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, but Smoked Almond Butter is not just easy, it’s absolutely 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?
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 sends to make smoked 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 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.
To make the smoked almonds:
- Preheat smoker to around 225 degrees F using a mild fruitwood like apple.
- Place almonds in foil or on a baking sheet in the smoker for around 60-90 minutes. 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 90 min. 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).
- 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.
How to make Homemade Almond Butter with Smoked Almonds
- 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.
- 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).
- Then process the almonds 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.
- Place almond butter in a container or mason jar and store in the refrigerator.
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?).
Smoked Almond Butter Recipe
Smoked Almond Butter
- 2 cups raw unsalted almonds
- 1-2 tablespoons oil (avocado, peanut, or melted coconut oil)
- 1/4 teaspoon 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 60-90 minutes, 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.
- Smoked Almonds
- Smoked Hazelnut Nutella
- Roasted Chestnuts
- Use almond butter to make Almond Butter Cups that would be a-mazing with the smoked almond butter. It’s on my radar to make this weekend for a fun sweet snack for 4th of July!
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