It is incredibly satisfying to make your very own nut butter. It is, even more, fun to try out kinds of nut butter that cannot be found in a grocery store. You can experiment with spices, sugars, and anything else you think sounds delicious.
When embarking on this adventure, the question becomes, what do you do with all the nut butter you have made? You can, of course, give some of them to your friends, family or colleagues but wouldn’t it be more fun to also do a whole lot of other things with them?
Let’s get the most obvious application out of the way; spreads. Nut butters make for incredibly delicious spreads on bread, rice crackers, crispbread, bagels, and any other bread-like food you can think of. Depending on how you combine your bread, nut butter and potential toppings, you can make your meal as self-indulgent as you like!
Dips, Dressings and Sauces
One of the many benefits of making your own nut butter is that you can decide how solid or runny you would like your butter to be. This is particularly handy when you are are using it as a dip on its own or as an ingredient in a dip, dressing or sauce. Using the nut butter on its own makes for a very easy dip. Depending on the nut butter, you can dip with for instance fruits, vegetables, pretzels, crackers, cookies, or even chocolate, to create an amazing snack or treat.
Maybe unexpectedly, nut-butter-based sauces can be used in many different dishes. You can use it to drizzle it over your ice cream or a piece of pie but also for savoury food like fries, chicken, pasta, or dumplings. A nut butter dressing can even be the unexpected twist you need in a simple salad!
Adding some nut butter to your soup is a great way to add some extra flavour and simultaneously make it more creamy without using dairy.
Nut butters are an incredibly versatile ingredient for baking. You can implement additional flavours, use them as a vegan replacer for high-fat ingredients or just because they are great to work with. Make some amazing bars, breads, brownies, cookies, granola, muffins, pancakes and much more!
Treats and Desserts
Whipping up a snack or a dessert using nut butters can take however long you would like. If you are looking for something simple, you can be done within a minute, or you can create something more elaborate. Think of all the possibilities; chocolate covered butter balls, smores, fudge, ice cream, pudding, the list goes on and on!
Using nut butter as an ingredient in your drink might be the least obvious way to use your creation. Nut butters, however, are fantastic when used in smoothies, coffee drinks or for instance hot chocolate. You can warm up or cool down, depending on what you need this time of the year, with a delicious, homemade beverage!
Toppings and Fillings
When using nut butter as a topping or filling, you can make it as spectacular as you like. Just use the thick and creamy version (created by leaving it in the food processor for a shorter time) as a filling, or use the smooth and runny version (created by leaving it in the food processor for a longer time) by drizzling it over your ice cream or any other treat. These simple ways of using your nut butter will make your waffles, pancakes, yoghurt, oatmeal, grilled cheese, and so much more, varied and incredibly delicious!
Of course, you can also top off your cupcakes, cookies, bread etc. with more than just nut butter. You can use the nut butter to create amazing frosting, icing, crumble, glaze or anything else you might like.
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