Chunky Cinnamon Raisin Nut Butter Recipe

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I’ve been on a total nut butter gifting spree lately. By the time I’m finished rattling all these nuts in my food processor, I may need a very strong hearing aid. Eric is convinced I’m slowly going deaf, so I guess covering my ears for dear life while processing nuts isn’t helping much. These things should come with ear protection, don’t you think?

Mind you, this is coming from the guy whose subwoofer and surround sound used to blast me out of the house when he played his beloved Counterstrike game on his computer. He also likes to watch movies so loud, you feel like you’re sitting in an IMAX theatre and the floor is about to fall out from under you. Yes, I’m pretty sure he’s lost more hearing than I have.

Despite the noise, I love making nut butter – it just feels so gourmet and fancy, not to mention once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy. Without a doubt, it has to be made in the right processor though. In the wrong processor, making nut butter can be a complete nightmare with engines blown out, powdery nuts, and even melted processor parts. I’ve experienced all of these in the past, which is why I don’t recommend making nut butter unless you have a high-powered, heavy-duty processor that can handle the task. I have a 12-cup Cuisinart processor and it works very well for making nut butter, although the lid can be a pain to clean at times.

There just so happens to be a lot of nut-butter crazed people in my life, all of whom are female. Coincidence? I made this Maple Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter for my sister Kristi, the peanut butter fanatic. I’m pretty excited for her to try this because I don’t think she’s ever been around to sample any of my homemade nut butters before! It’s currently traveling across the Canadian prairies and will soon be on her doorstep any minute now…that is, unless someone else gets to it first. Did I mention a customs dude once ate half a box of my Glo bars before proceeding with the shipment? I’m kinda paranoid now.

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Chunky Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

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Yield = approx 1 cup + 6 tbsp

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts + 1/3 cup for later
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts*
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 5 tbsp Sucanat sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins

 

1. Place 2 cups of peanuts and macadamia nuts into food processor and process until the mixture resembles peanut butter, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl if necessary. This can take up to 10 minutes.

2. Process in the cinnamon, salt, Sucanat, and vanilla, adding gradually. The sweetener will at first thicken the peanut butter quite a bit, but keep processing and the heat will eventually melt the sugar and smooth out the nut butter once again. If it still looks too thick, keep processing!

3. Pulse in the raisins and 1/3 cup of reserved peanuts, leaving it very chunky.

Notes: 1) Macadamia nuts, thanks to their high oil content, create a super silky and decadent nut butter, however this recipe should work without it. It just might come out a bit thicker. 2) I do not recommend subbing the dry granulated sugar for a liquid sweetener like maple syrup. Maple syrup has ruined batches of my nut butter in the past because it can thicken and create a strange texture in nut butter. If you don’t have Sucanat, brown sugar may work but you probably won’t need to use as much.

nutritional info see bottom of recipage entry.

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Still to come – the double cookie dough balls and cookie dough nut butter I made for my sister Kerrie.

I’d love if some of you could share below if you’ve had success – or not – with your particular food processor brand (or blender) when making nut butter. I think this would be really helpful for those wondering if their machine will fit the bill! Share your horror stories and successes….

I’ll start with one of my own stories. Minutes after opening a brand new Kitchenaid food processor a few years ago, I decided to process some pitted honey dates. Did I mention they were dry as a bone? Yeah, bad idea. After only seconds of processing in my sparkly new machine, I managed to melt part of the plastic on the processing blade and overheat the machine rendering it useless. I had to send it back to be repaired (which luckily they did), but my processing confidence never fully recovered…

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 17, 2012

I want to dive into the canister of your food processor and never come out :)

Peanut butter, loaded with cinnamon-sugar, raisins – those are ome of my favorite things and flavors on earth! I bet this is just beyond words delicious! Your sister Kristi is a very lucky girl!

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Tanya @ playful and hungry December 19, 2012

That is exactly what I was thinking! ;)

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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie December 17, 2012

Looks SO good! I had one of those packets of Justin’s almond butter w/ maple and it was delicious so I can only imagine how amazing this would be!

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Fit Missy December 17, 2012

I tried making nut butter in my regular blender. Let’s just say it didn’t work! :(

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Tanya @ playful and hungry December 19, 2012

you ned a heavy duty one… =/ (like a vita mix or omni blend….)

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Shundara@ SavyNaturalista December 17, 2012

Wow I didn’t know raisins could be put into nut butters what a wonderful gift and a great snack; I am hoping to get a food processor for Christmas!!

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Alissa December 17, 2012

Oh my gosh!!! This sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to try it out, your sister is a very lucky girl!

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Lia @ Sojourning December 17, 2012

Oh man! That’s not good for that Kitchenaid! I killed my mom’s old Cuisineart food processor trying to make almond butter a year or so ago. I think this recipe sounds great, almost like a gourmet PB&J in a spread. Wholesome though, not like those weird ones they sell at the grocery store. I use my Vitamix to make nubutters, but it is hard to control the chunkiness. I’ve been wanting a good food processor to do this stuff. One day.

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Janina Locascio December 17, 2012

This looks amazing.. anything packed with nuts and dried fruit is to die for. The best things about these types of butters is that they go great on ANYTHING and are a filling addition to toast, muffins, breads, etc. I peeked at my X-mas gifts this year and saw a little Vitamix sitting in the closet :X hehe can’t wait to make this with the new blender!

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Clare December 18, 2012

Can you get the Vitamix to make nut butter in the regular jug? I find it just sticks to the bottom and sides and never turns into butter.

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Sarah December 20, 2012

I make nut butter in my regular Vitamix jug all the time. It takes a lot of “tamping” and a lot of “spatula scraping,” but it does work. Blend on high speed for longer than you think you have to!

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Clare December 20, 2012

OK thanks, I will just be more patient!

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Janina March 31, 2013

How did it turn out Clare??! Any luck nut buttering in the Vitamix?

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 17, 2012

I used to eat this kind of peanut butter by the spoonful while I was stressed in college. I bet your version is MUCH healthier!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 17, 2012

I love macadamia nuts, especially with the maple flavors. I feel your pain on the liquid sweetener. I had a little accident with agave and a very expensive bag of mixed nuts. Nut syrup! :)

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action December 17, 2012

What a great sister you are! That looks awesome! I can’t believe someone ate your Glo bars, but then still delivered the package. You’d think they’d either not eat them or not deliver them. Weird.

I can’t wait to read all about the food processor’s- if I don’t get one for Christmas, I’m buying myself one in the New Year! Then I can start making so many more recipes that you post! First up- nut butter :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2012

yea it was so strange. They ate several of the bars (or someone did anyway) and then left the empty wrappers in the box! My customer sent me a pic of it. Of course, she got a new box shipped to her, but still it was embarassing!

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Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 17, 2012

I love making nut butters too, but the sound drives everyone in the house crazy (including myself)!

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Devon December 17, 2012

I just got a Hamilton Beach food processor. Does anyone know how they do with nut butters?

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Anna December 17, 2012

I bet using maple sugar instead of the sugar would really make this thing shine.

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kim@hungryhealthygirl December 17, 2012

I have a cuisinart and I keep telling my self that I need to try making nutbutter, but I just never have even though I’m a total nutbutter fanatic. That’s it…I’m going to attempt this, this week! Can’t wait to see your recipe for the cookie dough nutbutter!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 17, 2012

Another winning nut butter recipe! I’m making your vegan nutella for my family!!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 17, 2012

Oh yeah babe! I’m so making this. Macadamia nuts make everything better!

I’m on my first food processor, a cheapie which has served me well. I wanted to prove to myself I’d actally use it before investing in a better one. Sometimes if I’m processing something requiring a little more oomph like this it’ll smell like it’s going to catch fire. Good times!

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Catherine December 17, 2012

I still have never tried making nut butter at home, but you are starting to convince me!!

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Herbivore Triathlete December 17, 2012

I’m really hoping I get a food processor for Christmas!

This nut butter looks great. I’ve been wanting to make my own nut butters, but, alas NO food processor! (hint, hint to my family!)

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} December 17, 2012

Yum! How do I get on your holiday gift list?!

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Paula December 17, 2012

Just wondering what makes this maple. What am I missing?

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Ariel December 17, 2012

In the recipe is says you can use maple syrup, but it sometimes messes with the texture. I was thinking the same thing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2012

I should have clarified more in the post that it has a bit of a maple flavour to it, which I think was from the Sucanat. Sorry for the confusing name, I will clarify.

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The Cookie Fairy December 17, 2012

AMAZING! This looks just unbelievable. I wish I lived near you and was friends with you so I could get such splendid gifts. Alas, an ocean is very inconveniently separates us. I hope to get myself a Vitamix in the new year, so I should be able to make this myself!

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Erica December 17, 2012

Mmm! You could probably make a fortune selling this stuff!!

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Reba Cox December 17, 2012

I have a 4 cup Cuisinart Food Processor. It works ok, but I have not tried to make nut butters in it. I find that its doesn’t always work with every texture. Once I tried for 7 minutes to make quinoa flour and it was an epic fail :(

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Emily Ewald December 17, 2012

This looks delicious! Quick question – is there a reason to use the food processor instead of using a Vitamix? I can’t wait to try this out! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2012

I know many people use their Vitamix for nut butter making, but I personally prefer my food processor because it’s soooooo much easier to scoop out. I find a fair amount of nut butter went to waste when I made it a while back in the VM because I couldnt scoop every corner out. To each their own though!

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Emily Ewald December 17, 2012

Thanks for the advice! This will be so fun to try! Thank you! :)

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Katherine December 18, 2012

I find the little bit of nut butter that is trapped in the bottom of my Vitamix is perfect for a fresh peanut butter almond milk and banana smoothie. A reward for the pounding my ears just took creating the silken nut butter.

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shan December 18, 2012

OMG what a great tip! Thank you so much.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 18, 2012

Great idea!!

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Veronica @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure December 18, 2012

What a great idea! Idky I’ve never thought of that. I always have random goodies left in the VM. Smoothie base!

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a farmer in the dell December 17, 2012

another great gift idea! thanks

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Jeanine (The Blue Sash) December 17, 2012

My KitchenAid has served me well so far for nut butter production. Looking forward to the cookie dough nut butter post/recipe!

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Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife December 17, 2012

I’ve never made nut butter in my food processor but it worked great for energy bars! I have a KitchenAid.

I will check back with an update on how well it makes this recipe – because I will definitely be making this soon! It looks so tasty! Thanks for another great recipe!

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laura December 17, 2012

How I wish I had a powerful blender/ food processor to make my own nut butter! :)
Looks phenomenal!

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Christabel December 17, 2012

I have the same food processor as you and have made your raw nutella and some almond butter and it works great every time. I also find the lid a bit annoying to clean.

I definitely don’t recommend making nut butters in a Vita-Mix. We have one of those too and it makes me CRAZY that I can’t get all the nut butter out of the bottom. I bought the food processor for that very reason. I got the Cuisinart on your recommendation. The Vita-Mix is still a valuable smoothie and soup making machine!

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Sharla December 17, 2012

Cookie dough nut butter? Yes, please! I have an 8 cup cuisineart that seems to do the trick. My first experience was not a disaster, it just didn’t taste very good (cashew). I have since learned you sometimes have to add oil or water to get the correct consistency.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 17, 2012

Oh you know how I feel about cinnamon! This sounds to die for! I can’t actually say I’ve ever made my own nut butter but you’re slowly persuading me that it’s a must-do activity. Oh, and I think my mum and Eric would get on well because even when my mum watches movies in the basement I can hear them all the way upstairs!

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Steph @ Steph Stays Slim December 17, 2012

Wow, that looks amazing! Maybe I’ll give it a try on my downtime after Christmas :)

I have a Holiday Giveaway leading up to Christmas, come check it out! By the way, I love your recipes!!

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Kris December 17, 2012

This is to die for!! The BEST pb I’ve ever had. No kidding, within 15 minutes if opening it, E and I devoured 2/3 of the jar. You’re the best sissy ever!! Xo

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Becca December 17, 2012

I make nut butter all the time in my Vitamix. It works best if you pair an oily nut (macadamia, walnut, brazil…) with whatever other nut or seed you desire. Combinations are key in making it silky smooth in a Vita!

As for the wastage issue that several people talked about (when using a Vitamix), I just add about a cup of water into the nearly scraped out container and then blend this water with the scraps of the nut butter. This makes a cup or so of homemade nut milk! This way I get my nut butter plus a glass of fresh nut milk!

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Becca December 17, 2012

Cute holiday header, btw!

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Ricki December 17, 2012

Looks fabulous! (And what lucky sisters you have. . . ). I LOVE making homemade nut butters, rarely buy any more. And for me it’s Cuisinart, all the way. . .never had a problem with my nut butters in it (the only problem is that I eat them up too quickly!) ;)

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Shana December 17, 2012

I have a refurbished KitchenAid that I am very happy with. It’s made quite a few batches of nut butter and is holding strong so far. For really tough batches that have taken upwards of 15 minutes has sometimes resulted in the machine turning off, but the machine starts again once it has cooled (sometimes another 15-30 minutes). Personally, I would much rather have the machine shut itself down and have to wait than to have the motor explode. I also saved about $100 by purchasing a refurbished machine (which still looked brand new on arrival) and it came with a six month warrantee.

I also have a Ninja processor that I use all the time. It does not have the power to make nut butter but it is super efficient at making things like salsa, hummus, and blending soups. It is VERY easy to clean opposed to the food processor which has multiple parts and small crevices that are hard to get to. I bought the food processor to replace the ninja but I actually use both of them quite regularly.

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Shana December 17, 2012

Sidebar: I’ve successfully added maple syrup to plain cashew butter by adding it after the cashews are smooth and creamy and doubling the processing time.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 17, 2012

Mmm awesome idea!

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Kerry December 17, 2012

I love making my own nut butters! They’re so much better than what you can buy In the store. This one looks delicious! I’ll definitely be making some very soon. I have a 7 cup Kitchenaid food processor, and it works great. I thought I had broken it once when I made two consecutive batches of nut butter, but it had just turned itself off because it was overheated. My husband was afraid I would damage my hearing making nut butter, so he gave me his ear muff style hearing protection that’s meant to be used in a shooting range. It works, but I probably look a little strange.

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Naomi Casiro (Health Here Help There) December 17, 2012

Hi Angie and fellow OSG lovers!

I just got a Vitamix (thanks to my wonderful boyfriend!!) I tried to make almond butter in it but it was an epic fail, it sounded like the blades were just spinning not matter how much I scraped down the sides and I didn’t want to add excess oil. I know doing it in the Vitamix was not your favourite but any advice on how to do it in there? I don’t have a food processor! Do you have to use roasted nuts of can they be raw and do you ever soak then first?

THANK YOU!

Naomi

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Katherine December 18, 2012

I use my Vitamix. I have used raw and roasted nuts. The roasted give a much nuttier flavour. Use at least 3 cups nuts and start on variable 1. I only go to variable 4 or 5 and use the tamper to force the nuts down. Creamy nut butter in less than 2 minutes :)

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Kait @ yogabeautylife December 17, 2012

I have this bad boy and it hasn’t let me down yet. I do stick to a max of 2 cups of nuts at a time but I’ve been making nut butters with it for over a year now. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-70610-500-Watt-Processor/dp/B000SAOF5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355802459&sr=8-1&keywords=hamilton+beach+food+processor

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Lisa Langenfeld December 17, 2012

This recipe sounds amazing! I’ve been into making my own nut butters lately (especially almond butter!) and while I haven’t had any mishaps with the actual processor, the first time I made it, it was SOO loud I thought I was doing something wrong! I thought maybe the blade wasn’t attached properly or something. Haha!

Do you know if you can sub in almonds for the peanuts and use an almond/mac nut combo?? I might give that a whirl tonight. We’ve got a white elephant gift exchange at work tomorrow, and instead of getting a cheesy gift, I’m baking and making homemade treats! I’m going to take a jar of this with me! Thanks for the recipe :) I can’t wait to make the nutella one too. mmmm!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 18, 2012

Yes Im sure that would work fine, let me know how it goes!

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