Work Wednesday – Homemade Nut Butters

We’re all familiar with the famous PB and J. We grew up with that salty butter with sweet concord grape jelly on some white wonder bread. Unfortunately, we’ve learned that peanuts are not the best option and often have nasty additives…Same goes for our friend bread and jelly. While I haven’t discovered a great paleo bread recipe yet (suggestions welcome), I have discovered that my kids love anything that resembles peanut butter…Including but not limited to macadamia nut, almond, hazelnut, walnut and more.
Here’s what you’ll need:
⦁ 2 to 3 cups of your favorite nuts. (I hear soaking them helps and makes them more easily digestible.)
You’ll need a very good food processor for this but essentially…all you do dear friends, is stick them in a food processor until it yields the fat and turns into a creamy consistency. This can take 2 minutes to 10. Depends on the nut and how good your machine is. Some nuts are easier than others. Macadamia nut butter was a piece of…wait…Cake? Piece of…Well you know what I mean.

Almond butter seems to stay much thicker. Walnut butter seemed to have lots of fats and was rather easy as well. Hazelnut butter is great to add chocolate to. You can make homemade nuetella this way. Just look up The Paleo Mom’s Paleo Crepes with Nuetella recipe on Google.
And that’s it guys! It takes a little time and patience to get the hang of when it’s the right consistency. But, I know how good you’ll feel when you pull out that jar of freshly made nut butter. You’ll also feel good about the insurance of doing something from scratch and knowing exactly what is in it.
I hope you enjoyed this Work Wednesday post. I hope you’ll come back for Flashback Friday to see what recipes I’ve tried out lately. You never know what this Mom will create for her family next.
-Ami M. Lee, The Common Sense Cook

Pumpkin Walnut Butter

Pumpkin Walnut Butter

Let’s kick off this blogging drought with a bang! I love to experiment in the kitchen. I have had plenty of personal issues with anxiety and depression the last few weeks. But, nothing gets me back in the mood than to walk in my kitchen, and you guessed it…MAKE STUFF UP! Woo! I am beyond excited to share this with you guys.

Here’s what you’ll need for this unique nut butter:

  • 1 2/3 cup Walnuts
  • 1/3 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (I used Simple Truth brand from Kroger.)
  • 25 pitted dates, softened in cool water for a minimum 30 minutes, up to an hour.
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon All Spice
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt

You will need a very good blender that you know can make a nut paste.

Put the walnuts in the blender and blitz it until it starts forming a paste. Add the pumpkin puree and spices. Taste it to make sure it has enough salt. The salt really helped balance the sweet flavor.

The dates that I purchased happened to be quite hard and dry. If you let them soften in water, they will mix better into the butter. If you need a little more power, you may move the butter into the food processor. You will need to stop the blender and move it down with a spatula or spoon. Feel free to stick a spoon (or an impeccably clean finger) in the bowl (with the blender off…I hate I have to parentheses this but…It’s the world we live in) and give it a try. Adjust to your taste. I often realize that my taste buds are so much more sensitive after being paleo, that I do not need to use a ton of seasonings and spices.

Slap this on some gluten free bread, waffle, or pancake. I have a 3 out of 3 kiddo approval. I’m munching on some on gluten free bread right now, and it’s like a easily eaten pumpkin pie. I could do cartwheels in my kitchen over this! I’m even considering making this for my family for a Christmas treat!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I know I had fun making it. I’m sending you, a unique treat that can get you out of the peanut butter or almond butter rut. Come back next time to see what I’ll throw in the blender next!

-Ami M. Lee, Nut Butter Loving, Mad Kitchen Scientist, Common Sense Cook

Add your walnuts into the blender and blitz them for a few minutes until it starts to turn into a paste. Add the