Making Nut Butters

Nut butters are simply pastes made from ground nuts, popular as spreads and as flavorings for sauces, soups and stews. Peanuts are the most common, but almonds, hazelnuts and cashews all work well, especially for sweet dishes. All-purpose oil helps the emulsification without adding another flavor.


  1. Purée 1 cup/70 g nuts in a food processor or blender until they are ground to a very fine consistency.

  2. Pour in 1-2 tablespoons all purpose oil and continue to process to a paste, 1-2 minutes.

  3. The paste may be quite crunchy, or smooth and creamy, as you like. The volume of nuts will be reduced by half.