My dad loves peanut butter. Growing up, we always bought freshly ground at the grocery store. I loved switching the toggle on and rotating the plastic container underneath the spout so it was evenly distributed. I’d give it a couple thuds on the counter to eliminate the air and make room for a little more peanut butter.
I guess it’s because of this, that I am a peanut butter snob. Sure, jar nut butters are great in an emergency, but when push comes to shove, freshly ground tastes far superior, doesn’t have unnecessary additives like salt or corn syrup, is more economical, and you can make as much or as little as you want, when you need it.
I bought a Vitamix a year ago and have been addicted to making nut butters ever since. All you need are organic, unsalted, roasted nuts which you probably already have on hand. Plus, I’m always looking for any excuse to use my Vitamix. It’s a miracle worker and can do everything from making smoothies, to soups, dressings, and much more.
This recipe is for almond butter, but you can use peanuts, cashews or try another nut. If you haven’t had almond butter, the texture is a little grainier than peanut, but I actually prefer it. You can also jazz it up by mixing in 1/4 cup raisins and 1 tsp cinnamon.
For peanut butter, simply blend 3 cups unsalted roasted peanuts. No oil is required.
Almond Butter Recipe (courtesy of Vitamix Whole Foods recipes book)
3 cups roasted almonds
1/4 cup canola oil
1. Add 1/4 cup canola oil to nuts to start circulating. If necessary, use more oil adding 1/4 cup at a time. Refrigerate and pour off excess oil next day.
I only needed 1/4 cup of oil, but this will vary depending on the almonds and your mixer.
Here are five other healthy, delicious bites you can make with any nut butter. Get nutty!
1. Elvis Sandwich (without the bacon) – Almond Butter, sliced banana and drizzle of honey. Best in a Panini, but can also toast in a fry pan like a grilled cheese or eat cold on a rice cake.
2. Asian Slaw (use almond or peanut)
4. Ants on a log (celery stalks filled with almond butter, topped with raisins)