Homemade Nut Butter

5 Mar

JWD and I are fed up.

We are fed up with all of the plastic containers, and packages, and bottles, and jars. Our recycling bin is constantly overflowing with packaging. Hummus containers, peanut butter tubs, salsa jars, and the list goes on.

Enough is enough.

One step at a time, we are going to reduce our packaging consumption.

Starting with a favorite…

nut butter.

Mmmm…

Homemade Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1tsp. honey

How To:

  • Pour peanuts into a food processor
  • Blend. This will take about 5 minutes (maybe a little more) to get it smooth. Intermittently stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl.
  • Add the salt and honey and blend again until incorporated.
  • Fill a jar (preferably reused) with your delicious homemade peanut butter.

 

 

Before…

Whirrrrrr.

 

After…

 

creamy goodness + salt + honey

 

 

oh.

my.

word.

 

I thought this peanut butter was the bees knees– the best thing to ever hit my lips.

Until…

Until I made this.

 

Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used vegan chocolate chips. This amount can be adjusted depending on just how chocolaty you want it to be.)
  • 1 tsp. coconut butter (I think other types of oil/butter would also work)
  • a pinch of salt

How To:

  • Pour almonds into a food processor and blend until smooth. This takes a long time (about 10-15 minutes), but it is worth the wait I promise you this.
  • Don’t forget to intermittently stop the processor and scrape down the sides of the bowl. You will have to do this many times (about 5-8), but it is worth the effort I promise you this.
  • Meanwhile place the chocolate chips, coconut butter, and salt in a dish and microwave until melted (about 30 sec-1 min).
  • When the almonds turn into a smooth paste, add the melted chocolate to the bowl and blend until incorporated.
  • If you can resist eating it all directly out of the food processor bowl, fill a jar (preferably reused) with your homemade dark chocolate almond butter.

Blend the almonds.

Don’t be alarmed, at first it will sound like a fight broke out inside the food processor.

 

Not quite…

 

*Tip* Sip tea while you wait. Patience is a virtue.

 

Little kitties are not fond of the noise that accompanies nut butter making. The neighbors probably aren’t either.

 

Now we’re talkin’! Just a few minutes longer…

 

Once it’s smooth, add le chocolat

 

Blend. *Swoon*

 

 

I will never buy nut butter again.

*I have doubled both of these recipes and they turn out beautifully

 

Note to self: Must make blogging a top priority in my busy schedule.

Sorry for the long hiatus, friends. I’ve missed you dearly.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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3 Responses to “Homemade Nut Butter”

  1. emily March 5, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    umm….delish!!! What a fantastic idea. I think that I’m going to make this asap. 🙂 Maybe the chocolate version first?!

  2. Mom March 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    This looks soooo yummy!! I need a good food processor. BTW……Gracie is getting so big. She’s going to out grow her brother soon. 🙂
    Love you!

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