3 Savory Recipes Using Nut Butter

We love to find a good way to incorporate the savory umami characteristic of nuts into food. A homemade nut butter is a perfect way to get creative with nuts. Try these recipes that go beyond the standard jarred almond or peanut butter and offer a unique and dynamic addition to your kitchen.

The Basics

You can easily make nut butter by blending your favorite nuts in a food processor. Every 15-20 seconds, scrape down the sides until you get a smooth consistency. Some nuts have higher oil content and the natural oils will begin to seep out more quickly to create the butter texture we are looking for. However there are some nuts that have less oil so adding a dash of neutral oil to this process will allow you to gain the same creamy end result. Often times a few tablespoons of warm water will also help loosen up the mixture allowing for a creamier end product.

Cashew Butter Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2" knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 limes, zested + juiced
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspooon siracha salt/pepper to taste

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a food processor.

HOW TO EAT IT:

Toss dressing with soba noodles and garnish with your favorite vegetables.

Curry Sunflower Butter

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. sun butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 4 oz. yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon warm water
  • salt + pepper to taste

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a food processor.

HOW TO EAT IT:

Drizzle over a salad of pickled cabbage, Asian pear, herb salad and shaved parm.

Pine Nut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt + pepper to taste

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a food processor

HOW TO EAT IT:

Serve with Sicilian meatballs and an herb salad.

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