Nut Butter Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make nut butter with any blender?

Yes! You can make nut butter with the majority of high speed and high powered blenders. Those with stronger motors, like the Optimum 9400X, Optimum G2.6 Slim and Optimum 9200A 2nd Generation also have sharper blades that will produce smoother results.

What types of nuts can I use to make nut butter?

You can use a variety of nuts to make nut butter such as almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and walnuts. You can also try using a mixture of nut varieties to combine and create your own unique flavours.

Do I need to roast the nuts before blending?

Roasting the nuts before blending them will enhance the flavour and make the nuts easier to blend. However, it’s completely optional and depends on your tastes.

How long does it take to make nut butter in a blender?

It typically takes 2-5 minutes to make nut butter in a high speed blender. This time may vary depending on the type of nuts you're using and the consistency you’re after.

Do I need to add oil when making nut butter?

Nuts naturally release their oils when being blended. However, if your mixture is too thick or your blender is struggling, you can add a small amount of oil, like vegetable or nut oil to help achieve smoother results.

How can I prevent my blender from overheating?

To prevent your blender from overheating, blend in batches, with a maximum of 1 cup of nuts at a time, and in short intervals. Make sure the blades are covered and allow the motor to rest between batches. This will also help you achieve smoother textures for all your nut butters.  

Can I add other ingredients to my nut butter?

Absolutely! You can add extra ingredients like honey, salt, vanilla extract or cocoa powder to enhance the flavour of all your nut butters.

How do I store homemade nut butter?

Store your homemade nut butter in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for around 2-3 weeks and always give it a stir before eating as natural separation can occur.  

Why is my nut butter grainy?

Grainy nut butter usually means it hasn’t been blended for long enough. Continue blending until a smooth consistency is reached. High speed blenders like the Optimum 9200A 2nd Generation, Optimum G2.6 Slim and Optimum 9400X will give you the smoothest results.

Can I make nut butter without soaking the nuts?

Yes, you can make nut butter without soaking nuts. Soaking is actually not needed and is usually only done to reduce phytic acid in nuts or to make them easier to blend if you’re using a less powerful blender.

Nut Milk Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make nut milk with my blender?

Yes, you can make nut milk with most blenders but high powered blenders like the Optimum 9400X, Optimum G2.6 Slim and Optimum 9200A 2nd Generation will give you the smoothest and creamiest results.

What types of nuts can I use to make nut milk?

You can use a variety of nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and macadamias to make nut milk. You can also combine different nuts to create your own flavours.

Do I need to soak nuts before blending them?

Yes, soaking the nuts for 6-8 hours or overnight will soften them and make it easier to blend which will result in a smoother nut milk.

What is the ideal nut-to-water ratio when making nut milk?

The most used ratio is for every 1 cup of nuts use 4 cups of water. You can adjust this ratio depending on how thick you prefer your nut milk to be.

Do I need to strain the nut milk after blending?

Yes, straining the blended mixture through a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer will help remove the pulp and give you a smoother nut milk.

How long does homemade nut milk last?

Homemade nut milk can be stored in the fridge for around 3-5 days. Make sure to shake it well before drinking as it can naturally separate.

Can I add flavours or sweeteners to my nut milk?

Absolutely! You can add a wide range of extra ingredients like honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder or a pinch of salt to change the flavour of your nut milk.  

What can I do with the leftover nut pulp?

Leftover nut pulp can be used in baking, added to smoothies, or dried and turned into nut flour to give all your recipes an extra nutrient boost.

Can I use the same steps to make other non-dairy milks?

You sure can! The same steps can be used to make a wide range of non-dairy milks like oat milk, soy milk and coconut milk.

Why is my nut milk separating?

Separation is a natural process when making nut milks. Simply shake the container before each use to recombine and enjoy.