Our keto almond butter recipe is so simple, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered buying pre-made jars at the store. Nutritious, satisfying, and easy to make, this keto nut butter recipe is a home run on all counts.
Keto Almond Butter
When it comes to nut butter, people often wonder which ones they can enjoy on a keto diet. After all, many types of nuts can be relatively high in carbohydrates.
What kind of nut butter is
Choosing nuts that are low in carbohydrates, namely the ones that are high in fiber, can help keep the carb count down. While this recipe focuses on keto almond butter, there are tons of other options! Pecans, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and even peanuts (legume, we know! ?) can make excellent low carb nut butter suitable for a keto diet. Even some of the higher carb nuts, such as pistachios and cashews can work in small quantities.
Carbs in Nuts (1 oz portions)
|Type of Nut||Total Carbs||Fiber||Net Carbs|
As you can see, almonds clearly fall into the low carb, high fiber category. This is what makes keto almond butter possible! The high fiber content reduces the amount of carbohydrate that will directly impact ketosis, leaving you with low net carbs overall.
Remember, total carbs - fiber = net carbs.
Carbs in Almond Butter
If the carbs in almonds are low, what about carbs in almond butter? In our keto almond butter recipe, there are only 2.33g total carbs, 1.35g fiber, and 0.98g net carbs per serving.
Rounding up, that’s only 1g net carb per tablespoon!
That can easily fit into most ketogenic diet protocols. Carbs in almond butter may vary if purchasing brands from the store.
Our keto almond butter recipe is made up of two simple ingredients: almonds
In addition to a high fiber content, our almond butter recipe is rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Is almond butter healthier than peanut butter?
Comparing the homemade keto almond butter to sugar-loaded peanut butter from the store? Yes, in most cases almond butter will be the more healthful option for most.
But if comparing almond and peanut butter that was made at home--just almonds and peanuts stacked against each other--they are relatively similar in terms of energy and macronutrients. The micronutrient profiles differ a bit, but both can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.
How to Make Almond Butter
Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of almond butter on a keto diet, we can dive into the details on how to make almond butter.
Almond butter can be made with raw or roasted almonds. The depth of flavor of roasted almonds is preferable to many. Consider purchasing roasted almonds for the recipe or roast your own in the oven.
To roast the almonds, spread them on a baking sheet in an even, single layer. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, mixing every few minutes to ensure an even roast.
Allow almonds to cool, then transfer to a food processor. Run the food processor until the butter forms and reaches the desired consistency. The mixture will transition from a flour-like consistency to a dough-like texture before smoothing out as a butter. This process takes several minutes, usually between 4 to 5 minutes to become almond butter.
Once the almonds have formed a butter, taste the mixture and season with salt to taste if desired. If you prefer chunky-style almond butter, mix-in additional chopped almonds or pulse whole almonds into the mixture in the food processor.
The keto nut butter will be warm from the heat of the food processor running, which may make the butter more liquid than preferred. Transfer the keto almond butter to a storage jar and place it
How to Store Nut Butter
Homemade almond butter is best stored in glass jars with a wide mouth. Wide-mouth mason jars are the perfect solution as they come with a fitted, airtight lid.
Stored properly in a pantry, the keto almond butter will last at room temperature for up to 2 months.
Refrigerated, the nut butter will last up to 6 months.
Consider labeling the preparation date on the jar to help manage your pantry and fridge inventory.
Tools to Make the Recipe
Food Processor - When it comes to making nut butter at home, a food processor is essential. It’s a powerful machine that is capable of so much more than a blender!
Mason Jars - Wide-mouth mason jars are great for homemade nut
Baking Mats - If you are roasting your own almonds on a baking sheet, consider lying down a silicone baking mat. As the nuts roast, they can discolor your baking sheets; the silicone will protect your pans and prevent any sticking.
Low Carb Almond Butter Brands
If you don’t have a food processor and don’t plan to purchase one in the near future, there are
California Almond Butter - Just one ingredient: dry roasted California almonds! In a 1 oz serving size, there are 5g total carbs, 2g net.
Justin’s Classic Almond Butter - A 2 tablespoon serving contains 6g total carbs, 3g net. Only two ingredients used: almonds and palm oil.
Barney Butter - In a 1 oz serving size, there are 6g total carbs, 3g net. No sugar or salt added per the label, just almonds and palm oil.
There are other brands that would work well for keto almond butter also. Some keto brands mix in additional high-fat ingredients, such as MCT oil, to support ketone production. This may be beneficial if using a ketogenic diet for medical or therapeutic purposes, but not necessary for the casual dieters.
More Keto Almond Recipes
- 2 cups almonds roasted or raw
- pink Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste
- If using roasted almonds, skip to the next step. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds evenly on a baking tray. Roast in oven for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Blend almonds in food processor for 4 to 5 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached. For chunky style almond butter, run for less time. For smooth almond butter, run for longer.
- Add salt to taste.
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