Vegan Almond Paste

This almond paste is egg-free, making it vegan and allergy friendly. The boiled syrup helps to bind the paste in the way that egg does in non-vegan versions.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
1 cup


  • 1 cup blanched whole almonds

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • teaspoon almond extract


  1. Place almonds in the bowl of a food processor; process to a meal-like consistency, scraping down the sides and over the bottom of the bowl as needed. Don't overprocess it--at this point, the mixture should still be crumbly, not paste-like.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Start checking the temperature with a candy thermometer every minute or so, and continue to cook until it reaches 240 degrees F (115 degrees C) and is a medium-thick syrup, about 6 to 8 minutes longer. Don't overcook the syrup, otherwise it will harden when cool.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in almonds and almond extract. Return to the heat and cook, stirring with a spatula and scraping over the bottom and down the sides of the pan to prevent scorching, just until the almond paste holds together, 30 to 60 seconds. Be careful not to cook it for too long, or it will caramelize.

  4. Remove from the heat. When cool enough to handle, use it right away, or wrap it in waxed paper and store in an airtight container to use within a few weeks. Or, place the wrapped almond paste in a freezer bag and freeze for up to six months.

Cook's Note:

It's important to note that almond paste requires whole almonds. Using almond meal or almond flour won't give you the same slightly coarse texture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
9g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 125mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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