Brazil nut butter is simply easy to make at home and on top of that it’s also a real treat! It can be used in a variety of different recipes, or enjoyed as a great alternative to more familiar peanut butter, almond butter or seed butters, and it is easy to make with just a few ingredients.
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make deliciously smooth homemade Brazil nut butter with natural ingredients, how to store it and give you some ideas for using this delicious nut butter in recipes.
About Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a type of nut that comes from the Brazil nut tree, which is native to the Amazon rainforest in South America.
Brazil nuts have a subtle, nutty flavor that is not overpowering, making them a great base for many recipes.
They are a rich source of healthy, monounsaturated fats, magnesium, and essential nutrients like vitamin E and are known to help reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, they are also a an excellent source of protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair.
Making homemade Brazil nut butter is a simple and delicious way to add more essential nutrients and heart-healthy fats to your diet. With just a few ingredients, you can create a tasty and nutritious spread that you can enjoy in a variety of different ways.
Selenium in Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium, so it's important to consume them in moderation. Consuming too much selenium can lead to selenium toxicity, which can cause symptoms such as hair and nail loss, nausea, and fatigue.
The recommended daily intake is around 55 micrograms per day and just two Brazil nuts can tip you over the recommended daily amount. However, the exact amount varies depending on age, gender, and overall health.
However, when consumed in appropriate amounts, the high selenium content in Brazil nuts can provide health benefits such as supporting thyroid function and boosting the immune system.
Please note that the health benefits for brazil nuts listed here are for informational purposes only, and I recommend you do your own research, if you want to find out more about the nutritional value of brazil nuts.
What’s great about making nut butter at home
Homemade nut butter can be a healthier option compared to store-bought nut butter because it is made with natural ingredients and contains no added preservatives, palm oil or artificial flavors. Additionally, making nut butter at home allows you to customize the flavor and texture to your liking.
Ingredients & Notes
To make homemade Brazil nut butter, you will need the following ingredients:
- Raw Brazil nuts - the main ingredient for this nut butter
- Salt - adds flavor to the nut butter, I love to use sea salt
- Coconut oil - used to help blend the nuts and gives a creamy texture
- Cacao powder - adds a chocolatey flavor to the nut butter
- Maple syrup - a natural sweetener that complements the nutty flavor
Find the full measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog.
Here's everything you need for this recipe:
- Baking sheet + parchment paper
- High-speed blender or food processor
While it is possible to make nut butter with a hand blender, it may take longer and require more effort than using a high-speed blender or food processor, so I definitely recommended to use a high-speed blender or food processor for best results.
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making homemade Brazil nut butter:
Roast raw Brazil nuts in the oven.
Place the cooled, roasted nuts into a blender.
Process for a few minutes, stopping regularly to scrape down the sides of the blender. The nuts will first turn into chunks and a flour-like consistency.
After a few minutes of blending, the blended mix should be become sticky.
Add in sweeteners and other flavors and blend until smooth.
Transfer to a glass jar to store.
Useful tip: Roasting nuts before making nut butter helps to enhance their natural flavors and oils, making for a creamier and more flavorful end product. It also helps to remove any excess moisture from the nuts.
To store this homemade Brazil nut butter, place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips for making the perfect homemade Brazil nut butter:
- Use a high-speed food processor to ensure a smooth consistency.
- Roast the nuts before blending to enhance their natural flavors and oils.
- Add a small amount of oil, such as coconut oil or macadamia nut oil, to help blend the nuts and create a creamy texture.
- Stop the food processor occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Be patient! It can take up to 10 minutes of blending to achieve a smooth consistency.
- For a runnier consistency, add a little bit of macadamia nut oil or another natural oil.
- Experiment with different crunchy nut butter fillings, like chopped Brazil nuts, cacao nibs, or flax seeds.
How to Use Brazil Nut Butter
Brazil nut butter has a subtleness of Brazil nut flavor, making it a versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Spread it on toast or crackers for a quick and nutritious snack
- Use it as a dip for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Add it to smoothies for a creamy and nutty flavor
- Use it as a filling for homemade energy balls or protein bars
- Drizzle it over pancakes or waffles for a nutty and sweet breakfast treat
- Fill homemade peanut butter cups with brazil nut butter for a delicious snack! Simply melt some dark chocolate, pour a small amount into the bottom of each muffin paper cup, let it harden, add a dollop of the Brazil nut butter, and cover with more chocolate. Let it cool in the fridge for a few minutes, and enjoy!
- Turn this nut butter into delicious brazil nut butter fudge!
Try this simple recipe at home and experiment with different flavor combinations to find the perfect nut butter combination for you. Not only is it healthier than store-bought options, but it's also a fun and rewarding experience to make it yourself. So go ahead and give it a try!
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📖 Recipe Card
Brazil Nut Butter
- raw brazil nuts (240 g)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- salt 2 generous pinches
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Spread the raw Brazil nuts on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven for 6 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Let the nuts cool for a couple of minutes, then place them in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until the nuts break down into a smooth butter. This can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your equipment.
- Add the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, and salt to the blender or food processor. Blend until everything is well combined and the mixture is smooth. You may need to stop the blender or food processor occasionally to scrape down the sides with a spatula.
- Store the Brazil nut butter in an airtight glass container at room temperature. It will last for up to 1 month.
- Roasting the nuts before blending enhances their natural flavors and oils and helps create a creamier end product.
- Use a high-speed blender or food processor to ensure a smooth consistency.
- The nut butter can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
- Brazil nut butter can be used in a variety of ways, such as spreading it on toast, using it as a dip, adding it to smoothies, or using it as a filling for energy balls or protein bars.
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