How to make Homemade Nut Butter – 4 Ways – Learn how to make healthy and delicious homemade peanut butter, almond butter, pecan butter and creamy cashew butter. These recipes are simple and easy to customize using either a Vitamix or a food processor.
Not only is it better and cheaper to make than your typical store-bought version, you can make it with as little as ONE ingredient so it’s nice to know exactly what you’re getting.
Plus, it’s easy to switch things up depending on what you like. You can get as creative as you want with your flavors by adding:
- maple syrup / honey
- cocoa power
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- cayenne pepper
- cocoa / cocao powder
- unsweetened coconut
- coconut oil
- freeze-dried strawberries
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- pumpkin pie spice
My family is absolutely crazy about homemade nut butter and we have some form of it every day.
It’s great for baking, you can drizzle some over a bowl of oatmeal, add a spoonful to your smoothies, spread on your morning toast, as a snack with some apples, or by the spoonful straight out of the jar.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE NUT BUTTER
- First, start by choosing your base nut (s). Today’s nut butter recipes use:
- Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts and Pecans.
- Some nuts take longer to process due to the amount of fatty acids they contain.
- Almonds have less fat, so they take a little more time in a food processor. If you make a lot of your own almond butter, investing in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix can save you a lot of time since.
- Cashews, pecans and peanuts have more fat, so they typically only take about 10 to 15 minutes to process in a food processor.
- For more flavor, roast the almonds, pecans, cashews and peanuts before blending. This also helps the nuts to blend up quicker. Be sure to allow the nuts to cool down before processing otherwise, the concentrated oils may cause your blender or food processor to overheat.
- Add a little bit of avocado or coconut oil as needed to help the nuts blend easier.
- If you’re using a food processor, be patient. It takes a few minutes for the nuts to release the oils and you’ll first start to see a crumbly meal-like consistency. Keep processing and scrape down the bowl. After about 5 minutes the nuts will start to clump and the fibers will eventually break down. After about 25 minutes, you’ll end up with a creamy nut-butter consistency.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR, CAN I MAKE HOMEMADE NUT BUTTER IN A REGULAR BLENDER?
I’m afraid not and highly recommend using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a food processor. You may end up burning out the motor on a regular blender.
For smaller batches, I’ll use a smaller food processor like this one.
For larger batches, I always use my handy Vitamix because it works like a dream when it comes turning nuts into a creamy, drippy butter in like, 3 minutes flat.
A food processor takes quite a bit longer to process versus a Vitamix depending on the strength and size of your machine.
HOW MUCH NUTS DO I NEED TO MAKE NUT BUTTER?
I recommend making smaller batches to start off with so they are easier to blend or process if you aren’t familiar with the process. Start with 2 cups of dry roasted nuts and then once you get a feel for the process and know how much your machine can handle, you can increase the amount.
Two cups of roasted nuts yields about 1 cup of nut butter.
WHICH NUT BUTTERS CAN I HAVE IF I’M FOLLOWING A PALEO OR KETO DIET?
The following homemade nut butters (and homemade seed butter) without any added sweeteners are all vegan, dairy free, paleo and ketogenic friendly.
- Homemade almond butter
- Homemade cashew butter
- Homemade pecan butter
- Homemade macadamia nut butter
- Homemade walnut butter
- Homemade pumpkin butter
- Homemade sunflower seed buttter
IS NUT BUTTER HEALTHY?
Nut butter can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. With any type of food, it is ALWAYS important to be mindful of the serving size and NOT GO overboard. If you are trying to maintain or lose weight, the calories can add up.
PEANUT BUTTER VS. ALMOND BUTTER – WHICH NUT BUTTER IS BETTER OR HEALTHIER FOR YOU?
Both nut butters have similar nutritional value. They are roughly equal in calories and sugar, but peanut butter has a little bit more protein than almond butter.
However, almond butter is a great alternative since it has more vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It has the same creamy texture and packs about 3 grams (g) more of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat per serving. Plus, homemade almond butter does not contain any added sugars and is free of hydrogenated oil (trans fats)
CAN YOU EAT PEANUT BUTTER ON A PALEO DIET?
Peanut Butter is technically considered a legume and high in phytic acid so it is not included on the list of nut butters that are paleo-friendly.
WHAT IS ANOTHER WAY TO ENJOY ALMOND BUTTER?
There are so many ways to enjoy your fresh batch of almond butter.
You can spread it on some whole-grain or paleo / keto toast with some fresh berry jam, on banana bread, muffins, blend it into smoothies, add it over your oatmeal with some yogurt, use it to bake breakfast cookies, fat bombs, energy bites, granola bars, cupcakes, or a cake – plus so many ways.
How to make Homemade Nut Butter - 4 Ways - Learn how to make healthy and delicious homemade peanut butter, almond butter, pecan butter and creamy cashew butter. These recipes are simple and easy to customize using either a Vitamix (in just ONE minute) or a food processor.
- 8 ounces 2 cups raw almonds, cashews, peanuts or pecans (can also buy preroasted nuts)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt , to taste
- avocado oil or coconut oil , optional & to taste, depending on consistency desired
- ground cinnamon , to taste
- sweetener: maple syrup, honey, monk fruit , to taste
- shredded coconut , to taste
If toasting the almonds, preheat oven to 325 F and spread a single layer of nuts on a large-rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 10-15 minutes, mixing half-way.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes, until no longer hot (warm is okay).
Transfer the nuts to a high-powered blender like a Vitamix (fitted with the four-blade attachment) or a food processor.
Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently. Depending on the type of nut and your machine, this may take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Be patient and continue to blend and scrape down the sides, the mixture will come together after the dry paste forms. You can add a bit of oil to help the process or depending on the consistency desired. If the mixture gets too hot, you can pause for about 5-10 minutes and resume again.
Once the mixture is creamy, you can add any desired salt, sweetener or add-ins of your choice and blend until creamy and combined.
Allow to cool down slightly before to a glass jar. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
*Nutritional info is for 1 tablespoon