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!!