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

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9/27/2012 6:00 AM   :  26 comments   :  22,610 Views

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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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  • 26
    I recently bought peanuts ground fresh in a peanut grinding machine specifically made for peanut butter at a local mennonite grocery store. I put it in an old smuckers peanut butter jar, and added about a Tablespoon of sunflower oil (fresh ground peanut butter can get somewhat dry, even in the fridge), and a small bit of salt. It tastes delicious! - 3/21/2014   11:12:12 AM
  • 25
    Great tips. I am glad I do not buy any store bought brands. Even Trader Joes had some recalls. I make mine in my food professor almost every week. Mostly almond butter but do peanut and mixes as well. I leave them raw now. Did roast them before but now I soak raw almonds and dehydrate them before processing them along with a little coconut oil. - 10/19/2012   12:38:53 PM
  • 24
    This sounds like a great thing to try! Time to run to the store. - 10/7/2012   7:17:42 PM
  • 23
    Anyone ever use chestnuts to make a nut butter?
    A friend has a chestnut tree and has a bag to give me - I have eaten them just roasted, but was wondering about a chestnut butter or baking with them. - 10/2/2012   3:35:44 PM
  • MARILYNDION
    22
    So happy my all time fav, Skippy Smooth, is not on the list. - 10/2/2012   3:07:46 PM
  • 21
    Made the almond butter this morning. Very good, but rather hard on my 30 yr. old Cuisinart food processor, but it did a great job.
    Is there a processor that would do it better? - 9/30/2012   11:29:08 AM
  • 20
    I don't buy nut butters, and very seldom eat peanut butter. - 9/29/2012   4:48:31 PM
  • 19
    What is the contaminent? Is it the nuts or the processing of the nuts that brings on the contaminent.
    If the nuts are bad; won't they still be bad, even if we make our own?
    I have a nut butter processor, when I heard of the contaminated nuts...my question was..where did they come from, are they local or from another country?
    **contaminated spinach came from California** - 9/29/2012   11:59:12 AM
  • 18
    Thanks for the warning and the information.
    DH is the only eater here, for peanut butter - so our tub is way too early for this recall.
    I prefer my nuts as a nut, for a snack on the occasional day I'm looking for a snack. - 9/28/2012   4:36:25 PM
  • 17
    Such a disappointment--I love Archer Farms nut butters and I was going to buy a bunch as a congratulatory gift for a friend who finished her first triathalon this past weekend. She loves nut butters and eats them as part of an acceptable treat for her training program. I eat them, too, as a recovery snack and treat. - 9/28/2012   11:11:24 AM
  • PEACENCARROTS
    16
    I will have to try making my own nut butters. It is scary that some aren't safe. I am glad this article has the specific lists of the nut butter brands. I didn't know Target's was one. - 9/28/2012   9:06:53 AM
  • 15
    I cannot have nut butters in my house. I am totally addicted to them. They really call out to me! I like the recipes and some day will make my own. Have a new Vitamix blender that I heard makes yummy nut butters. I love using turmeric and ginger..it really helps inflammation in my arthritis. I never thought to add it to nuts. Thx. - 9/28/2012   2:46:18 AM
  • 14
    I Normally Eat Maranatha Almond Butter And It's Delicious. I Haven't Had Any In A While, But I Believe I'm Going To Try And Make My Own. This Is Too Easy! I Spend 5 Bucks A Jar(At Wal-Mart)...It's That Good! - 9/28/2012   1:12:55 AM
  • 13
    I've never tried making my own nut butters. I'm going to try it this week. - 9/27/2012   11:34:20 PM
  • 12
    We get Trader Joe's creamy peanut butter, Adam's old fashioned creamy peanut butter, Archer Farms creamy peanut butter, and Open Nature depending on the place of purchase. Peanuts themselves can be contaminated also. - 9/27/2012   9:51:42 PM
  • 11
    Thankfully haven't bought any of those nut butters (at least not recently).

    As to the question of how, the most simple answer is that somehow somewhere in the manufacturing facility after the point the nuts were roasted and before the containers were sealed, contamination occurred. Ideally everything is kept clean, but when you think about the volume being processed, the tiniest amount of contamination can be spread through a large amount of the product.

    Salmonella is common in the guts of animals and is easily spread in water that comes in contact with their poop. Rainfall on the roof of a plant could pick salmonella up from bird droppings then an unknown leak drips onto something, splatters a little, and voila - enough contaminant to spread.

    Doesn't matter if the plant's sanitizing procedures are followed to the letter - from that moment of unexpected contact until the equipment is next scheduled to be cleaned, the contamination spreads through anything that passes through. Now, yes, for some plants it is very poor handling. But for others there may be no idea how it actually happened, just that it did happen to batches created between certain days and times - so everything between those must be recalled. - 9/27/2012   3:21:31 PM
  • 10
    just great how do these things happen?? - 9/27/2012   2:21:40 PM
  • 9
    I just buy Smucker's peanut butter and that is it. Those other ones are to high price for me, - 9/27/2012   1:37:21 PM
  • 8
    WOW ! I'm surprized that Trader Joe's is on the list. I have had their peanut butter before. I usually buy Teddie's Old Fashioned Natural Peanut Butter - crunchy. it's wonderful. no additives or anything. just peanuts and salt.

    - 9/27/2012   1:33:19 PM
  • CEEECEE
    7
    Thanks for the info Stepfanie. I didn't realise nut butters were so easy to make. I will definitely try this for my favourite breakfast spread! - 9/27/2012   1:28:55 PM
  • 6
    Thanks - perfect timing - 9/27/2012   12:47:45 PM
  • DEL-AND-COMPANY
    5
    I learn something new everyday and this day it is that I need to try pumpkin seed "butter". Sounds great! - 9/27/2012   9:36:32 AM
  • RACEWELLWON
    4
    I think I will try with Pumpkin Seeds. Mmmmm - 9/27/2012   9:24:21 AM
  • 3
    I bought the Ninja just to make nut butters. I use it for everything, but I LOVE the homemade nut butters. Besides saving money, you know exactly what is going in to it, and there is no end to what you can do!! - 9/27/2012   8:54:28 AM
  • 2
    This is right on time. I have wanted to try other nut butters, but they are so expensive in the grocery stores. This is great. I will be trying to make my own really soon. Yay! - 9/27/2012   8:45:52 AM
  • 1
    thank you it is amazing what we can do to make healthy food if we have the time and the no how. Plus save money too. - 9/27/2012   7:40:49 AM

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