How To Make Nut Butter At Home The Easy Way
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A ccording to the Economic Research Service, retail sales of organic food items in American stores doubled between 1994 to 2014.
The Washington Post also reaffirmed that the country’s appetite for almonds and related products has increased more than 220 percent since 2015.
A plant-based diet is surfacing as an outcome of more and more people in the US option for a sustainable and healthier lifestyle. One thing in common in most kitchens is the switch to nut butter.
Nut butter is more flavorful, nutritious, and comes in more options compared to regular butter.
Making nut butter at home is fairly easy. It’s a process of learning, for sure. But not a difficult one.
What is Nut Butter
Nut butter is a creamy, spread-like paste made with nuts, such as almond, cashew, pecan, walnut, etc.
It’s an organic, and plant-based replacement for the regular butter. It can be consumed as is, added to cereals, granola bowls, and even mixed into recipes for baking.
Depending on the choice of nut, nut butter can be high in protein, vitamins, and fiber.
What Type of Nut Butters Can You Make at Home
Almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, pecan butter, and walnut butter are some common options of nut butter available in American superstores.
These can easily be made at home too, following easy steps.
How to Make Nut Butter at Home
Making nut butter at home can be an exciting and fun activity for loved ones to do together. Kids particularly enjoy it too!
At first, it can seem like a difficult task, but with practice, one can perfect the art of making their favorite nut butter at home.
Follow these steps to perfecting your nut butter:
Choose Your Nut
First and foremost, select the nut you want for your nut butter. Peanut butter is a famous choice for many. Almonds are also affordable to purchase and work with.
You can also choose a combination of nuts for your nut butter.
For those doing this for the first time, we recommend starting simple so you can learn to master the consistency, flavor, and texture of one nut before experimenting with more nuts.
Get Your Nut Ready
If you are working with walnuts, peanuts, or another nut that comes in a shell/casing, start by removing the casing/shell first.
Some people prefer to use the nut in its raw form. We recommend roasting or toasting the nut.
Wondering why? Roasting or toasting the nut gives a more robust flavor.
If you find yourselves wanting to go in that direction, find out the roasting temperature for different nuts before you put them in the oven.
The last step to getting the nut ready is to soak them in water overnight.
This does two things:
- It makes the nut softer, hence easier to blend.
- You can use the same water to blend for a more intact flavor.
Blend the Nuts
After soaking your nuts overnight, the final step is to blend!
Add the soaked nuts to a food processor or a blender with water, and blend it away.
The quantity of water depends on the volume of nuts you’re using to make your favorite nut butter.
At this point of making the nut butter at home, you can also check your preference for creamy vs crunchy.
Whilst some people love to chew into a crunch nutty spread, some prefer a creamy texture.
Your level of blending, and how much water you add to the mix depends on the same.
For a creamy texture, consider adding vegetable oil when blending.
Honey or maple syrups work as a natural sweetener and you can adjust the flavor according to how sweet you want the nut butter to taste.
Cane syrup is a healthy alternative to consider too. It’s expensive, compared to maple syrup and honey, and has a more robust flavor profile.
Your Nut Butter is Ready
Take out the butter in a dry jar, and put it in the fridge to set for a day!
Your nut butter is ready to eat;
Once you master the simple tips and tricks of making nut butter at home, you can also experiment with adding a variety of nuts, chocolate, and even chia seeds to the mix.