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.
Chunky Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter
Yield = approx 1 cup + 6 tbsp
- 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.
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…
Oh my, that does really look tasty. I would love to make the switch from processed peanut butter to something like this. I guess this would be a great recipe to start with. :)
I have a 7 cup kitchen aid food processor and I have made almond butter and your mocha hazelnut butter in it. It did overheat after the 2nd batch of the hazelnut spread but that was after it had been going straight for about 40 minutes! I let it cool over night and it was fine in the morning. It is a true workhorse (so far!).
My son is allergic to peanuts so I often make nut butters for our family. They really taste far better and I love that I can control the ingredients.
This Christmas my two sister-in-laws are getting homemade mocha hazelnut spread, homemade honey almond butter, and homemade pumpkin butter (Thanks Angela for the great gift ideas!).
I have an old Cuisinart (4 cup??) that I have used just once to make peanut butter (your recipe, Angela)! It went ok, but I thought it was smoking towards the end! Later on, I read in a blog (maybe this one?? can’t remember now…) post that the smoke was probably the oil mist from the nuts as they broke down. The PB was so good I will probably try it again, although I might try smashing the nuts first, just to see if that might lessen the stress on the machine. Oh, and I did stop it from time to time as it was getting quite warm. I believe I just used 2 cups of nuts when processing.
I just tried this recipe to give as Christmas gifts. I used a brand new Cuisinart 11-cup and it worked great! Very delicious. Just a quick note- the final product was a bit soupy. I only processed it for about 5 minutes (at which point it was extremely creamy)….does anyone know if letting it process for shorter or longer would help this??
Angela: I made 3 batches of this to give to my cousins for Christmas and it was a hit! It was so good I made one for myself, too. And thanks for the tip on the lovely Weck jars! Crate and Barrel also had these little red-handled spoons, so I tied one on to each of the jars full of delicious PB!
This may be a strange question, but comming from a country where nut butters are not so common, I must ask!
How do you eat your nut butters? Right from the jar as a dessert? On a biscuit? On a sandwich? With ice cream?
Thanks for a wonderful blog!
I love eating it straight from the jar! hah. But I also enjoy them on sandwiches (with strawberry jam is a classic), crackers, oatmeal and of course in baked goods.
I just made this last night- and oh my, its so so delicious!!!! It took quite a bit of self control to not eat half of it while I scooped it into a jar for the fridge! I made some adjustments based on what I had in the pantry- used half toasted almonds and half toasted cashews and 4 TB of organic coconut palm sugar, and 1/3 almonds at the end for the crunch and it came out wonderfully smooth and silky! :)
Glad I found my way to this recipe, Angela! I made my own cinnamon vanilla almond-walnut butter yesterday and it is INCREDIBLE and easy with the food processor. I plan to adapt your recipe with different nuts (since I don’t eat peanuts anymore) and hope to get a delicious outcome
Thanks for the push in this direction, indirectly!
I just made this and it is so awesome!! Thank you Angela for all you do! You are an inspiration!!
I am a new Vegan and your site has helped me tremendously!! Going to try your spaghetti squash tonight!!
May I ask how long this would keep for and would you keep it refrigerated? Thanks
It will keep for over 1 month :)
I just made this recipe and it is DELICIOUS. I got my new Blendtec and it is serving me (and my co-workers gifts) well!
This is delicious! Yum It took me about 10-12 minutes to combine the almonds and macadamia nuts combined using a Magimix. I stopped for about 25 minutes after that as the food processor felt quite warm and then finished everything off. I added brown sugar and next time I will only add 1 tablespoon as it’s just a bit sweet for me (even though I only added 3 tablespoons of the sugar) but that might also be the addition of raisins. Either way this is yummy!
This looks amazing, but sadly I have an el cheapo processor. I’m wondering, my grocery store has the handy dandy machines to make fresh ground butters. Do you think it would work, if I used their nut butter, you know skip the grinding in my machine, then finish the recipe in my processor . do you think it would still kill my machine ? She’s not much, but she’s all I have ! : )
I have discovered your website a couple months ago and started giving some of your recipies a try. I’d have a question regarding nut creams: what kind of food processor do you use? I have one with 400W power but after a few seconds of blending when the oil starts getting out of the nuts, the machine just can’t handle it anymore. The mixture is so thick that I add some nut oil to it in the hope that it might help, but end result is never so smooth as I’d like it to be… :-(
Congratulations to your page, your recipies are indeed very inspiring!
Beata from Hungary, Europe :-)
Oh, dear Angela, you are a true angel to me. Seriously..!! I was looking for some healthy recipes since I wanted to include nuts in my daily food. Oh well, did I say, I have just taken eating healthy resolution?!! wink wink..hope it stays till the new year:-) LOL
That’s when I bumped into your post and thanks a million for the recipe.
Wish me luck for the nut butter recipe as well as for my resolution:-)
aww thank you so much Sara!