Alternatives to Peanut Butter and How to Make Them

Almond Butter

A food processor is your best friend when making peanut butter replacements. The food processor will do all the hard work in making different kinds of nut-based butter. Read on to learn about alternatives to peanut butter and how to make them.  

Almond Butter

Almond butter is the most well-known option. Almonds are accessible and inexpensive nuts that are packed with nutrients and are excellent for your brain! You’ll need three ingredients for the almond butter: raw almonds, sea salt, and a neutral-tasting oil, such as avocado. 

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until they smell rich and nutty. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.  

 Step 2: Transfer the roasted almonds to the food processor. Blend for around 15 minutes until they transform into smooth nut butter, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed. Add the sea salt at the end and combine. If you find the almond butter is too thick, feel free to thin it with a neutral-tasting oil. Add a teaspoon at a time until it gives you the desired consistency.  

Brazilian Nut Butter 

These nuts have many benefits. They are anti-inflammatory and a great source of dietary fiber, to name a few. You will only need the Brazilian nuts for this recipe. 

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spread the Brazilian nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast them for five minutes. Take them out and let them cool slightly. 

Step 2: Transfer the nuts to the food processor and blend in intervals so your machine doesn’t overheat and the seeds don’t get too hot. Also, don’t forget to scrape down the sides. The Brazilian nuts will go through different stages: choppy, crumbly, clumpy, and smooth and creamy.  

Step 3: Scoop out the butter into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.  

Sunflower Seed Butter 

This is an excellent option for those who are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. You’ll only need two cups of sunflower seeds for this recipe. 

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spread the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet. Toast them around 10-12 minutes or until they’re lightly golden and smell nutty. You’ll need to watch them closely and stir every 5 minutes to prevent burning.  

Step 2: Transfer to the food processor and process until they turn into a fine powder, about 30 seconds. Continue to process until it forms a smooth butter, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Give your processor a break after each minute, so it doesn’t overheat. If oil is needed to thin out the sunflower butter, I recommend coconut. 

You can make any of these unique by adding flavorings. For example, brown sugar or vanilla are excellent options for any of these nut butter. These are some alternatives to peanut butter and how to make them.