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Today I'm sharing a delicious recipe for my favorite oil-free mixed nut butter. I'm a huge fan of nut butter. Peanut butter. Almond butter. Cashew butter. The list could go on. God gave us such a glorious gift when He created nuts. So why just have one kind? Today I used pecans, cashews, almonds, and walnuts, but you can use any mixture of nuts you want -- just pick your favorites!
Let's talk about oil. Many people think oil is necessary to create smooth, tasty nut butter. While it can speed up the process, I am here to say that oil is NOT required. In fact, I recommend you don't use oil at all.
God created good fruits and vegetables, but sometimes humans do not-so-good things to them. Oil is a processed product, made by pressing olives, vegetables, etc. until almost everything that was once healthy is removed. You are left with a thick, calorie dense liquid, void of nutrition.
Studies have even shown that for several hours after consuming oil your artery function is impaired (for more information visit nutritionfacts.org). For that reason, I try to stay away from oil.
The good news is that we can make smooth, creamy nut butter without oil at all. The trick is to heat the nuts in the oven for a few minutes before you process them. The heat from the oven allows the nuts to release their natural oils. Then, when you put them in the food processor, the (unprocessed) oil from the nuts serves as the oil you would add.
To take advantage of the natural oils, I used pecans and walnuts. Both nuts are higher in fat, which means they have higher oil content (and therefore creates super creamy mixed nut butter). For a sweet flavor, I chose cashews. The walnuts provide essential omegas. I added almonds which provide vitamin E, copper, and manganese, among other nutrients. Once they are nice and toasty, I place them in my food processor, pulse to break them up, and then process on high, pausing when I notice the nuts aren't moving to scrape down the sides.
When you heat the nuts first, you drastically reduce the time spent in the food processor. Mine took about 10 minutes. Stop the processor when you reach your desired consistency and enjoy your delicious oil-free nut butter.
Jesus, thank you for the gift of the nuts that grow from the earth. Thank you for giving us the tools to produce delicious creations. Watch over us in the preparation of this nut butter. Let the time spent cooking and enjoying this treat be a way to glorify You. In Your name, we pray, Amen.
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Oil-Free Mixed Nut Butter is a delicious combination of your favorite nuts. This nut butter is perfect for using in baked goods, spreading on toast, or eating with a spoon!
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