Kitchen Tested: Homemade Nut Butter

Making your own nut butter is easy! Help your little chef whip up their own nut butter creations.


Homemade Nut Butter

  • Servings: varies
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fun kitchen activity for kids with a tasty end result!


  • 1-1/2 c. shelled nuts – peanut, walnut, or pecan work great
  • 1 tsp. sugar – or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt


  1. In a food processor, pulse nuts on high for 10-12 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. The nuts will start out as small, ground pieces, then form a rough paste, then become smooth and creamy.
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pulse again to combine.
  3. Store nut butter in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Use homemade nut butter on bread, celery, as a dip for apples, etc.
  4. !

*Note: for a richer flavor, roast the nuts before processing into homemade butter. To do so, add the nuts to a baking sheet in one flat layer. Roast at 350 degrees F for approximately 7-10 minutes, or until fragrant. Cool nuts before using.

** Another note: It might go without saying, but homemade nut butter will separate. As it sits, you’ll begin to notice a layer of oil form on the top of the container. That doesn’t mean it’s bad!

*** Last note: Homemade nut butter will not last as long as store-bought, packaged peanut butter. Store your homemade product in the fridge and use within the week. The recipe makes a small amount, so you’ll be ready to make more!

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