Homemade Vanilla Almond Butter

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This vanilla almond butter is easy to make with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes. It’s so delicious you will never settle for store-bought varieties again!

glass jar of vanilla almond butter topped with honey and sea salt

Do you have a grocery item that is a total splurge, but you love? You know what I mean, something that costs more than you really should spend, but you just don’t care!

And when you bring it home you are overly protective of said item, and hide it in the back of the pantry so your kids (or husband) can’t eat it all without your knowledge?! I have several items like this, and one of them is fancy nut butter – specifically vanilla almond butter.

It’s like a quick and easy dessert in a jar that’s actually healthy and delicious. Slather it on banana bread, muffins, or use it as a “frosting” for healthy brownies.

vanilla almond butter spread on a piece of banana bread drizzled with honey and sea salt

How to make homemade almond butter

I won’t lie to you, sometimes making nut butters in your Vitamix can seem a little scary….but I’m here to help dispel any fears you {or your husband} may have and show you just how easy (and delicious) it is! So here are a few tips on blending…

Roast the almonds

Make sure to roast the almonds completely before making this recipe! You will know the almonds have finished roasting when the kitchen becomes aromatic and the almonds make sizzling, popping noises when you take them out of the oven.

Begin by blending the cashews first. They are a softer nut so they blend easier and then make it easier for the almonds to blend too.

two photos showing how to make vanilla almond butter in the vitamix

Next, add the almonds to the blended cashews and blend until smooth. Depending on the size of the container you use, you may need to pause, scrape down the sides of the blending container and then blend again.

two photos showing how to make vanilla almond butter in the vitamix

Add the honey & vanilla

Please take a moment and note how silky smooth and creamy the mixture in the blender on the right looks above. Be sure to blend until you reach that consistency before the final step. When you add the ingredients that make this Vanilla Almond Butter extra special (vanilla, sea salt and honey) it will thicken and look like the contents in the blender below.

Do not be worried. As you can see from the other photos the almond butter is still creamy and smooth once smeared on a piece of bread! I actually prefer this thicker texture to runny almond butter because it is easier to enjoy with a spoon, or on a piece of banana bread, without making a huge mess.

Vanilla Almond Butter after blending in the Vitamix

Store

Store the Vanilla Almond Butter in a glass jar at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. I recommend the fridge (although it will harden a little bit) if you want it to keep fresh longer!

Vanilla Almond Butter being poured into a glass jar

Serve

There is no wrong way to enjoy this vanilla almond butter. Slather it on your favorite quick breads (like this paleo banana bread) or muffins (like these spinach banana muffins).

You can use it to slather on pancakes like these Greek yogurt pancakes or whole wheat pancakes, or just eat it with a spoon.

Vanilla Almond Butter spread on a piece of banana bread

Recipe FAQs

Is making your own nut butter worth it? 

Yes, making your own vanilla almond butter is cost effective (a jar of homemade vanilla almond butter costs around $6, while store bought varieties can be upwards of $14), it tastes better and the ingredients are all natural and pure (no fillers or preservatives). Plus it’s really easy to make!

Do I have to use cashews?

No, you can use all almonds but it will take longer to blend.

Can I use a food processor instead of a blender?

No. You need to use a high powered blender (Vitamix) to make almond butter.

Vanilla Almond Butter in a jar drizzled with honey and sea salt

Homemade Vanilla Almond Butter: Substitutions

Here are a few possible substitutions you can make in this recipe.

almonds after being roasted on a baking sheet
  • Cashews. I chose to add cashews because they are a softer, sweeter nut and really add to the flavor and texture of this recipe! However, if you would like to use only almonds you can, but you will need to blend a little longer.
  • Coconut oil. Almond oil can be used in place of coconut oil, although I love the flavor of coconut oil.
  • Vanilla extract. I have also made this with vanilla beans and it is delicious.
  • Honey. For a vegan option use maple syrup.
glass jar of Vanilla Almond Butter

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Butter with Sea Salt & Honey

Laura
This vanilla almond butter is easy to make with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes. It's so delicious you will never settle for store-bought varieties again!
5 from 8 votes
Course condiment, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups almond butter (Serving Size: 1 TBS)
Calories 99.6
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Blending5 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place 2 cups of raw almonds on a baking sheet.
  • Roast in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. You will know the almonds are done when they become aromatic. Another indicator they are fully roasted is that they begin to sizzle and pop when they are removed from the oven.
  • Set pan aside to let almonds cool slightly.
  • Put melted coconut oil and roasted cashews in the container of your Vitamix blender and blend, starting on low speed increasing to high.
  • Pause, scrape down the sides and blend. Start at low speed and increase to medium (not high). Let it blend on medium speed until smooth (about 1-2 minutes), scraping down the sides if needed.
  • Once cashews are smooth, add roasted almonds to the container of your Vitamix with the blended cashews.
  • Blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, using the tamper to push the mixture into the blades.
  • Turn machine down to medium-high speed and blend until mixture is smooth (about 4-6 minutes). Increase to high speed for the last minute of blending.
  • Add sea salt vanilla and honey and pulse to combine. PLEASE NOTE: This will cause the mixture to thicken. That is normal.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and store until ready to use!

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cashews. I chose to add cashews because they are a softer, sweeter nut and really add to the flavor and texture of this recipe! However, if you would like to use only almonds you can, but you will need to blend a little longer.
  • Coconut oil. Almond oil can be used in place of coconut oil, although I love the flavor of coconut oil.
  • Vanilla extract. I have also made this with vanilla beans and it is delicious.
  • Honey. For a vegan option use maple syrup.

Store

Store the Vanilla Almond Butter in a glass jar at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. I recommend the fridge (although it will harden a little bit) if you want it to keep fresh longer!

Nutrition

Serving: 1TBS | Calories: 99.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6g | Sodium: 37.7mg | Potassium: 48.9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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19 Comments

  1. I saw your blog over at he blissful bites page. You are EXTREMELY talented! Congratulations on this post with these amazing brands 😍😍 you’re an inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your work and learning from touZ

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  2. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. This sounds AMAZING! My family would love this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I always have a variety of nut butters in my pantry. I’ll have to try this one. It sounds so delicious!

  4. I use to make nut butter a lot but haven’t in so long. I have a lot of almonds to use up since I bought in bulk and was going to whip up almond milk with them in the coming weeks but not want to whip up some of this delicious nut butter!
    Adorable picture of you with the kids in the kitchen, cherish the moments!

  5. 5 stars
    I love that i can have almond butter at home that I make! I love your pictures with your kiddos! They look like they love helping you!

  6. I so agree that making a fancier homemade nut butter is often cheaper, and then the whole family can enjoy it or … you can enjoy it from the private stash. I totally confess that I’ve even stashed away favorite foods. 😀