Nuts have been called “the perfect snack.” They’re tasty, filling, and according to the Mayo Clinic, contain healthful fats that lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and even lower the risk of obesity. Since nuts are so good for us, I’ve been looking for ways to include more of them into my diet. This led me to try experimenting with nut butters. Nut butters (which can be made with any type of nut or seed) contain the same nutritional value of whole nuts, but can easily be added to recipes, spread on sandwiches, fruits and vegetables and added to smoothies or protein shakes.
When I first started to research how to make my own nut butter, I was convinced I was missing something. The websites I looked at were telling me that all I had to do was blend the nuts until they became nut butter! Could it really be that easy? And for the most part, the answer is yes!
Making your own nut butter at home could not be more simple, or more delicious! All you need is some nuts, a blender, and possibly a light-flavored oil (more on that later.)
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To make your own nut butter, simply add 2-3 cups of nuts to the jar of a high-speed blender, and turn it on!
If you have a Blendtec, I would highly recommend investing in their Twister jar, because it is perfect for this use with its special lid that helps you scrape the sides of the jar down while it blends.
You may have to pulse the nuts for several minutes depending on the power of your blender, but eventually it will turn smooth and creamy.
An important thing to note is that if you use roasted nuts, you shouldn’t need to add any extra oil to get a creamy smooth consistency. They are oily enough on their own and will break down quickly (especially peanuts!)
If you use raw nuts, you may find that you need some extra liquid to get things moving. A drizzle of any light-flavored oil should suffice. I ended up using a bit of oil in making the cashew, hazelnut, and sunflower seed butters, because the nuts I got for those were all raw.
We tried out 5 different varieties of nuts and seeds for this post – peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.
I thought they were all delicious, but my favorite of all was the almond butter. So delicious! I stopped the blender before it got completely creamy, so there were still little bits of crunchy, almond-y goodness in there.
If you have a favorite nut, I would strongly encourage you to try making your own nut butter out of it! You won’t believe how easy and delicious it is.
Have you tried making your own nut butters? Which are your favorites?