), but I have an Omega 8006 juicer which is great for processing nuts (soaked-dehydrated-raw and roasted) and I’ve made nut butter with it using the blank plate. You have to run the nuts through a few times though.

    Also, as label reader (you mentioned in another post I came her from) many brands of nut butter list “less than 2%” of some type of oil- this helps homogenize the nut butter, especially for unroasted nuts (which some sources indicate may be healthier for us, but to be fair, roasted had a really special tasty flavor and roasting is what brings out the oil in nuts and makes them easier to blend into butter). I like to use virgin organic coconut, or you can grab some organic almond oil to keep the flavor profile in synch. Also, if you have the ability to soak and dehydrate your almonds before using them for butter, it really improves the results. It seems counter intuitive to soak seemingly dry nuts, but just plain ones still have some water in them (makes butter more pasty) and soaking removes the phytic acid (which protects the seed and also hinders digestion) and activates some of the nutrients, especially in truly raw almonds. Then dehydrating really removed all the water leaving them more crunchy, like roasted but with the nutrients still all intact and easier to process.

    Hope this helps, I’ll be back to check out more of your recipes! Keep it up! Home ec is dead in schools and people desperately need more resources (like this one) to get back into the kitchen, regardless of whether they are omivores, vegetarian, vegan, raw, etc and really, literally put our money where our mouths are instead of in the pockets of big agri, pharma and chem. I totally agree with you (per your mention in the BBQ sauce recipe- how I found your blog) that as people start to shift toward the realization that there are many foods that are pretty simple (and cost effective) to make from scratch and avoid unneccessary ingredients/preservatives, we’ll all be better off, from our own health, to the health of the economy. <3

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Shayna πŸ™‚ What you said really means a great deal to me. It is the exact message I hope to deliver. I’m so happy you found my blog and were thoughtful enough to leave such a kind comment. There’s some nice karma headed your way πŸ˜‰

  5. Hi, I’ve made almond butter using my Vitamix. When the almonds are roasted, it’s a breeze to make butter in under 5 minutes. However, when the almonds were raw, it took much longer and the mixture started to get hot! I had to give the Vitamix a rest too! It also had a paste-like consistency that I disliked, sort of like refried beans. Next time, I’ll stick with roasted almonds! Glad you tried making your own! I also make coconut butter, hazelnut butter, and pretty much every other type of nut. It’s so much fresher and more affordable!

    1. I agree about the freshness and affordability. So much better to make your own! I’m glad to hear that the Vitamix is capable to make almond butters, etc. It’s my next big purchase once my current blender poops out … it’s taking longer than I anticipated πŸ™‚