How To Make Nut Butter

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Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.

Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.
How To Make Nut Butter

Homemade nut butter is healthy, affordable and even more delicious than store-bought! You can make as much or as little as you wish! It’s easy to make, too. You’ll just need a decent food processor or a really good blender. Making it yourself also gives you complete control of what goes into your nut butter. Serve it over toast, with banana, apples or pears, stir some into my overnight oats, smoothie bowls, or just eat it with a spoon!

Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work. Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.

Tips For Making Nut Butter

  • If you wish, you can add flavor your nut butters by adding cinnamon, honey, maple syrup or leave it plain. The texture changes slightly when adding honey or maple, it’s not as smooth so I prefer to leave it unsweetened, which gives me the option of drizzling some on top of my toast, if I wish.
  • You can make a blend of nuts by combining a few varieties.
  • Depending on how much fat is in the nut will determine how quick the nut turns into butter. The walnuts and pecans have more fat, so they only take about 10 to 15 minutes to process into a butter. Almonds have less fat, so they take a little more time, about 30 minutes total. It may seem like it’s not going to work, but just be patient, it will!
  • To enhance the sweet, nutty flavor of the nuts, toasting them is a must before making them into butter. You will want to cool the nuts before making them into butter.
  • Since there are no preservatives, you will want to keep it refrigerated to prevent it from going rancid. It can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.
  • The texture of homemade nut butter is firmer after refrigeration than it is at room temperature, which makes it harder to spread. To fix this problem, let your homemade nut butter stand at room temperature for several minutes prior to serving.
Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.
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How To Make Nut Butter

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93 Cals 3.5 Protein 3.5 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 28 Servings
COURSE: Spread
CUISINE: American
Homemade nut butter is so simple to make, just two ingredients (nuts and salt)! Simply toast the nuts then put them in the food processor. Here I made nut butter three ways; almond butter, walnut butter and pecan butter but any tree nut would work.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces 3 cups raw almonds, walnuts or pecans*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional to taste: ground cinnamon
  • Optional to taste: maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the almonds, walnuts or pecans on a large, rimmed baking sheet and toast the almonds about 10 minutes, mixing halfway. (Don’t let them get dark).
  • Let them cool about 10 minutes when they are warm, not hot.
  • Transfer the nuts to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Be patient, it may seem like it will never turn to butter, but it will! It will go from clumps, to a ball against the side of the food processor (keep scraping the sides), then finally it will turn very creamy. If the mixture gets too hot, stop and let it cool down for a few minutes.
  • Once the nut butter is very creamy, blend in the salt. If you wish to add additional flavors such as vanilla, cinnamon or honey, let the mixture cool, add the optional add ins and blend until creamy once again. Keep in mind, the texture will harden slightly if you add honey or maple syrup.
  • Let the nut butter cool to room temperature, then transfer the mixture to a glass jar and tighten the lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 weeks, or until you see any signs of spoilage.

Notes

*nutritional analysis was calculated with almonds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 3.5g, Protein: 3.5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 10mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 0.5g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 3
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31 comments

  1. I’ve been making walnut butter for a month now, and love, love, love it! Thank you for the recipe, and showing me just how easy it really is.

  2. If I do a combination of nuts (walnuts + almonds), how long will it take?  my almond butter takes 30 min, but above says walnuts will take 10 minutes.

    Anyone have any great spice combinations?  Thinking pumpkin or chai spice would be good 

  3. I like how you added the note about how the texture harden with the addition of water-based ingredients like maple syrup or honey! I’m having trouble figuring out if adding water based things like vanilla extract/maple syrup will affect the shelf life of the nut butters. Do you think it’ll go bad more quickly if I add those? thanks!

  4. I’m excited to make my own almond butter. Do I have to add salt, we are trying to control high blood pressure. 

  5. Could I use toasted nuts?.Thank you SO MUCH.

  6. I toasted my almonds for 10 minutes at 350, mixing halfway. I felt like my almonds weren’t quite toasted enough, but I didn’t want to overdo them, either. Any tips? Thank you!! I made this recipe for the first time today and I am so excited!!!

  7. I have a mini cuisinart prep processor with just 2 speeds, chop and grind. Nut butter came out smooth and it was super easy. I was able to process my nuts in about 5 – 7 minutes just using the pulse method.

  8. Another hit! 1 I just made this on a whim. I was sitting here scrolling through recipes and saw this one and decided to try. Super simple and delicious. I toasted my walnuts and pecans for about 6 minutes in my air fryer, on 350 degrees. My food processor is a cuisinart mini and it had no trouble processing the nuts. I added a dash of salt, a teaspoon of maple sugar and a little vanilla. The nut butter is delicious without those add ons. I just like to experiment, so I added those in and it’s even more delicious. I had a tablespoon full with Apple slices. If you’ve never had toasted pecans you will love the scent and flavors. Next time, I’ll make this with all pecans since I only had a handful available, this time, I just threw it in with the walnuts.

  9. Just made the almond butter today. Came out just as you described. Amazing!
    Found a large bag of plain almonds @ Walmart,which will probably make 2 jars.
    Thanks again!

  10. I Love nut butter ♡
    But I don’t have the right food processor, can I ask which one are you using ?
    I am about to buy one but dont which
    Thank you

    • I was wondering the same thing!!

      • I have a mini cuisinart prep processor with just 2 speeds, chop and grind. Nut butter came out smooth and it was super easy. I was able to process my nuts in about 5 – 7 minutes just using the pulse method.

  11. Is there any way to make chunky almond butter? I suppose i could crush some and add it at the end?

  12. I make homemade chocolate hazelnut butter as well. For 16 oz hazelnuts, first make your butter then use 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa,. The mixture will be clumpy. Then thin to a desired consistency with about 4 -5 T of either hazelnut oil or a neutral oil. Add some vanilla and a pinch of salt. SOOOOO much better than the commercial product! Adapted from a variety of online sources… some online recipies use chocolate and liquid sweeteners, but that resulted in a funky texture. Obviously more of a treat than plain butters with the added sugar and oil, but if yoy are looking for something less processed, give it a try.

    Some recipes say to ‘blanch’ the hazelnuts to remove the skins, but I have a high powered blender, so I don’t bother to do that. The skins are supposed to be bitter, but I don’t taste them…

  13. Super yummy and so easy to make! I kept mine simple with salt and a tiny bit of vanilla extract. I know the nutritional info says calculated based on almonds but when I did pecans for 16oz it came out as 4SP and 3 cups of pecans came out as 2SP.  

  14. Homemade nut butter is the best and way easier than I ever expected.  I think my favourite is using 3 cups of cashews, one cup of peanuts, and about a teaspoon of melted coconut oil to smooth it out.  My husband loves it!

  15. I was looking up peanuts and they are not a tree nut so does that mean the recipe won’t work with peanuts?

    Also, I cooked the pecans for 10 minutes per your instructions and they burnt. I used a new toaster over to I bought an oven thermometer and the first 5 minutes the temperature went from 0-275 degrees, and the second 5 minutes it went from 275-350, so I guess pecans need to cook for much less than 10 minutes considering the temperature of the oven was less than 350 for over 5 minutes.

    • Interesting, perhaps your toaster oven is convection?

    • Peanut butter was the first thing I made in my first Cuisinart food processor 30+ years ago. We just used unsalted peanuts, Planters, and added nothing. So fun! First it looks like graham cracker crumbs than poof! Peanut butter. Try it. 

  16. Great post. Thanks for sharing your recipe for nut butter. It looks so simple. Nut butter is a healthy ingredient to put in our salads or apply on our sandwiches. Almond butter helps in weight loss and fights bad cholesterol in the body. Nut butter combined with certain foods helps satisfy a sweet-tooth.

  17. do you think a similar method would work for seed butters?
    my sons daycare is nut-free, but i was considering buying sunflower butter…id be interested in taking a stab at making it, if you thought it would work!

  18. Will definitely try this as I am always buying almond butter at the store and it is pricey to get the pure one with nothing added! Thank you!

  19. I love making my own nut butters….but I’ve never tried making walnut or pecan nut butter before! So excited to try 🙂

  20. Such a great idea! Question- up top you say it will last one month in the fridge, but then mention it’ll last two weeks in the directions. Can you clarify the shelf life? Thanks!

  21. Can you mix the nuts for a nut butter like the one Trader Joe’s sells? That way you’d get the health benefits and taste of them all at once.