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Why You Should Make Homemade Nut Butters and Recipes

By Fredrica Syren:

Nut butters are so versatile and can be used in a nut butter sandwich for a quick lunch, or as a snack with apple slices or veggie sticks. I even use nut butters for homemade desserts and creamy soups. When I was growing up, there were only two kinds of nut butters: peanut and Nutella — and neither of them were particularly healthy. Today you can find all kinds of nut butters on the market — almond, tahini, sunflower, cashew and even raw Nutella. The problems with buying nut butters are either they are quite pricy, or they are made with unhealthy oils or questionable ingredients.

With three kids and two adults who love nut butters but try to eat heathy on a budget, I finally started making my own nut and seed butters in order to save money, make sure they are healthful, and reduce waste.

The reasons for making your own nut and seed butters are as follows:

  • It saves money.
  • You know exactly what’s in it.
  • It reduces waste.
  • You make all kinds of fun flavored butters you might not find in a store.

Here are my favorite nut butter recipes:

Homemade Nutella — My kids’ personal favorite

  • 2 cups of raw hazelnuts
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Agave nectar to taste to make it as sweet as desired

Preheat oven for F350

Roast hazelnuts on a cookie sheet for about 12-15 minutes.  This will warm the natural oils and loosen the skins, making it easier to blend into butter.

Place nuts in large kitchen towel and use hands to rub off skins. Try to get off as much of the skin as possible since the skin will make the butter slightly bitter. Some skin will still stay on, so they do not have to be perfect.

\Place nuts in a food processor and begin mixing. This will take some time and, from time to time, you must stop and scrape down the sides. Eventually the natural oils will release and the magic happens. Voila! You have a perfect, creamy nut butter.

While the nuts are mixing, it’s time to melt the chocolate. You do that by heating the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Set aside.

Once nuts are creamy and runny, add salt, melted chocolate and some agave if you want that, and blend until completely mixed. Pour into a jar and enjoy!

Strawberry Flavored Cashew Butter

  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped out and used
  • 2 tsp. agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. strawberry powder

Preheat oven to F325.

Roast cashews on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes. Add nuts, salt and vanilla to food processor, and blend. This will take a few minutes, and you will need to scrape down sides a couple of times. Once it’s creamy and smooth, add agave and pour into a jar.

Sunflower Seed Butter — If you have a nut allergy, you can make sunflower seed butter. It tastes amazing.

https://detoxinista.com/how-to-make-sunflower-seed-butter-oil-free/

Almond Butter — You can never go wrong with almond butter. This recipe has cinnamon in it, and that’s a marriage made in heaven.

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-natural-toasted-almond-butter/

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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