Homemade Raw Almond Butter

Are all almonds the same?

Did you know most of the almonds grown in America are pasteurized? They can be either steam pasteurized, boiled, roasted, or treated with propylene oxide. The problem with pasteurization is that it kills most of the enzymes and vitamins in almonds making them difficult to digest.

Also, the problem with propylene oxide (PPO) is that it is a carcinogenic chemical according to the EPA. The use of this chemical has been banned in the EU, Canada, and Mexico because it has been linked to liver disease and other immune system dysfunctions.

how do you know which almonds to buy?

Homemade Almond Butter

Purchasing raw organic almonds or almonds directly from a farmer is one way to avoid pasteurization. Another way is to purchase almonds grown outside of the United States. Read the packaging when you purchase almonds. You can also find raw almonds online. One brand I like is Food to Live Almonds which come from Italy.

Furthermore, when purchasing almond butter, the same rules apply. Be careful to read the label for additives and for raw organic almonds. The simplest and most delicious solution is to make it yourself.

You will need a food processor or blender. It takes a good 10 minutes so be patient!

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  1. Simply process raw almonds in your food processor or blender.
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  2. After about 3 minutes it will start to look crumbly.
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  3. It becomes creamy almond butter between 9 and 11 minutes.
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  4. You can add salt, honey, cocoa, or any other additions, or just leave it plain.
Recipe Notes

This recipe works for any other nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, etc.

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Check out my recipe for Cranberry Orange Almond Butter Muffins made with your homemade almond butter!

Homemade Raw Almond Butter



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Erin Sands is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert whose focus is on using food and nutrition to build health and reverse disease.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Raw Almond Butter

  1. Emily says:

    Great post Erin. I tend to roast my almonds before blending them. Do you think roasting at home will dramatically affect the enzymes and vitamins?

  2. Erin Sands says:

    Roasting your almonds at home at a low temperature can actually make almonds easier to digest as the roasting process breaks down the phytase enzyme in almonds which we can’t digest. If you eat a lot of almonds, roasting is one way to make them more digestible while adding delicious flavor. The best way to make them more digestible is to soak raw almonds and then dry them before using.

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