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DIY Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter & Almond Butter – Simple, Frugal & Healthy to make at Home

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Making DIY Peanut Butter, Almond Butter & Cashew Butter is simple, frugal & healthy to feed your family.

DIY Peanut Butter Recipe

Have you ever thought of making your own homemade nut butters – DIY peanut butter, almond butter , cashew butter, & more? I bet you didn’t know just how easy it is, but the best part is that you will know exactly what goes into it & all you need are the nuts themselves. No other ingredients needed! Nuts + a good high powered chopper/blender (like a food processor, mini food chopper, or blender) will make peanut butter just the consistency you like. And you don’t have to worry about any extra ingredients found in your peanut butter. Plus, if you can find sales on bulk nuts, you can make this very inexpensively. So, not only is it natural peanut butter, but it can also be quite frugal, too, which is good as peanut butter can be pricey these days!

I am going to share the process for making DIY peanut butter below, but as you will see by the ingredients, you will follow the same process for any type of nut butter.

Ingredients / Supplies for DIY Peanut Butter:

The ingredients & process is the same for any type of nut butter you will make. And you will use however many nuts you want to experiment with how much peanut butter you want to keep on hand.

 

For Peanut Butter:

Ingredients for Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanuts – the amount you need is based on how much you want to make & the size of your containers, so you can experiment with how much you want to make at once.

For this particular recipe, I used a jar of peanuts (16 oz of unsalted dry roasted peanuts) and added 1 teaspoon of salt.  This made 2 jars as you can see.

For Almond Butter:

Almonds

For Cashew butter:

Yep, you guessed it cashews!!

The other thing you will need is a high power mini chopper or Cuisinart or good blender, as well as containers for storing the peanut butter.  I used a food processor for this recipe, but I have also used a Vitamix, too.

Directions:

Adding nuts to a food processor to make homemade peanut butter

All you do is add the nuts to the chopper.

If you desire a little salt if your nuts are unsalted, you can add those.

Mixing peanuts in food processor to make homemade peanut butter

This is the peanut butter after pulsing for about a minute (every appliance will be different though)

Add the nuts then pulse a few times.

Homemade peanut butter made in the food processor

This is the peanut butter after pulsing for about 2 minutes 

Let it mix for about 4-6 minutes depending on the power of the chopper you are using.  At first, it will not be smooth, but just keep on blending.

Creamy peanut butter in the food processor for homemade peanut butter

This is the peanut butter after pulsing for about 4 minutes 

It will go from chunky, to globby, to semi smooth, to liquidy smooth. No need to add ANYTHING else!! Just be patient as the time could vary depending on which type of appliance you are using.

Roasting:

If you buy raw almonds or raw peanuts,  you can roast the nuts  in the oven on a cookie sheet. Just make sure to watch carefully as they can burn easily.  I roast mine at 350 degrees for 4 minutes. I also add a little salt if the nuts are unsalted.

Other things you can add to your nuts as you roast them:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Paprika
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

I prefer it without the oil simple because nuts are oily enough for me,  but try different ideas of what you think sounds good.

More Flavor Options:

The other fun thing to add to your peanut butter is flavored nuts for different varieties. Honey-roasted is my kids’ favorite peanut butter variety & it most closely resembles Jif peanut butter, if that’s your favorite brand.

I recently made chili flavored peanut butter – my kids weren’t as crazy about it, but it was so yummy for peanut sauce for our lettuce wraps!

Storage:

Store your homemade peanut/almond/cashew butter in a covered container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.  You can save & clean out empty jars (old peanut butter jars, other jars for sauces, etc)  to use for storage or find mason jars at garage sales or thrift stores for frugal storage alternatives.

Cost:

For a bag of Honey Roasted peanuts, they cost $3.99 at Trader Joes (price can vary) and it is a 16 oz bag.   It made 2  8 oz jars (wide mouth canning) of peanut butter, so that equals $1.99 for an 8 oz jar. This was definitely cheaper than other organic versions of natural peanut butter.

Best Places to buy Organic Nuts:

Another frugal option is to buy your nuts at Winco in the bulk bins, as buying in bulk is definitely cheaper. Just make sure to look at the ingredients closely to make sure there aren’t any added ingredients inside the peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc from the bulk bins.

Printable Recipe for DIY Peanut Butter:

Here’s a printable version of the DIY Peanut Butter recipe for you to print off to put in your recipe binder or notebook.

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DIY Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter & Almond Butter – Simple, Frugal & Healthy to make at Home

This DIY Peanut Butter is simple, frugal & healthy to make for your family. You can use any nut to make your own nut butter at home to save more.

  • Author: Jen

Ingredients

Scale

Peanuts (16 oz of unsalted dry roasted peanuts)  – the amount you use will vary depending on how large your container is & how much you want to make at a time

1 teaspoon of salt (if you prefer)

For Almond Butter: Almonds

For Cashew butter: Cashews

You will need a high powered mini chopper or Cuisinart or good blender, as well as containers for storing the peanut butter.  I used a food processor for this recipe, but I have also used a Vitamix, too.

Instructions

All you do is add the nuts to the chopper.
If you desire a little salt if your nuts are unsalted, you can add those.
Add the nuts then pulse a few times.
Let it mix for about 4-6 minutes depending on the power of the chopper you are using.  At first, it will not be smooth, but just keep on blending.
It will go from chunky, to globby, to semi smooth, to liquidy smooth. Just be patient as the time could vary depending on which type of appliance you are using.

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