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Almond, brazil and cashew nut butter. Finger (and blender) licking good.

Nuts about nuts.

Nuts about nuts.

I am totally nuts about nuts. If I was given one choice of a food I could attempt to live on forever it’d probably be nuts. Ridiculous hypothetical I know but I need to stress my adoration for these crunchy bundles of joy. I dare say I have almost every typical variety of nut in my cupboard – all activated and ready to go.  I pop them through salads, on top of breakfasts, as milks, in stir fries, in protein balls or blended through smoothies. And there is always nut butter in the fridge. More often than not the nut butter simply sees a teaspoon, never a knife..and well, you can guess what happens next.

Anyway. It was nut butter day today so I thought I’d share my typical recipe with you. This nut butter is 100% organic and sugar free. Nut butter is easy as. But I’ll be honest, if you’ve got a high powered blender like a thermomix it is even easier. If you don’t, it just takes a bit more patience and stopping and starting.

ABC nut butter

ABC nut butter.

ABC nut butter.

1.5 cups roasted cashews (roasting not essential though it adds a greater depth of flavour)
1.5 cups almonds
1 cup brazil nuts
2 tablespoons coconut oil (macadamia oil is also yum)
1 teaspoon salt

Throw all of the above into your blender. If you have a thermomix it takes about 1.5-2 minutes on speed 9 with a scrape or two in the middle. If you have a less powerful blender you will need to stop and scrape down the sides several times. It could take up to 15 minutes for the oils to release from the nuts and for it to become nice and creamy. I store my nut butters in the fridge, particularly in the warmer months.

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  1. This looks wonderful! Our local health food store has a machine that will grind up fresh almond/peanut butter for you. My boyfriend and I were sampling them like mad, which was allowable by the store of course. When we came home, we saw your post. Already inspired to have fresh nut butter, we will definitely be making our own in the future. I’d love to try your recipe when we do! 🙂

    January 2, 2013
    • Hi Melissa! How fantastic that you were allowed to sample, I’d be like a kid in a candy store being able to do that! I did way too much sampling of my thermomix bowl and spoon this morning and have been feeling a little ordinary ever since 😉 The best thing about making it yourself is you can throw in whatever nuts you like – plus there’s no rancid oil, sugar and preservatives in there. And it’s sooo easy to make, assuming you have a pretty powerful blender. Good luck!

      January 2, 2013
  2. Megan #

    Hi Amy,

    I’ve tried to find information about activated nut butters but not had much luck. What are your thoughts? Good/bad idea? Easier for digestion? I’ve read that nut butters tend to be quite heavy, making them slightly harder to digest. In which case, I’m looking to find ways to increase the ease on digestion.


    January 11, 2014
    • Hi Megan, you can learn all about how to activate nuts and seeds on my blog (just search under ‘activating’. I activate mine before making nut butters. Good luck.

      January 11, 2014

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