Nothing’s better than some creamy nut (or seed) butter on a hearty piece of toast or whipped up into a smoothie. They’re also lovely dolloped on top of oatmeal, and make for one mean base in energy bars and bites! Sadly, their appreciation is also recognized at the store through high prices, unless you buy those cheap options laced with scary ingredients. Chemicals and refined sugar in our nut butters? No thanks! Let’s take nut butter back to the basics of what it should be: creamy, fresh, and not so sticky that it could sit on a shelf for two years without going bad. Luckily, real nut butter is easy to make at home yourself and so much cheaper than those raw and organic varieties at the store (that we admit, we do love wholeheartedly).
If you have a food processor or a high-speed blender, you can make these recipe below. Even small blenders like a Magic Bullet or Nutribullet that also act like a mini food processor will get the job done too. Give these recipes a shot — plant-based eating has never been the same!
1. Vanilla Maple Cashew Butter
Cashew butter is one of the creamiest, mildest, yet most amazing nut butters out there. It’s perfect where you want a hint of sweetness and nuttiness without it being too overwhelming. In this recipe, vanilla and maple are added to turn up the sweetness just a little, yet unlike refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, they improve the taste naturally without being too sticky sweet! Maple syrup offers up some antioxidants and vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac, which makes this recipe a great nut butter to keep on hand for something special. Pair it with apples, oatmeal, add it to a smoothie, or use it as a dip for fruit skewers — you’re gonna love it!
2. Homemade Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is cheap enough to buy at the store and of course, it’s easy to find. But have you seen the list of ingredients in most peanut butter products? Hydrogenated oils, evaporated cane juice (sugar), palm oil, and so much sodium! We don’t need to cover up the delicious taste of peanuts with all that now, do we? A high-quality peanut butter requires one ingredient: organic peanuts. And guess what? You can make it at home yourself in a jiffy! Here’s how.
3. Homemade Walnut Butter
Walnuts are one of the best source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and are also a good source of B vitamins and antioxidants. They’re also oily to the touch, so they cream up beautifully into nut butter. Try to use organic walnuts if you can, since they’re one of the top nuts to be sprayed with pesticides. Walnut butter is rich, creamy, and goes perfectly in oatmeal, smoothies, on sprouted grain bread, whole grain or seed-based crackers, or it can be blended with some water to make your very own walnut milk! Try this easy recipe if you’ve never had walnut butter before; you’ll love it!
4. Homemade Vegan Nutella
Yes! Good things do happen — you can have Nutella without the refined sugar and skim milk used in the traditional recipe. Vegan Nutella is easy to make with simple ingredients. The star, roasted hazelnuts, only need to be mixed with a few other simple, healthy ingredients to taste even better than the original -— which is pretty hard to beat! Spread this on anything you like or eat it out of the jar, whatever works!
5. Simple and Delicious Cashew Butter
For a simple, but still incredible cashew recipe, just use roasted or raw cashews and blend them in your food processor. Cashew butter is a good source of iron, vitamin B6, healthy fats, and magnesium. It’s one of the best nut butters for anxious afternoons or tedious mornings, thanks to it’s natural anti-anxiety nutrient composition. It’s also a fantastic option for digestion since it’s one of the easiest-to-tolerate nuts of all. Give it a try with this simple, but delicious recipe!
6. Raw Almond Butter
A classic loved by plant-based eaters everywhere, almond butter is possibly the most popular nut butter out there aside from peanut butter. Once only popular with those allergic to peanuts, it’s now found in the fridge and pantries of nut butter lovers far and wide. And with its delicious sweet and nutty flavor profile, almond butter is a no-brainer to make at home yourself. Have you seen the prices of the high-quality stuff at the store!? You can avoid sticker shock by just investing in some raw almonds from the bulk section of your local health food store and keeping them in your fridge or freezer for months to make your own almond butter for less than half the cost. Just be sure to soak your nuts overnight so they’ll blend up easier.
7. Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter
The classic flavor combination of cinnamon and raisins is hardly one to be reckoned with. Something truly magical happens when raisins’ sweetness and natural juicy texture meets cinnamon’s warming, subtly sweet spiciness. Add creamy walnuts to the mix and you’re destined for breakfast nirvana! Try spreading this nut butter on sprouted grain cinnamon raisin bread (or regular sprouted grain bread) just slightly warmed for a morning that will have you feeling like a kid again ready to take on your day!
8. Homemade Coconut Butter
Raw coconut butter is quite possibly heaven on a spoon! Rich, buttery, dairy-free, and amazing for the brain and body thanks to the MCT fats found in coconut, it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures and easiest recipes to make. Coconut butter can be made in a food processor or a high-speed blender by using raw coconut shreds or adding a tablespoon of coconut oil with the shreds to help it blend easier. Unlike other nut butters, coconut’s fats are shelf stable and will not turn rancid in your pantry. Making your own can save you almost 75 percent more than what you’ll pay at the store. Give it a try, and see some unique ways to use it with these coconut hacks!
9. Hazelnut Butter
So maybe you just aren’t in the mood for chocolate nut butter, which leaves Vegan Nutella out of the picture. That’s okay, we get it — some days (especially most mornings) just aren’t when chocolate cravings come calling. Try plain hazelnut butter instead; it’s just as delicious, but simple, nuttier, and a bit more creamy. Hazelnut butter is also a great source of vitamin E, iron, zinc, amino acids, and is a good source of fiber. Plus, it’s one of the most overlooked nuts when it comes to a high antioxidant content. Give this recipe a shot, which you can easily add chocolate to later for instant Nutella in minutes!
10. Nut Butter Alternatives: Seed Butters
You can use seeds such as hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds to make all kinds of delicious seed-based butters in replacement to nut-based butters. This is great for those that have a nut allergy, or are just looking for more protein (since seeds are high in protein than most nuts). Seeds are also a great source of zinc, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, B vitamins, and amino acids. (They normally have more fiber as well.) You can buy seed butters at the store, but they are much cheaper to make yourself. Give these a try by just placing the seeds in your food processor or high-speed blender. Then mix or process them until you get a nice and thick buttery spread.
Now that you have an arsenal of recipes to try, check out these 10 Delectable Ways to Use Nut Butter for even more ideas!
Lead Image Source: Raw Hazelnut Butter