Freshly made pistachio butter spread on lightly toasted home-made bread.
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Pistachio Butter Recipe

This recipe may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it is very easy to make and it is delicious! If you love pistachios, nut butters or both, then you’ll love this recipe.

Pistachios nuts are full of protein, fibre, vitamin B6, potassium and other nutrients that can benefit your health. Eating them regularly can be great for your gut health, your heart and your skin. They are high in vitamin E and antioxidants which help to maintain healthy skin and prevent the signs of ageing.

Like most nuts, pistachios are quite high in calories. However, their high fibre and protein content help you to feel full for longer. I certainly find that I’m less likely to feel the need to snack between meals when I’ve had it.

You will need:

  • 450g of raw pistachio nuts
  • 1 tbs of your preferred salt
  • Scales
  • Oven
  • Baking Tray(s)
  • Food Processor
  • Spatula
  • A couple of jars or air-tight containers to store the butter

Method

Start by pre-heating your oven to 150°C. Spread out the nuts evenly on a single layer on one large, or two smaller baking trays.

Roast the pistachios for 9-10 minutes. (If you are baking the nuts on two layers in your oven, be sure to swap them half way though).

Allow the nuts to cool fully before adding them to the food processor. (Be careful not to start snacking on the pistachios whilst they’re cooling! Once you start it’s not easy to stop!)

Blend the nuts in short bursts, using a spatula to scrape the sides, if necessary.

After a few minutes of blending, you may be forgiven for thinking you are doing something wrong. The nuts will form a firm nutty ball and you may be tempted to add some oil. Don’t. Just keep going. After about 4 or 5 minutes, the nuts will begin to release their natural oils. From this point onwards, it will start to resemble nut butter.

How long you blend depends on your personal preference. Personally, I like it nice and sloppy so it’s easier to spread. So I blend it for a for a few minutes more. Once you’ve reached your desired consistency, add your salt and blend for another 30 seconds.

If you own a bread maker, make yourself a nice wholegrain loaf with a large handful of sunflower seeds. Lightly toast your bread, spread a thick layer of pistachio butter on it and enjoy.

nut Butter Variation

For an insanely delicious alternative, try swapping the pistachios for cashews. Again, be careful! Once you pop one of the roasted cashews into your mouth, you won’t be able to stop! I recommend adding some extra nuts to munch on. 😉

Further reading

There is a lot of information online about the health benefits of pistachio nuts. Some studies suggest that they can also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and even help with your eyesight.

Here’s a couple of easy reads if you want to find out more:

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pistachio.html
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322899

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