Mixed Fruit & Nut Butter

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I love nut butter. Peanut butter, almond butter, mixed nuts, you name it. Just leave the coconut out and I am a happy girl.

There are a few standard jars that I like to have on hand, but lately I’m enjoying making my own nut butter. It’s fun and easy to make, and the taste from freshness is unbeatable. The best part is that when you do it yourself, there are so many ways you can customize the mix. Seasonings like salt, cinnamon and vanilla are basic additions to enhance the flavor of the nuts. Want to use peanuts or pecans, almonds or cashews? The selection is up to your discretion and there is no limit to how many you can use. While you are at it, why not add some mix-ins like raisins or chocolate chips?

I’ve seen a lot of nut butter inspiration on blogs:

Homemade Nut Butter (Perfect for a basic nut butter)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter (Cookie dough and almond butter in one? Yes, please!)

Pumpkin Spiced Almond Butter (I love the flavor of pumpkin all year round)

Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter (Perfect spin on a classic)

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (I’ve made a variation of this, leaving out the oil, and it was delicious!)

Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter (Even for a white chocolate hater this looks heavenly)

This weekend I decided to make something different with what I had on hand, a Mixed Fruit and Nut Butter. Since I had 3 bags of nuts already open, I decided to combine them: Honey Roasted Peanuts, Roasted Almonds, and Roasted Cashews

Cashews Almonds Peanuts

I also wanted to add texture to the spread with some dried fruit. The dried blueberries and bing cherries add a wonderful chew and aren’t too sweet

Dried Cherries and Blueberries

The entire process took about 10 minutes from start to finish. Completely worth it!

Start by combining the nuts in a food processor for about 5 minutes; scrape the sides every minute or two

Nuts in food processor

When nuts are fully ground and the texture is drippy, add the cinnamon and salt if needed; run food processor for another 30 seconds

Making Nut Butter 1

Finally, add dried fruit and run through food processor for about 3 minutes or until the fruit is as small as you’d like (run for less time if you want bigger dried fruit chunks)

Making Nut Butter 2 Making Nut Butter 3

Store in a leftover nut butter jar or tupperware at room temperature for up to a month

Nut Butter 1

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Mixed Fruit & Nut Butter

I didn’t t add any salt because the nuts I used were salted enough. The nut butter comes out to ~100 calories / tablespoon which is similar to most natural peanut butters.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 cup + 2 tablespoons

Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Calories per serving: 100

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roasted cashews
  • 2/3 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • up to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons dried bing cherries (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries (unsweetened)

Cooking Directions

  1. Start by combining the nuts in a food processor for about 5 minutes; scrape the sides every minute or two
  2. When nuts are fully ground and the texture is drippy, add the cinnamon and salt if needed; run food processor for another 30 seconds
  3. Finally, add dried fruit and run through food processor for about 3 minutes or until the fruit is as small as you’d like (run for less time if you want bigger dried fruit chunks)
  4. Store in a leftover nut butter jar or tupperware at room temperature for up to a month

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I have been eating the nut butter by the spoonful or spreading it on english muffins.  How would you eat homemade nut butter?

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36 Responses to “Mixed Fruit & Nut Butter”

  1. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living March 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Fantastic! I’m getting more into homemade nut butters, and this one is going on my list for sure. So many delicious possibilities.

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    i love the idea of adding in fruit! i’ve seen so many nut butter recipes lately but none with fruit added it. awesome!!

  3. Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Oh gosh, perfect!!! I’ve had cinnamon raisin PBwhich was delicious as the raisins add a really nice touch..so I can only imagine how this must be.

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      This version had a similar texture to the PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin.

  4. Simply Life March 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Great idea and delicious combination!

  5. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I just made mixed nut butter for the first time, and I really love it! It’s so much “nuttier” (?) than regular PB. I’ll be making it again when I run out!

  6. Sues March 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    I LOVE the idea of adding dried fruit to nut butter. That must make it taste sooo much better. Thanks for the fabulous idea :)

  7. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots March 18, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Wow…that looks delicious and would be scrumptious on my ww English muffins!

    • KeepItSweet March 18, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      I was thinking that this morning!

  8. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 18, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I haven’t tried making my own nut butter, but I am definitely going to! This looks amazing! Where do you buy the big bags of almonds, etc? Whole Foods?

    • KeepItSweet March 18, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      I got them all at Trader Joe’s, but you could probably get them for a good price in the bulk section at Whole Foods.

  9. Christina of Form V Artisan March 18, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Ok, now THAT looks good. I want that half a bagel!

  10. Susi March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I don’t care much for peanut butter, but love all the other nut butters. I know strange LOL I’ve never seen a nut butter at the store containing fruit and it sounds delightful. Love how easy it is to whip up a batch :o)

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      I can’t believe you don’t like peanut butter!!! My husband actually doesn’t either, but he will eat almond butter.

  11. valerie March 18, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I love peanut butter and you made me love it even more!!

  12. Natalia - a side of simple March 18, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    I really don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with any combination of nuts/seeds/fruits for nut butter. Maybe I’m just a die hard fan…

    I’m loving your mix-ins!

  13. Florida Foodie March 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    As I was reading your post I was wondering how you eat nut butter! I’m glad you asked.

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      lol:-)

  14. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    What a yummy idea! I love the addition of the dried fruit! :)

  15. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I would totally eat this on a homemade bagel… but sadly I just finished my very last one :( I love the dried fruit added in, totally trying that soon!

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      I have been wanting to make bagels for weeks! They are on my list but keep getting pushed to later because of the time commitment.

  16. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    That is sooo clever and looks so delicious! Love this!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  17. Baking Serendipity March 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I love homemade nut butters, but never thought to add dried fruit…what an awesome idea! I like dipping apple slices in nut butter. It’s the best afternoon snack :)

  18. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) March 19, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    oh my gosh!! iLOVE homemade nut butters!!!

  19. Sprinkled With Flour March 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    What a great idea to mix the fruit and nut butter together! I bet is tastes delicious:)

  20. Holly March 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I’ve never dared to make my own nut butter! This sounds easy and DEE-LISH!: )

  21. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 20, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    You are a genius! I would have never of thought of putting dried fruit in a nut butter. I’m an absolute nut butter fanatic, I can’t wait to try this out. :) YUM!!

  22. Joanne March 20, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I made homemade nut butter for the first time this year and SWORE that I couldn’t go back to storebought! I love all of these ideas for flavor mix-ins. I’m a sucker for dried fruit so I know I would love your latest creation.

  23. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 20, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Love the addition of dried fruit to the mix. Didn’t know you weren’t a fan of coconut! That’s too bad, I’m exactly the opposite. ;)

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      I have tried to like it but it is something about the flavor and texture that I just don’t like. I feel like I’m one of the few food bloggers who feels that way!

  24. The Harried Cook March 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    love nut butters & i have never seen fruit added to it… look great! :)

  25. Happy When Not Hungry March 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I definitely need to try this recipe! It looks delicious and would save me some big bucks at the grocery store. Great post!

  26. Monica March 27, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Well, aren’t you clever! I’ve made almond, walnut, and peanut butters before. But, it never occurred to me to add dried fruit. LOVE that idea. I’ll try this the next time I whirl up a batch. Thanks.

  27. Delishhh March 29, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    WOW – this looks amazing. I have never made nut butter but i am saving this recipe.

    • KeepItSweet March 30, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      It is SO easy! Let me know if you try it.

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