17 Nut Butter Recipes You Can Make At Home

These DIY nut butters are hearty, healthy, and easy to make.
Almond butter photo via Joanne Cheung/flickr

Almond butter photo via Joanne Cheung/flickr

Nut butters are a great way to add healthy fats and some plant-based protein to a meal or snack. But while pre-packaged nut butters are convenient, many contain hydrogenated oils and preservatives. By making your own nut butter, you’ll cut out artificial ingredients—and you may save money, too. Grab your spoon and check out our list of 17 homemade nut butter recipes that will have you scraping the jar clean.

1. Maple Roasted Nut Butter
via La Casa de Sweets

This nut butter combines almonds, walnuts, hemp powder, flax powder, and chia seeds. By toasting the mixture beforehand, this nut butter takes on a rich flavor. Maple syrup also gives the butter a touch of natural sweetness.

2. Espresso Cacao Cashew Almond Butter
via Pancake Warriors

With the addition of cacao nibs and espresso powder, this almond butter is perfect for an energy boost. Processing the nuts will be easier if you roast them first, but if you choose to leave them raw, make sure to add a little melted coconut oil while processing.

3. Vanilla Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter
via Ambitious Kitchen

Don’t limit yourself to cinnamon—cloves, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice would also work well in this recipe. For a little crunch, stir in chopped almonds at the end.

4. Coconut Almond Butter
via Annadventure

Instead of roasting nuts in the oven, use a skillet to save some time. Processing the nuts until they become creamy takes about five minutes, so just remember to be patient and keep scraping down the sides of the food processor.

5. Almond and Macademia Nut Butter
via Kleinworth and Co.

Roast the almonds beforehand, then get creative with the addition of spices such as ginger. Keep in mind, also, that this recipe may be more successful with a high-powered blender than a food processor.

6. Roasted Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter
via Natural Noshing

While most nut butters are sweet, this one uses garam masala and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a surprisingly savory combination. Roast the almonds in the oven and use a skillet on the stove to toast the pumpkin seeds.

7. Superfood Cashew Butter
via I Can’t Eat What?

By adding chia seeds, which are a great source of fiber and omega-3s, this recipe packs in more nutrients than normal cashew butter. Stored in an airtight container, the butter will last for a week in the fridge.

8. Orange Chocolate Cashew Butter
via My Sequined Life

Three simple ingredients—orange zest, cocoa powder, and cashews—make up this fruity nut butter. Dip pretzels, whole-wheat crackers, or some fruit into it for a healthy snack.

9. Coconut Mocha Cashew Butter
via Diary of an Ex Sloth

Ready in fewer than 20 minutes, this coconut mocha cashew butter incorporates chocolate chips and coconut flakes for decadent flavor. The addition of coconut oil and maple syrup helps the nut butter become extra creamy.

10. Homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
via Live Well Bake Often

Instead of normal peanuts, this recipe uses honey roasted nuts in order to create a sweet and salty combination. While the recipe suggests using vegetable or canola oil, try peanut oil to retain the nutty flavor.

11. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter
via Honey and Figs Kitchen

Blending dates together creates a sticky substance that’s a healthy substitute for traditional, sugar-laden caramel. The use of coconut milk also adds to the caramel flavor and consistency.

12. Honey’n Spice Sunflower Seed Butter
via Beth Dunham

Rather than using peanut butter or almond butter on toast, try this sunflower butter. Make sure you don’t leave out the lemon zest, as it complements the spicy flavors of the cinnamon and cardamom.

13. Chocolate Sunbutter
via In It 4 The Long Run

While it may look like fudge, this rich sunflower seed butter uses only cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla. Try spreading the chocolate sunbutter on top of bananas or mixing it into oatmeal for an energizing breakfast.

14. Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter
via Civilized Caveman Cooking

This recipe directs you to peel the skins off the hazelnuts after you roast them, but that can be labor intensive. Instead, try placing them on a clean towel as soon as they come out of the oven and rubbing them together.

15. Roasted Sweet Vanilla Pecan Butter
via Strength and Sunshine

The recipe calls for vanilla stevia, but you can also use regular stevia and a couple drops of vanilla. Maple syrup and honey are also good sweetener options.

16. Cinnamon Honey Walnut Butter
via Busy in Brooklyn

In this recipe, walnuts combine with cinnamon and honey for a sweet and sticky nut butter. If you have time, try soaking the walnuts beforehand and laying them out to dry. This will improve the taste and may make it easier to digest the nutrients.

17. Pistachio Walnut Butter
via Sweet Remedy

Since this recipe uses only pistachios and walnuts, there’s an opportunity to customize your butter with spices, fruit zest, or additional nut and seeds. Toast the nuts beforehand and add a little coconut oil while processing if the mixture isn’t holding a creamy texture.


Asia Bradlee Asia Bradlee, Contributor at Boston Magazine asia@bodybyasia.com