Pistachio Butter

Nut butters are a favorite food of mine. Nutritious, delicious and oh-so-filling, they can help you get through the winter, a time when you need more fat in your diet. They can be a great addition to any diet and promote your health and even weight loss! No I am not saying you cat eat a jar of nut butter and not gain weight, but eating the right kind of fats can actually help you lose weight. But I am talking raw, unheated plant-based fats. Roasted peanut butter won’t do either- which I never liked anyway since I don’t like peanuts! There, I said it: I don’t like peanuts!! I hope you still like me :)

Since you can make butter out of anything, to make sure you are gonna like it, pick you favorite nut or seed and give it a hard ride in your food processor. Hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, coconut, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts. Basically any type of oily seed/nut. Why make your own nutter butter you say? First, it’s muuuuchhhhh cheaper and secondly not all nut butters are easy to find. The most readily available butter in Greece is tahini (sesame seed butter), which is great since you can find it quite cheap and in every super-market. But sometimes, you just want something different… Peanut butter is also easy to find, but not raw and almond butter is starting to become available in health food stores, but is very expensive! So if you have a sturdy food processor or a high speed blender such as Vitamix or Blentec, you are good to go. I own a Vitamix but I actually think its easier to make nut butters in a food processor.

-500 gr raw shelled pistachios
-3 tbsp almond oil
-pinch of salt

Dump the pistachios in the food processor or high speed blender and process until they become fine crumbs. Add in oil and salt and process more until it becomes a smooth paste. Transfer in a jar and keep refrigerated. Pistachio butter can be used as a spread, to make pesto or dips and it’s a great pistachio ice cream base. Get creative and go wild with pistachio butter!!

24 comments to Pistachio Butter

  • That pistachio butter looks delicious! You make a good point- I really should make my own nut butter… maybe a mix of coconut and almonds. That sounds so divine.

  • Yum! Ive never tried pistachio butter! What a neat idea. Beautiful photo too.


  • Your great photo has inspired me to try this pistachio butter using my Thermomix machine. I’ve done other nut butter but not Pistachio. Great incentive to play with nuts and nut blends. Thanks for posting this Nina!

  • That is such a good idea!! I’ve seen lots of nut butter, but never pistachio and it seems like it would be delicious. I’ll definitely have to try this soon.

  • I had the same idea a couple of weeks ago! totally delicious. Great minds obviously think alike. Last time I made it, I threw in some walnuts (so it was basically half and half) and it was awesome. Just thought I’d throw that out there, in case you want to try!

  • I’ve made nut butter out of pretty much every other nut, but not pistachios! I love the color and the photo. Pistachio butter would be fantastic, I’m sure. :) Not everyone can like peanut butter, of course! ;)

  • You have such a nice picture. Pistachio is one of my favorite too :)

  • Great idea and such a beautiful photo! I had no idea it was so easy to make nut butters. :-)

  • Looks absolutely amazing. Pistachios are my favorites, it is a definite must try! You have a wonderful blog, congratulations :)

  • following this blog, good stuff!

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  • With my extreme love for pistachios, I’m shocked that I’ve never heard of pistachio butter. It sounds absolutely delightful and I’m so glad I saw this image over on the vegan breakfast tumblr site! I love how many vegan blogs there are and, overall, how many foods there are that I’d never have known about had I not become vegan. So, thank you, for opening my eyes even more.

  • Yum! Did you use unroasted and unsalted pistachios? I find them hard to come by…

  • Yes! In Greece we have an abundance of pistachios…

  • Truly delicious, especially with a bit of honey and sea salt.

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  • Shirley

    I had some raw unsalted pistachios and they just do not taste as good as the salted and roasted so I added some to my home made peanut butter and some raw pecans and it was that pretty green and so tasty. My 6 year old grand daughter is allergic to peanuts so I have been introducing her to raw almond butter. Gradually she is beginning to like it. I melt half and half of almond butter and vegan chocolate chips for a minute in the microwave and dip fresh strawberries in it. She loves it. I also use almond butter and natural jam on graham crackers.

  • how much is 500 gr?

  • Hi I just saw the recipe for Pistachio Butter! It looks great, but I am not a professional chef! Please tell me what 500 gr of raw shelled Pistachios means!??? How many raw shelled Pistachios????

    Thank You,

  • Kristi

    which blade do you use? does it need to be put in the fridge or can it sit on counter? love it..

  • Janice

    Pistachios are great for digestion too. I seen this on the Do Oz show. Can’t wait to try the butter :)

  • Pam

    To those of you who don’t know how much 500 grams is —- it’s a pound (or 16 ounces).

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