Making homemade nut butters seems a bit difficult, but it's really very simple. So simple, it must be one of the simplest cooking projects I've tried this year (and some of them were really !). To put it in perspective, I thought it would be at least as difficult to make homemade nutmeg . This is a process where you have to soak nuts overnight and strain them through a cheesecloth. It was at least ten times easier than that.
That's great news for me. You know, in the past I've avoided buying nut butters made from alternative nuts (like cashew nuts or walnuts), as they can be very expensive in the store. That is, if you can find them at all ̵
But there is one thing that is not hard to find in the supermarket. Nuts in all shapes and sizes. So if you ask for cashew butter or hazelnut butter, it's best to pick up nuts and make the butter yourself. Fortunately, the process does not require more than a quick frying and mixing. Here Dawn Kelley, CEO of Barney Butter breaks down some of the things you need to know before you get started.
Before you start, you need the following:
For this project All you need is an oven, a baking tray, a blender and the nut of your choice – really! Even if it looks like you need to use oil for nut butter, this is not the case. "[Nuts] have natural oils in them, so oil does not have to be added from an oil point of view," says Kelley.
Of course you can add other ingredients if you want.
Getting creative with add-ins, "says Kelley, who says you can add things like chia seeds, chocolate, or coconut, spices also work great (think of cinnamon or nutmeg), and you can even use them with spices like Make curry or paprika spicy – do not pat until you taste it.
You can also combine nuts into a hybrid nut butters – if you just do not like almonds, add one or two other nuts, such as hazelnuts or pecans. The more the better!
And you can use any kind of nuts, but some have to remove their skin.
Kelley explains that some nuts have a very bitter skin, like walnuts and hazelnuts, which can affect both The taste and texture of your final product Fortunately, you can usually remove most of the skin in one of two ways, the first being very simple: put it in the middle of a clean, dry dishcloth, fold the dishcloth and fold it to quickly grate the nuts. This will lose some of the skin, but not all of it. I like a bit of bitterness in my food, so I used this method to make my nut butter and the results were pretty big.
Kelley says your other option is to blanch the nuts to completely remove the skin. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the nuts to the pot and boil for one minute, then drain. You do not have to do that, but if you're not a fan of the way the nuts taste with the skin on the skin, you probably will not like the nut butter unless you remove it completely.
Well you I'm ready to make the nut butter.
For this project I made butter from cashews, walnuts and almonds. I used about a cup of each nut, which resulted in a final product of about 1/3 cup of butter. If you want a full cup, you will need to use three cups of nuts.
Set your oven to 350 degrees F. Lay out your baking sheet with parchment paper and place all the nuts on the tin. Roast for six to eight minutes until lightly roasted. Take it out of the oven and let it cool.
Then leave it in the blender for 10 to 12 minutes.
After your nuts have cooled, place in a high-speed blender or food processor and run for 10 to 12 minutes. First, the nuts take on a floury texture, and you may need to scrape down the sides of your blender to help them, but eventually they will develop into an oily paste. If you want to make lumpy nut butter, add a piece of chopped nuts to the mix.
Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator so they can eat well for months. I expected them too. The walnut butter was naturally sweet and earthy, but I added some honey when I served it, just to make that sweetness stand out. The almond butter practically invited me to add a pinch of salt, and the cashew butter was just delicious. It was super sweet with no added sugar.
Use your homemade nut butters in these recipes.
Blackberry Overnight Oats
This recipe calls for peanut butter, but I can not wait to try it with my walnut butter. The recipe is available here .
PB and J Energy Bars
Try to trade almond butter in these jars. The recipe is available here .
4-Ingredient Banana Smoothie
Sweet homemade cashew butter tastes great in this smoothie. The recipe is available here .