Kitchen Sink Nut Butter & Cuisinart Food Processor Review

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After dealing with a leaky (and often explosive) food processor for over a year, it was finally time to break down and hunt for a new one. Next to my blender the food processor is my second most used kitchen appliance, so I want one that does the job well. After asking for your input on my Facebook page and reading reviews, I decided to buy the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor. I heard mostly positive things about Cuisinart processors and figured it was worth a shot!

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So far, it lives up to the hype! I’ve been using it for a couple months now and it works great. I also love the huge buttons on the front. It’s straight-forward and easy to use which is always a good thing for those of us who are appliance challenged. [This is coming from the girl who broke a previous food processor on the very first try. I blame the bone-dry honey dates!] I am looking forward to trying out the dough setting too.

My only complaint is that crumbs get stuck in the lid and I haven’t found an easy way to get them out. A butter knife seems to do the trick, but it’s a bit annoying that I can’t seem to take apart the lid. I read that others have this problem too, so hopefully Cuisinart remedies this in their next release.

Since my purchase, I’ve been making nut butter like nobody’s business. What better way to break in a new processor and see what it’s worth? This one today is a lovely “every day” nut butter just bursting with nutrition.

So far, the new Cuisinart is holding its own. I’ll report back at the end of cookbook testing. It could be a long road…

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Kitchen Sink Nut Butter

My goal was to pack as many healthy ingredients in as possible. I ended up adding walnuts, almonds, pecans, flax, chia, hemp, pure maple syrup, fine grain sea salt, pure vanilla extract, and a touch of coconut oil for an ultra silky feel. You can’t tell by the photo how many amazing ingredients are lurking inside, but it’s packing a nutritional powerhouse. Feel free to play around with the seeds and nuts depending on what you have in your own kitchen.

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Yield: approx 1.25-1.5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • fine grain sea salt, to taste (you want the flavour to pop!)

 

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, seeds, and maple syrup. Spread out mixture onto baking sheet and bake for about 14-15 minutes minutes or until lightly golden, stirring once half way through. Watch closely after 10 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before placing into a food processor. Process for about 10 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl every 30-60 seconds as needed. The mixture will be very drippy and smooth when it’s ready. It may seem like it will never come together, but don’t lose hope. Add in the vanilla, salt, and coconut oil and process until combined and smooth.

3. If you’d like crunchy almond butter, stir or pulse in chopped nuts. Store in a sealed container in the fridge. Will keep for at least 1 month.

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I don’t say this often, but the best part of this recipe is the clean up!

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I’ll be back this weekend with my new blog header and winner of the giveaway! Have a great Friday.

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osgmom April 27, 2012

Can’t wait to get home to make this nut butter!

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Shana April 27, 2012

I have been debating for 5 MONTHS about which food processor to buy because I wanted to be sure it could handle making nut butter. After reading this, I think I’ve finally made up my mind. Thank you for the review!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 27, 2012

Ooh, I really appreciate the review on the food processor. I got a cheap one to see if I would ever use it and since I do, I’m looking to upgrade. In the meantime, I’m making some of that butter! Happy Friday!

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LizAshlee April 27, 2012

Mmmm…I absolutely love nut butter…of almost any type…the more the merrier! My Ninja was my most used kitchen appliance and it just died a couple weeks back and I broke down and got a Vitamix-I am LOVING it!! Have a great weekend!

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Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen April 27, 2012

What a great idea! It makes me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?!?” I love how you coat the nuts/seeds in maple syrup and toast them before hand. It’s almost like you made CANDIED kitchen sink nut butter. YUM.O.

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Melissa @ squatsandsquash April 27, 2012

We love our cuisinart food processor that we got as a wedding gift! I have yet to try it to make nut butter though. Thanks for the recipe it looks delicious!!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love April 27, 2012

I have the same food processor and I love it, so many things that can be done using it!!

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Laura (Five Focus) April 27, 2012

I heart my Cuisinart! I don’t even bother putting it back in the cupboard anymore since I know i’ll just be pulling it right back out again.
Running out the door to pick up my weekly nut stash- totally making this this afternoon- Thx!

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Amy Malone April 27, 2012

Have I read that you have a Vita-Mix? I do and wanted to know if you do, have youever made the nut butters with it? if so which speed? Thanks! Love your recipes and posts!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

Yes I do. I tried making nut butter with it and I really didnt like making it this way…it was so hard to scoop out! I def. prefer using a processor when making nut butter. Personal preference though!

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Kelly April 27, 2012

I have this food processor also and that is my one complaint, the crumbs getting stuck in the lid! Usually I take a “vegan butter” knife and run it around to dislodge anything. My old food processor actually died while making almond butter. It overheated and the motor melted inside. I have not tried making nut butter with this yet, since I’m still wary, but I may have to try this, it looks delish!

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Robyn April 27, 2012

Yep,,,I agree with the bits in the lid,,,very annoying,,,and yep clean-up is the best part. Can’t wait to try your nut butter<3

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Cindy April 27, 2012

I don’t have a food processor. Is there any way I could do this in the blender?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

You can make nut butter in a vitamix, but I’m not sure about other blenders. Maybe someone else can comment to this if they have tried it.

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Melissa October 2, 2013

I’ve made nut butters in all kinds of blenders. It works, but it definitely shows how some blenders are *much* better designed than others.

With an inferior blender, you have to be a lot more hands on–scraping the sides, blending in short bursts–than with the Cuisinart.

Burn out is a real danger, but you can avoid it by letting the motor rest in between 10-20 second grids.

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Anda April 27, 2012

I have a KitchenAid blender. I tried making nut butter with it and it didn’t work – it’s not powerful enough and it overheated. I ended up adding almond milk and fruit to make a very nutty smoothie.

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Jessica @ Chockohlawtay April 27, 2012

Mmmm that’s one great ingredient list :) I’ve been wanting a food processor for forever but my dorm is just too small… I’ve been looking at the 4-cup ones… I hope I can make this nut butter with THAT puny thing

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Lulu April 27, 2012

I make nut butter all the time in my mini Cuisinart, works just fine :)

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Kelly April 27, 2012

Which mini Cuisinart do you have Lulu?

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Lulu April 27, 2012
Jessica @ Chockohlawtay April 27, 2012

Really?! That just made my day! Gonna take look at food processors now :)
Thanks!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 27, 2012

I love kitchen sink nut butters! I did one with Brazil nuts one and it was ah-mazing. I also like to add spices to mine… so chocolate chunks, of course. :)

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Carolina April 27, 2012

Hmm that’s funny I’m getting my sister one of these for a wedding present!

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Ashley April 27, 2012

Oh man, I love everything you put into this one!! I also make nut butter constantly and looove my Cuisinart. Sometimes, if we’re out, I’ll even make it in the morning while I’m cooking breakfast. Obsessed.

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) April 27, 2012

That looks amazing! I love all the ingredients, so this will be a must-make. Maybe I’ll be able to coax my 5-year-old to try it. He avoids nut butters (even peanut butter) like the plague!

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Sandy B April 27, 2012

Wow! I have to try this! Amazing ingredient list.

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 27, 2012

Oooh I love the combination of nuts! I’ve never made or tried a multi-nut butter before!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 27, 2012

I’ve been without my food processor for about 2 years now (it was in Florida with my mom, while I was in Ohio and then Georgia). I should finally have it back in about a month … it will be a glorious day when I can make delicious nut butters like this one again! ;)

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Somer April 27, 2012

I was going to buy more peanut butter and almond butter today since we go through it like banshees on steroids in this house! I have the food processor, I have all the ingredients. Somehow, it hasn’t clicked to make my own :/ I even have (clearly) plenty of all ready lidded glass storage jars to help me identify any concoction I want to make. Oh and I agree with the cuisinart food processor. It really is the best. Every post you write inspires me!

Thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

I hope you enjoy it if you end up making your own. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you know what to expect it’s really easy. It may feel like it will never come together, but keep going and keep stopping to scrape it down!

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Somer April 27, 2012

Good to know! I will be ultra patient ;) Thanks again!

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Amelia April 27, 2012

Darn that clean up. ;) There are just some places where a spatula won’t fit, right??

So many powerhouse seeds and nuts all in one!

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Willow April 27, 2012

Mmm! I love making nut butters, but have never put so many different nuts/seeds in one batch. Great idea, I will definitely try this!

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ashley rebekah April 27, 2012

i have tried so many times to make your lovely nut butters with my cuisinart food processor. i have had zero luck!

i’ve tried using raw nuts, roasted nuts, adding oil, not adding oil, and it just never gets to that creamy/spreadable stage. i wind up with a wasted pile of something between fudge and glue. i think i’m about ready to blame my cuisnart, as it’s about 8 years old and probably extraordinarily upset with me that i keep trying to make nut butters… i hear people who swear by vitamixes, but i think that may be a few pay grades down the road for me :)

any tips for this newbie? i don’t think it’s a patience/time thing as i often give it at least 15 minutes, if not 25, of constant whirring and scraping down of the sides…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

That is strange indeed! I think I’ve heard that the size of processor can affect the outcome. What size are you using?

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Cait's Plate April 27, 2012

The food processor looks great so far but that nut butter looks AMAZING!! :)

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Audrey April 27, 2012

This is the same food processor we have and I really like it. I agree with you about the lid, though. I also find that sometimes stuff leaks near the back when you take the lid off. It’s not a big deal, though, and ultimately I’ve been very happy with it. I like how quiet it is, too! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

yes I’ve noticed that too about removing the lid…forgot about that!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 27, 2012

Ang- I have the same food processor and the same problem with the crumbs. I’ve found the best method to be one of those bristle scrub brushes b/c you can get a few of the bristles in between the plastic edge and the other part. Other than that, I’m totally in love with it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

that’s a great tip, thanks!

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Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious April 28, 2012

Hi Angela,

If you are not using the shoot in a recipe, you can cover the bottom of the lid with a pice of plastic wrap before tightening it on the bowl.

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Bjorg April 27, 2012

I always get addicted to a Single but butter, now it’s sunflower butter.

This sounds like a great combination :) all my favorite nuts in the same jar !

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Alex @ Raw Recovery April 27, 2012

Mmm, I love nut butter but don’t have a food processor to make it, plus I’m lazy. I do love Mara Natha Almond butter though and for a massive jar at Costco for $5 I can’t beat the convenience! The recipe looks great though!

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Tracy P April 30, 2012

Good to know that price at Costco. It is so reasonable. I’m on a fixed income + really can not afford to purchase the nuts. Thanks again for the heads up.

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Angela April 27, 2012

Great idea….looks delicious. Do you ever soak your raw nuts overnight before making nut butter? I keep reading to do this and don’t really get what the point of it is. Maybe to make sure they are clean? Anyway…just wondering if you heard of that too.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

I haven’t before (I always seem to forget), but I will have to try it out. I’ve heard soaking nuts and seed releases the enzyme inhibitors and aids in digestion.

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Laura May 3, 2012

It also makes completely natural Almond Milk etc.

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Holly @ Pink-Runner.com April 27, 2012

I just got a 14 cup Cuisinart food processor too! I haven’t tried it yet, but would love to make nut butter! :)

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lela pruitt April 27, 2012

Oh I would love this cookbook. I am not Vegan yet (I have 5 free range hens for eggs and several honey bee hives. But 6weeks ago I discovered the green monster, yum! And one recipe led to another. And when I discovered quinoa and garbanzo beans and vegan burgers I became hooked. Love the one with sweet potatoes.I have so much enery now and have lost 15 pounds without trying. I always feel full and satisfied. Why did I wait till I was 61 to change my eating habits?

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 27, 2012

“My only complaint is that crumbs get stuck in the lid and I haven’t found an easy way to get them out.” Seriously… this drives me NUTS?! I bought this exact same food processor and love it to pieces. The dough setting? Out of this world amazing. I swear my gluten-free naan just couldn’t be the same without it. But you’re right, the lid is a major issue. I made flax and hemp butter in it a couple of months ago. Imagine sticky flax pieces all up in the lid. Similar; I’m sure, to what you experienced with this nut butter. I’m still finding pieces of flax buried deep in there.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

hah yea I feel you o the lid…hope they fix this issue!

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Lynn April 27, 2012

Ooh, I have that same exact complaint about the lid on my cuisinart! Such a pain!

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katie@ KatieDid April 27, 2012

I literally just shut off my food processor from making almond butter. Love how you’re left with warm nut butter when you make it from home… love how much went into your recipe, sounds so great!

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth April 27, 2012

Excited about your new header! When you shifted to this one I was so excited–so beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you put up next.

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Emily April 27, 2012

I have a trick for you with food getting stuck in the lid–cover the underside of the lid with plastic wrap. It won’t work if you’re streaming in oil, but for making things like nut butter, where you dump everything in at once and wait, it works fine. When you’re done, you can just peel of the plastic wrap and only clean up the bowl!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

awww I see what you mean…interesting :)

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Donna April 27, 2012

If you need to stream something into the processor, just cut out the plastic wrap under the feed tube. I generally just cut out the hole while the lid is on as the wrap is already stretched tight so it’s easy to do. I also just put the plastic wrap over the bowl and then snap the lid on over it. You can use a slightly heavier weight zip lock bag and cut out one side of it to make a sort of re-usable cover. Because it’s a bit thicker than saran wrap you can wash it after use. The lid will still snap closed although just give an extra push to be sure it’s snapped tightly due to the extra thickness. I prefer this than going through a lot of plastic wrap.

This drawback with the lid is one of those things where I shake my head and wonder if the genius product designers/engineers actually *used* the thing they were making, or did they figure that it’s not a big deal to have to wash the lid and two feed tubes every damned time you made anything in the bowl? And that little bits get up into every crack and cranny of the lid? If we can sort out a simple plastic wrap solution, surely they can come up with something to address this!

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Melissa October 2, 2013

Cuisinart makes a flat cap without all the chutes and tube-stoppers. It’s sold separately,of course, but at least it is under $25 :)

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Lina April 27, 2012

Angela, this is just a kind-of-off topic question, but since you mentioned your cookbook, I thought I’d ask. I signed up for your cookbook email/newsletter and got the confirmation email, but nothing beyond that. Is it just that since the cookbook is coming out in 2014, there isn’t much to say yet, or am I missing all the emails that are supposed to come?

Your blog is my number one favorite, so I just don’t want to miss out on anything! <3 The nut butter looks fan-freaking-tastic!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 27, 2012

Nope you aren’t missing anything Lina! Thanks for following up. I haven’t had time yet to do it since the move, but it’s on the list! I will likely blog about the first newsletter when it goes out so you can expect it. :)

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Lina April 27, 2012

Ok, thanks!

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Brigitte April 27, 2012

This is so great, after recently trying Justin’s Maple Almond Butter (and becoming addicted to it!) I’ve been wanting to make my own since that particular almond butter is a little on the pricey side. So this came at the perfect time. I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for the post Angela!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 27, 2012

Great info about liking that model. There is always debate between that one and the KitchenAid’s. Thanks for sharing your feedback and that overall you’re super happy.

And that nut butter is calling my name!

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Meghan @ Making Love In the Kitchen April 27, 2012

Ooooh, great recipe! And is there anything more fun than playing in the kitchen with a new machine?! Thanks for sharing this- will have to consider upgrading my food processor soon!

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