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Easy Homemade Nut Butter Recipes

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Making your own nut butter is the perfect solution for surviving empty shelves at stores. And if shelter-in-place is killing your vibe, this may be a fun new DIY to try.

Super simple to make with three ingredients or less and a healthy alternative to store-bought peanut butter or almond butter, these nut butter recipes are a great way to enjoy the foods you love without needing to leave the house.


You’ll want to use roasted nuts for these recipes. While you can buy pre-roasted nuts to save time, raw nuts will give you the opportunity to control exactly what goes into your recipe.

You can also get creative after you roast them for unique flavors.

Okay, But Will It Blend?

The best weapon of choice for blending nuts into a butter is a food processor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a blender.  

Your machine may get hot while blending, if this happens cut blending times down to thirty seconds in between scraping to give your engine a break.

Worried About Dull Blades?

Pulse, hand chop or grind in a mortar and pestle first.

Be patient and don’t be intimidated—It takes some time to get the oils to release for that creamy consistency.

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Swanson Nut Butter Recipes

Any nut will do, you can use almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts or even pecans. You can also use add-ins like sugar, maple syrup, cardamom, vanilla, honey, agave or salt. Feeling spicy? Try adding cayenne to heat things up!

Estimated Time: 20-30 minutes


  1. Roast nuts at 350° for 5 minutes, stir and roast for additional 5 min.
  2. Let cool and blend for 1-2 minutes at a time, scrape sides and repeat until desired consistency is reached.
    Pro tip: If it’s too thick add oil. We like to add coconut oil to ours!
  3. Jar nut butter and keep refrigerated. Shelf life is roughly one month without preservatives. Makes 8 oz (1 cup), or half a standard jar in stores.

Almond Butter

1 cup raw certified organic almonds
Pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

Pecan Butter

1 cup raw pecans
Pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Optional: ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar

Peanut Butter

1 cup raw peanuts
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon honey

Cashew Butter

1 cup raw cashews
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Hazelnut Butter

1 cup raw hazelnuts (shelled)
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup roasted sunflower seeds (hulled)
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1 tablespoon brown coconut sugar

Also see: Easily Replace Eggs in Your Favorite Recipes, How to Replace Sugar with Healthier Sugar Alternatives, and 18 Food Replacement Hacks that Make Healthy Living Easy

Lindsey Toth, MS, RD | Swanson Health Products

About Lindsey Toth, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian, Swanson Health Products

Lindsey is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian and nutritionist with a soft spot for pie. She empowers people to take charge of their health by finding the balance between the pleasure and nourishment in food. Her philosophy is that you should take care of your body because it’s the only permanent home you have. It’s what inspired her to pursue a career in nutrition and, ultimately, led her to Swanson Health.


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