How to Make Nut Butter—Plus 5 Delicious Ways to Use It

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New types of nut butters are always popping up on store shelves, ranging from hazelnut butter to macadamia butter to cashew butter. But the secret to scoring the most high-quality and affordable option is typically learning how to make nut butter yourself.

Just like you can make your own plant-based milks at home, it’s really easy to make nut butter, too. Use the quickie recipe below to make your own batch, no matter which type of nut you have on hand. Then check out five creative ways to use your homemade nut butter that are way more exciting than spreading it on a piece of toast.

how to make nut butter

How to Make Nut Butter

Ingredients:

Your choice of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, and more; can be blanched or not)

Instructions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
2. Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast them for around 10 minutes.
3. Add to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy.
5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It should stay fresh for 3 weeks or longer.

5 Tasty Ways to Use Nut Butter

1. Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

how to make nut butter

Ingredients:

Dark chocolate chips
Nut butter

Instructions:

1. Melt 3/4 of your chocolate in the microwave, stirring every minute (or until smooth).
2. Line a cupcake pan with silicone cupcake liners.
3. Add a few spoonfuls of chocolate to each liner to cover the bottom and sides.
4. Place in the fridge to set.
5. Remove from the fridge and add your nut butter.
6. Cover with your remaining melted chocolate.
7. Place in the fridge one last time to set.

2. Cinnamon Apple Dip

Ingredients:

Nut butter
Cinnamon
Apples

Instructions:

1. Add your nut butter to a bowl.
2. Stir in some cinnamon.
3. Cut your apples into slices.
3. Dip and enjoy!

3. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

how to make nut butter

Ingredients:

Hazelnut butter
Cocoa or cacao powder
Maple or agave syrup

Instructions:

1. Combine all the ingredients into a food processor or blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Use it as a spread, dip, and more.

4. Peanut Sauce

how to make nut butter

Ingredients:

Peanut butter
Soy sauce
Rice vinegar
Cayenne pepper or Sriracha
Minced garlic (optional)
Ground ginger (optional)
Water

Instructions:

1. Put the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth, adding a little bit of water until it’s at your desired consistency.
2. Once your desired thickness is achieved, add to a container.
3. Use it with noodles and your protein of choice. Or, enjoy it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls.

5. Nut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

Nut butter
An egg
Sugar
Organic vanilla

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
3. Line the baking sheet and place spoonfuls of the cookie dough two inches apart.
4. Stamp them with a fork and place them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
5. Let cool, and enjoy!

Other Nut Butter Add-Ins

Want to give basic homemade nut butter even more of an upgrade? Add in some of these ingredients for a different texture and flavor.

  • Honey
  • Brown sugar 
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pumpkin seeds (or other seeds)
  • A combination of nuts 
  • Date syrup
  • Orange blossom
  • Lemon zest
  • Melted chocolate
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar

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Nut butter is so easy and fun to make. Here’s everything you need to know to try it yourself.

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