A bit of magic happened with this nut butter. The nuts turned and turned in the food processor until they finally formed a smooth, creamy and yummy butter. I encourage you to eat it by the spoonful pre or post workout or to enjoy it on some pumpkin banana bread for a great energy-boosting snack!
This weekend my boyfriend and I got a brand new food processor for our apartment. I was soo excited all weekend to try it out on Monday and make my first homemade (successful) nut butter! Maybe I am a bit strange but I was even hugging it a bit over breakfast this morning!
Here are some tips from my experience making nut butter to help you along the way! This process could not be any easier!
- Roast your nuts for about 10-15 minutes at 315f or 160c (watching closely to make sure they do not burn). This will help some of the oils to release and make the “cooking process” in the food processor a bit easier! Plus, who doesn’t like the flavour of a good ol’ roasted nut!?
- Do not add water to your nuts to make the nut butter making process “faster” (this will not work and will result in a big blob of mushy nuts….yes, I did try it once!)
- Use a strong food processor (mine is 750 watts) and turn it off every couple of minutes to give it a little break (Blenders and Stick blenders won’t work in my experience!).
- If your food processor is getting too hot, give it a little break, and come back to blend your nuts a bit later.
- If you want to add anything to your nut butter (syrup, salt, chocolate…) add it at the end of the “cooking process” once your nut butter starts to magically appear!
- Be super careful around the blade (I have to say it!) Whenever I gave my Food Processor a little break and scraped the nuts off the sides, I also made sure to turn it off and unplug it as well (just in case!!). Let’s just say I had a bad experience, when I was making hummus at the beginning of the year, involving my finger and hand stick blender…
- Be patient! I promise, if you follow these steps your nut butter will magically appear before your eyes as well 😀
- • 400 grams mixed nuts (about 4 cups)
- • 1 tsp salt (optional)
- • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional
- Roast nuts on a baking sheet for 10 - 15 minutes at 315f or 160c.
- Place roasted nuts in food processor.
- Blend Blend Blend! Every two minutes or so scrape down the sides to get all the nuts well incorporated.
- Add the honey and salt once nut butter starts to look creamy (optional)
- Voila! Once your nut butter is creamy and smooth it is ready to enjoy (about 15 - 20 minutes)!