Almond Butter Frosting (Easy Amazing Vegan Dessert)


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This almond butter frosting is the best easy vegan icing recipe! It’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, sugar cookies, and for eating off of the spoon.

Almond Butter Frosting

One evening, the craving for peanut butter frosting hit hard. Specifically, I was craving peanut butter frosting on a delicious homemade moist chocolate cake.

There was only one problem. There was no peanut butter in the house!

On top of that:

We were living in the country 30 minutes from the closest store.

It was 6 PM on a Sunday (meaning our little small town store had been closed for an hour).

It was winter. And there was a snow storm raging outside.

So, after some pantry digging, I found almond butter. I thought “Why not?” and decided to give almond butter frosting a whirl.

Oh. My. Word.

Seriously, it was the happiest accident born out of a serious craving. This vegan nut butter frosting quickly became our favorite anytime frosting recipe.

What to Eat with Almond Butter Icing

This frosting tastes absolutely phenomenal on my Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies for Cutouts! It’s the perfect combination if you’re looking for a thicker frosting.

I also love this recipe with:

  • Cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Mug Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Any Vanilla Baked Desserts
  • Blondies
  • Any Chocolate Baked Desserts (Especially Brownies)

If you love frosting recipes, you may also love my Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting recipe. It can easily be veganized by replacing the butter with Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks.

Sugar cookies fresh out of the oven.

Almond Buttercream Frosting

Just to be clear, this recipe isn’t the same as almond buttercream frosting.

Almond buttercream frosting is made with butter, powdered sugar (or confectioners’ sugar), almond extract, vanilla extract, and milk.

There are flavor, color, and texture differences between the two.

I’d say this recipe is kind of like the more rustic version. It’s a pale tan color and it won’t hold a piped shape the same way whipped buttercream or cream cheese frosting does.

I absolutely love this recipe though, and if you don’t need your frosting to be a white color, then I definitely recommend using this one.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not the only one who loves this recipe! Tons of friends and family have made this recipe and raved over how easy and delicious it is.

Almond butter frosting on a slice of chocolate cake.

What You’ll Need

For this recipe you’ll need vegan butter sticks (I recommend Earth Balance – I’ve had by far the best results with their butter sticks), and a good quality almond butter (I recommend this brand).

You’ll also need a reliable stand mixer. If you love to bake, using this affordable powerhouse stand mixer will make your life so much easier.

If you don’t have the space for a stand mixer, then using an electric mixer is your next best bet. The trick to using an electric mixer is using it with an extra large mixing bowl. I have a mixing bowl this size, and it comes in handy all the time. It’s perfect for meal prep, salads, and it makes baking so much easier.

Yield: 8 servings

Almond Butter Frosting

A slice of chocolate cake with vegan almond butter frosting.

This almond butter frosting is the best easy vegan icing recipe! It's perfect for cakes, cupcakes, sugar cookies, and for eating off of the spoon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup unsalted almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons room temperature Earth Balance vegan butter sticks*
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla almond milk


    Combine all ingredients and beat on low-medium speed with either a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer. Beat until completely combined and a little fluffy - roughly 2-3 minutes. It should be a pale tan, very creamy, a little fluffy, and not overly sweet.


If you prefer a sweeter frosting, you can add more brown sugar to taste. I would taste it early in the mixing process to check for sweetness so that any additional sugar has time to fully incorporate.

I used Earth Balance vegan butter sticks. I’ve tried making this icing with other vegan butters and the result wasn’t the same. It came out more caramel-y and less savory almond butter-y. I recommend using Earth Balance vegan butter sticks in this icing.

This is my favorite almond butter for this recipe.

This recipe was written to be plant-based, but it will turn out just as well using regular unsalted butter and milk.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41.3mgCarbohydrates: 4.5gNet Carbohydrates: 3.7gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 3.3gProtein: 1.6g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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Two images of almond butter frosting.

Try making this incredible and easy vegan almond butter frosting!

Almond butter frosting on a slice of chocolate cake.

6 thoughts on “Almond Butter Frosting (Easy Amazing Vegan Dessert)”

    • Hi Lorenza, I haven’t tried adding cocoa powder, but I imagine it would work. I would only add about 1 Tablespoon sifted though. You may have to adjust for sweetness and for thickness, too. If it’s not sweet enough, add more sugar to taste. If it’s too thick, add 1/2 teaspoon of almond milk at a time until you get your desired consistency. Hope that helps and please let me know how it works for you! -Alexa

    • Hi Sarah, This makes a pretty small batch, so I don’t think it would make enough. It was the perfect amount to spatula ice just the top of an 8″ cake. -Alexa


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