How to Make Smoked Almond Butter

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How to roast almonds on your smoker and use them to make a delicious and unique homemade Smoked Almond Butter. So good! Homemade almond butter is super easy to make, and also absolutely delicious!

Homemade Almond butter
Homemade Almond butter is easy and delicious

One of the very first things we ever experimented with cooking on the smoker was almonds. I love crunchy oven roasted almonds so I was curious how they would come out slow smoked. The answer? Awesome! Now, whenever we have any extra real estate on the smoker (i.e. a few extra inches of space) I add a handful of almonds for good measure. Gotta fill up that space, right?

Check out our recipe for Smoked Almonds.

They make for a great healthy midday snack in-between meals instead of snacking on chips or other junk.

After you’ve smoke-roasted your almonds, it takes just seconds to make smoked almond butter.

You can make crunchy or smooth almond butter

My kids are almond butter fiends. They eat almond butter sandwiches for lunch most days. So why not make my own and save the $ and trips to the store?

Besides, most storebought almond butter is pretty bland if you ask me.

Making your own homemade smoked almond butter is easy, and so much cheaper than buying store-bought. I buy the ginormous 3-lb bag of whole almonds from Costco and smoke them in quantities of about 2 cups at a time, then process them to make my own smoked almond butter.

It’s so easy, and you get this unique mild smokiness from the almonds.

How to Smoke Almonds (for Almond Butter)

Roasting Almonds on the Smoker
  1. Preheat Smoker: to around 225 degrees F, using a mild fruitwood like apple.
  2. Smoke Almonds: Place almonds on a baking sheet, or glass baking dish, in the smoker for around 90 minutes to 2 hours. I like to test one at around the one-hour mark to see if it’s crunchy enough. Just pull one off and let it cool a few minutes and test it. If you like the crunch then pull them all off, but quite often we will keep them on closer to 2 hours. Just check on them from time to time to make sure they don’t overcook and roast (you will know by the color, they will look burnt… no bueno).
  3. Toss with Salt and Olive Oil: Once you pull them off you can toss them in a bit of olive oil and some finishing salt (like Maldon). You can also add some extra touches too (cayenne for heat, smoked paprika for color and more smoked flavor, chili powder, you name it). We like to keep it simple with just the olive oil and salt to bring out the natural smokiness you get.
Smoked Almonds in a bowl

How to make Homemade Almond Butter with Smoked Almonds

  1. Prepare Blender: Place the smoked almonds straight into the blender or food processor once they have cooled. If you have a good blender (we have a Blendtec) then you can make the almond butter right in there.
  2. Add some oil: Since we smoked the almonds (heated them up) and got them crunchy, they don’t have as much natural oils as if you just put them in raw (un-roasted), so it’s likely you might need to add just a bit of oil to the blender to help them process into a butter. I add about 1-2 tablespoons of oil (like avocado, peanut, coconut etc.). Just note the coconut will add some coconut flavor, which I like, but if you want to keep it mild stick to a more mild oil).
  3. Blend: Process the almonds in the blender until they turn to the smooth buttery texture you want, adding just a little oil at a time until you get to your desired texture. This will take at least 1 min (most likely more, depending on how efficient your blender or food processor is). I usually process for 20-30 second increments, then scrape down the sides, then keep going for 20-30 more seconds, until the texture is smooth. After you reach your final texture, add any additional flavorings, like kosher salt, and mix them together.
  4. Store: Place almond butter in a container or mason jar and store in the refrigerator.
A blender with almonds inside


Use for a healthy midday snack spread on bread and topped with sliced banana and chia seeds and drizzle of honey (the kids love this one), or just eat by the spoonful (guilty pleasure!). You can even go wild and add some smoked honey (a recipe for another post perhaps?).

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Homemade Almond butter
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Smoked Almond Butter Recipe

How to smoke almonds and make a simple homemade smoked almond butter. So easy and delicious.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup almond butter


  • 2 cups raw unsalted almonds
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil, (avocado, peanut, or melted coconut oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, optional


For the Smoked Almonds:

  • Preheat smoker to 225 degrees using fruit wood. We like apple or cherry.
  • Place the almonds on foil, or a baking sheet, and place on the smoker for 90 minutes to 2 hours, or until the nuts have turned a few shades darker in color (but not burnt!), and are crunchy to the bite.
  • Remove from the smoker and let cool.

For the Smoked Almond Butter:

  • Place the almonds in a powerful blender or food processor and pulse for 20-30 second increments, until the almonds turn into a smooth, creamy, paste. If they aren’t coming out smooth add 1 tablespoon of oil at a time, then keep pulsing until your desired creamy texture appears. Brush down the sides and then keep processing in 20-30 second increments until desired texture.


This is for a simple smoked almond butter. I you want to add more flavor experiment with small amounts of cinnamon (for flavor), or for a more smoky/spicy butter add some chili powder or smoked paprika.
Salt is totally to your preference. I you want your almond butter completely unsalted just leave out the salt. I like to add just a touch of kosher salt to bring out the natural flavors in the almonds and the mild smoke infusion. Note that we use KOSHER SALT versus standard iodized table salt and strongly recommend you do the same.


Calories: 1780kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 157g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 39g | Monounsaturated Fat: 99g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 2097mg | Fiber: 36g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Calcium: 770mg | Iron: 11mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: snack
Servings: 1 cup almond butter
Calories: 1780
Keyword: Homemade Almond Butter, smoked almonds
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I am a huge fan of almond butter, and I can just imagine these smoked almonds are perfect for almond butter (and a few for snacking while making the almond butter!).

  2. Oh my word this sounds SO GOOD! I love the idea of using coconut oil, too. I’ve never made my own nut butters, but I totally should.

    1. It’s really super easy. You just start with the nuts, and then add whatever other flavors you want to enhance the overall flavor. So good!

  3. This sounds AMAZING Mary! Smoked almond butter & chocolate could be the stuff that dreams are made of 🙂

    1. Yes indeed! A few pieces of your fav style of chocolate mixed in (dark or milk… admittedly I’m more of a milk chocolate gal!!) is out of this world!