My zero waste Christmas series goes on. This time I'll show you how to make nut butter at home. If you're still needing Christmas presents, please read on.
I posted my Zero Waste Christmas 2 and 3 on Instagram if you haven't seen them yet. This is my fourth present for this year and it's my favourite so far. For all of you and your loved ones who are deeply in love with any kind of nut butter or chocolate spread, this one is for you.
Because what's better than homemade nut butter? You know exactly what you put in your nut butter, how much skin you leave on your nuts, whether there's salt or any kinds of other additional ingredients. Plus, there's surely no palm oil and no new containers involved, so environmental sustainability is guaranteed here. Totally nuts, I know! ;)
How are you getting along with the festive time approaching? I'm all about that Christmas music at the moment. Also, do any of you think that 40s music sounds like Christmas music? I listen to it all the time and it makes me feel so happy and festive. I also started with the Christmas baking because you can never start too early! And now back to presents. I think that it doesn't matter how expensive or cheap a present is, as long as it's made with love and the person who gets the present needs or appreciates the present. And I mean who doesn't need nut butter in their life??
The recipe is super easy and it only has one ingredient: nuts. And that's about it! If you want to make a chocolate spread, you just melt your favourite chocolate bar and pour it to your nut butter. That's how you put a smile on people's faces.
Peanut butter is great, yeah. But mixed nut butter is my newest fav amongst the nut butters. The nut butter that I made was so smooth (yeah, 'was' because it got eaten within a week, mainly by me with a spoon, totally without any regrets). It melted in your mouth, and it was more indulging than any kind of store-bought nut butter. Same with the chocolate spread, it just tasted incredibly nutty and healthy. I didn't add any sugar because I felt that Bournville chocolate is sweet enough.
Also, including a homemade card makes the present so much more personal and valuable. I got this card from one of my friends whose mum is an artist and creates beautiful cards like this one.
Enjoy the recipe and if you have any old jars, this is what they've been waiting for.
(Chocolate) Nut Butter
Super easy and fun to make. Can be a gift to yourself or a loved one :)
Does it keep? Yes, 3-4 weeks. Use a jar with lid and store it in the fridge.
Prep Time: Depends on how good your blender is, I have a smaller personal blender and it took me a very long time. With a high speed blender this takes 20-30 minutes and longer if you roast your nuts beforehand.
600 grams mixed nuts (or any type of nuts on their own or combined)
optional: a pinch of salt
optional: 100 grams (or more) chocolate
1. Optional: Roast your nuts in the preheated oven (150 C fan oven) for around 15 minutes until you can see them change their colour slightly, don't burn them though. If you want to blend them without skin, spread a few at a time on a towel and cover them with a second towel. Between the two towels rub the nuts so that the skin comes off. It should come off fairly easy once the nuts are hot. If you have almonds, you have to blanch them. You boil them for 1 minute and then you pour the hot water out and pour cold water in. Dry the nuts, and the skin will be easy to peel off.
2. Now place the nuts in your blender and blend. You have to blend them until you see a paste forming. Then, you blend on until the nuts release even more of their natural oil so that a nut butter forms. You need to be patient for this.
3. Optional: Add salt. If you make a chocolate spread, now is the time to melt the chocolate in a pan and then pour it in the blender with the nut butter. I used 100 grams of chocolate and thought that's perfect for me but definitely put in more if you want it to be richer. Once the chocolate and the butter are incorporated, pour the mixture in a jar.
4. The nut butter should keep for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
I wanna see your homemade nut butters! Please tag me in your posts #blissfoodflower @blissfoodflower
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