Posted by: mariawl | 2011/04/07

Hazelnut Butter

I have noticed recently that you can buy natural peanut butter in most of the main supermarkets. By natural, I mean there is no sugar added. It’s just peanuts and sunflower oil. You can buy other types of nut butters in health stores, but I had some hazelnuts lying around that I was bored with so I thought I’d try to make my own hazelnut butter.

Ingredients:

  • Hazelnuts (or any type of nut. Use as many as you like. I used around 150g)
  • Small amount olive oil (optional)

Method:

  1. Optional: Lightly toast the hazelnuts on a baking tray in a preheated 180°C oven for around 7 minutes.
  2. Throw the nuts into a food processor and set it going. After a few minutes, you will need to keep stopping it at regular intervals to scrape down the sides with a spatula. Just keep going with this for around 10 minutes. It will take a while for the oil to come out of the nuts, so just try to be patient. If you need to, you can add a little olive oil towards the end, to make it a nicer consistency for spreading.
  3. Once you have reached the desired consistency, place in a jar or cling-filmed container and place in the fridge until needed.

Tip: If you prefer crunchy nut butter, do this process but then add in some chunks of the nut to the mixture at the end.

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