Making your own nut butter is probably the easiest thing to do. All you need is a Vitamix blender and nuts of your choice. Once you make your own nut butter you will never go back to making store bought nut butter again. There is no need to add salt, sugar or any shelf stabilizers when making your own nut butter. Sometimes, I will add a bit of cinnamon and a little honey if I want my nut butter to be sweet. The recipe I share with you below, is for just plain, nut butter, which is my favourite.
I use raw nuts and roast my nuts in the oven for 10 minutes, I then allow it to cool before blending. The reason why you heat you nuts prior to blending is the heat allows the nuts to release oil. This allows the nuts to be ground into butter easily and creates a delicious nutty tasting butter.
Once you have made your nut butter, store in airtight containers in the fridge and consume within a month. In our house, nut butter lasts maximum for a week. Because we eat it over anything and everything - as you can see from the pictures below we eat it with crackers and rice cakes - great as a snack!
But my most favourite way to eat nut butter is on bread topped with pomegranate seeds. O.M.G. the most delicious - the nutty flavour of the butter, the sweet and tangy pomegranate seeds, on top of thick sourdough bread hits all the right spots. There is no better comfort food for me that this.
Patience is key when making nut butter. I prefer almond butter over any other nut butter and I prefer using raw almonds when making my almond butter. I have never tried making nut butter in any other blender other than the Vitamix. You need a tamper to push down the almonds as it goes from becoming powder to paste and then a rich creamy butter. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make your own nut butter.
Vitamix Almond Butter
Here's a simple easy recipe to make nut butter in your Vitamix. All you need is one ingredient. I'm making almond butter so the one ingredient is almonds.
- 4 cups raw almonds
Turn oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit
To a baking sheet add 4 cups unsalted almonds spread evenly, heat for 10 minutes .
Remove almonds from baking sheet immediately so the almonds don’t continue to cook. Allow almonds to cool.
Once cooled, place almonds in the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Start blending on low and then increase to the highest speed. The almonds will first become powdery, continue to blend and push down with the tamper. This can take a minute or so. Once your almonds start turning into a paste turn off the machine and push down the almond paste from the sides of the blender container.
Close the lid again and continue to blend pushing down with the tamper until your almonds are creamy and smooth.
Store in airtight containers in the fridge and consume within a month
Note: Once you have removed all the almond butter from the Vitamix container, don't wash your container, instead, make a fruit and almond butter smoothie. I use frozen or fresh fruit and almond milk and blend all the left over butter sticking to the Vitamix container and I get a delicious smoothie.