Homemade Nut and Seed Butter

Homemade Almond Butter. Or Sunflower Seed Butter. Or Pecan Butter. Make your own Homemade Nut Butters and save TONS of money over store prices. They taste better too!

One of the best tips I have for saving money on special diets is to make most of your own foods from scratch. We pretty much make everything here–Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Homemade Rice Milk, Homemade Jello, Homemade Ketchup, salad dressingLiquid Stevia Drops, Homemade Baking Powder, Homemade Powdered Sweetener, and Homemade Protein Bars.

Am I crazy?  Not sure, but it sure helps us save money.

One of our favorite things to make homemade is nut butter

Nut butters and seed butters are great spread on things like my Super Quick Drop Biscuits or Gluten-Free Wraps.

Or eaten on a spoon.  A large spoon :-).

I use butters in my Almond Butter Truffles and I soon hope to post a Cookie Dough Truffle that we love !!!

But until you’ve made your own Homemade Almond Butter (or any of those other butters), you really haven’t tasted anything yet.

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Nut Butter and Seed Butter Tips:

1.  If you’re eating Jif, switching to a nut butter without trans fats and sugar is a great step in the right direction.  But…. did you know that a lot of almonds are pasteurized with a chemical called PPO, which is engine fuel – Ick, right?)

2.  Making your own butters from seeds and nuts that are soaked and dried in a dehydrator is better still.

3.  The healthiest nut and seed butter is made by purchasing organic seeds and/or nuts and then grinding them into butter yourself.  But that gets pricey.  Here’s what I do.

We do purchase organic sunflower seeds, but most of our other nuts (macadamias, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans) are all conventional.  We haven’t chosen to spend our money on going organic with all of these items at this time.  We can only do so much.

There are other methods for making the butters, but I don’t think you can match the Vitamix for consistency, convenience and speed.  I know some of you like other blenders, but for me, Vitamix is the answer.  I’d love to hear if anyone has success otherwise, however.

I’ve read about using a food processor to make nut butters, but I heard from another reader who was trying to make almond butter in her Viking Food Processor (the same one that I have :-)) and it wasn’t working.  I’ve read many similar comments on the internet as well.  When it does work, it usually takes 13-15 minutes.  Compare that to about 2 minutes in the Vitamix.  That’s one reason I’m sold on this machine.

If you don’t have a Vitamix yet, please don’t give up on making nut butters.  I just think that the food processor method will be frustrating as a long term solution.  [I just actually ran up to the kitchen to try making sunflower seed butter in my professional food processor, and after blending for about 5 minutes, it still is not done :-(.  The mixture has now made its way into my Vitamix blender and will soon be smooth.]

UPDATE:  I am currently test driving the Blend-Tec as well.  Hopefully I’ll have an update soon but Vitamix has a new model too.

 

TIPS:

1.  To save on cleaning time, I typically make 2 batches of nut or seed butter at a time and sometimes more.  That way I only have to clean the blender container out once.  You know – I love to cook, but the clean up part?  Not so much.

2.  And here’s a great money saving idea:

After you are done making the butter, fill your blender up with about 3-5 cups of clean water.  Then turn the blender on high speed and let it run for about 1 minute.

The result: Dairy-free Nut or seed milk (great for those with food allergies) that you can use in your tea, coffee (or coffee substitute), or for baking as you wish!  It won’t be as thick as regular nut or seed milk, but if you wish to add some more nuts/seeds you can.  Then blend for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Have you seen the prices on almond milk in the grocery store???  You just saved about $2.50!

Fresh ground almond butter, peanut butter, and for those of you with peanut allergies who have been buying Sunbutter, have you looked at the price of that stuff?  – $30 for 6 pounds on Amazon?!  I get organic sunflower seeds for about $1.50 per pound.  That’s some serious savings.  Add some natural sweetener to the blender and make your own.

You can substitute nut and seed butters pretty freely in recipes.  There will be some texture changes, but I am not a recipe purist I started out trying to be one, but my stress level benefits when I realize that — newsflash — I am not perfect.  I do the best I can.

When you make the butters in the Vitamix, you may find it necessary to, add a bit of liquid oil (I prefer mild flavored olive) to the blender in order to facilitate blending.  I don’t typically find this necessary, but pumpkin seeds and almonds tend to be quite dry.

Homemade Nut and Seed Butter
 
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Recipe type: DIY Foods
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put nuts or seeds into a high-powered blender or food processor. If your seeds and nuts have been soaked in salt water, then you will not need to add salt to the mixture. Otherwise...
  2. Add ½ tsp salt
  3. Add sweetener if desired.
  4. If needed, add a little mild oil to the nuts to assist in blending.
  5. Process the nuts or seeds according the manufacturer's instructions.
That's it!
    If you are working with a food processor, simply put all of your ingredients into the bowl of your processor and start mixing. Keep it going for up to 12-15 minutes. You will need to stop occasionally to push the mixture down off the sides of the bowl, and you may need to add liquid oil, but you will supposedly end up with a butter at the end.

      More Money-Saving Whole Foodie Ideas:

      Easiest Almond Milk
      Easiest Coconut Milk
      Homemade Coconut Butter
      Easiest Sun-Dried Tomatoes
      DIY Powdered Egg Replacer
      Powdered Sugar Substitute

      And make sure you read why there might be Engine Fuel on Your Almonds.  It’s a must read.  Yes – I said “engine fuel”.  Sheesh.

      What kind of nut or seed butters does your family eat?

      These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.

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      1. Also I do not use vitamix or above mentioned processors.. but in India I’m using a 1100mAmph processor.and the small jar as it’s small batches.

      2. Hi.. I tried nut butter at home.. but turned out very dry and doughy.. so demotivated coz I expected something like your pics..
        What do you think may be issue..
        If it helps I tried very less quantity and added cocoa powder honey coconut oil to it..
        plz helpp.. I want a smooth creamy butter desparately. I tried almond hazel and peanut ..similar results 🙁

        • Hello there. It might be the kind of nut you used? Sometimes the texture of mine turns out differently. You could add some oil like coconut oil to it which might help. Hope that is helpful.

      3. I made pumpkinseed butter in July about a month ago and placed the jars in the fridge. How long will it last before going bad? I think it has been almost a month? Can it go rancid and if so will it taste bad?

        • Hi there. I’m sorry but I don’t make shelf life claims. It can for sure go rancid. I would think you would smell a rancid oil smell first. I have had mine in the fridge for over a month and haven’t noticed an issue. Hope that helps!

      4. What model Vitamix works best for making nut butter?

      5. Hi I have not used nut butters for baking please advise what to look out for in store bought butters for baking. Our 6mth old grand daughter is lactose intollerent, so mummy has gone dairy free since she’s breast feeding. I have made cakes with oil & fruit juices or water but want to make nutty crispy crunchy cookies/biscuits. Will appreciate any simple tried & tested biscuit recipes. Eggless will be most welcome. Many thanks

      6. Struggling to find Safe Foods says:

        Hello! We are struggling with half a dozen recently diagnosed food allergies in my little guy. One of them is coconut. We have always used coconut oil in our nut butters. I am not sure what other oils might work for this. Any suggestions? Thanks!

        • Hi there. I do not use any oils in my nut or seed butters. Only occasionally have I found that I needed to do that. Palm could work or possibly avocado oil. Sorry about the new allergy!

      7. My mango seeds won’t grind all the way maybe it is this cheap blender but I finally got it to tiny tiny micro pieces but they won’t melt completely so my butter is gritty. I have tried so many ways to get it to melt down and it just won’t do it. It sat is a melting pot for 40mins. I even put it back in the blender to blend then i put it in my mixer to whip still nothing. Mango Seeds are the hardest ever! I just don’t understand why it won’t melt completely. Have you ever worked with mango seeds?

      8. Do you have any suggestions in using a Ninja for making the nut butters?

      9. Hey! Have you ever tried to make mango butter? I have a lot of mango seeds and I for sure wanted to make mango butter for hair but I don’t know how and I read somewhere that it’s really good for hair. Thank you!

      10. Could you tell me where and how you purchase Organic Sunflower seeds? $1.50/lb. is a great price, and we may be interested in bulk purchasing if that’s the way you get that price.
        Thanks,
        Michael

      11. Hi! I want to know if you tried making butter in the BlendTec yet. I have a BlendTec and I find that it does not work for smoothies unless I add ‘plenty’ of liquid, to the point where it’s a liquiddy milk-shake rather than a smoothie. Before I try it, I’m wondering if you were successful with making nut butter.

        Thank you

      12. I forgot to say that I added a little coconut oil and a little sunflower oil. Both are mild.

      13. I made some sunbutter in my new Kitchenaid food processor the other day and it only took a couple of minutes, including scraping down the bowl. I thought it was much easier and faster than using my Vitamix, which is hard to scrape out of.

      14. Do you have a recipe for homemade tahini? I have one but i can’t get it blended. It calls for 4 cups of sesame seeds Bake 10 mins cool But in vitamix with 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil. Any suggestions?

      15. Katarina Squillace says:

        Hello! I have made my first almond butter in Vitamix and I have to say it didn’t looked like butter ( I didn’t add any oil to it, which I’ll include next time), but the problem is that Vitamix overheats the nut butter while making it. The almond butter I acquired is not raw product anymore!

        • Sometimes my butters are thinner than others and I don’t know why. Must be the moisture content of them. As for the rawness, I have never measured the temp of the butter but I would assume it gets hotter than 115. You could try making it in small spurts and that would likely reduce the temp.