You've hit upon the very same two reasons I had trouble: impatience with the process and a machine that really couldn't handle the load.
I found a lot of helpful tips on line too, but I haven't tried again yet. However, you and the folks who've responded have spurred me to re-think giving it another go.
Thanks for posting this topic and best of success to you!
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I used to make peanut butter and cashew butter in a Vitamix. That's a heavy duty machine and so could make a lot at once in a few minutes, but have to tamp it down periodically to make sure it all got into the blades. Vitamix supplied a regular dowel for doing this.
My allergy cookbooks in the olden days always said nut and seed butters could be made in a normal blender but only small amounts at once. Most require addition of a little oil to process, peanuts and cashews are exceptions. There should be plenty of recipes on the web now. Use search terms like nut butter blender recipe. Those little blenders that can handle ice might be up to job also, my little Tribest almost does it by mistake when I try to grind nuts in it...
Have you looked at any blogs online? Iíve never made it before (though Iíd love to try), but a quick google search gave me a lot of recipes from nutrition bloggers. I tend to go with ones that have pictures, and positive feedback in the comment sections. Iíve had a lot of success making new recipes this way (especially trying different homemade granola).
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