Nut Butter 101

Basic Formula

2 cups nuts
+ optional add ins
*1 tsp+ coconut oil, or oil of choice
*1 tsp+ raw honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia, or other natural sweetener
*Chia, flax, or hemp seeds
*Protein powder
*Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sea salt, etc.)
*Extracts (vanilla, almond, lemon, coconut, etc.)

Blend in a high powered food processor or blender (i.e. Vitamix)

My favorite combinations:

Sunbutter

2 cups sunflower seeds+1 tsp coconut oil+1 tsp raw honey

Honey Roasted Power Almond Butter

1 cup honey roasted almond slices (Trader Joe's brand or make your own by roasting plain almonds slices drizzled with honey at 350F until golden brown)
1 cup dry roasted unsalted or raw almonds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup ground flaxseed

Coconut Cashew Almond Butter

1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted or raw cashews
1 cup coconut cashews (Trader Joe's brand or double the raw cashews and add 1/4 cup coconut flakes)
1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted or raw almonds
1 tsp coconut extract, optional 

Pistachio Butter

2 cups shelled pistachios+1 tsp almond extract (optional, but it gives it a sweeter, nuttier, more dessert like pistachio flavor - thanks to my girl Stacey over at Cupcakes N Kale Shakes for this tip!

Think outside the box – comment below with your creations!