Are you wondering how to make nut butter without a food processor? Maybe you’re thinking, can I make almond butter in a blender or with my Vitamix? If so, you are in the right place.
I know how slow and frustrating food processors are, not to mention the messy cleanup every time I make my nut butter.
After much research and experimenting, I have realized making homemade nut butter is easy, saves money, and guarantees healthy nut butter free of preservatives and chemicals. Store-bought nut butters have nothing on the homemade stuff.
Read on to discover the various methods you can use to make butter right that does not require food processors.
Nut butter can be made using nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts.
Combine two nuts of your choice to make a tasty and hearty mixed nut butter.
Have some leftover almonds? With a great recipe to make nut butter at home, you’ll have butter better than store-bought almond butter. What’s more, it could only take you a few minutes.
How to Prepare Nuts for Making Nut Butter?
Whether you use peanuts, almonds, cashew nuts, or other nuts, preparation is similar.
It would be best if you roasted your nuts before making the butter. Roasting definitely makes your butter taste better. It brings out the nuts’ flavor and helps break down the nuts during blending or processing.
Roast the nuts in your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Then cool the nuts to room temperature before churning them to avoid melting your equipment.
Note that different nuts have varying levels of fats. The oils in your nuts will determine how easily they turn into butter.
For instance, macadamia, cashews, and peanuts have more natural oils and churn into butter easier than almonds.
Decide how much coconut oil or other seed oil you’ll need to add to your nut butter, depending on the nuts you use. (Use neutral-tasting oils to preserve the taste of your nut butter)
4 Ways to Make Homemade Nut Butter Without a Food Processor
Yes, that’s right. Although making nut butter with a food processor may be faster, the absence of this appliance should not prevent you from making a batch of delicious nut butter.
How to Make Nut Butter in a Masticating Juicer?
Want to make almond or peanut butter using a masticating juicer? The process is simple.
- After roasting your nuts, add them to the masticating juicer a few at a time, just like you would with fruits or vegetables.
- Let them run about 2-3 times until you see traces of nut oil.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the other ingredients, such as salt and coconut oil, if using.
- Mix well with a spoon until well combined.
- Return the mixture to the juicer and run one more time.
Making nut butter in a masticating juicer has benefits. The process results in a superior quality and tasty nut butter than that made with regular centrifugal juicers. More so, masticating juicers extract without oxidation and heat production; thus, the nutrients in your nut butter are preserved, and the butter will store better. Masticating juicers give maximum yield and reduce the waste produced.
These slow juicers require more preparation and you must add your nuts a little at a time.
How to Make Nut Butter With Mortar and Pestle?
Making nut butter with a mortar and pestle requires no specialized tools, just some elbow juice.
- Roast your nuts.
- Grind your nuts in a mortar with the pestle until you have a homogenous mixture.
- Periodically stop and scrape down the sides to achieve a well-mixed butter.
- Add the other ingredients per the butter recipe when you reach your desired consistency.
The process takes about 25 minutes for 2 cups of almonds, peanuts, or cashews.
Almond, peanut, or other nut butter made with a mortar and pestle is thicker and stickier. This method gives you control over the texture and crunch of your homemade almond butter. You can stop pounding whenever you like.
The cons of this method are the time and effort used. You have to do most of the work by hand.
How to Make Nut Butter With an Immersion Blender?
Also, could you check for the list of foods you can process with the blender? Nuts are tricky and require a high-powered blender to chop them up.
- Soak your nuts before grinding them to soften them, making them more accessible for the immersion blender to work through.
- Add some nuts to the small bowl.
- Turn on the blender and grind to your desired consistency.
- Ensure you work in small batches to avoid straining your motor.
This method allows you to make homemade peanut butter with even the smallest amount of nuts within a few minutes. Cleaning up when you are done making your butter is also easy.
An immersion blender cannot be used for large batches of homemade nut butter.
How to Make Nut Butter With a Vitamix Blender?
Making almond butter (or any other nut butter) with a Vitamix blender is life-saving.
The process takes only one to two minutes in the high-speed blender, and your rich, smooth, creamy butter is ready for use.
- Add your ingredients, cover, and power on the blender.
- Let the blender do its magic, and your delicious butter is ready within minutes.
Creamy almond butter is easy and fast to make in a Vitamix blender.
Vitamix blenders are easy to clean because of their self-clean feature. After making peanut butter, add some warm soapy water and hit blend. Rinse the blender after the 30-second cleaning cycle, and that’s it. No more oily and sticky residue every time you make butter. The tamper in the blender makes it easy to make butter, as you do not need to occasionally stop and scrape down the sides of the container.
Unfortunately, the efficiency of Vitamix blenders comes with noise. The blender is loud.
Related reading: How to Grind Meat in a Food Processor?
Making nut butter should be easy, fun, and fast.
A lack of a food processor you could use to make nut butter means you can still make your best batch of almond butter. You could use a mortar and pestle or your masticating juicer whenever you crave your favorite crunchy or smooth nut butter.
Collect your ingredients and tools, get creative, and make butter blends that will put the big brands to shame.
Then grab your jar of almond butter and make your desserts pop in color and taste. Use in pancakes, waffles, fruit and vegetable salads, and even over ice cream.
Be sure to let me know how that goes.