Go Nuts for Seed Butters: 9 Natural DIY Nut Butter Recipes

With so many opportunities for variety and so few ingredients required, the world of homemade nut butters just took a quantum leap into the 21st century. No longer will your kids have to survive on mere peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at lunch. No more will your no bake recipes have the inescapable flavor of peanuts. Now is the time for experimentation.

Nut butter is nothing new. After all, we've all been eating peanut butter since we were kids. However, what is new, is the variety of nut butters that become accessible once you start getting creative in your own kitchen. Are you craving something with character? Try a spiced walnut butter. What about a healthy dessert alternative? Try Dutch cocoa hazelnut butter.  No matter what mood you are in, there is a nut butter for you. Are you curious where to start when it comes to seed butters?

The first thing you'll need to make almost every one of these recipes is a food processor. You could splurge on a Vitamix blender, but this Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor comes with a Bowl Scraper, which will be perfect for getting the last bits of homemade nut butter from the bottom of the bowl.

It's a great first food processor model, and even a good choice for those looking to upgrade to a larger bowl size.

The 10-cup feature means you can make huge batches of nut butters that will get through one to two weeks at a time. Now that's some serious meal planning.

Here are nine different nut butter recipes for you to get started with.

1. Homemade Peanut Butter


A classic that will never get old, peanut butter will get a flavor facelift once you learn to make it yourself. Fresh peanut butter packs all the natural, roasted flavor possible into each spoonful. Plus, since you're using the nuts themselves as well as their natural oils you will have a creamy, crunchy consistency that is to die for.

Add a dash of vanilla extract for a hint of sweet to bring out the savory. Get a recipe here.

2. Homemade Almond Butter

Almond butter is the logical next step for peanut butter lovers to take on their nut butter journey. Hearty and full of roasty flavor, almond butter is delicious on everything that you can imagine putting peanut butter on. Especially if it's homemade. Soon you'll be making your own almond milk.

Get a recipe here.

3. Homemade Cashew Butter

Cashew butter is one of those nut butters that needs to be made the day before in order for the flavors to have a chance to mature. But once they have, the naturally soft fragrance of a cashew, which is beautiful on its own, will become an otherworldly experience when paired with fresh vanilla beans.

Get a recipe here.

4. Homemade Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut butter is best known through its cousin chocolate hazelnut butter. However, now is the time for these classic nuts to shine all on their own. With their distinct taste, toasted hazelnuts blended into a silky butter are sure to become a new favorite.

Add a pinch of cinnamon and things will start to get spicy and simply irresistible. A dash of sea salt will go a long way. Get a recipe here.

5. Homemade Pecan Butter

Pecans are not cheap, but this butter is worth every penny you grind into it. If you like pecans, and especially if you live in the South, where pecan season is in full swing, this nut butter is a must-try. A little bit spiced, a lotta bit creamy, this spread will make any breakfast a decadent experience.

Get a recipe here.

6. Homemade Walnut Butter

What happens when you blend delightfully creamy walnuts with winter spices and a pinch of cayenne? You get a delicious spread that you won't be able to resist coating all your baked goods in.

This is the perfect roasted nut butter. Get the recipe here.

7. Homemade Macadamia Nut Butter

Indulge in the taste of summertime even in the dead of winter with macadamia nut butter. This tropical nut is low in Omega-6 fats and high in taste and nutrition making it the ideal candidate for those who are worried about the fat content. Plus, it just tastes so dang good.

Who said healthy fats had to be boring? Get a recipe here.

8. Homemade Pistachio Butter

Remember when pistachios were all the rage and you could find them in every supermarket? Yeah, I bet you probably ate way too many during this craze and think you never want to see this little green nut again.

Well, I'm here to tell you that there is a whole new way to enjoy these delicious little nuggets - pistachio butter. This delicate butter is a great alternative nut butter to spread on bread or eat off the spoon. Just make sure that you buy shelled pistachios. You don't want to spend an hour shelling nuts and blistering your fingers. Trust me.

Get a recipe here.

9. Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Butter

Maybe one of the most delicious variants of nut butter (but nevertheless nutritious) is a chocolate-kissed hazelnut butter. Don't expect to recreate homemade Nutella here. Don't worry though, this recipe is so much better.

Bursting with toasty hazelnut flavor, sweetened with coconut sugar, and kissed with Dutch cocoa powder, this spread may never need to be added to anything but a spoon. Apples and this seed butter will pair perfectly together.

It's the perfect healthy snack. Get the recipe here.

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