Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Homemade Nut Butter

I didn't realize just how easy it is to make a nut butter. It is SUPER simple and you might just get hooked like we have!

First, you want to make crispy nuts.

or here's the quick version:

Crispy Nuts

4 cups raw almonds or other nut
1 tablespoon sea salt
Water enough to cover nuts
Mix salt in water and cover nuts. Let set for at least 7 hours. 
(If making cashew crispy nuts, soak no longer than 5 hours)
Drain and rinse with cool water
Lay flat on dehydrator.
Dehydrate 12-24 hours until dry and crispy.

Once your crispy nuts of whatever kind are ready, then you want to toast them.

I took them out of my dehydrator and laid them on a baking sheet with a silpat mat. Toast them at 350* for about 8 minutes. Shake the pan or turn the nuts and give them approximately 8 more minutes. You will know they are ready, because the smell will be insanely good!

Once your nuts are toasted and slightly cooled, pop them into a food processor or a vitamix. 
Process. They will take several minutes. If you watch, you will see them turn from ground nuts, to almost a flour, to the butter. The oils will release and they will begin coming together in a ball. 
I added a few tablespoons of honey to ours and it is absolutely delicious!


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