Peanut butter is one of the most beloved of all sandwich spreads. Its versatility, taste and of course its concentrated doses of protein make it the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of healthy snacks, but not all peanut butter jars are filled with the good stuff.
Sugar, salt, oil, saturated fats and preservatives tend to cancel out some of peanut butter’s health benefits, but never fear, it’s a simple DIY project to start mixing up your own at home. And best of all the homemade kind gives you plenty of room to experiment with your favourite nuts and flavours.
Here are the basics: place nuts in food processor, blend until smooth.
Seriously. That’s it!
We’ve found some of the best recipes and flavour combinations around, so you can start slathering peanut/almond/cashew/pecan/cashew/hazelnut butter on EVERYTHING you eat.
Homemade peanut butter from Gimme Some Oven
Almond butter is a fan favourite at the moment, and with good reason. Almond butter offers more Vitamin A, Iron & Magnesium than peanut butter, as well as reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Try this DIY Almond Butter recipe (with vanilla bean and sea salt) from the Bright-eyed Baker
Ready to make things a little more interesting? Cashew and coconut make the perfect pairing in this Coconut Cashew Butter recipe from Bakerita and as an added bonus, cashew butter makes a perfect addition to your favourite stir-fry recipe too!
This Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Butter from The Healthy Foodie is the perfect way to enjoy everyone's favourite chocolate-y spread, without the excess sugar and calories.
This Nut Butter Roundup from Tasty Yummies will help you to create your very own taste sensation, with details on soaking your nuts first to release indigestible enzymes and information on making seed butters for anyone who can’t eat nuts.
So what are you waiting for? Whip out that food processor and get nutty!
May I recommend pumpkin seed butter? Roasted pumpkin seeds blitzed in the food processor. Heaven and very healthy.
I really shouldn't comment on that Emma, priceless ! Not a bad recipe though.
if you soak your nuts before making them into butter they will be even more nutritious and tasty.
Healthy (or healthier!) Nutella has got to be the best recipe I've seen in forever, we are definitely going to make this at the weekend. Thanks!
Just to say I have already made the chocolate hazelnut butter and it is Amazing!! Tastes gorgeous but very healthy.
Fantastic recipes - just what I needed. Thanks!