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I know nut butter is one of the most convenient things to buy from the store, but sometimes I have a hard time finding the truly natural ones that are basically just ground nuts (and/or salt). Most of the ones that say natural still have some hydrogenated oils and sugar. Just check the ingredient list to make sure. It’s not the end of the world if this is the type you buy, but for the best quality go with ones that are just ground nuts.
Today I will show you how easy it is to make at home and you can use any type of nuts you like! When my parents were visiting we wanted to show them how easy it was to make natural peanut butter, but we were out of peanuts. My husband just used half of our unsalted mixed nut jar (almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews and pecans), and then half of the plain cashews and I really liked the combo! The cashew flavor definitely stood out the most, but it was a tasty mix.
We paired it with some homemade bread I made with my new bread machine and I loved the hint of cinnamon that the bread offered. So next time I made the nut butter I just added some cinnamon to it. So good. It’s very subtle so feel free to add more.
All you do is process the nuts! It’s really that simple.
Starting to grind, not looking much like nut butter.
Starting to ball together…
A couple minutes later, you have smooth and creamy nut butter!
I really love the mix of nuts here, but you can make changes as needed depending on what you have.
Nuts are super nutritious and if you are not currently eating them on a regular basis, you should consider starting! Not only are they high in fat and fiber which means a small amount is very satisfying, the type of fat that they are rich in is heart-healthy. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals. And yes, they are calorie dense. A small 1/4 cup portion has close to 200 calories, but studies have shown that eating a serving or two on a daily basis does not lead to weight gain.
I am a creamy nut butter lover, but if you prefer crunchy, just stir in some chopped nuts at the end. Enjoy!
- 1 cup unsalted mixed nuts
- 1 cup unsalted cashews
- pinch of salt
- ½ to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add nuts, salt and cinnamon to a food small high speed blender or food processor, blend nuts together until a ball starts to form. If needed stop the blender or food processor to scrape down the sides. Continue to blend for 1-2 minutes, depending on your machine (for a food processor it can take longer), or until nuts are smooth and creamy. If crunchy nut butter is desired, stir in a handful of chopped nuts at the end. Store in an air tight jar in the refrigerator.
I used the "Twister Jar" with my Blendtec blender as it has a convenient lid that helps scrape down the sides while the blender runs. If you are using a food processor, just make sure you stop the machine to scrape down the sides with a spoon, as needed.