Making your own activated almond nut butter is a fun and tasty way to get the freshest nut butter around. Suitable for raw-vegan, oil-free, paleo, gluten-free and sugar-free diets. Full of heart-healthy fats from the almonds with no added oil.
This almond nut butter is 100% pure nuts with just a pinch of salt added. The nuts are activated meaning they are easier to digest and less likely to cause that heavy upset stomach feeling you can get with nuts. This nut butter recipe makes sweet almond salted nut butter.
This is also known as sprouted almond butter, however sprouting can be misleading as almonds won’t sprout open like other seeds such as sunflower. Speaking of sunflower seeds if you want a nut-free butter then use sunflower seeds in this recipe for activated sunflower seed butter.
Activated Sprouted Almond Butter Video
Homemade almond butter is a fun thing to make when you have the time for drying and a lot of blending. It’s significantly cheaper making sprouted almond butter than buying pre-made activated almond butter – for me it works out 1/4 of the price!
The nuts are soaked overnight in salted water to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. This makes the nuts easy to digest and remove some of the compounds that prevent optimal absorption of vitamins and minerals.
If your blender is not powerful then you can still make nut butter but you might need to add a few tablespoons of olive or other cold-pressed oil once the almonds become dust. This will help the blender make a creamy and smooth nut butter.
When making nut butter at home you can often drain off most of the added oil as once it chills it separates. If you are wanting a lowe calorie almond butter you might want to use the oil for massage and beauty purposed. I did not add any oil for the nut butter in the video and photos here, just whole almonds give a creamy butter.
You can either dry the almonds for activated almond butter in a dehydrator or normal oven. I’m using a normal oven here with the temperature set at 90 degrees and the door open. This wouldn’t strictly be suitable for a raw food diet as the nuts do get heated higher than blood temperature. But the actual nuts don’t get that hot using an oven so they are not roasted either.
If you want to make sure that your almonds are raw then don’t buy USA almonds as these have all been heat treated. Following the salmonella outbreak that only affected the cheap low quality almonds, all Californian almonds are pasteurised, even the organic ones that didn’t have poisoning problems. I tend to choose Italian or Spanish almonds when possible as they often seem the highest quality.
I like to make my own nut and seed butter as there are stories about shop butter using the lowest quality and grade nuts/seeds that wouldn’t be able to be sold whole. This way you can make sure that you’re only using high-quality nuts.
You can use this recipe to make activated nut butter out of just about any nut. Walnuts and pecans break down a lot quicker and make a really creamy smooth butter.
In the almond butter recipe I use whole almonds with the skins still on. These are full of nutrition with antioxidants and vitamin E, you don’t notice them in the smooth almond butter.
If you are not convinced that soaking nuts is important, just look at the brown murky water left behind after soaking almonds! Phytic acid has been proven to affect mineral absorption so I do try to soak all of my nuts and seeds.
Activated Sprouted Almond Butter Recipe
- 3 cups / 400g whole Almonds
- ½ tsp Salt, for soaking
- 6 cups / 1.5L Water, for soaking
- ½ tsp Salt, optional
Almond Butter Method
- Soak the nuts for 8 hours or overnight with ½ tsp salt.
- Drain and rinse then spread out and either bake in an oven or dry in a dehydrator.
- Oven; put the oven on the lowest possible temperature. Bake with the door ajar for 2-3 hours until bone dry and crispy. Toss every hour.
- Dehydrator, dry for 8-12 hours at 110f / 43c until crispy and dry. Toss halfway through.
- Place the nuts in a blender or food processor while still warm and blend for 2-minute intervals.
- Scrape the sides down between the blending sessions for almond butter and repeat until a liquid almond butter is formed.
- Add ½ tsp of salt on the final blend for salted almond butter.
- For my powerful food processor (1800w) this took about 10-12 minutes.
- If you don’t have a powerful blender then add a few tablespoons of cold pressed oil once the nuts are broken down to dust. This does speed up the process and less powerful blenders may take too long or get damaged making nut butter.
- Store sprouted almond butter in the fridge and enjoy within a few weeks