Making your own Nut Butters
June 12, 2014 § 2 Comments
It’s pretty much the easiest thing in the world to do. Put nuts in food processor and turn on.
You’ll know exactly what’s in it, and what’s not: bad things like hydrogenated oils, sugar, (do we really need sugar in everything?) and preservatives. And organic nut butters are expensive I’m sure you know!
It would be a good thing if people started making foods like this from scratch. Picking up a jar of peanut butter from the store is easier, sure, but seriously, home cooking is where health starts. Do we really not have that extra 10 minutes? Besides, there is something rewarding about taking a batch of nuts and turning them into smooth and creamy butter. Really, it’s true. Only 3 requirements: a food processor, some nuts and time. Usually about 10 minutes from start to finish, depending on your food processor. You could make this in a Vitamix too, I don’t have one so I’ve never tried it.
And the taste is so fresh, and much “nuttier” is how I would describe it.
Here are a few “recipes” to get you started!
Basic Peanut Butter
Take 3 cups roasted, unsalted organic* peanuts and put in food processor. Use the steel blade.
Start processing. After a minute or so, stop engine and scrape. Resume.
Nuts will go through several stages, from coarsely ground, to finely ground, to clumpy.
You may have to scrape the sides occasionally, then keep going and you’ll see it start to turn creamy.
After about 3 to 4 minutes you’ll have the best, smoothest, nuttiest peanut butter you’ve ever tasted!
If you want it a bit chunkier, add a few peanuts at the end.
3 cups raw organic almonds
1/2 tsp sea salt
Process as above, adding salt at the end
Coconut Almond Cashew Butter
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 to 2 TBL melted coconut oil
Add all nuts and coconut flakes to food processor and process until nuts turn creamy, scraping down sides occasionally. Add coconut oil at the end.
Store all in refrigerator when done.
You can roast the nuts in all these butters, to concentrate the nutty flavor. A 300 degree oven for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet. Let cool before processing. Try adding some extras, like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, cinnamon, a little bit of maple syrup or honey, raisins. Add at the end and stir in with a spoon.
And experiment with different nut combinations too. Throw a few peanuts into the almond butter, or pistachios into the peanut butter. Or try sunflower or pumpkin seeds stirred in for an extra flavor and nutritional boost. You really will wonder why you haven’t been doing this all along!
*peanuts are one of the most carcinogenic and pesticide laden things you can eat