Almond butter is a wondrous foodstuff. Not only is it an excellent source of protein but almonds are also high in monounsaturated fat and as such have a number of health benefits when eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet.
These health benefits include helping your cholesterol level, reducing the risk of heart disease and stabilising your blood sugar level.
Commercially produced nut butters often have high levels of sugar and salt, so in order to ensure that you're getting the health benefits of almond butter without taking on any extra nasties it's best to make your own, it'll taste fresher too, as well as being much cheaper.
But what's the best way to go about making your own almond butter in your Vitamix at home?
There are a number of recipes and methods out there for making almond butter. Most of them follow broadly similar methods, roast some almonds and then crush and blend them in your Vitamix.
It's possible to make almond butter without roasting the almonds first, but roasting gives a superior texture and flavour.
The roasting starts to draw the oil from inside the almonds before you blend them, which makes them easier to blend. When you've got the basics down, then you can afford to get creative with other flavourings like honey or salt.
When you've got the basics down, then you can afford to get creative with other flavourings like honey or salt.
After the almonds, the most important thing that you'll need is a blender such as a Vitamix. This will be doing the hard work for you, making almond butter without a blender is almost impossible.
Do you still need a blender, see our recommendations for the best blender to make nut butter here.
The important thing to remember is that you can only make almond butter effectively with whole almonds.
Flaked or ground won't have the same effect, not only will the texture be inferior, but they're harder to toast first, which impairs both the flavour and texture.
The Best Vitamix Almond Butter Recipe
This is a good, basic recipe for making almond butter in your Vitamix. Once you've mastered this, the sky's the limit:
You will need 300g of almonds.
Preheat your oven to 190C/350F.
Roast the almonds in there for ten minutes.
Leave to cool.
In the dry container of your Vitamix, begin to process the almonds on low.
When they've broken up, into smaller pieces, move them around using the tamper and turn the speed up to high, using the tamper to move them during processing.
Stop every now and then to scrape the sides down. After a few minutes, you'll have delicious almond butter.
Tips To Help You Make The Best Almond Butter
Don't forget to roast the almonds first, get the roasting time right. too short and the consistency will be wrong, too long and the butter will taste bitter.
Stir the almonds during the toasting period to guarantee a more even consistency. Try an almond to see when they're done - there should be a lightly toasted smell coming from the oven.
Make sure to leave them to cool before processing.
Be sure to use the dry container of your Vitamix - it has a faster blade, which is vital for this job.
If you find that the mixture is stubbornly refusing to blend, you can help loosen it with a little coconut oil. If it's still not working, don't despair. Almond butter isn't perfect every time. You can still use the almond mix in other dishes like cakes, soups or stews - it'd be a shame to waste all that goodness.
The best tip we can give you is to make sure you have the best Vitamix blender for the job!
Need More Help? Watch This Video
It's all well and good reading how to make almond butter. But by far the easiest way to make sure that you're doing it right is to watch someone else. This video offers you a step by step guide to the process of creating this versatile, delicious and nutritious foodstuff. Bon appetit!