Today, we are going to make homemade almond BUTTER! Are you excited?! I am!

It’s such a delicious type of nut butter. I adore it. I spread it on my Paleo waffles/pancakes/bread, fruits and even vegetables (ants on a stick…celery, almond butter, and organic raisins…heaven!).

I also use it for multiple recipes, to achieve creamier and richer results.

I tend to go through almond butter pretty quickly and it can get expensive if you're buying a jar at the store for around $8-$10. What's my solution to this problem? Homemade almond butter!

Check my recipe out!

Tools You’ll Need:

  •        1 large Mason Jar
  •        Food Processor
  •        Measuring cup
  •        Measuring spoons

Ingredients:

  •        4 cups of roasted unsalted almonds (I bought mine at Whole Foods)
  •        ½-1 teaspoon of sea salt

Steps:

  1. Go to Whole Foods (or any other store that sells bulk) and buy bulk roasted/unsalted almonds.
  2. Bring them home and place all almonds in a ziploc bag or any other tight container - almonds will stay fresher longer.
  3. Take out your food processor and plug it in.
  4. Place 4 cups of almonds in food processor.
  5. Cover and push “on” to start processing. Process for about 1 minute.
  6. Scrape down the sides, close lid and process for another 2 minutes.
  7. Open lid and add sea salt (your almonds should have a buttery and creamy consistency at this point); continue to process for 1-1.5 minutes.
  8. Scoop almond butter out and store in a container with a lid (I used a mason jar).

You’ve now got yourself your very own homemade almond butter! Keep refrigerated. Lasts 1-2 weeks.

 

After 1 minute of processing.

After 3 minutes of processing.

After 5 minutes of processing (sea salt has been added at this point)

About The Author

Mariel Lewis

I'm an avid Paleo blogger passionate about health and fitness! I love cooking with natural ingredients. This passion drives me to dream up fun culinary creations that not only nourish the body but taste great! Eating healthy doesn't have to be a drag, try some of my Paleo recipes and let me know what you think! :)

98 Responses

  1. Jennifer Hammond

    This was so yummy and EASY!!! I didn’t have walnut oil so I used coconut oil. Still tasted great and went well into the brownies I made. (I NEED my sweets!) Thanks for the great details!!!

    Reply
    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      I am glad you liked these Jennifer! Good to know it works great with coconut oil as well :) thanks for sharing that!

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    • revdoc1

      I also use coconut oil… no salt, no sugar… just almonds. My puppies love it! and i know they aren’t getting any additives

      Reply
    • Diane

      I don’t understand the reference to oil.
      there doesn’t appear to be any in the ingredients or in the directions.

      Reply
      • Mariel Lewis
        Mariel Lewis

        Hi Diane. I recently modified the recipe; the old version had oil in it. I prefer this new one a lot more! :)

  2. Luis

    Greetings from Dominican Republic! I started paleo about 3 weeks ago and its been awesome. I did this recipe and itweent very well. I used. Organic cocunut oil(thought I never find in this country) but I replaced the honey with 3/4 tbsp ofstevia (didn’t have honey at home). It tasted very good. Thx for this great idea. A buen tiempo!

    Btw, some times I get sugar cravings. Any good QUICK & SIMPLE paleo sweet ideas?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Luis and welcome to Amazing Paleo! I am glad you’re jumping onto the Paleo bandwagon :). I looooove and crave sweets all the time too….my food suggestions to you when you’re craving sweets:
      1. Dark chocolate (85%+ cacao) chocolate chips or bars
      2. Fruit. You can freeze it and then blend it in your food processor, so it becomes like ice cream! (Ex: Blend in food processor – 2 large frozen bananas, 1/4 cup frozen cherries, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1.5 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder & 1/8 cup almond milk)
      3. Any form of sweet potatoes…add cinnamon on top ;)
      4. Drink water…chances are you’re just dehydrated. This may calm anxiety and cravings.
      5. Dried fruits (cranberries or raisins). Just be sure they dont have any extra sugars added.
      6. Homemade trail mix: almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins, dark chocolate pieces

      Hope this helps a bit!

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    • Jo-Anne

      Almond muffins. 2 cups ground almonds, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1tsp cinnamon, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup honey or crushed banana, 1/4 cup oil, 1tsp va illa extract, 11/2cups apple sauce, 1cup fresh frozen or dried fruit. Mix together, fruit last. Put in cake tins. Top with almond slices. 180 deg roughly 25 mins. Yum. A wet dough receive as ther is no flour.

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  3. Sara

    Ok- I loved the recipe right out of the food processor, but it hardened overnight in the fridge. Did I do something wrong? Is it because I used coconut oil instead of walnut oil?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Sara! I am about to modify my Almond Butter recipe very soon, so stay tuned to get the new and improved one!

      Reply
    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Sara, I just modified my Almond Butter recipe! Check it out and let me know what you think when you try it!

      Reply
  4. Judene

    I am getting ready to try your almond butter recipe. Your ingredient list reads 3 teaspoons of walnut oil, but in your directions it reads 3 tablespoons. I am thinking it is probably 3 tbsp.. Just letting you know. Thanx – The recipe sounds great and explains everything thoroughly.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Judene! Welcome to Amazing Paleo :). Just so you know, I am about to modify my Almond Butter recipe very soon, various people have not been having the best results and I think I know why. Soooo stay tuned to get the new and improved recipe!

      Reply
    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Judene, just modified my Almond Butter recipe! I think you’ll be really pleased with how this butter turns out :).

      Reply
  5. tina

    I am reading the comments and I want to make sure that the new recipe does not need any oil in it. Is that correct?

    Reply
    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Tina! Yes, no oil in the new recipe. You only need roasted almonds and sea salt :)

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      • Jack

        Hi,
        I’m going to try the new no oil recipe this weekend, how come you removed all the oil ? does it still taste the same?
        Thanks!

      • Mariel Lewis
        Mariel Lewis

        I just decided to make it a bit healthier (without the added oil) and use as little ingredients as possible. It tastes way better and keeps way better. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  6. Cheryl

    I would like to try this recipe. I live in Baja CA, Mexico and bought some raw almonds. Is it necessary to soak and roast the almonds first? Also, I see many comments about oil in the comments but don’t see oil mentioned in your ingredients. How much oil do you use and when do you add it?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Cheryl! Welcome to Amazing Paleo! It is not necessary to soak them, but you should roast them first for sure!
      Don’t use any oil. Just use the ingredients the recipe calls for: roasted almonds and sea salt. This is an improved recipe, and it turns out way better than the one I had that used oil.

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      • Cheryl

        Mariel, Thank you for your quick reply. Can’t wait to try it. I will be looking at your website for sure. I am on a Candida diet and have found some help from Paleo recipes.

      • Sherry

        I do not understand why the almonds need to be roasted? I used raw almonds and it tasted just like the almond butter from Trader Joe’s!

  7. Cheryl

    Mariel,
    One last question, does it matter if I dry roast them or roast them with oil? If I dry roast them, will there still be enough oil to make the butter creamy?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      I think dry roasting them would be the way to go ;), but you can probably do it either way.

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      • Cheryl

        I made the almond butter just now. I let the food processor run for a very long time stopping to scrape the sides and after 25 minutes or so it wasn’t starting to get creamy. I added 3T olive oil and blended a while. It started to get a little creamy. I then started adding water and added more than 1/2 a cup I think. After a total of more than 45 minutes, it got creamy. It is not very soft though and I put it in the refrigerator. I soaked the almonds yesterday for about 20 minutes and then roasted them today. I don’t know if that had any effect. It tastes good. I hope it is not hard tomorrow.

      • Mariel Lewis
        Mariel Lewis

        Hi Cheryl! Oh my…sounds like you had your food processor working hard today ;). I hope it doesn’t harden! Next time just make sure you buy roasted almonds and you’ll save yourself some time and trouble :)

  8. cath

    just tried this , tastes fantastic! am going to use it as a base for a delicious almond bread recipe that i found!, thanks, by the way love your site ,its great!

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Cath! Great, I’m glad you liked the almond butter :) Thanks for your sweet comment!

      Reply
  9. rachel

    I wonder how many cups of the pre sliced almonds. I need to go to whole foods and get the whole ones.

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    • Catherine

      we used whole almonds which we then roughly chopped, roasted @ 300 F for about 8 minutes and processed while still warm. it was so easy, the house smells so nice and it tastes so good!

      Reply
  10. Catherine

    just dry roasted the almonds, (.375 kg) we sliced them first, put them in the processor, after about 5 minutes added 1/2 tsp of salt, then ran another 2 min added 1/2 tsp of honey, ran another 2 minutes, DONE!
    so good!!!

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  11. Liz

    Is this any cheaper than buying almond butter? I use a lot of almond butter in my paleo breakfast blend and now my hubby started eating it now and I’m afraid it’s going to get expensive!

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Liz! Yes, this is definitely a cheaper way…plus, it has no preservatives added to it and it tastes extra amazing! ;)

      Reply
  12. Jon

    Thanks for sharing this. I just had two questions:
    – Can you recommend a relatively inexpensive food processor that’s still strong enough to make butter with?
    – Do you think blanched almonds would work as well (I find the skins to be a GI irritant).

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Jon!
      1. I use a Cuisinart Food Processor and I really like it. It is not too expensive – $130 (if you have a Macy’s credit card, you could possibly get it 20-25% off with the coupons they send you in the mail). I have heard that the KitchenAid Food Processor does an AMAZING job…it’s more expensive, but it might be worth every penny! ;) Either way, it’s a good investment.
      2. Blanched almonds will not work for this recipe.

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      • Katy

        We received a Ninja food processor and blender as a gift recently. Though very expensive ($300) I hope this will last forever…it is AMAZING. Motors in most other processors/blenders just weren’t powerful enough and in one case just gave up (KitchenAid). Having 2 kids who have gluten and dairy sensitivities as well as my GF/DF diet, and a hungry husband meant that we needed something that could hold up to our demands.

        Also I just toasted the almonds on a baking sheet in our small toaster oven on “medium” toast (about 5 minutes toast), works perfectly every time. For some reason I can handle cooked almonds but not raw. Easy recipe and my kids love it as well. FYI if you omit the salt and cut back on blending time, you can make your own almond flour as well. Just be careful not to overblend or you’ll end up with more butter.

  13. Cindy

    There is alot of mention to adding oil but I don’t see it. I see the mention that the recipe was modified but it isn’t showing up. Would you mind just telling us about the oil in the comments please? We are going to make this today!! Thanks so much!! Excited to SAVE some money on almond butter!!!

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Cindy. I decided to NOT use oil for this recipe…makes the results 10x better. Just follow the recipe as it is :). Happy processing :)

      Reply
  14. Cheyenne

    Greetings From New Zealand!!

    I was wondering how long this product can be stored for, if its in a jar? And if it needs to be stored in the fridge?

    Thx

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Cheyenne! So glad to hear my recipes are being viewed in New Zealand :). Thanks for your comment! Yes, I store my nut butter in a mason jar with a lid. It stays very fresh that way ;)

      Reply
  15. Julie

    G’day Mariel,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe I am going to try it today…just dipping my toes into paleo at the moment. I found a recipe talking about almond butter…I don’t think you can buy it in Australia. So making it in my Thermomix will be the way to go I think…no oil even better.

    Reply
  16. cris

    Soo no raw almonds and with skin right? I have been doing almond butter a few times for the last months with raw almonds and with the skin and it was not this creamy… Is it because they were raw?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Cris! Yes, the almonds should be roasted! If you buy them at the store (in bulk) already roasted, it will make your life a lot easier…that way you dont have to roast them yourself. Raw almonds don’t typically make good almond butter.

      Reply
  17. Mary @ Fit and Fed

    Hmm, I make almond butter with raw almonds and I like the way it turns out. It’s not at all as olly as commercial almond butter, though. Even the Trader Joe’s raw almond butter, made with only almonds, seems to have more oiliness to it than my homemade almond butter. It’s nice to know that the Cuisinart food processor does such a quick job on the almond butter: I’ve seen other recipes that call for 15-20 minutes of blending. I use my Vitamix, so it only takes a couple of minutes.

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  18. Thuy

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I made my first-time almond butter yesterday and it was delicious. I added a pinch of sea salt and tiny bit of honey, no oil or anything else. It was absolutely yummy! Even my five-year old picky eater enjoyed it on toast and with apple slices. My friend had a taste of it on thin rice crackers and immediately asked for the instructions. It’s so simple but so fresh and tasty. I will only make it at home from now on. Thank you.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Awesome! Thanks for the wonderful comment. I love knowing you guys enjoy my recipes! :) Just like you guys…I LOVE almond butter!

      Reply
  19. Lisa

    I only have salted roasted almond…can i use them and omit the sea salt? Or will that still be too salty?

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Lisa! I’m thinking it might be too salty. But hey, give it a try and test it out. I may be wrong ;)

      Reply
  20. Ginger

    At the five minute mark, all I have is almond dust. Are you sure we don’t need oil?

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  21. Alexis

    I just made this tonight. Just almonds, no salt. My favorite ever!!! I’ve never made my own nut butter and I’m hooked. I now see no need to pay someone else to do what I can myself. Thank you so much!

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  22. Debbie

    Hi I tried to make your recipe with no oil using normal almonds from the shop, but after 20mins in the food processor it was still flour. How can it be possible that yours turned to butter and mine did not? In the end I added olive oil, and it finally worked.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Debbie! Did you buy rosted almonds? They need to be roasted. :) Also, what type of food processor do you have?

      Reply
  23. Andrea

    I just made this and have to say I don’t know how anyone can get the creamy consistency without adding oil. I was just like Debbie, grinding away and worried I was going to burn out my food processor! It may be that you have a more powerful model than me, mine is rather old.
    Going to get back to grinding away now that my machine has cooled down.

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  24. Eric

    Is a large expensive food processor necessary for this or are there any reliable FPs that are smaller in size but still reliable (like a 4-6 cup from the classic line at Cuisinart). I don’t have any other use for the FP besides almond butter, and getting a 10-14 cup FP seems like overkill to make a few cups of almond butter a month.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi Eric! You should get whatever works best for your needs. Cuisinart is a good brand. :)

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      • G

        I have a KitchenAid food processor, which is excellent. But for small amounts of almond butter (which is all I ever want at one time), using my coffee bean grinder is faster AND it will work with soaked/dried, skinless, un-roasted almonds. I think it cost around $10. Just another option I thought I’d mention.

  25. Wendy

    Absolutely love almond butter. The first time I made a batch I just put a little bit of olive oil in it. Since I bought some coconut oil I thought I would try a little bit of that. I did hear though if you use coconut oil it can become very hard – which concerns me! Also, since I am the only one who eats this and it makes such a large batch, I froze smaller batches (maybe 3/4-1 stick of butter size) and they came out fine. Just took a batch out and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

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  26. Helen

    Could I try this with a blender? Since I do not have a food processer..

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  27. Wici

    I just got a food processor yesterday for my birthday, and the first thing I had to try was this recipe, and it turned out great!
    I’ve got a question though, how much oil was the original recipe for? Because I tried it like this without, and it got very dry so I added some coconut oil. Just wondering how much you used to use, out of curiosity. :)
    Fantastic recipe, thanks!

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi there! Happy late birthday :) hope it was a great one! Yay for a new food processor…you’re gonna love all you can do with it! I believe I used 1-2 tablespoons of walnut oil.

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  28. Gabby

    i was trying to make almond flour for some macaroons and I left it in the food processor for too long. i didnt want to throw out a whole cup of almonds so i came across your blog, i adjusted the recipe to my quantity and it is delicious! im eating it on a sandwhich right now :)

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  29. Ro

    I am wonder what the equivalents are?? 4 cups of almonds makes how much almond butter??? Thx in advance

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi there! 4 cups of almonds yield about 2 1/2 cups of almond butter. :)

      Reply
  30. ChrisB

    I’ll be blending the almonds that I soaked (24 hours), deskinned, and soaked (12 hours @ 170 F) into butter tomorrow. We’ll see how it tastes. Maybe I can do a post on it?

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  31. Judith

    OMG Shut the F-n Front Door…..I just made this & am going to use 1 1/2 C’ s to make some Caveman Paleo Bread…..This is without a doubt the most heavenly Almond Butter I have ever tasted….Thank you for all your efforts as well as your web site….I am a GF & a Paleo Diet believer….Happy Baking and consuming to one and all…..;~p

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  32. Maxine

    Thank you for this almond butter recipe it tastes amazing. I used Australian dry roasted almonds bought from IGA , 500gms packet is 3 1/2 cups (little too much for my processor I will use a little less next time to be kind to my processor ) I also added about a tablespoon of coconut oil as it was a little dry….No more shop bought peanut or almond butter for me

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  33. Tracy

    QUESTION…..I used my vitamix to make this adding canola oil and a tiny bit of agave for sweetness. It came out with the consistency of dough, cookie dough. It tastes great but NOT butter like at all. Did I over mix it, under mix it???

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      You might have under-mixed it.
      Also, I have never added canola oil and/or agave to my almond butter before, so not sure how that affects the consistency. If you follow my recipe to the “t”, the results should be perfect and very “butter-y”!

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  34. Patricia

    Hi Mariel,
    I am doing some research to buy a food processor, is just hard to find all the ifno I need to make the right decision, the main purpose will be making almond and other nuts butters, and I thought you were the righ person to ask since you make a lot of it. I see you have a Cuisinart, which is the brand I was planning on buying, but I wanted to ask you which one you have and how big it is, since the power of motor changes with the size of the machine, thanks!

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  35. Bobbi

    I tried making this and at first, I think I put way too many almonds in my 9 cup cuisinart food processor..so I took about half out. It ran for almost an hour and isn’t getting creamy yet!! I soaked the almonds over night and then baked them for about 15 minutes at 350. Any suggestions????

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi there! Thanks for your comment. :) I have never soaked my almonds before making almond butter. Maybe that’s the problem? Next time don’t soak your almonds (just roasting them) before processing. Hope that works!!

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  36. Jackie

    Hi Mariel. Love your blog. Just finished making my first batch o”f almond butter in my vitamix and it worked like a charm! It was quickly and easy. My almond butter is sooo creamy. Will definitely make it from now on.

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    • Mariel Lewis
      Mariel Lewis

      Hi! Even though I have not personally made my almond butter recipe in a blender before, I think it should work just fine! :) Let me know how it goes!

      Reply
  37. kate

    Been making nut butters for years. I have the largest Cuisinart available and usually do 3 cups almonds at a time, almonds will not be ready, smooth and creamy after 3 or 4 minutes. Takes much longer.

    ktac, I really doubt you could make almond butter in a regular blender, to messy to scrape down, and blender’s require more liquid to pulse ingredients. Perhaps Ninja or a Vitamix… but not a regular ol’ Waring or Oster.

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  38. brett

    hi Mariel, just researching paleo and came across your site. I have been cutting out all sourcs of added sugar/HFCS in my diet and in doing that it is not s big jump at all to go Paleo, from what I can tell.
    I notice a few (lot of) people have sugar cravings. What I have done is substitute brewers sugar or glucose. It is not as sweet per gram so you may need more at first. It is a far healthier than refined cane sugar and can be bought at home brew suppliers in bulk 20kg (44lb) bags. cheers. Brett.

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  39. Kristen

    I’m having trouble getting the almonds to get creamy, they just sort of lump together for awhile and then get crumbly again, any suggestions?

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  40. roxana

    I would like to know if I could do the almond butter in a regular blender?

    Reply
  41. Mary

    Fantastic! The recipe is perfect. I made the recipe since the price of jarred almond butter is absurd. My weight-lifting, adult son is more excited with this butter than everyone.

    Reply

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