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October 18, 2016

by Alyssa Rimmer

How to Make Nut Butter: 3 ways

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Learn how to make nut butter at home in three delicious flavors: honey roasted peanut butter, pumpkin spice almond butter, and a 2-ingredient Nutella recipe!

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Have you ever wondered how to make some of your favorite nut butters at home? Well, today you're in luck! I'm going to show you how to make nut butter with three different flavorful variations. These are healthy spins on some of my personal favorite nut butters and I can't wait to share them with you!

Before we dive into the flavors I've got for you, let's chat a little bit about making nut butter at home. Here's a quick overview of the different things you'll need:

Tools

To make your own nut butter, you're going to need either a food processor or a high-powered blender. My two favorite tools are my KitchenAid 11-cup food processor and my BlendTec Twister Jar. I find they're both easy to use and make really smooth and delicious nut butters.

Nuts

The next thing you'll need are nuts. (<– duh) I like to start with raw nuts when I'm making my own nut butter, but raw nuts are harder to turn into nut butter than roasted nuts, so I usually lightly toast them in my toaster oven before blending. Slightly cooking the nuts ahead of time helps them release their oils more quickly and will save you lots of time.

Time

Making nut butters takes a fair amount of time. Depending on the machine and type of nuts you're using, it can take anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes to blend up a batch of nut butter. As you're blending the nuts, you'll be tempted to add oil to help them get smooth more quickly, but I don't recommend doing that unless you have to. The nuts will release their own oils eventually, just sometimes it takes a fair amount of time.

Flavors

You can really have fun with homemade nut butters and add any sort flavorings you'd like. I love turning to spices, natural sugars like coconut and maple, liquid sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and even extracts like vanilla.

Most add-ins won't affect the texture of your nut butter, except for liquid sweeteners. Honey and maple syrup will make the nut butter a bit thicker and fluffier, which some people really like! If you're more on the smooth side of things, I would recommend either adding a touch more oil to thin it out, use a granulated sugar instead or you can roast the nuts with sweetener like I did with my Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter.

Some of my favorite flavor options:

  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Powder
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut Extract
  • Maple Sugar
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Melted Chocolate

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And now let's talk recipes!

Today I'm going to show you how to make three different nut butters, each of which has their own unique flavor profile. You can use these recipes as written or think of them more as a guide for your own creation. Feel free to swap the spices, the type of nuts, sweetener, etc. I'll leave it all up to you!

The three flavors we have here today are:

  1. Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
  2. Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter
  3. 2-Ingredient Nutella

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHoney Roasted Peanut Butter -- only three ingredients, super simple and SO delicious!

I love this sweet spin on peanut butter. The two flavors are the perfect complement! This makes a wonderful addition to toast with sliced banana on top or drizzled into oatmeal. And it's much healthier than the ones you buy at the store – less sugar, no processed oils, just pure deliciousness!

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

A delicious nut butter recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1404kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place peanuts on a baking sheet (I used the sheet that comes with my toaster oven). Drizzle honey on top of nuts and sprinkle with sea salt. Stir until the peanuts are coated.
  • Toast the nuts for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. You might have to scrape the sides down as you go to help the nuts continue to blend.
  • If the nuts don't get smooth, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and blend again.
  • Transfer to a glass container and store in a cool dark place.

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup of nut butter

Nutrition

Calories: 1404kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 1629mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 8.7mg

 

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoPUMPKIN SPICE ALMOND BUTTER -- love this fall spin on my fave nut butter of all time! This would be so good on toast with a little pumpkin butter on top!

Since I'm pretty much obsessed with all things pumpkin spice right now, I had to give you a pumpkin spiced nut butter! I went with almond because they pair really nicely together, but you could totally swap in cashews or pecans and it would be incredible. I love this by the spoonful, but it's also perfect on top of my Quinoa & Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread!

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

A delicious nut butter variation
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 1100kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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4.75 from 4 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place almonds on a baking sheet (I used the sheet that comes with my toaster oven) and toast the nuts for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer them to a food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. Again, you might have to scrape the sides down as you go to help the nuts continue to blend. Once smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice and process again to incorporate. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  • Transfer to a glass container and store in a cool dark place.

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup of nut butter

Nutrition

Calories: 1100kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 94g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 1344mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 512mg | Iron: 7.4mg

 

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHEALTHY NUTELLA with only two ingredients! It's easy to make, doesn't have any of the junk AND it's vegan!

Oh, Nutella! I feel in love with this chocolatey spread on my first trip to Italy, and continued to eat it all the way through college until I realized…it was more like a candy spread than nut butter. Luckily, the idea behind Nutella is simple: hazelnuts + chocolate, so it was a cinch to whip up. You just need those two things and in a few minutes, you'll have delicious, homemade Nutella that you can actually feel good about eating.

2-Ingredient Nutella

A chocolatey nut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 1104kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHEALTHY NUTELLA with only two ingredients! It's easy to make, doesn't have any of the junk AND it's vegan!
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place almonds on a baking sheet (I used the sheet that comes with my toaster oven) and toast the nuts for 5 minutes.
  • While the nuts are toasting, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler.
  • Transfer them to a food processor and process on high until smooth and creamy. Again, you might have to scrape the sides down as you go to help the nuts continue to blend. Once smooth, add the melted chocolate and process again to incorporate.
  • Transfer to a glass container and store in a cool dark place.

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Nutrition

Calories: 1104kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 103g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Potassium: 1088mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 8.9mg

 

 

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Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoPUMPKIN SPICE ALMOND BUTTER -- love this fall spin on my fave nut butter of all time! This would be so good on toast with a little pumpkin butter on top!
Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHEALTHY NUTELLA with only two ingredients! It's easy to make, doesn't have any of the junk AND it's vegan!
Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHoney Roasted Peanut Butter -- only three ingredients, super simple and SO delicious!

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    • A blender could work, but it would have to be a Vitamix. Otherwise, I’m not entirely sure how you could get the nut butter smooth enough… sorry about that!

  1. I don’t have dark chocolate chips but I do have semi-sweet chocolate chips. Will that work too? Or should I just wait till I get the dark chocolate ones? TIA

  2. Hello,

    I noticed that the nuts were creamy without you putting any liquid. Did you add something to make the nut creamy before you put in the pumpkin pie spice?

  3. These sound delicious! I don’t have a toaster oven..how long and at what temperature should I roast them in the oven? Thanks!

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