Naturally Nutty Nut Butters

Mmmm! Nut butter! Photo Credit: SXC
Since I was a kid, I've loved peanut butter. The creamy spread showed up on apples for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and on a spoon as a snack.

As an adult peanut butter has become a staple in my vegetarian diet. But, I no longer opt for the sugar-filled, sodium-added extra creamy varieties. I go for pure nut butters. The ingredient list is simple: nuts.

Never heard of nut butters? Well, practically any nut can me pureed, blended and ground down into a smooth creamy paste. My personal favorites are cashew butter and almond butter.

I've also experimented with seeds and made sunflower seed butter using my food processor. The butter was delicious, but strong, so a little goes a long way!

Have you ever made your own nut butters? How do you like to eat them?

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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20 comments:

  1. I've never made my own because I don't have a food processor, but I much prefer straight up real peanut butter than the other stuff. It's just not peanut'y' enough.

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    1. I agree! Once you try the "pure" stuff, you can never go back to junky peanut butter! ~Angela

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  2. We're going to have to give this one a try...I love peanut butter! :)

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    1. Go for it!! Work slowly and add a little oil as you go if it's not "moist" enough. It all depends on how fresh the nuts are! Have fun! ~Angela

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  3. I never see them (other nut butters) in the stores Angela. I'd rather eat the nuts whole but my mom would probably love it to spread on celery or crackers.

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    1. HI Jen! If you don't see them near the peanut butter, look in the "healthy foods" sections. I see them in both places. Usually there's a better variety in the "organic area". Good luck! ~Angela

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  4. I love peanut butter so much I named my blog after it! My daughter has just started making her own pb. It's delicious!!
    Connie
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. Yes!! I knew you'd like this post! LOL! And homemade peanut butter is the best! ~Angela

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  5. I like pumpkin seed butter. I mix it in milk with honey and use it as a sleep aid.

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    1. Woah! That sounds yummy! I love pumpkin seeds. Thanks for the idea! ~Angela

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  6. I'm a fan of nut butters too--hazelnut is one of my faves.
    Jagoda

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    1. I have never had hazelnut butter but will have to keep an eye out for it. Of course I love Nutella, which is not exactly hazelnut butter, but hey, they're in there!! LOL! ~Angela

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  7. I have never made my own Angela. I recently tried the sunflower butter and loved it. You are right that it is strong on the flavor but quite good. Almond butter is great too.

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    1. Almond butter is amazing!!! I just wish it didn't cost so much! ~Angela

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  8. We love nut butter, too. Last month I made almond butter for the first time. It was yummy!

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    1. Good for you! It's easy to make if you have a lot of nuts on hand! ~Angela

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  9. A friend at work just found out about their gluten allergy. Made me think about eating healthier. Great blog! Lots of fantastic information.

    Hugs!

    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Valerie! I am also gluten sensitive so I write about it often. Tell your friend to stop by and browse the archives! I hope you pick up a few fun ideas too! ~Angela

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  10. I love nut butters! Cashew and Almond are two of my faves as well. I think I've tried them all. Huge fan here. :)

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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    1. They are so tasty! I feel bad for anyone who hasn't ventured beyond peanut butter! LOL! ~Angela

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