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.

Homemade Nut Butter and Seed Butter

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!

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.

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.

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?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

    • Yes, I have and it works but you need to use the twister jar and you can only make about 2 cups at a time. I can do 1.5 pounds in the vitamix. Hope that helps.