Homemade RAW Nut Butter

by HEAB on March 26, 2009

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Well, after yesterday’s slow yoga class full of long holds, I should have known today would be more fast paced.  Flow after flow after flow.   Child’s Pose has never felt so good!  What an amazing way to start the day.  For those of you that have asked about the differences between Vinysasa Flow yoga and Bikram, I wanted to share with you a great post written on this very subject by Heather over at Hangry Pants. This month’s yoga workshop has consisted of Vinyasa Power yoga, but like the Bikram style, we practice in a heated studio.  Vinyasas and heat – two of my favorite things in life!

Under the tutelage of Polly, I made RAW almond pumpkin seed butter this morning. Polly, you were so right. No roasting or oil required! All it took was a little patience, and I ended up with a creamy mound of raw nut butter. Check it out:

Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter.  It's kind of green, just like my oats. :)

Raw Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter. The pumpkin seeds turned it slightly green...to match my oats. :)

If you think scraping the last bits out of the jar is good, you should try an entire food processor.  I felt a little guilty about all those mini-spoonfuls for about 2 seconds…and then slapped more of my homemade goodness on some fluffy Sun Warrior rice protein pancakes

My last Sun Warrior sample.  Tear. :(

My last Sun Warrior sample. Tear. :(

I then ate the rest of my banana with more of my delicious creation.  Seriously y’all, I could not stop.

img_1795Lunch wasn’t too shabby either.

Speltilcious!

Speltilcious!

I can take no credit for this concoction of goodness.  Inspired by both Polly and Sarah, I made a spelt wrap, but used ground flax seed (2 TBSP) in place of the oil. Great idea Sarah as it added a lovely a mild nutty flavor.  While trying to catch up on emails, I overcooked my wrap just a bit, but I actually enjoyed the extra crunch. It was like eating one gigantic tortilla chip. :)  Wrapped inside was Bender’s Humbecue Salmon Salad, 1/2 mashed avocado, wilted spinach, and a pickle.  Perfect.

Oh, and for those of you who voted for a fro-yo filled date night yesterday…your voice was heard. :)

Dairy free month?  Not last night!

Dairy free month? Not last night!

A while back the generous folks from POM Wonderful sent me some juice samples. You can read all about my POM challenge here.  Recently, I received the following gift from them as well:

 

Thanks POM!  Looks like an interesting read.

Thanks POM! Looks like an interesting read.

Other exciting news in the life of HEAB (Heather Eats Almond Butter):

sisterhood1I was given this thoughtful award from Jessie over at Graze With Me. :)  Thanks so much. Love Jessie! Any girl who thinks it’s wrong when almond butter is missing from breakfast holds a special place in my heart. :) Technically, I’m supposed to nominate other bloggers, but I can never pick and choose from all my favorites. There are too many great ones our there, and I consider all of you my sistahs! (Except for Matt and Zesty, my favorite running and cooking bros!) 

Almond Butter News: Naturally Nutty, the makers of my favorite flavored almond butter, now offers sampler packs, and they’re on sale!  Purchase soon my friends. Good stuff!

Last, but not least, Jenna, author of one of the first blogs I ever read, is training to participate in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Fransisco in October 2009 as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training.  If you’re interested in donating towards this wonderful cause, please visit Jenna’s donation page here.  Jenna, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to follow your Team In Training journey!

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VeggieGirl March 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Yoga, homemade deliciousness food porn, awards… PERFECTION!!!

VeggieGirl March 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

P.S. – ORDER MORE SUN WARRIOR!!! I did :-D

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Your nut butter looks divine. And that fro-yo doesn’t look to shabby either =)

Gotta love butt-kickin yoga too!! Have a great night!

Jenn (eating bender) March 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I tried vinyasa as part of P90X and really enjoyed it. I think I would like it even more in a hot room! I really need to go to a class sometime.

One of my goals for spring is to finally whip up a batch of nut butter in the Vita-Mix. I bought a huge bag of almonds right before I left – I think you can guess which nut butter will be my first experiment ;) If I can spoon it off the sides, you’ve got me sold.

I love your speltilicious concoction! Thanks for the shout out :) You’ve got me craving humbecue! My family never has hummus in the house for some reason – I know, they are insane.

Glad you got some fro yo and congrats on your award! You deserve it, sistah!!

runsarah March 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

That nut butter looks heavenly – I’ll have to try it out!

Chocolate-Covered Katie March 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I gotta try making my own nut butter.

Erica March 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm

OH my gosh- you are so motivating me to make my own nut butter! I wish I had time tonight but I need to finish baking my bread nad packing! I will have to do it when I get back from my trip! HOOOORAY for the froyo!

FoodsThatFit March 26, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful nut butter! I really need to get a more powerful mixer so that I can make my own as well, the Magic Bullet blender ism’t quite powerful enough. :)

I am excited to hear about the sampler packs from Naturally Nutty, their Vanilla Almond Butter lasted about a week in my house and I was the only one eating it!

I really like the idea of using flax instead of oil…I do love the nutty taste that flax adds and it is so good nutrition wise as well!

marafaye March 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Heather, your eats seriously always make me hungry!! They look SO GOOD! I thought of you today as I was standing at the almond butter grinder getting all my lovely almond butter… its so delicious :)

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 26, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Congrats on the award! Well-deserved. Although I think if you were a REALLY good sistah, you’d send me some homemade nut butter. I’m just sayin’. :P

justine March 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Your almond butter looks so much better than mine! Now that we hang out you totally have to make me some!! I love it that you cleaned out what was left in the food processor. It sounds like we both had a little rendezvous with nut butters yesterday. TTYL!

~Justine

RuntoFinish March 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I am a HUUUGE NN fan and actually just bought one of the sampler packs, oh baby.

Do you take yoga everyday? I have thought about it, but places here seem very expensive…or maybe I’m cheap

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Hey Run To Finish,
So glad you ordered the sampler pack. They don’t mess around at Naturally Nutty – such a tasty product.

Regarding yoga costs, you are not cheap! Yoga studio fees are pricey for sure. Thankfully, I got a membership as a Christmas present. Otherwise, I’d be at home with my yoga DVD’s everyday. I’ve been going 6 days a week, and I’m amazed at how much it has changed my body. Love yoga! :)

eatlivelovedream March 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I need to make some more nut butter! I just polished off the last of mine:)
Yay for your award Heather! You deserve all the awards out there!

Erin March 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Your nut butter looks delicious. Making more is on my agenda. I’m not patient enough for the raw, but I’m going to try again. Its like I get nervous and antsy about it, which is weird. Its not homework! I’m silly.
I think that picture of protein cakes solidified that I am making them soon. They look scrumptious!

brandi March 26, 2009 at 7:54 pm

that nut butter looks SO good, Heather! I need to make my own soon.

Sarah March 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Yum to homemade nut butter. I need to make your “banana boat” tomorrow morning. What a great quick yummy treat. I have a ton of bananas that need eating.

Casey March 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm

that wrap looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the dessert below it..oh gosh! Now my stomach is growling :)

elise March 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm

your nut butters look so amazing. geez, im about to lick my comp screen!

Emily March 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Heather,

I would love to make my own nut butter, but sadly my food processor dates back to the *gulp* eighties and is not so powerful. If only the Vita Mix fairy would come and visit me.

Your lunch looks great and that book does look interesting. Free books are always fun. I love getting the advanced readers at work!

With Love,

Emily

Sarah March 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Hey HEABs! Thanks for the shout out. I made flax spelt whole wheat wraps today too, and actually toasted mine so that they were chips! SOOOO good. I dipped them in some guac, to die for. I know you can appreciate, my avocado loving friend.

Yeah Friday!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

Sarah,
Jay Robb is in the mail. :)

That reminds me…I’m going to try the broc guac tonight with the spelt tortillas. Bring on the stench!

Today has been crazy at work. Only 1 so far. Don’t think I’ll reach my 9. How are you doing?

Elizabeth March 26, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Your AB looks perfect! I would be licking that stuff up all day long if I had it around.. so dont feel bad about lovin it! The froyo looks amazing too!

Jessica March 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm

ALMOND… PUMPKIN…. SEED… BUTTER?!?!?!!? DO THEY SELL THIS?!! That sounds deeeelicious! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:29 am

Jessica,
I have seen pumpkin seed butter for sale in health food stores. I also found some online (cheapest I’ve ever seen): http://www.triadtrading.ca/product_info.php?products_id=27. Let me know if you try it.

lilveggiepatch March 26, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Oh MAN that nut butter looks good! Way to go on whipping your own up, especially with a funky flavor!

Congrats on your award :-)

Caroline March 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

I just started reading Rubies in the Orchard today–quite good so far!

Lara (Thinspired) March 27, 2009 at 12:13 am

Very cool that you made it yourself :) I picked up some Barney Butter today so I’ll let you know how I like it…I don’t mind the raw unsalted but it doesn’t give me the same yummy factor as the roasted salted. *Sigh* We’ll see how the BB goes.
Thank you for your thoughts on the running with altitude. I hope you are right!

MizFit March 27, 2009 at 3:47 am

that nut butter looks fantastic.
(and dont tell the POM people but my Toddler loveloveloved the bubble wrap more than I loved the book. :) )

Erin March 27, 2009 at 4:36 am

I’m so glad to hear that guilt didn’t last too long :) That looks SO rich and decadent. I’d be all up in the food processor too, licking the blade and probably cutting my tongue in the process!

Emily March 27, 2009 at 5:45 am

Ah, yoga sounds so great! I really think it works my body differently than running or ellipticizing. Good for the muscles, good for the soul, right? :-)

I’ve never heard of pumpkin seed butter. Sounds interesting and looks really creamy.

I’m glad you got your fro-yo fix!

Congrats on the award, Heather! You certainly deserve it! :-)

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

Emily,
Yoga = happy soul for sure. :)

Tina March 27, 2009 at 5:59 am

I definitely need to try making my own raw nut butter. Yours looks AMAZING! And bananas with nut butter is THE best!!

Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

None of the studios around me offer vinyasa in a heated room. My studio keeps the temp at about 73* but I don’t think that counts. I have a little space heater because I am so cold natured, maybe I will give that a try when I practice at home.

I wonder if you can accomplish homemade nut butter with a kitchen aid blender??

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

Beadie,
I’ve tried making nut butter in my Vita-Mix. It works well, but it’s just much easier (and fun) to clean it out of the food processor, and the processor allows for bigger batches. Kitchen-Aid makes a great blender, but I’m afraid you might burn out the motor. It’s always worth a try, and if you end up with just nut dust, it makes a great cereal or yogurt topping!

I’ve totally done yoga in front of my space heater as I am so cold natured as well. Not quite the same effect as a heated studio, but it still felt nice to be warm in Down Dog. :)

Holly March 27, 2009 at 7:27 am

I love how you couldn’t decide who to give awards to – you are such a sweetie! That would totally be me, too (not because I’m a sweetie, just incredibly indecisive – lol).

Oh my heavens…that fro-yo looks amazing.

And guess what I just finished eating? OAT BRAN. Oh my goodness – were you ever spot on! I loved the texture. Completely different from oatmeal. And it’s insane, but my tummy is incredibly FULL right now. It’s going to be some fierce competition between oatmeal and oat bran for brekkie. I see some punching matches in the future between those two.

Happy Friday!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

Holly,
So glad you tried AND enjoyed the oat bran. Don’t know why it took me so many years to discover it. Love the fullness factor, and I think oat bran would definitely win the boxing match with a clean knock-out!

dailygoods March 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

wow i LOVE that you made your own raw nut butter! did you add anything other than the nuts? it looks so creamy and amazing heather!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

Hey Daily Goods,
Nope, nothing but raw almonds and pumpkin seeds in my food processor for about 10 minutes…with several side scrapes. Yum! :)

healthy ashley March 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

Oh, Heather. Your food… your wonderful, wonderful food. I love it!!

Sweetie Pie March 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

I love adding pumpkin seeds to almost anything. I’d love that butter! I used the last of my raw almonds making my strawberry bars, and it may be time to pick up some more!

Thanks for the tip about Naturally Nutty. I ordered some Zoe’s granola, based on your recommendation, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Yum!! I really do need a little crunch in my yogurt, and it’s perfect!

I hope you have a great weekend, and congrats on your award!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

Sweet Pie,
I had Zoe’s granola this morning – so delicious. I’m glad you tried some. Let me know if you try the Naturally Nutty. They’re really sweet and creamy nut butters and make a great dessert topping. Hope you have a great weekend as well. :)

Susan March 27, 2009 at 9:16 am

That nut butter looks so creamy and delicious! I lovelovelove pumpkin seed butter (and the colour :P ). I thought about adding flax to my tortillas the next time I make them, good to know they can sub in for the oil!

Haleigh March 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

The raw nut butter looks fantastic. I need to stop being intimidated by making my own nut butters and just give it a try.

Jennifer March 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm

so how did you make the butter? how did you get is so creamy? impressive!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Jennifer,
I simply added 4 ounces of raw almond and 1 oz of raw pumpkin seeds to my food processor and let it run for about 8-10 minutes and scraped down the sides a few times. Polly got the same result, but she had to let her processor run about 15 minutes before the almond butter got creamy. That’s it. So easy!

shelby March 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm

HEAVENLY nut butter! I must buy some pumpkin seeds…what was the ratio you used?

Mmm, vanilla almond butter. I must order some soon!

Sammie March 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Heather,
How many ounces of almonds & pumpkin seeds did you use to make the “butter”?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Sammie,
I used 4 ounces of raw almonds and 1 ounce of raw pumpkin seeds. So easy and sooo good!

Michele (aka Raw Juice Girl) March 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Oooooooooooooohhhh, that raw nut butter looks SO good!!!!
:-)
Michele

burpexcuzme March 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I recently made my own almond butter too, albeit with roasted salted ones. how is raw almond butter different taste-wise? I think I would miss the roasty, savory taste, or does raw actually taste better and sweeter maybe?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Hey Burpexcuzme,
The raw almond butter is good, but I think I like the taste of the roasted better myself.

Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!) March 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Scraping out the food processor? That’s totally something I’d do too if I made my own nut butter! :)

ttfn300 March 28, 2009 at 6:29 am

i think i’m off to make some nut butter with whatever i find in my pantry that hasn’t been used in awhile :) that naner looks awesome, as does that fro yo!!!

KL April 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

I have a VitaMix and I’ve tried to make nut butter out of raw almonds — but mine always come out too doughy –never creamy. How did you do it? Please tell….

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm

KL,
I don’t really like using my Vita-Mix for nut butters as it’s difficult to make large batches at one time, and it’s a pain to clean nut butter from down by the blade! I actually use my food processor. Just add 2 cups or so of raw or roasted nuts/seeds in and hit the on button. Usually takes about 5-7 minutes (longer for raw nuts) for the mix to get real creamy, and I have to scrape the sides a few times in the beginning. Looks like nothing but nut dust for a while, but if you let the processor run long enough, you will be rewarded with a lovely batch of homemade creamy nut butter!

Ida March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Hey-I was surfing and looking for a recipe for raw nut butter, and found you! However, the link to “Polly” doesn’t seem to work anymore….can you re-post the recipe or the link??!!
Thanks so much, it looks yummy!!
-Ida

ida March 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm

oops, never mind, I just read all the replies and saw that you talked about it already!

Wayne December 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

For all of you concerned about the mess a food processor makes to clean or are concerned if a blender will work, try this. I use a coffee bean grinder for
a small fresh batch. (about a cup) It is easy to clean and you get a fresher
butter within a minute. I use a seperate grinder for this as I am not sure about pumpkin or almond flavored coffee yet.

HEAB December 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Haha, I think almond flavored coffee sounds pretty darn good! ;)

Thanks for the coffee bean grinder tip Wayne. Good to know.
Happy New Year!

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