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Vanilla Sea Salt Almond Butter

April 6, 2018

Creamy vanilla sea salt almond butter made with fresh vanilla bean, chunky sea salt and lightly roasted almonds. The perfect spread for your toast, oatmeal or favorite smoothie recipe. Or just eat on its own with a spoon!

Grab a spoon because this Vanilla Sea Salt Almond Butter is completely addicted! Made with lightly roasted almonds, sea salt and vanilla, you'll never go back to your regular almond butter recipe

One of the things that C and I have in common is that we both love almond butter. Hear me out on this… when you you compare peanut butter and almond butter, PB almost always seems to win. Except in our house! The fact that C and I both prefer almond butter to peanut butter is a big deal. I’m not sure I could live with someone where I’d have to have the eternal argument that almond butter is better than peanut butter. That would suck.

The one downside is that we literally crush jars of almond butter. Most jars won’t last more than a week here so I decided to take it upon myself to make a homemade version and I have to say… nothing compares! It really takes the cake.

Freshly roasted almonds for this vanilla sea salt almond butter recipe

Here’s What You Need

  • Good quality almonds – very key! Try to buy organic when you can, Trader Joe’s and Amazon both have great options
  • Unsweetened coconut – this adds a sweetness without having to add sugar
  • Vanilla bean/Vanilla extract – either works but I’m partial to vanilla bean since it’s such a burst of flavor
  • Sea salt – try to get thick and chunky sea salt, I find it adds the best flavor
  • Cinnamon – is it possible to make anything without cinnamon (FYI no it isn’t), but like the coconut it adds sweetness without adding sugar
  • A powerful food processor – I use this one and while this CAN technically be made in a high-powered blender, I find it’s faster and better consistency when made in a food processor.

How to Make Almond Butter

STEP 1: Spread the almonds on a pan and roast at 350ºF for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn!

STEP 2: Add the coconut to a food processor and beginning processing and breaking down for 2-3 minutes.

STEP 3: Add the almonds to the food processor and continue to process until the nuts have fully broken down and combined with coconut.

STEP 4: Stir in the vanilla extract, sea salt and cinnamon and continue to process until smooth and creamy. This can take up to 5-10 minutes – be patient and be sure to scrape down the sides occasionally to ensure even consistency.

STEP 5: Allow the nut butter to cool and add to a mason jar or sealed container.

How to make almond butter in your food processor - this vanilla bean almond butter is completely addictive!

How to Use Homemade Almond Butter

There are so many ways to use almond butter! Here are a few ideas:

How to Store Almond Butter

Store your almond butter in a mason jar or an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for longer. It will harden slightly in the fridge but still delicious!


Vanilla Sea Salt Almond Butter

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blend
  • Diet: Vegan




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Layout almonds on pan and roast for 10 mins or until lightly toasted. Watch carefully to ensure they do not burn.
  3. Add coconut to food processor and begin processing and breaking down for 2-3 mins.
  4. Add almonds and continue process until nuts have fully broken down and combined with coconut.
  5. Stir in vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon and continue processor until smooth and creamy. This can take up to 5-10 mins. Be sure to wipe down sides to ensure even consistency.*
  6. Allow to cool and add to a mason jar or sealed container. Will keep for up to 2 weeks or store in fridge for longer. Will harden slightly in fridge.

*How long this takes will depend on your almonds. Be patient. Some almonds take longer to release their oil so keep going even if you don’t think it’s working.

Keywords: almond butter, vanilla almond butter

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  • Reply
    April 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    what can i use to substitute shreded coconut?

  • Reply
    Natalie Ellis
    April 18, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Is this a trend to make homemade butter? Cuz I have seen a dozen of butter recipe around xD
    Aw, I’m so confused I should choose which one. But I love you add shredded coconut into the mix, the taste would be more flavorful as I imagine ?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      It’s delicious! Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    April 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Looks to die for! My partner and I definitely would need to love almond butter. My current boyfriend is a huge fan of chunky peanut butter, hence so far, he’s a keeper! 😀

  • Reply
    Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
    April 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Your pictures and your graphics are top-notch and also your choice in which is better of almond or peanut butter. Almond butter forever. Almond butter always. My boyfriend Felix is a peanut butter fanatic, and I WOULD be devastated, but I’m just happy I don’t have to share. Making this this weekend! – Kaitlyn | http://www.poweredbysass.com

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