Protein Nut Butters

Serves 10

15 Minute Prep Time

By Morgan Shupe on May 13, 2015 , categorized in Snacks

Nut butter is already a great source of protein—but why not add even more protein, and flavor to your favorite nut butter? First, use a food processor or high-speed blender to make your fresh nut butter, then add in Vega Sport Performance Protein and flavor additions. Ready to experiment more?

  • Try roasting the nuts before making nut butter, to change, and sometimes improve, the flavor. Cool the roasted nuts slightly before blending them.
  • Experimenting with different nuts and flavor additions is fun. Maple Ginger Almond Butter could be the next big thing.
  • If you want to soak your nuts before making nut butters make sure to dehydrate them after. You do not want any water in your nut butters.

Use the base recipe below and experiment with different combinations of these optional additions:

  • Sea salt
  • Spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cayenne
  • Cacao Powder
  • Vanilla
  • Sweeteners (maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup)

A few of our favorite recipes:

Chai Walnut Butter

  • 1 ½ cups walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or sunflower seed), optional
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla
  • ½ tsp each cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg
  • Sweetener, if desired

Mocha Peanut Butter

  • 1 ½ cups peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or sunflower seed), optional
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Mocha
  • Sweetener, if desired

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

  • 1 ½ cups hazelnuts, roasted
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or sunflower seed), optional
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Vanilla Sea Salt Almond Butter

  • 1 ½ cups almonds
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or sunflower seed), optional
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla
  • Sweetener, if desired
  • Sea salt, as desired (don’t hold back!)

Coconut Brazil Nut Butter

  • 1 ½ cups Brazil nuts
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, grapeseed or sunflower seed), optional
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut manna (also called coconut butter)

 

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. In a large food processor, add in your nuts and grind to a fine powder. This may take several minutes. Scrape down sides of the food processor.

  2. Process nuts for 30 second to 1 minute and then scrape down sides of food processor. Repeat this several times until the nuts look spreadable and paste like. If nuts seem too dry to become a paste, add in a tablespoon of neutral tasting oil while the food processor is still blending. Blend a little more and if they are still dry add another tablespoon of oil.

  3. Once you have the right texture add in Performance Protein and any optional ingredients.

  4. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.

Morgan Shupe

Morgan Shupe is a Vancouver chef, freelance recipe developer and regular contributor to Vega’s Expert Panel. Her amazingly delicious plant-based recipes for meals and smoothies are well-renowned at the Vega HQ kitchen—where she was formerly Vega’s Chef.

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