12 Delicious and Cheap Nut Butter Recipes to Make at Home
I remember way back when a trip to the grocery store only offered up a few nut butter choices. There was smooth peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, and maybe a jar of that mixed PBJ variety…
But now there are sunflower butters, almond butters, hazelnut butters, chocolate peanut butters, cookie butters, and the list grows with each passing day. Nut butters are sort of, well, a thing these days. (Related: Peanut Butter: The Poor Man's Protein)
And they all seem to have high price tags. I honestly cannot get enough, but my budget can't support my habit like it used to. So, I've been making my own peanut butter at home for the last several years, and it's as easy as putting nuts in a food processor and blending.
Basic Peanut Butter
- 3 cups dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
You place all these ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth. Then place in an airtight container to store. You might wonder: Why dry roasted nuts? Through many tests and trials, the dry roasted peanuts gave way into peanut butter with much less struggle and waiting time. They also have a deeper flavor that I have come to enjoy.
And — as I've covered already — there are about a million other nut butters out there. Though making them at home isn't always remarkably cheaper than buying them at the store, you can't argue that they aren't healthier without all the added ingredients like hydrogenated oils. Here are some tasty recipes to try today! (Related: 15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter)
Chocolate Peanut Butter
You can add chocolate chips — about a third to a half cup — to the basic peanut butter recipe above to make a dark and decadent variety. You can substitute honey in for the sugar for some natural flair.
This roasted, salted Almond Butter requires a bit of oven time to develop its flavor — but it's well worth the wait. Just make sure to let the nuts cool for five minutes before processing.
Maple Almond Butter
This Vanilla Maple Almond Butter looks absolutely divine. The author soaked her almonds for 24 hours and then dehydrated them before adding some vanilla beans and a "kiss" of maple syrup while blending.
I love tossing walnuts into my chocolate chip cookies, but they're also great as a nut butter. This elegant recipe spreads onto crostini as well as it dresses up plain fruit, and it can be sweetened naturally with a little honey (or maple syrup).
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
I couldn't write a nut butter list without a fantastic Homemade Nutella recipe in the mix. I've tried several recipes, but I like the inclusion of icing sugar and coconut milk for added sweetness and richness.
I've actually never tried this type of nut butter, but I think the maple and vanilla flavors in this Macadamia Nut Butter recipe might be enough to push me over the edge.
Don't mind if I do! This Pecan Butter would make a tasty topping for anything from oatmeal to, well, a silver spoon. Add a dash of cinnamon for some deliciously warm spice.
I became smitten with cashews when I dipped my toe into the whole raw desserts world. This Cashew Butter recipe requires zero oil, yet it blends into a tasty, drippy spread you'll want to put on everything in sight.
Going green? This vibrant Pistachio Butter will delight your tastebuds. You'll want to shell the pistachios first to get all the skin off. And you can try this recipe as written — with almonds — or go all in with 2 cups of pistachios for more intensity.
Cookie Dough Butter
I'm salivating just thinking about this Cookie Dough Nut Butter recipe that has big chunks of chocolate in it. The author uses cashews and macadamia, but I'm thinking you can substitute in whatever nuts you have on hand.
Sunflower seeds, as we all know, aren't nuts. However, I'm partial to this simple Sunflower Butter recipe. And if you're allergic to nuts, it's a great alternative to try in sandwiches and even cookie recipes.
What's your favorite nut butter recipe? Please share in comments!