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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jenna April 29, 2012

Oh, Angela, I LOVE your new name banner up there! It’s gorgeous! I hope you make your book cover’s name like that :)

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Cassie April 29, 2012

Hi Angela,
Happy Sunday!

First of by saying I love the new banner and thank you for posting this wonderful and nutritious recipe. I made this recipe. Let me tell you…when theses nuts were done baking i couldnt stop eating them however i went ahaead and made the Kitchen sink nut butter!!

It was Heavenly Good, so good that i divided into two batches …one as is and the other i added melted dark chocolate in coconut oil..yummmy. I had it with rice cakes and i dipped quinoa cookies in it…delish..

FOr MY SUNDAY BREAKFAST:
i added a tbsp of the nut butter without the dark chocolate to my sprouted Buck wheat porridge using your inspiration( sprouted for two days) 1/4 cup sprouted buckwheat with 1/2 cup almond milk , 2 pitted dates , 1 tbsp kitchen sink butter,1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg , gingercardamon all blended . added an extra 1/4 cup of sprouted buckwheat,chopped apple , sprouted sunflower and pumpkin seeds on top for an extra crunch to the porridge.

Thank you for always sharing and inspiring others. I will definitely be buying your book when it comes out…God BLess

Happy SUnday

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth April 29, 2012

LOVEE the new header! So beautiful and creative. Definitely embodies the spirit of the blog.

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Luv What You Do April 29, 2012

I haven’t made nut butter in a long time, but I think that I reallly want some. I like the mixture of nuts!

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Gabby April 29, 2012

Just made this recipe in the exact same food processor. I agree about everything being perfect except the crumbs in lid thing. Delicious nut butter!

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Catherine April 29, 2012

I adore your new banner! So creative!! You must have had so much fun putting that together. And the wood is a great backdrop.

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Felechia April 29, 2012

I have a Cuisinart. Love it. For easy cleaning of the lid, when I am making something messy, I put a piece of Saran over the top before I secure the lid in place :)

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Sarah C April 29, 2012

This seems like such a cool idea – I never thought of making my own nut butter. Thanks! Do you think it would work with raw nuts rather than toasted ones? I hear that raw ones have more of the nutrients (or something like that).

Don’t hold your breath on Cuisinart fixing that crumb problem in future models. I have this same processor but in the 2003 model and it does the same thing (and other bad things too, like overflow liquids at the point where the blade fits on – so watch out for that!). I’ve also been very disappointed with Cuisinart customer service (I’ve contacted them on several occasions about issues and gotten ZERO response. BOO).

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Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com April 29, 2012

This is one amazing nut butter recipe! I’m very glad that you included hemp seeds in it. Unfortunately not too many people know about their great health benefits, and primarily associate them with something else :) But it is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fiber as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals.

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Lena April 29, 2012

Whoops! My food processor overheated really quickly and may or may not be smoking as we “speak.” At least I still got some delicious “candied” nuts out of this nut butter adventure!

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LizAshlee April 30, 2012

Great job on the new header!

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Cookie and Kate April 30, 2012

Look at that pretty food processor! I inherited a blue Cuisinart food processor from my grandmother over a year ago. At first, I didn’t know what to do with it, but now I couldn’t go without it! I also get crumbs stuck in the lid, though. So far I’ve only had success making pecan butter, but I think I’ll give your kitchen sink recipe a try!

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Stephanie April 30, 2012

Finally bought my first food processor and this recipe was my first to try. One word. Fantabulous :)

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Holly Cunningham May 1, 2012

I got the same food processor as a wedding gift last summer. I say “I” because don’t think my husband knows how to turn it on :) It is constantly in use and I don’t know what we did without it! I haven’t ventured into the world of nut butters yet but this could be a good fix for my expensive almond butter addiction! I definitely have the same complaint about the lid so it’s great to read everybody’s tips and tricks.

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Leah @ DeLeahLicious May 1, 2012

My friend told me I had to check out this recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

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Melbourne Personal Trainer May 2, 2012

Does this store well?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

it should keep for a month in a sealed container in the fridge. Ive had another nut butter I made keep for over 2 months so far!

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Liz May 2, 2012

This nut butter looks delish! I attempted to make it and it didnt work out :( Spent 30 minutes with my food processor buzzing and continuously stopping to scrape down the sides but all I got was wet dough. After 30 minutes I was discouraged and gave up. I have a KitchenAid processor, which I’m assuming was the problem. Looks like I’ll have to stick to store bought for now

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Aw Im sorry to hear that Liz! It seems like only the heavy duty processors work for nut butter making.

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Pippi May 2, 2012

Made the kitchen sink nut butter exactly as written, and mine did not get smooth. Is there anyway to smooth it out. I do not want to throw all those nuts I used away. Right now it is in my refrigerator, but not smooth.

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Becky May 3, 2012

Yum! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

My Mom bought a Cuisinart Classic food processor in ~1986 (before they were classic). It still runs great, but some of the plastic pieces cracked a couple months ago. In shopping for a new food processor, I was surprised to find the same model still on the market. I figure, if it can last from 1986 – 2012 while being used on a regular basis, then I should buy it again. I am now the happy owner of a 2012 Cusinart Classic food processor : )

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J.C. May 6, 2012

I’ve been wanting a food processor for a long time now, & after reading this post, I convinced my husband that I *needed* this one (the 12 cup version) for an early Mother’s Day present. Ironically, he found an amazing deal on it at Costco yesterday, & I already love it! I made this nut butter today & it is SOOO delicious! I’m hoping that this helps my 5y/o transition from boring PB&J sandwiches to something more nutritious. Yay! Thanks so much for this post & your many other yummy recipes! :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 7, 2012

Glad to hear that!

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Shannon H. May 8, 2012

Love your blog, I don’t get to comment often, but your recipes are amazing.

I have the same food processor and putting the lid on the top rack of my dishwasher makes cleaning the top easy.

I may have to try the plastic wrap recommendation above, as that sounds pretty easy as well!

Good Luck! I love my food processor!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 8, 2012

Thank you Shannon!

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Belmont Boswell May 9, 2012

I finally made this. It is SO yummy!!!! I had the same problem as others getting the creamy texture. It came out crumbly even after 15min. of processing and adding extra coconut oil. BUT, that has not slowed me or my husband down from digging in! SO GOOD! :)

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Kristi June 17, 2012

Oh nooooo, I just killed my food processor making this nut butter!! Its not in butter form yet, but it’s delicious anyway :-)

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kim August 12, 2012

Quick question – is there a good sub for the coconut oil and or the hemp?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 13, 2012

Hey Kim! You can leave the hemp seed out if need be and the oil can be left out too or you can sub with a light tasting oil or a bit of earth balance maybe?

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Sondra November 3, 2012

I love making this – so good! It takes forever in my little processor and I think I’m going to kill it every time I make this. I’d like to get a new one for Christmas. Is your Cuisinart still holding up good for you?

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Michelle December 25, 2012

I made this two days ago….and it’s already gone! My husband and daughter ate most of it before I could. Making another batch today, but this time I’m going to double it. It’s absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!

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Bethany January 15, 2013

I just made this and went full on honey badger on the bowl after scraping it. Anyone who goes from scraping to sink has lost their stinking mind! I was trying to figure out the best way to get my fingers in the crease at the bottom of the bowl. Haha! Thank you so much for posting this! I foresee myself heading back to the store for more almonds tomorrow and making this again before the day is over. I have a TON of every other ingredient left, and fortunately, the almonds are the cheapest part. I cannot say enough how amazing this is!
Sidenote, we too have a Cuisinart, and it did a fantastic job. It took more like 15 minutes in the food processor, but it did come to the drippy consistency you said.
Enough posting and back to eating… with toasted Ezekiel 4:9 bread. Oh, HEAVEN! |D

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Shoko January 22, 2013

Hi Angela, I tried this amazing nut butter last night but didn’t quite come out the way your pic looks. You say “The mixture will be very drippy” but mine wasn’t quite there yet. I tried adding more maple syrup but what do you think I did wrong? I still can eat it and love it but I want to make them more DRIPPY on next batch. Any suggestion? (FYI- I used Vitamix Blender)

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Julie January 31, 2013

Has anyone tried the nutri bullet? My sister in law recommended it to use as a juicer and food processor. I’m all new to this!!

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GeraDessiel Simon February 15, 2013

RICH GOOD things to your SOUL!
What would be the best appliance to use for straining Nut butters to Nut Beverages?!

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Jana Cervinka February 17, 2013

Yummy! After roasting the nuts & seeds & maple syrup it was hard to stop eating the bits off of the roasting pan and get them into the food processor! Love the result – the sweetness will replace my craving for jam on my nut butter. Bravo!

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Kathy August 2, 2013

I know this is an old post, but I have been trying to make small amounts of nut butters (1 c nuts) in my food processor and once the nuts get chopped up, they slide under the blades and nothing gets processed into butter. I scrape and add more liquid, but the nuts continue to gather under the blades and after 20 minutes or so, I just give up. I don’t make large amounts of butter because I am the only one that uses it. Can you suggest another way to process these so they will eventually turn to butter? I’m assuming my processor is too large for the amount I am making. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

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Barbara August 21, 2013

Hi Angela,

Really glad Dr Lee told me how great your blog is.
You are so inspiring!
I am really trying to change my way of eating and will need to get a food processor ( never had one before) and wanted to check that you still love the 14 cup cuisinart food processor you recommended. I have never owned one before but want to get a good one that will last.

Thanks, Barbara

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Barbara August 21, 2013

Oops really wanted to get that idea across that I do not know how to use a food processor! Ha ha.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 21, 2013

Hey Barbara, I’m so happy to hear you enjoy the blog! Thank you :)
Yes I still use and enjoy my 14 cup Cuisinart, however I don’t necessarily think you need one that large. I think a 12 cup would be more than enough. Just my two cents. Take care!

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Christine January 13, 2014

My old food processor was cheap and so loud I can’t make butters due to apartment living. Is the cuisine art loud?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2014

I wouldnt say the machine itself is overly loud – it’s more the clattering of the nuts that makes the loud noise! Luckily, this only last for 5 seconds or so until they break down. :)

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Christine January 14, 2014

Thanks! Based off your article I went out and got the 12 cup cruisiart elite processor and it was well worth the money. My cheaper B&D processor took 30+ min and could not be in the same room without earplugs. My new one took 12 min flat. Thanks for the great info!

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Jessica February 24, 2014

Hi Angela;

any update on how the processor fared post cookbook? would love an update.

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2014

its still going strong and I LOVE it!

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Anke July 26, 2014

Hi Angela, I just love your Website and your recipes are absolutely awesome!!! Thank you so much =O)
The reason for writing in this post is the cuisineart 12 cup food processor I got today. First thing I made was almond butter. Super easy and really quick. Second thing were the Yolos from your book. They are SO yummy!!!
As I read all the comments here about what a pain it is to clean the lid, I wasnt so much looking forward to that part… but what can you do? It came out that cleaning the lid is not a problem at all. As this post is originally from 2012 you probably figured that out yourself already. But I wanted to share anyways. I put the lid into the sink with a little water and brushed it with a dishwashing brush, rinsed it and it was all clean again. Very easy =O)
Wishing you all the best for you, the baby and your hubby as well.
Greetings from Germany, Anke

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