Activity: Make Your Own Nut Butters…And Crown a Winner

NutButter2If you are a peanut free family or just looking to expand your nut butter repertoire, this creative activity is for you.

What You Need:

1 cup* raw or roasted cashews

1 cup* raw or roasted sunflower seeds

1 cup* raw or roasted almonds

*quantity of nuts can vary depending on the size of your food processor/blender bowl and desired yield quantity

Optional Flavor Add-Ins suggestions: honey, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa, cinnamon

Salt to taste

Food processor OR high speed blender


Clean, empty mason jars

Blank note cards for score cards

What You Do:

NutButter3Gather your kiddos around for an afternoon of nut blending fun. For this activity you can let your kids form teams to compete against each other to be top nut butter chef, but we suggest using this activity as an opportunity for teamwork. Have the kids work together to develop the best nut butters around and then let them work together to crown a winner.

  1. Choose one nut to start the nut butter making party. Roasted or raw options both work-it’s largely a matter of taste preference.
  2. Place in basin of blender or food processor.
  3. Blend on high speed, pausing occasionally to scrape down sides basin with spatula. Note that this process may take fifteen minutes or more. If the food processor or blender begins to warm, turn off and allow motor to cool before proceeding.
  4. Gradually add in salt to taste if needed.
  5. Repeat process for each nut variety.
  6. Try making plain versions of each nut butter first. Later you can experiment with flavor options on a second batch.
  7. The judging process:  scoop a small amount of each of the nut butters onto plates for your children. Give each child a note card with categories such as flavor, texture, appearance, etc. to your kids. Let your kids rate the nut butters on a scale of 1 to 5, or if they are younger a simple smiley face system will do the trick as well! Tally the results and declare a winner. Celebrate the winning flavor with the nut butter spread on an apple or in a sandwich!

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