I’ll show you how to make an awesome homemade mixed nut butter recipe that includes a surprise ingredient you’ve never thought of, and a step-by-step video.
Everyone knows about and, unless they are allergic, has probably tried peanut butter. It’s big business and several companies have been making it for many years.
What about mixed nut butter? Not everyone has heard of or tried that. It’s probably not as big of a business as peanut butter but there are now several companies making it as well and it’s gaining popularity.
Whether you’ve tried and/or like peanut butter or some form of mixed nut butter, you can make it yourself very easily and cost effectively. Not only that, you can tailor it to your own taste and preference.
What The Heck Is Mixed Nut Butter?
The short answer is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a variety of nuts mixed together to make a spreadable and enjoyable butter-like substance, similar to peanut butter.
There a variety of nut butters on the market today.
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Brazil Nut butter
- Many more
The beauty of mixed nut butter is, you can mix any number of nuts together to create nearly an infinite variety of mixes.
What’s The Best Mix Of Nuts?
The best mix is the one you like best. The only way to find out what’s best for you is to experiment, either buy some or make some of your own.
I prefer to make my own. I only like to let someone else make or cook for me what I don’t know how or can’t make or cook for myself. It not only saves me money (although it does take more time to make or cook than buying it or having it done for you), the most important part for me is, I know EXACTLY what’s in it. You don’t always know that if someone else makes or cooks it for you.
One thing I’ve found is that peanuts make the best base. The reason for that is because of the large amount of oil it contains.
In addition to peanuts, what I consider the best mix of nuts for my personal taste is as follows:
However, I’m still experimenting and there are countless other varieties.
The reasons I like the ones mentioned above are:
- Walnuts and almonds are very high in nutrients
- I love the taste of cashews
- Mixed together, they taste great
So How Do You Make This Awesome Recipe?
I use a Hamilton Beach 70610 Food Processor. It’s perfect for what I want and need. However, you can use just about any food processor that has a knife blade. Also, there are nut butter grinders that are specifically designed for making nut butter. It’s up to you and it depends how much you plan to make.
From there, I use about two pounds of peanuts. I grind them up in the processor for a few minutes until they are peanut butter.
Once it’s peanut butter, while the machine is running, I add a piece of ginger root, about the size of the end of my thumb (from where my thumb bends). I also add a ground up cinnamon stick.
Then, with the machine still running, I add a handful of each kind of nuts listed above and let it run until they are all part of the mix.
Lastly, as a bonus, with the machine still running, I add the secret sauce–four or five Turkish figs and let the machine continue to run on high until the figs become part of the mix.
Depending on the strength of the motor in your processor, this entire process should take no more than 5-10 minutes.
What’s The Best Way To Enjoy It Once It’s Made?
For starters, once you’ve emptied your finished product into whatever container you’re going to store it, there will be some nut butter stuck to the side of the processor and on the knife blade.
DO NOT LET THAT GO TO WASTE!
Use a spatula, a knife, and/or your finger to scrape every last bit of it off the knife blade and whatever is in the processor, then eat it straight.
Yes, you read that correctly. 🙂
Just like when you were a kid and your mom let you lick the beaters after she made the frosting for the cake she baked.
From there, my favorite ways to enjoy it are:
- Dip a banana in it
- Slather it on an apple or pear
- Dip celery in it
- Dip a carrot in it
- Make a nut butter and banana sandwich (a triple-decker is advisable)
- Dip mushrooms in it
- Dip pieces of dark chocolate in it
Have cold milk handy to use as a chaser, especially when chocolate is involved.
How Much Does It Cost?
If you buy it already made, I’ve seen it cost anywhere from 5.99-19.99 for a 12 oz. container, depending on what nuts are used.
If you make it yourself, it also depends on what you put in it. For the recipe I mentioned above:
- Peanuts range from $2-4 a pound (I use two pounds)–about $6
- Walnuts range from $6-8 a pound (I use a handful–a few ounces)–about $1
- Cashews range from $6-8 a pound (I use a handful–a few ounces)–about $1
- Almonds range from $6-8 a pound (I use a handful—a few ounces)–about $1
- Turkish figs are about $8 a pound (I use 4 or 5–a few ounces)–about $1
- Ginger root is about $3-4 a pound (I use a small piece)–about 25 cents
- Cinnamon sticks are about 50 cents apiece (I use one)–about 50 cents
That’s a total of about 10.75 for close to three pounds of nut butter.–very reasonable if you ask me.
What Are You Waiting For?
Now, if you didn’t already know what mixed nut butter is, you do now. I’ve told you what my favorite mix is. I hope you have at least an idea of your favorite, or what you want to try. I’ve told you about the food processor I use, explained how to make it, and showed you a video as well. I’ve given you some ideas about how to enjoy it once it’s made. I’ve provided a cost estimate that compares buying it as opposed to making it yourself. About all I haven’t done is make it for you and help you enjoy it.
If you don’t already have a food processor, I highly recommend a durable and affordable Hamilton Beach 70610 Food Processor. It’s time to make some mixed nut butter.
Get on it!
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