Nut butters

Nut butters
  • Serves icon Makes 500g
  • Time icon Hands-on time 25 min

Peanut butter is a storecupboard staple, but you can make your own nut butter from any nuts (hazelnuts, brazil nuts, cashews…) – a single variety or in combination.

Ingredients

  • 500g nuts
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Method

  1. Toast the nuts first for the best flavour. Spread them on a roasting tray and cook in a 150°C oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Rub off any flaky skin.
  2. Whizz the toasted nuts in a food processor for 10-12 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides occasionally, until the nuts release their oils and turn into a smooth paste. If, after that time, they still need a little help, add a splash of vegetable oil and whizz again. If your machine starts to get too hot, switch it off and let it cool down before starting again.
  3. Season the butter with a few pinches of salt and whizz again. You can vary the flavour by adding different spices or sweetening the mix with honey.
  4. Decant into sterilised jars. Store in the fridge and use within 2 weeks.

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