With just a small serving of nuts, we can get a ton of nutrients that we need in order to stay healthy and energetic all day long. Aside from eating them raw, we suggest using them to make homemade nut butters as well for delicious toasts, sandwiches and starters.
In this article, you’ll find out all about the nut butters that you can make in addition to how to get the most out of them and enjoy their flavors.
Which nut butters are the best?
We have a wide variety of nuts at our disposal. However, the most common are the following:
Walnuts are delicious nuts that are wonderful for preventing cardiovascular diseases, improving our mood as well as combating nervous breakdowns, stress and depression.
Also, walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain.
Hazelnuts are characterized by their capacity to regulate blood sugar levels.
They’re rich in folic acid and fiber, which is why they’re often recommended for pregnant women and people who suffer from constipation. Hazelnuts have one of the best flavors that make for great nut butters.
Almonds prevent kidney stones as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s from developing. They also reduce cholesterol levels.
These nuts have a high calcium content, which is why they’re a great remedy in cases of osteoporosis. They’re great for athletes as well as pregnant women, including those who are breastfeeding.
We recommend that you read: Benefits of Almond Milk
The keys to making nut butters
Nuts release their own oils as we grind them to make nut butters. However, we can add a little more oil into the mix in order to make their preparation easier. We’ll also end up with a creamier recipe by doing so.
One of the better oils that we can reach for is extra-virgin coconut oil. It has a soft, pleasant flavor and offers a good amount of healthy fats.
A touch of flavor
Another way to enjoy our nut butters is by combining the ingredients and adding others to discover surprising flavors.
- Cacao, vanilla or cinnamon always give good results that please everyone.
- For example, mixing (toasted) hazelnuts and cacao will remind us of a famous chocolate spread.
- We can also decide what to add depending on if we lean more towards sweeter or savory nut butters.
A food processor
In order to prepare nut butters, we need a food processor that’s able to blend nuts for several minutes without stopping.
We could use other similar appliances, like blenders, but we’d have to be a bit more patient with them and make sure not to burn them out.
- 4 cups of desired raw nuts (400 g)
- ½ cup of extra-virgin coconut oil (90 g)
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt (10 g)
- Natural flavors as needed (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao)
- Sweetener as needed (honey, agave syrup)
Note: Nut butters should be made with a considerable amount of nuts so that the food processor functions correctly.
- First things first, we should activate the nuts. In other words, in order to make them easier to work and easier to digest, we need to soak them for several hours before processing them. The ideal soaking time is 8 hours.
- Optionally, we can also toast the nuts in the oven.
- Place the drained nuts in the processor along with the oil and salt.
- Process the mixture for 10 minutes. At first, the blades will grind the nuts and the resulting nut flour will slowly release oil.
- Pause the processor occasionally in order to avoid overworking it (if we see that it’s necessary). Pausing will also allow us to clean the sides of the processor.
- The end result is a super creamy nut butter that we can jazz up in any way we’d like with natural flavors and sweeteners.
- Store it an air-tight jar in the fridge for a maximum of two weeks.
Want to enjoy your nut butters on the next level?
- Fill some dates or plums with a nut butter.
- Spread it on fruit slices, like pineapples, bananas or apples.
- Make your sandwiches more interesting.
- Use it to fill cookies or madeleines.
- Multiply the benefits of your smoothies or yogurts.