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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.
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. When you add it to nut butter you're just adding unnecessary calories that don't have fiber.
Studies have even shown that for several hours after consuming oil your artery function is impaired (for more information visit nutritionfacts.org).
For these reasons, I try to stay away from oil whenever possible. And none of the recipes on this blog have 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.
You can select whichever nuts you prefer though. Each combination of nuts will create a unique flavor.
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When I make this recipe, I just place the nuts in the cold oven and let the oven heat to 350. But either way, the nuts only need a few minutes in the oven.
Step 2. Place pecans, cashews, almonds, and walnuts on a baking tray. Heat for 5-10 minutes until the nuts are fragrant.
Step 3. Remove the nuts from the oven and place in the food processor. Pulse the nuts until they resemble a coarse meal (about 15 pulses).
Step 4. Turn the food processor on high and process for 5-15 minutes (depending on the power of your blender) or until the nuts reach your desired consistency. 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.
Step 5. Add salt and pulse a few times to mix. Enjoy!
You can use whichever nuts or seeds you'd like! Just keep in mind that using something with a strong flavor like peanuts will drastically affect the flavor off the butter.
It tastes like whichever nuts you put in it! If you don't like the taste of a particular nut you can just leave that nut out of the recipe and sub with the same quantity of another nut.
Mixed nut butter, using the four nuts I suggest, has a pretty neutral flavor. It's perfect to add to recipes that call for a neutral butter.
Nope, not really. You might notice that it is slightly nuttier than a butter with oil, but that's just because there are more nuts, and no other flavors to compete.
Personally, I love eating mixed nut butter with a spoon. But you can also spread it on toast, use it as a dip for veggies, or use it in baked goods (see below).
You can sub this nut butter into any recipe that calls for almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, etc.
Some of my favorite recipes using this nut butter are my Black Forest Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Head over to the desserts section of my blog for tons of recipes, most of which use 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.
Love nut butter? Try these delicious single-nut butter recipes:
Or, if you're looking for some recipes that use this Mixed Nut Butter, check out some of my favorites:
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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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