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Sunday, March 25, 2012

DIY Nut Butter

There is nothing quite like a batch of warm freshly made nut butter.

You can use any nut you like (i've tried this recipe with almonds and cashews).  Buy them raw and be attentive while roasting so they don't burn/over brown like i did my first batch.  Set the oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit...any higher and you're looking to burn yo'nuts!  I do a whole bag at a time (i buy my nuts raw from Trader Joe's as their prices are better than elsewhere).  Space out a bag of nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 15-20 minutes. 

Watch your nuts starting at 10 minutes to make sure they are browning and not burning.  They go from brown to black quick!  You want golden brown nuts.  If you bite into a nut it should be slightly golden on the inside.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Transfer to your food processor with an S blade and process (takes about 5 minutes to get a butter).  
beginning to process to a powder

You'll have to scrape the walls occasionally.  Within a few minutes you'll see the oils releasing and a nut butter forming.  


Continue to process.  Either keep them plain or (like i did) add a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, cinnamon, and a few drops of english toffee stevia.  Once completely smooth enjoy with a few chocolate chips and transfer to a glass jar.

This should keep in your fridge for about a month if you have willpower.  In my house it will be devoured within days.


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