Make Your Own Nut Butter!
Nut butter has grown in popularity over the past few years. They’re healthy, delicious, and… EASY TO MAKE!? Yeah, that’s right. We said it. Making your own nut butter at home is really simple!
Store-bought butter can be convenient, sure, but we’re reaching for our homemade versions for a few reasons:
- No added sugar, salt, or chemicals
- Use what you already have at home
- Create your own fun blends
- Choose how much/how little you want to make
So fire up your food processor and try out some of our favorite nut butter recipes!
Sunflower Seed Butter (Nut Butter Base Recipe)
This recipe works for any roasted nut (peanut, almond, etc.) or seed! If you like the nut or seed you're bound to like the butter, so try and get a little creative! Keep in mind, 1 cup of nuts will yield around 2/3 cup of nut butter.
- 3 cups of roasted sunflower seeds (you can use salted or unsalted)
- Pour 3 cups of sunflower seeds into a food processor with an S-blade attachment
- Process the seeds for 10-12 minutes (or until your desired consistency), occasionally stopping the food processor and scraping the mixture down the sides
- At some point, the mixture will form into a ball. Don't worry, just keep processing until smooth!
- IMPORTANT: Do not add any water to the mixture, it will cause the butter to seize up! If you use a roasted nut or seed, there should be enough oil in the product to create the creamy texture you're looking for, so you don't need any additional oil.
- Store in a mason jar at room temp or in the fridge!
Check out the stages of the blending process:
1. Blended for 1 minute. Seeds are still grainy and course, similar to crumb texture.
2. Blended for 5 minutes. Mixture has formed into a sticky ball that will roll around food processor.
3. Blended for 8 minutes. Mixture is creamy but still thick and slightly grainy.
4. Blended for 12 minutes. Butter is creamy with a bit of crunch & is ready to eat!
Sunflower butter is salty and almost savory, so there are a variety of ways to use it. We like it spread onto rye toast with a slice of tomato and a fried egg!
Hot Curry Peanut Butter
Heres where things get fun. You can use nuts, like the Hot Curry Peanuts from Lush Gourmet Foods, to make flavored nut butter. The key here is to use minimally processed nuts for your butter. Hot Curry Peanuts, for example, have only 5 ingredients: Spanish Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Curry Powder, Sea Salt, and Red Chili Powder.
The zing of the hot curry and the inherent sweetness of the peanuts lend themselves perfectly to an Asian-inspired cold peanut noodle salad. Check out the quick and easy recipe on the Lush blog here!
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter
If your mouth is watering from just the title of this recipe... cool, us too. We like to live on the sweeter side of life, so throwing a little chocolate into our homemade nut butter was a no-brainer. You can play around with flavors, use milk chocolate, make it vegan, whatever works for you and your taste buds! We like to spread Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter onto some toast, dip some fruit into it, or just take down an entire jar in one sitting (if we're being realistic).
- 1 cup roasted almonds
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 TBS dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 TBS cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp honey (agave or maple syrup are easy vegan swaps!)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Prepare almond butter using the nut butter base recipe from above
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave
- Add chocolate, cocoa powder, honey (or substitute), and salt to food processor with almond butter. Blend until smooth.
- Serve it up immediately or store in a mason jar at room temp
Share your favorite nut/seed butter recipes with us!
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