How to Make Your Own Peanut Butter (and Other Nut Butters)

By , SparkPeople Blogger
In my house, nut butters are a staple, but I can't remember the last time I bought a jar. Almond butter is my favorite, and it costs at least $5 a jar. I instead buy almonds in bulk ($9.99 for 3 pounds at my warehouse club) and grind my own. All you need is a food processor and about 15 minutes.  

Homemade Nut Butter:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 2 cups of nuts or seeds (your choice) on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning, until nuts are fragrant. Cool slightly, then place the nuts or seeds into a food processor fitted with the metal "S" blade and process until a smooth paste forms. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per cup of nuts or seeds if you’d like (this enhances the flavor; omit if you’re watching your salt intake). Kept in an air-tight container in the fridge, your homemade butter will last for weeks!

My favorite kinds are walnut (no need to roast them), pecan, and almond. We add a teaspoon or cinnamon, or a combo of black pepper, dried ginger, and turmeric (all powerful anti-inflammatories).

Until we get the go-ahead that store-bought PB is A-OK, why make your own, or experiment with another variety? Here's how the other varieties stack up:

Type of Nut Butter (2 Tbs.) Calories Fat Protein Carbs
Peanut, no sugar added  190-210  16-17 g  7-8 g  6-7 g
Peanut, sugar added  190  16-17 g  7 g  6-7 g
Almond  190-200  18-19 g  5-7 g  6-7 g
Cashew  160-190  14-16 g  4-6 g  8-10 g
Hazelnut  180  17 g  4 g  5 g
Hemp  180  13 g  9 g  4 g
Macadamia  230  24 g  2 g  4 g
Pistachio  180-190  13-15 g  6-7 g  9-10 g
Pumpkin seed  160  13 g  10 g  4 g
Sesame tahini  190  17 g  6 g  7 g
Sunflower seed  180-220  12-20 g  6-9 g  5-9 g
The source for the above info and plenty more: Go Nuts for Nut Butters

DIY Nut Butter Recipes:
Stepf's BEST Choco-Almond Butter
Homemade Almond Butter
Homemade Peanut Butter
Mixed Nut Butter
Hazelnut and Almond Butter

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