Sick of spending your money on the jarred almond butter? Looking for the best blender for nut butter so you can make your own at home? You've come to the right place!
In this article, we'll get into...
- Our six best blender picks for nut butters.
- What makes a good nut butter blender in the first place?
- Which optional design features are particularly helpful.
- The differences between the models we've selected.
- A detailed comparison of all of our picks complete with pros and cons.
What's the Best Blender for Nut Butter?
In a hurry? Here are our picks for the five best blenders for making nut butters...
- Vitamix Professional Series 750 – High end option best all around.
- Vitamix Explorian E310 – A great option if you want Vitamix quality, but without the high MSRP of the 750 professional. A new release!
- Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender – Affordable option that includes a tamper.
- Breville BBL910XL Boss – Solid machine that also comes with tamper.
- Blendtec Classic 560 – Get a twister jar to make it even easier.
- Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) – Cheap & affordable but very effective.
Last updated: 2/25/2019
Can I Make Nut Butter in a Blender?
One of the first thing people ask is whether or not you can actually make nut nut butter in a blender at all. You absolutely can. As long as your blender is powerful enough (all of the ones we have here are), you can make any sort of creamy nut creation you'd like including...
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Macadamia nut butter
- Cashew butter
- Chocolate peanut butter
- Sunflower butter
- Walnut butter
...And much more!
How to Make Nut Butter in a Blender
There are several different ways to make nut butter in a blender and it all comes down to the blender you're using. However, the basic premise is as follows...
- Add 2-4 cups of nuts (preferably roasted for easier blending to your blender)
- Add 1/8 - 1/4 cups of oil to the blender (optional, but it makes the blending easier)
- Slowly turn up the speed on the blender from low to high so that all the nuts catch in the blades.
- Use any optional accessories such as a tamper or Blendtec Twister Jar to make sure the nuts are staying in a vortex and becoming creamy.
Below you'll see this process done in several different blender models including a Blendtec, Vitamix, Ninja and Breville...
Blendtec with Twister Jar Blending Nut Butter
As you can see in the video above, the Blendtec with Twister Jar is one of the best ways to make nut butter. Even though the jar is smaller, the twisting motion makes it extremely easy to bring the nuts to the blades and quickly turn them into a creamy butter.
Vitamix Making Nut Butter
Here's how the Vitamix makes nut butter. Using the tamper, you constantly push the nuts into the blades until everything is broken down and silken.
Peanut Butter in the Ninja
The tiered blade system of the Ninja makes it super easy to make peanut butter. You don't have to worry about tamping, a separate jar, or anything like that.
The multi-level Ninja blades are great at this particular task because it's kind of like a food processor.
Breville Boss Making Nut Butter
The Breville Boss works similar to the Vitamix when you make nut butter. Since it has a tamper, you can either keep pushing into the blades or use a little bit of oil.
What Speed Blender is Needed for Nut Butter?
There's no particular speed that we recommend for making nut butter, but a good rule of thumb is that you'll want a blender that has enough horsepower. Generally speaking, above 2-horsepower is enough to do the job. This will put enough power behind the blades to where the blender won't overheat and get stuck.
Do I Need A Specific Blender Setting?
There's no need to have a special setting on your blender to make your almond butters smooth and delicious. But you will want to do it on the highest setting your blender has.
Again, be sure to start on LOW and then move up to HIGH gradually otherwise the blades will just shoot up the nuts away from them and not draw them into a vortex.
What Makes a Good Nut Butter Blender?
There are a couple of factors that determine whether a blender will be good for nut butters. It’s primarily a question of power – you need a machine that can grind nuts into a smooth paste without getting stuck, overheating, or leaving little chunks of nuts behind.
While it’s generally easy for your average blender to make a smoothie, you need an especially powerful one to make nut butters.
All the machines that are listed here have above 2-peak horsepower, so you know they’re strong enough to do the job.
But that only weeds out the machines that can’t do the job – what characteristics do machines that are good at making nut butters have?
Well, ideally, a machine that you’re using to make nut butters will have a wide, flat container with lots of room at the bottom, like a food processor.
This way, the nuts are properly exposed to the blades and won’t pile up around the sides of the container.
That same container would also ideally have flat sides, so that the butter can be scraped off easily, rather than having to fiddle around with grooves or curved sides that can trap your mixture.
Again, all the models listed here have easy-to-access containers to some degree – some of them are undoubtedly better than others, but the overall shape is the same, and they primarily have short and squat containers instead of tall, slim ones.
A tamper makes a huge difference when it comes to making nut butters While it is not required, it does make it a lot easier. Blendtec units don't typically come with tampers, but do have enough power and control to get the job done.
Read Also: Best Blenders with Tampers
At Thrive Cuisine, we've used Blendtec's for nut butters before and it does work fine, but having a unit with a tamper such as a Vitamix does make the process go slightly smoother in our opinion.
Finally, a blender that’s good at making nut butters has to have good manual control – ideally variable speed control, but at the least a pulse function. If you’ve ever made nut butters, you know that it’s important to be able to control the process entirely so that you can stop at just the right consistency.
There’s nothing beneficial about having a machine that takes all the control away from you – so all the models here have a dedicated pulse function, and most have variable speed control too.
What Are The Differences Between These Models?
Each of the five models listed is a different brand. If you have a strong sense of brand loyalty, or you are attracted to the rave review of brands like Vitamix, which are known for their superior build quality, you may already be able to eliminate a few of the options on this list.
These brands are also listed according to their tier in the markets place, with the lowest tier options at the beginning and the higher tiered towards the end towards the end.
Be sure to check the current prices to see what fits into your budget – although also consider build quality and warranty length, as it may be worthwhile to invest a little more in a long-lasting product than have to replace a faulty model after a few years.
The other factors that differentiate these models are potentially less important.
Variable speed control is important for creating the perfect nut butter, and only three of the blenders on this list have a dial that allows you to control this specifically.
Similarly, some of these blenders come with alternative benefits such as pre-programmed cycles, attractive design, all-in-one capacity, and specially-designed containers.
While these are not specific to nut butter creation, they are helpful if you are planning to use your blender for more than this – which you definitely should, considering how versatile these machines can be.
Blender or Food Processor - What's Better?
Generally speaking, a food processor is always going to be better at making nut butter. The wider containers, bigger blades and overall design just makes the process slightly easier.
But keep in mind that there's many things that a food processor can't do that a blender can. If you want to makes smoothies, soups, or sauces then you won't be able to do it in a food processor.
Plus, food processors are generally bulky and heavy. A blender serves as a superior all-in-one kitchen appliance over a food processor.
That’s why we love the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. You get a food processor and a blender all in one!
Why Do Nuts Get Stuck to the Side?
The main reason why your nuts get stuck to the side of your blender is because you're turning up the speed too quickly.
What happens is that the blades will push the nuts off and away to the side instead of dragging them towards the middle. Then, you need to scrape them off of the side and start the cycle again.
If using a tamper or Twister Jar, it's not much of an issue, but be sure to start slow and slowly turn up the speed to avoid it.
Can You Make Nut Butter in a Hand Blender?
It is possible to make nut butter in a handheld immersion blender, but man is it a pain. The fact is, it requires a lot of elbow grease and will take WAY longer than any of the blenders on this list. You'll also need a contained vessel so that the nuts don't fly everywhere. While many of the top hand held blenders come with one, it's just simply not worth it for this application.
Check out the video below to see how long it takes...
Best Nut Butter Blenders Reviewed
Final Word on Blending Nut Butters
All of the blenders in this list are great at creating nut butters, but there is undoubtedly one that is the best: the Vitamix 750. While the other machines on this list do an excellent job, the Vitamix has the design, the power, the tamper, and the warranty. The resulting spread is smooth and lump-free in a short amount of time that you can make for years to come. If money isn’t an issue, this is definitely the model for you.
However, if a Vitamix turns out to be too much, please consider the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender. This model is a lower tier than the 750 and gives excellent results with a number of great built-in settings that set it above the competition. If you’re looking to make nut butters easily, but without breaking the bank, the Hamilton Beach is ideal for you.