How to make nut butter | Peanut, Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut

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Nut butters are arguably my absolute favourite thing to make at home. It’s incredibly easy, it just take a little time and some patience. A common mistake I see when we make nut butters, is to add oil. Even though it takes a few minutes, eventually the ground nuts begin to release their own natural oils. This helps to make the butter smooth and creamy, and negates any need for additional oils to be added. Again like the plant based milk recipe, these butters are designed to be adapted to suit your tastes. Extra tips will be at the bottom, along with a video in case it’s helpful.

INGREDIENTS

Peanut Butter

  • 2 cups peanuts

  • pinch of salt (optional)

Almond Butter

  • 2 cups almonds

  • pinch of salt (optional)

Chocolate Hazelnut

  • 1 & 1/2 cup Hazelnuts

  • 1-2 tsp coca / cacao

  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

  • 1-3 tbs liquid sweetener

  • plant based milk (add until you reached your desired consistency)

  • OR instead of milk add coconut oil to make shelf stable.

METHOD

  1. Roast the nuts in the oven for about 10-12 minutes at around 180*C.

  2. Watch the nuts like a hawk to make sure they don’t burn otherwise they’ll be ruined.

  3. When they’re roasted nicely, take them out of the oven and leave them on the side for 10 mins to cool slightly but not entirely.

  4. When the nuts are warm add them to a high speed blender or food processor and blend.

  5. The blending process always takes a little longer than you expect so bare with it.

  6. After a couple of minutes the nuts should move from ground to clumping as the oils start to release.

  7. Keep blending until it reaches a smooth and silky consistency, this should be about 4-5 minutes.

  8. At this stage your nut butter is done, just simply place in a reusable jar and you’re good to go. These last several weeks in your cupboard (or however long it takes you to eat).

  9. At this stage for the chocolate hazelnut you can add all of your other ingredients.

  10. If using plant based milk drip feed until desired consistency.

  11. If using coconut oil, again add until it has reached a consistency you love.


TIPS

You can make nut butter out of any nuts or seeds you can get your hands on so experiment with your favourites.

Imogen Lucas