It’s all the rage to whip up your own nut butter at home, and we are relatively new converts to the craze. After trying lots, and succeeding at making our own version of Nutella, here are our 7 reasons to give making your own nut butter a whirl. Seriously.
This is obvious, but not to be overlooked. There is nothing quite like looking up from your paltry snack of almond butter spread on apple slices in the work canteen and saying “oh this? Just a bit of homemade almond butter I knocked up last night.” Oh. The glorious smugness of it all.
Unless you are a label-reading ninja, it’s really hard to find completely pure nut butters in regular supermarkets. Lots of them are laced with sugar and salt, stabilisers and even extra non-nut-based oils.
Simple, true fact. Making your own roasted nut butters is cheaper. It’s more time intensive, and definitely uses up electricity, but when all is said and done, it’s much more cost effective.
You Can Use Any Nuts You Like
Oh yes. No more boring peanut butter for you. Nuts with less oil (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios etc.) will take longer to process than those with more oil (walnuts, pecans, cashews, macadamia, peanuts, brazil, pine nut). You could also use seeds like sunflower, sesame, flax and pumpkin.
It Doesn’t Have To Stop At Nuts
We already mentioned Nutella, but consider vanilla and cinnamon nut butter, coffee nut butter, maple nut butter – the flavour combinations are endless and intensely personal.
You Can Sing This Song, All Day Long.
We know. It’s amazing.
You can gift people with jars of your homemade excellence.
Just be sure to sterilise the jar first. Our preferred method is in the dishwasher. Fill your dishwasher with clean cold jars and run a minimum or rinse wash to time the end of the cycle when your nut butter will be ready. Do NOT add cold food to hot jars, or hot food to cold jars.