How to Make Homemade Nut Butter (and save a lot of $$)

Walnuts in pan

Love a simple recipe? Well, you can’t really beat a recipe with just one (or, if you’re feeling real extra… two) ingredients.

In addition to making smoothies, one of the main reasons I love having a high-quality blender is to make my own homemade nut butter!

I love all of the nut butter. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, and especially MIXED nut butter. Like this one from Trader Joe’s.But, let’s be honest…who wants to pay $10 or more for a tiny jar of almond butter? (Yes, I’ve paid that sadly). Bottom line: nut butter is expensive.

So, the solution = make your own!

Walnut Butter with walnuts

You will need a quality food processor or blender with relatively sharp blades that can handle grinding the nuts. (I feel like I’ve said nuts a lot in this post… and hi I’m 5 years old).

ANYWAY, here’s the recipe:

Nut Butter 

Total time: ~20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, etc.)
  • Additional extras: flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut butter, cinnamon, sea salt, etc.
  1. Choose your base, and buy nuts in bulk! Go to a grocery store that sells them in bulk like Costco (or find an awesome coworker that buys them for you since you don’t have a Costco membership like I did!). I love almonds or walnuts. (If using hazelnuts, make sure to remove their skin before blending).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Roast nuts 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Put nuts in blender or food processor and grind. WARNING: this will be loud AF. This can take a while so don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong… (as I did the first time I made almond butter). Give it a good 8-10 minutes (or longer, depending on your blender/food processor).
  5. Add any additional fun things you want to add. You technically DON’T need to add anything, the nuts will turn to butter with time BUT you can! For this walnut butter, I added two tablespoons of ground chia, flax and hemp seed and a dash of sea salt.
  6. ENJOY! I add nut butter to so many yummy things: smoothies, oatmeal, a yogurt parfait, on a banana or even ice cream! 

    walnuts

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