Nut butters are another one of my favorite spreads as a topping on basically everything. Not only do they taste great, they are also incredibly easy to make because all you need is a food processor, nuts, and a pinch of salt. You can make many different varieties of nut butters such as peanut, almond, macadamia, cashew, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed butter or even a combination of different nuts and seeds. This time, I decided to combine almonds and hazelnuts, which has a slightly sweet taste despite not having added any sugar.
Before you add your chosen nuts to the food processor, you should roast them in an oven as this will add more flavor to your nut butter. I managed to buy a mixture of roasted (but unsalted) almonds and hazel nuts, weighing approximately 380 grams. Now all you need to do is combine the roasted nuts and a pinch of salt in a food processor and blend on the highest setting for 7-10 minutes, depending on the strength of your food processor. In the interest of full disclosure, the last time I made nut butter, I actually managed to destroy my old food processer by overheating it…oops. After an emergency trip to the department store, I left with a Magimix 3200 XL, which has never let me down! So make sure that your food processor is up to the job and definitely do not attempt this in a regular blender.
During the blending process, your nut “butter” will go through various different stages, so don’t be shocked if it doesn’t look quite right, it just takes time. The first stage, pictured above, is the breadcrumb stage.
Next, it will look like the mixture is separating and forming two different layers. Again, this is normal; it will take time for the oils in the nuts to be released and become one mixture, so just keep blending.
At this point, the nut butter will stick to the sides. Just take a spatula and fold it all back into the food processor.
You’re almost there, keep going! The contents of your food processer is starting to look a lot softer and is nearly a spreadable nut butter. You may notice that your food processer starts to fog up a bit and the butter is getting warm. Again, this is fine and the oils are being released from the nuts and the nut butter is starting to form.
Look at that smooth nut butter. It is now done, yum! At this point you should taste it and add some more salt –if necessary.
The amount I made fit exactly in this mason jar and you can store it at room temperature in a cupboard.
- 380 g (approx.) roasted, unstalted almonds and hazelnuts (or any other nuts)
- Salt (to taste)
- Add all ingredients to a good-quality food processor
- Blend for 7-10 minutes, or until a smooth nut butter has formed.
- Taste, and add more salt if necessary.