If you have gone grocery shopping lately and been down the aisle where you find peanut butter, you probably couldn’t help but notice the large number of "healthy" nut butters that are turning up on the shelves. Along with your everyday peanut butters, you can find almond, cashew and walnut butters that at first glance, might appear to be a healthy alternative to the peanut butter you normally buy. Indeed they all have amazing flavours, however, like commercial peanut butter, many share a very similar problem: they are mass produced and filled with excess sugar, salt and some form of oil that is not necessarily extracted from the nuts used to make the butter. However, the good news is that you can make your own nut butters at home using a food processor and from a few simple ingredients.
One thing to keep in mind is that while it is healthier to buy raw nuts and roast them yourself, buying nuts that have already been roasted is fine as well. For the sake of simplicity let us assume that you have purchased raw nuts and go from there.
Blend in food processor until the texture is creamy; it can take a full ten minutes or more, but when finished you will have approximately one half cup of pure almond butter. You will need to scrape down the sides from time to time and if your processor seems to be struggling, you can add a small amount of vegetable oil to help make the mixture more blender friendly.
Toss the raw, unshelled peanuts in a bowl and coat them with peanut oil and roast at 175C/350F for around 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Cool and remove them from the shells. Toss in the blender and grind them up. If needed, you can add a little more peanut oil to make your peanut butter smoother and then add the honey and sea salt to adjust to your tastes. Nothing could be easier and the results are incredible, you will find yourself wondering why there are so many additives in your commercial peanut butter.
What could be better than combining the low fat healthy taste of roasted almonds with chocolate that is good for your heart? Simply roast the almonds at 200C/390F for about 5-10 minutes until the skins start to peel. Cool them off and remove the skins. Place in your blender and create your butter, just like you did to make almond butter. However, this one has a kicker; as you grind up the hazelnuts, add one or two tablespoons of chocolate syrup to the mix.
There is nothing more fun or tastier than making your own nut butters. Not only are they better for the health of you and your family, they taste absolutely delicious. You can alter the flavours by adding things like cinnamon to the mix, the choices are endless and only limited by your imagination.
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