All dry nuts can be ground into a buttery paste called nut butter, which has multiple uses from breakfast to dessert. Roasting nuts before grinding them into nut butter adds a depth of flavor. (See recipe for Simple Roasted Nuts.) Cooking Light magazine suggests these pairings for nut butters: almond butter and apples; cashew butter and vegetables; hazelnut butter and chocolate; macadamia nut butter and desserts; pecan butter and meat; pistachio butter and cream cheese.
Basic, Homemade Nut Butter Recipe
• 1 cup nut pieces, raw or roasted (whole nuts cost more and are unnecessary for this purpose)
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, optional
• 1 teaspoon honey, optional
1. Place nut pieces in a food processor. Add salt and honey, if using.
2. Process on low speed at first, then faster, until a mass pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Some nuts become butter in less than a minute; some take several minutes.
3. Store in an airtight covered container in the fridge. Makes 1 cup.
Learn more about the benefits of nuts and find more recipes in Nuts for Health.