How to Make Your Own Nut Butters

homemade-peanut-butter1Photo courtesy of Ali, Gimme Some Oven

Delicious, versatile and packed with plant-based protein, nut butter is one ingredient we just can’t get enough of – and if you’ve never made this sweet-and-salty treat yourself, you might be surprised to learn how easy it actually is! Here are some wonderful recipes to help get you started with making your own nut butters:

Homemade Peanut Butter, Gimme Some Oven (pictured)

Sometimes, simple is best – and this recipe, which features only one ingredient (yes, you read that right) and five minutes, couldn’t be simpler. It’s a perfect introduction to the world of DIY nut butters.

Almond Butter, All Sorts of Pretty

Prefer almonds? This recipe will give you the sweet, creamy and nutritious satisfaction you’re looking for.

Roasted Cashew Butter, The Healthy Foodie

So you’ve mastered the basics, and want to try something a bit more complex? By roasting the cashews and adding real vanilla bean, this recipe shows you how to properly step up your nut butter game.

Extra Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter, Tessa The Domestic Diva

For those of us who can’t or don’t want to eat nuts, sunflower butter – or sun butter – is an excellent alternative, and this recipe includes plenty of helpful tips so that you can make your own.

Also consider throwing in a fun addition or two, to put your own signature spin on creamy (or crunchy) nut butter. We recommend:

  • Chia and/or flax seeds, for extra protein and texture
  • Coconut oil, to create a creamier texture
  • Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup or dark chocolate to kick up the flavor

You could also use your fresh DIY nut butter as an ingredient in a nutritious breakfast, snack or even dessert. We love these ideas:

Peanut Butter Quinoa Crackers + Homemade Nutella Sandwiches, Simply Quinoa for Ancient Harvest

Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Quinoa, Steph’s Bite by Bite

Vegan Almond Butter Quinoa Blondies, Simply Quinoa

Almond Butter Quinoa Snacks, Lauren Kelly Nutrition

For even more delicious culinary inspiration, be sure to browse the gluten-free recipes at AncientHarvest.com.