In this brief guide, we will answer the question “How to make almond butter without a food processor?”, discuss why should almond butter not be made in a food processor, and what to do if you want to make almond butter in a food processor.
How to make almond butter without a food processor?
To make almond butter without a food processor, you need to grind the almonds manually or in a Vitamix. Grinding almonds manually is a tough job to do, but it does not mean that it is not possible to grind them by yourself.
2 ways of making almond butter without a food processor
Making almond butter in pastel and mortar
To make almond butter without a food processor, follow these steps:
- First of all, take a cup of almonds of which you want to make almond butter. Roast them well so that the oil from inside the almonds comes out to make them churn easily.
- Now add the cup of roasted almonds to pastel and mortar, and grind it well. Grinding may require you a duration of about 30 minutes.
- You can add honey or oil to the almond butter while grinding the roasted almonds.
- After 30 minutes, the almonds will be so ground that your almond butter will be ready.
Making almond butter in a Vitamix
Making almond butter in a Vitamix needs less time as well as relatively less effort.
- First of all, add a bit of coconut oil to the raw almonds OR you can roast the raw almonds to make them churn easily in the blender.
- If the almonds are roasted, then you need to cool the almonds for a while. This is important if you do not want your Vitamix container to melt due to the heat of roasted almonds because the temperature will be raised too much due to the increased concentration of hot oil during blending.
- Now, turn your blender on high and use the tamper to push down on the almonds. Pushing the almonds into the blades quickly turns them into almond butter. And one minute later, you are done.
- Hey presto, your almond butter is ready!
Why should almond butter be made in a food processor?
Some nuts (such as peanut, cashew, and macadamia) have more natural oil than others, which affects how easy they are to churn into butter. Almonds have a bit less oil in them, so they can not be churned quite easily, into butter. If you use any other electrical appliance to grind the almonds, there are chances that their blades can be ruined or you need to pulse the motor for a shorter period. Food processors, on the other hand, can operate for longer periods without burning the motor out. In a food processor, the almonds (while producing oil) can be churned for a maximum of 20 minutes, but not turning the motor out. This is why, it is better to use a food processor to make almond butter, rather than using any other electric appliance.
What to do if you want to make almond butter in a food processor?
To make almond butter in a food processor, you either need to purchase the roasted almonds from the market or you can just roast them in your oven. For this, you need to pre-heat the oven at 325 Fahrenheit (160℃). Spread the almonds in a single layer over the baking sheet. Let the almonds roast for 10-15 minutes and stir once or twice to avoid scorching. After 15 minutes, take the almonds and let them cool for a while.
Now, add the roasted almonds to the food processor (fitted with S-blade), and process them. During processing, the almonds will go through different stages; they will be first crushed, then powdered to powdery paste, thicker paste with a couple of dry bits, and then finally a creamy butter will be formed. To aid this process, you can add a little amount of coconut oil. Let the almonds process until they gain the required consistency. This might take a longer duration of about 15 minutes but these 15 minutes will be worth processing.
Tips to make almond butter
- To make almond butter it is better to roast the almonds in the oven by yourself rather than purchasing roasted almonds. Roasting the almonds just before you are going to prepare the almond butter will help you retain the maximum fresh flavor of the almonds.
- Let the almonds process for about 15 minutes in a food processor without being in a hurry. This will help you prepare almond butter with an amazing creamy texture.
In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to make almond butter without a food processor?”, discussed why should almond butter not be made in a food processor, and what to do if you want to make almond butter in a food processor.