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Homemade Nut Butter

Updated on December 7, 2016

How to Make Yummy and Healthy Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter . . .

What's better than a PB&J sandwich? A PB&J made with fresh homemade peanut butter.

Homemade nut butter is easy to make and cheaper and healthier than the nut butters you buy in the store. Also, you can tweak it to your tastes to have it creamier, sweeter or saltier.

If you have a powerful machine with sharp blades, most nuts can be blended into nut butters in a matter of minutes. It may take some patience with some nuts but it's still very simple. The only ingredient you really need is nuts.

When you make your own nut butter you know what's going into it and when it was made. That's part of the reason why I mentioned that it is healthier. We've all heard about the scares about Salmonella in store bought peanut butter. You don't have to worry about that when you make the nut butter yourself.

In this lens, I'll discuss making nut butter with a Vitamix and with a food processor. I'll also include a few recipes. Let's get started.

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What is the Best Tool for Making Homemade Nut Butter?

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Is a blender or a food processor better for making nut butter?

In order to make nut butter you need a machine with a powerful motor and sharp blades. Vitamix blenders and some food processors have both. A Vitamix or other industrial blender will give a smooth creamy texture whereas a food processor will give a grainier texture.

I have used a Vitamix 5200 for five years to make nut butters. It blends the nuts quickly into nut butter. Softer nuts like cashews, peanuts and pecans blend into butters much quicker. Almonds are harder nuts and require a bit of patience. You will need to stop the machine and loosen up the nut mixture one or two times. Once you have the consistency you like, stop the machine. If you use raw almonds you have to add oil to get a creamy texture.

If you have a food processor with a powerful motor and sharp blades you can use it to make nut butters. Cuisinart and KitchenAid are two brands that work well. You put the "S" blade in the machine, add the nuts and start it. You will need to stop it once or twice to loosen the nut mixture.

I think it's a personal choice as far as whether to use a blender or a food processor. The machine you use must have a strong motor and sharp blades otherwise the motor may burn out. I prefer the Vitamix because it is quicker and I've never had a problem making the nut butters. Part of the choice may simply depend on what you currently have.

How to Make Nut Butter with a Food Processor

This video shows you how to make almond butter with a food processor. The video is 3 minutes long - it takes a little longer with a food processor to make nut butters.

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Nuts for Homemade Nut Butter

Nut butters can be made from peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias, and many more. What type of nut butter you make is, of course, up to you. You can combine two or more nuts and make your own unique nut butter like cashew macadamia nut.

Should you start with raw or roasted nuts? To ensure that the nuts are fresh, start with raw nuts. You can roast them yourself if you prefer the taste of roasted nut butters. Store bought roasted nuts often contain a lot of salt and other preservatives and are usually not as fresh as raw nuts. To keep my raw nuts from spoiling, I store them in the freezer until I'm ready to use them.

Where can you find nuts inexpensively? It is usually cheaper to buy broken nuts and since they're going to be ground it doesn't matter that they are broken. If you happen to live in an area where nuts are grown check to see if they have them at your farmer's market. If your grocery store has bulk items you may be able to find them inexpensively there. We buy our almonds on Ebay and have found good quality and prices there.

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      BW Duerr 2 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I was looking for almond butter, and wonderfully surprised about other nut butter recipes. Thanks so much!

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @darkflowers: Give it a try! If you like nuts you'll most likely love nut butter. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Very interesting and it sounds really yummy, I never had nut butter, so I'll definitely give it a try!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @Two Crafty Paws: Walnut butter sounds really good. Enjoy your nut butters! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      Oh my, I never though of making my own nut butter! I am so going to make this, we have a ton of walnuts and hazelnuts - I guess they woule make a fince butter too.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      These look yummy.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It is! Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mmmmm, looks yummy!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @LadyDuck: I agree. My favorite part is that you get to choose what's in it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Homemade nut butter is a great idea, it is surely much better than commercial brands.

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      I can't wait to try it!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Great lens I will attempt it-who knows?

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      This smell a real peanuts.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I would love to try home-made nut butter....

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      sikiriki 4 years ago

      Look delicious:-)

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      P.S. I forgot to say, that the trick - for me, anyway - it to grind the nuts fine, and then keep grinding them until they heat up a bit. That released the oil, which then will "homogenize" back into the nutmeat, for a nice smooth nut butter. If you want a crunchy nut butter, then you just save some of the chopped nuts, and add them back to your smooth, creamy nut butter. You will never go back to eating store-bought nut butters, again.

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      I have made homemade nut butters, for about 30 years. They are much tastier, IMHO, than what can be purchased from any store, and what is BETTER than that - I know exactly what is in them! Great lens!

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      miller83 4 years ago

      Great lens. Will definitely be making some tonight.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      I can definitely see me doing this one day! COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @MelanieKaren: You're welcome! Have fun with combine nuts for nut butter. Thanks for visiting.

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I've made nut butter with boring old peanuts -ehehehe I'm looking forward to trying other nuts and even combinations of nuts. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens Lilybird. I'm going to try it. Now I'll know exactly what I'm eating when I eat peanut butter!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Yum! You're making me hungry! LOL

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @linsm76: As long as the nuts are in an airtight container (I double bag them) the freezer is the best place to store them. In the refrigerator they can get moldy from condensation. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Enjoy your almond butter.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for the great information. I never thought about making my own nut butter ..sounds easy!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I LOVE homemade almond butter! Have a bit of that with some wedges of Granny Smith apples and I'm in heaven. :)

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      linsm76 4 years ago

      I need some nut butter too! I might give it a try. I didn't know that nuts could be kept in freezer.

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      Vera-S 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious.I definitely wiil try it.

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      As my husband can't have store bought peanut butter, I'm anxious to give this a try.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens:)

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      TealRose 4 years ago

      I have a Blendtec and make cashew butter and sunflower butter all the time. It's so good! =)

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious, im of to make some homemade nut butter

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Well done! : )

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @Spletni Delavec: Thank you for your kind words. I wish LOTD for everyone. I'm thrilled that so many have found the information helpful.

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      Spletni Delavec 4 years ago

      Just want to congratulate you for this successful lens. LoTD, Purple star and today you ranked #10 overall. And the most important: you were mentioned in "Top ranked lenses on Squidoo" lens. You can't go any higher :-)

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      Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

      I will certainly try this in the near future. Thanks!

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      wow, I would have never thought that you need only nuts as an ingredient, nothing else! I'll definitely make nut butter at home now :)

      great lense!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Great lens. Those who have not tasted homemade nut butter are in for a treat. Thanks, d

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      Christian DuBois 4 years ago from New York

      Great lens! Congrats on LotD. I'll be adding a link to this lens on my Paleo Ingredients lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love nut butters. Especially on bananas ;-) Must be the monkey in me! Thanks for writing such a great lens!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly informative lens ,thanks for sharing

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I have recently purchased a Thermomix and they are famous for their amazing ability to produce nut butters... so I will be making some very soon!!!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. Never liked peanut butter, but I do like to make cashew cheese in our Vitamix and macadamia nut butter is awesome!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      congrats!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great idea andgreat lens. Closest I get to making my own is buying Planters Peanut Butter at Target.. Unfortunately I am not terribly gifted in the kitchen. Congratulations on getting LotD and the Purple Star!

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

      We make our own home made nut butter and it's delicious. Great to see a lens about it.

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Those nut butters looks great. I wanna make some now!

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      jean valdor 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      DanatheScribe 4 years ago

      What a great lens! I'm glad stumbled upon it. I have recently committed myself to healthier living and eating, and I hate overly processed foods. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks!

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      Never thought about making my own peanut butter before. Until now. I love nuts and peanut butter. Will definitely try this soon.

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      ChefWilliam 4 years ago

      I love chunky peanut butter and started making my own during the last peanut butter scare. Getting away from processed foods and making your own at home is much healthier.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LotD. Didn't know making your own PB was so easy.

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      Spirality 4 years ago

      I have never thought of making my own nut butter. Probably because I thought the only nut butter was peanut butter. You learn something new everyday. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Never thought of making home made nut butter. What a wonderful idea. Especially since if you make your own you make different types than the standard peanut butter available at stores. Great article.

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      TommysTips 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD - I am definitely going to try making my own nut butter!

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      We try to make as much of our own food as possible and this sounds so easy and healthy. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      wordpress-guru 4 years ago

      mmm mm .. yummy !

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have always disliked commercial peanut butter and am not a real fan of homemade peanut butter either, but as a vegan, I do like to indulge in other nut butters, particularly macadamia nut butter. mmmmm, yum! Well done on LOTD!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yumm! Looks terrific! One note to gluten intolerent folks, make sure the source is not processed with wheat. Of course a nut itself does not contain gluten, but if it's processed in a facility that processes wheat products, it could possibly contaminate the nuts and should be avoided! Great lens, Congrats on the LOTD! SquidAngel Blessed! B : )

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      aydensmom 4 years ago

      Great lens. I'm so craving some peanut butter right now!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I need to show this lens to my hubby! He is a PB&J freak :)

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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      Excellent!

      I've linked this lens to my own on Tahini or Peanut Butter Shortbread

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I've been considering making my own nut butter. Thanks for the tips.

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Good lens. I prefer to purchase mine but this was definitely an interesting read. Thank you. Congrats on LofD!

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      Wow! Believe it or not I don't like peanut butter, but when I saw your creamy luscious nut butter intro pic I had to take a peek here and now I want some too! Well done!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Loved seeing this in the LOTD spot today. Congratulations! This may seem weird, but I never liked peanut butter growing up. It tasted oily and greasy, and it stuck to the roof of my mouth in the most unpleasant way. Then I discovered fresh ground peanut butter. Now I have to restrain myself from taking a spoon and eating it right from the jar! What a difference!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Such a helpful compilation of tips.

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      I've bought freshly made nut butter at The Fresh Market store, but I've never tried to make my own. Sounds like a good kitchen project to do with the kids over spring break ;-)

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I like to make my own; I can't eat peanut butter as it gives me terrible cramps, but almond or hazelnut butters are fine, and homemade is perfect!

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      JadaFuego 4 years ago

      Oh this lens looks absolutely delicious :)...Great read.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Peanuts have great taste and nutrition. I'm alergic to peanuts but I take the boiled African nuts once in a while.

      Congratulations and thanks for the lesson on how to make it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never had any nut butter except for peanut butter. I'd love to try another kind of nut butter.

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Cool and easy! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can I spread some of this lens on my breakfast toast?

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      When we were kids my grandparents introduced us to nut butters at the Los Angeles Farmers Market. We refused to eat any other peanut butter after that. My husband enjoys peanut and almond butters on toast, but they have to be the real deal. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I have tried making peanut butter in the mixer, but had to add a bit of oil. On storing the butter, the oil made a layer on top. It was kind of disappointing, so I gave up on it. Now I'll give it a try again. Thanks and congratulations on LOTD.

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      Jeff Quest 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I didn't know making nut butters was so easy. I will certainly give it a try.

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      youndyd lm 4 years ago

      I love nuts and would really like to start making my own nut butter. Thanks for the wonderful information.

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      operanteopinie 4 years ago

      incredible

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      PiccadillyPunkin 4 years ago

      Great lens! I can't wait to try some of these recipes. My first attempt at making almond butter was just ok and I look forward to implementing some of your tips.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for these instrutions on making homemade nut butter. I never knew it was so easy! Congratulations on LotD!

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      dimitry168 4 years ago

      Looks delicious. I have never eaten nut butter in my life. Everyone have its first time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good lens! I guess I'll give it a try.

      Congratulations on LofD

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I read this lens a long time ago. This would be a big money saver for me as I use sunflower and almond butter. Both are much pricier than peanut butter. Glad it made LOTD, so I am reminded to try this. Congratulations

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and Purple Star! Yummy yummy...I love this and will have to try making some nut-butter. I eat a handful of sliced Almonds every day. Nicely done lens:

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      DaveP2307 4 years ago

      The Cashew Butter sounds intriguing!

      I've only ever had peanut butter!

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      LucyIsles 4 years ago

      .....Only ever seen Peanut Butter in the shops! Your recipes look like really interesting alternatives!

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      LucyIsles 4 years ago

      Looks really good. I've never tried making my own, I'm afraid. Have only bought ready made.

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      aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      Mmmm yummy homemade nut butter and so extremely simple! Thank you for this and congratulations on LotD.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Sounds so good-love homemade goodies! Congratulations on a well deserved LotD :>)

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      Sisters1 4 years ago

      Since I'm not crazy about peanuts I never even thought about making nut butter. But I do love lots of other nuts like almonds, cashews, and pecans. I never knew all it took was nuts to make nut butter. Sounds super simple. I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks.

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      JuliaHidy 4 years ago

      Great page. I've also made sunflower seed butter, walnut butter and hazelnut butter.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How amazingly simple! I've never made nut butter, but what a wonderful suggestion. Thanks for the great resources, too, and congratulations on your very yummy and healthy Lens of the Day!

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      Nothing better than homemade peanut butter where you can control if you want to add sugar.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Quite a brilliant lens - and a great way to save money by producing your own nut butter! Blessed by a SquidAngel and congrats on LotD!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I'm really glad you wrote about this topic, because I had nearly forgotten that I could make my own almond butter! I buy my raw (unpasteurized) almonds by the 10-pound box, and it will be far less expensive for me to make my own almond butter than buying it (it's nearly $14 for a pound at the local supermarkets up north, and we don't have big stores like "Costco" where it's less expensive). This will be fun. Congratulations on your LOTD! :) Kath