We love nut butters! We use them in smoothies, on sandwiches, and occasionally when no one is looking by the spoonful. However, store bought peanut butter is full of ingredients I try to avoid feeding my family, like sugars and hydrogenated vegetable oils. On the other hand the natural brands are often far more expensive then we can afford. So, we make our own!
Making your own is an easy process that allows you to customize the ingredients and flavors.
Making Your Nut Butter
Things you’ll need
- Nut of choice – peanuts, almonds (my favorite), cashews, ect. (find almonds and other nuts here)
- Food processor (Note: This can also be done with a good blender but it may take longer and sides have to be scraped down. Using a high speed blender with a plunger, like a Vitamix, makes it much easier.)
- Any additional flavoring for afterwards – this could be raw honey, cacao, cinnamon, etc.
Add your nuts into your food processor and start processing! After a bit you will end up with a nut flour consistency. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and get all the good stuff blended smooth. If you are like me at this point you will be dying to add some liquids to hurry this process along – but don’t. The nuts will turn to butter in their own time.
For me, timing has varied but you should start seeing smooth looking butter in about 10 minutes. It might be a little less or more depending on the speed and strength of your food processor.
Now you have your own homemade nut butter! You can add cocoa, honey, cinnamon, or whatever else you want to spice things up a bit or leave it as is. We love to add some cocoa and smear it on toast or a little cinnamon and use it as a fruit dip.
- Watch your food processor and start slowly. You don’t want to burn up the motor (not that I’ve done that.)
- Make sure you save any extra ingredients until AFTER you’ve blended your butter – adding during will mess up the process.
- If you want a roasted nut butter just pop your nuts in the oven ahead of time.
- I know for certain this butter is good for at least a week – it never lasts longer than that around here.
Of course, if you don’t want to make it yourself you can find great nut butters at Vitacost, or your local health food store.
Have you ever made your own nut butters? What type is your favorite?