Nut Butter – Free Recipes from Chef Kellie
From Chef Kellie
You know how you go to the grocery store in search of the healthiest and tastiest peanut butter, but there just aren’t that many choices? Sure, the peanut butters loaded with sugar taste great, but what if you don’t want all that sugar? Making your own homemade Nut (any kind of nut) butter is easier than you may think. All you need are a bag of unsalted nuts, a food processor, and whatever additions you desire. So give it a whirl, you are nuts if you don’t. (sorry!)
My nut butter (you can create your own)
2 cups nuts
desired quantity of sugar or splenda
salt to taste
This is so easy it’s scary. Place nuts in food processor. Grind until smooth and the oils start to release from the nut. This is when you will start to see the creamy consistency. Add desired amount of sugar or splenda and salt (you don’t need much at all, and remember, you can always add but you can’t take it away). Process until it is as smooth or crunchy as you want it.
You can use Macadamia’s, Almonds, Cashews, Hazlenuts, Peanuts…the possibilities are endless. Try these variations for flavor:
Add a tablespoon of honey for a honey nut butter. Add an extract to bring out a stronger flavor, such as a drop or two of hazlenut extract in the hazlenut butter. Mix with creamy marshmallow or strawberry jam.
The only thing you will have to do is refrigerate this nut butter, and each time you use, give it a good stir. The natural oils from the nuts may tend to settle on the top, just stir it back in before each use. I would personally make very small batches at a time (unless it goes super fast in your house). Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, crackers, on fruit, in a thai style pasta or even as a marinade for chicken or seafood. Healthy nut butters are only minutes away.
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