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I put roasted almonds through a food grinder — first on coarse grind then on fine[1] — thinking I would wind up with almond butter. I wound up with a fine ground instead. I haven't tried, but it appears somewhat spreadable; but I'm afraid that if I spread it and stand the bread on end it will fall off the bread. I'm seeking something creamier — I mean, more like commercially available peanut butter. What can I do to my ground almonds to achieve that?


[1] There are only two settings. It's a stand mixer's attachment.

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Similar non-duplicate: cooking.stackexchange.com/q/25124 –  msh210 Jan 7 at 7:56

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I use a Cuisinart food processor to make almond butter. I once used a processor that was not very powerful and it burnt out (my brothers, so I had to replace it). You'll need a machine with significant wattage because it takes a bit of energy to grind up almonds unless you are making a very small quantity. Sorry, I don't think there is a way around that. The advantage of a food processor over a blender is a wider surface area so there is less of a need to add liquid to improve flow. I don't add anything to mine except a little salt, but if I did it would only be oil. Water may reduce its shelf life. BTW, even in the processor it takes about 15 minutes to make, probably less if the almonds are hot and freshly roasted.

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+1; many thanks. –  msh210 Jan 12 at 6:17

You will have to use a blender, grinding produces nut flour, not nut butter. You normally start from whole nuts, but now you have some preground ones, they should work too.

Be aware that most blenders don't have the power to produce nut butters. If you have a high-powered blender, it is still a hassle, because it is too thick. You have to use enough nuts to have a good flow (at least 500 g in a 2 liter jug), add oil, and use the tamper to get the nuts to move towards the blades. The more oil you add, the easier to do it, but your final product gets runnier. Almond oil would be ideal taste-wise, but a normal neutral oil will be good enough.

You can also add water instead of oil, to make the mix flow easier. You still can't add enough water for it to flow on its own, or you will end up with something more liquid than a paste. The taste is also much different than when adding oil. You can also add both oil and water.

When I got my Omniblend, this video helped me understand the process. However, my own results were never as thin as what she gets there. I don't know if this is because I bought preshelled nuts (which are drier), but I added water to compensate for this, and also used quite a bit of oil.

I don't know how commercial nut butters are made, but I suspect that maybe it is not a blade system, it could be that very fresh nuts are mashed between flat surfaces. That, or there is some blade system which, unlike a home blender, contains something to "feed" the nuts to the blades instead of relying on the blade sucking in the pureed mass.

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+1; many thanks. Any chance you can edit in advice for those of us without high-powered blenders (and without industrial machines :-))? (Or maybe there is none?) –  msh210 Jan 7 at 20:18
    
@msh210 it is hit-and-miss even with the high powered (or maybe just a matter of experience). But it is really hard to do, and a slower blender will deliver even worse results. I wouldn't even bother trying. Even if you don't overload the motor, it probably won't get you a good product, and it will cost a lot of effort to try it. If you want to try nevertheless, the advice won't be different than the vitamix advice, because they function the same way as the cheap home units, they just can cut better and take more before getting overloaded. –  rumtscho Jan 7 at 21:03

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