Sometime last year, I had this great recipe idea that required macadamia nut butter. As it turned out, pure macadamia nut butter was a tad harder to find than I had anticipated. Eventually I did stumble upon some, but I could have saved so much time and travels had I just bought the nuts and made my own. Hind sight is 20/20, eh?
There were a few failed attempts before my first successful batch of nut butter. The recipe itself didn’t fail (there is no actual recipe to fail), it was completely my fault. Had I known, however, what to look for and expect , those batches would have tuned out just fine. So for all you nut butter enthusiasts (I know you’re out there ;-)), here’s my little guide to DIY nut butter… or seed butter, there’s no reason they can’t work too.
Which nut or seed butter is your favorite?
DIY Nut Butter
A couple of things to know before we get started…
The nuts and your machine may become warm during this process. Don’t worry, this is normal.
This might seem obvious, but if you’re nuts are in shells, remove them.
It’s not essential, but I prefer the flavour of toasted nuts (instructions here). If you decide to toast your nuts, allow them to cool before processing.
2 1/2 cups of nuts will yield approximately 1 cup of nut butter. It’s ok to double or even triple the amount, but processing time will increase with the work load.
Let’s make some butter!…
Place nuts in food processor and start blending.
The contents will go through four distinctive stages.
First it will look like chopped nuts.
Quickly followed by the second stage, when it becomes nut flour. At this time, stop the machine and add salt if wanted. (I add 1/4 teaspoon for every 2 1/2 cups of flour).
Turn the machine back on and watch for stage three (be patient, it might take a while), when the flour clumps into a ball or mass. At this point, it kind of looks like the solid layer of separated nut butter. Keep blending.
The forth stage (when the butter is done), will be smooth and liquidly.
It take about 10 -12 minutes of processing time to get to the final product. Don’t give up!
Store your nut butter in the refrigerator.
Mix and match nuts to create your own butter variations. Get creative and have fun!