Making nut butters at home couldn't be easier if you have a blender, which has speed control. I have had great success with this one; and best of all you can get creative and use your favourite nuts rather than sticking to the traditional peanut or almond nut butters.
Pecan and macadamia are a couple of the favourites - they have a naturally sweet taste so works well with some berries as a 'no-added sugar' dessert. You can also make a healthier version of 'Nutella', which uses lots of added refined sugar and uses cheap vegetable oil.
You need to have enough to give your blender something to work with. For the one I use, it is approximately 400-500g of nuts.
- Spread the nuts out on a roast tray and place in the oven for 10-15 mins on a low heat around 120 degrees. You can also use an air fryer if you have one - often that will require less time.
- Check on the nuts every 5 mins or so and give them a little move around. You'll start to notice them sliding around easily as the oil starts to seep out and lubricate them naturally. That's how you want them so don't over do it and dry them out. You can often smell a slightly sweet aroma.
- Place them in a food blender and mix on the slowest speed possible. The slower the better. It takes longer than you think but stick with it and just let them grind and mix slowly, slowly, slowly. You might need to do this in small stints depending on your blender - some don't recommend you have them going for extended periods - that's why a slow one is better. If it is a powerful blender, you may also need to stop and shake the mixture around to help all of it get blended.
- After 5 to 10 mins (depending on blender speed) the mixture will gradually start turning into the nut butter consistency you'd expect rather than just blended up nuts that you saw at the start.
- If you find that the mixture is a little dry or you want it to be runnier then add a table spoon a coconut oil and mix again. The warmth of the roast nuts will help melt the coconut oil into the mixture. (You can add a pinch of salt at this stage too to favourite if you like)
- Once you have your desired consistency, spoon out into a jar and leave the rest at room temperature.
Let us know what your favourite nut butter or mixture of nuts is once you've made them.
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