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Failed Nut Butter and a Surprisingly Good Pear Almond Butter

Pear Almond Butter

Failed nut butter may not sound like the most promising of posts, but do read on. I unwittingly turned my failure to make almond butter into a delicious pear almond butter, which is definitely worth blogging about.

I’ve been wanting to have a go at making my own nut butter for a long time, but I have a very long list of things I want to try and nut butter just had to wait. It wasn’t until I got my new Optimum G2.3 platinum series induction blender that I was prompted into action. As I had quite a few almonds in the house, I thought almond butter would be a good way of putting my shiny new machine through its paces. I must state now, that I don’t think my failure had anything to do with my blender. I’ve since read that almonds are a tricky nut to turn into butter and that you need top quality fat nuts with plenty of oil for it to work well. You live and learn.

Activated Almonds

The first thing I wanted to do was activate my nuts. If you’ve read Sally Fallon’s excellent book, Nourishing Traditions, you’ll know that nuts have enzyme inhibitors that prevent the human body from absorbing many of the nutrients they contain. Nuts need to be soaked for a good few hours to release the problematic phytic acid, which can then be washed away. So before I could do anything, I needed to soak my nuts and then dry them again. Cue my P200 dehydrator. It’s one of my favourite pieces of kit.

Roasting nuts is meant to make the process easier and I did know that before commencing, but I wanted a raw nut butter to keep as many nutrients as possible.

Once activated, it was time to make the almond butter. The theory is that you blitz the almonds first as you would to make ground almonds and then you just keep going. You may need to scrape the sides down from time to time, but the almonds should turn into butter when the nuts release their oils after about ten minutes. It just didn’t happen for me. I blended for at least 25 minutes. I added some coconut oil in the hope that would help – it didn’t. I then tried adding some raw honey. That didn’t help either. I ended up with a dark grainy mess.

Pear Almond Butter

I cannot abide waste in any form and especially when it comes to food. I was not going to throw my failed nut butter away. So I decided to turn it into a cake. Having started with the idea I wanted something healthy, I thought I’d add pears to cut down on the need for too much fat and sugar. I threw three pears into the blender and lo! A miracle! The nuts transformed into a beautifully smooth pear almond butter almost immediately. The colour also changed quite dramatically from dark to light.

It was time for a taste test. Well, goodness me, my newly discovered pear almond butter was sensational. I was so excited by this unexpected rescue, I think I did a whoop or two and danced a little jig, The only thing needed, was a touch of vanilla and it was done. Delicious spread on toasted slices of my apple and hazelnut spelt rye sourdough bread.

The cake did not go forgotten however. I scooped the pear nut butter into a large jar, then added an egg, more honey, flour and a couple of other ingredients to the remainder. The result were these rather scrumptious gingered pear almond honey cakes – win win. 

Pear Almond Butter
Yields 2
This fragrant raw pear almond butter is slightly sweet and has a delightful, yet subtle, honeyed pear flavour.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 185g almonds
  2. pinch of sea salt x 2
  3. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  4. 1 tbsp raw honey
  5. ยฝ tsp vanilla extract
  6. 3 small pears - washed and cored but not peeled
Instructions
  1. First of all you'll need to activate your almonds. Place in a bowl of water with an added pinch of sea salt and cover with water. Soak for 24 hours.
  2. Rinse the nuts, then place in a dehydrator or very low oven for 8-12 hours to dry. I used my Optimum P200 at 35โ„ƒ for 8 hours. You want to dry them, not roast them.
  3. Place the dry nuts in a blender or food processor and blitz to a flour consistency. I used my Optimum G2.3 induction blender.
  4. Continue to blend on a medium setting, adding the salt, coconut oil and honey when the mixture becomes too thick to move. You will probably need to scrape down the sides from time to time.
  5. Blend for a few minutes until the you have a dark oily grainy mixture.
  6. Add the pears and vanilla extract then blend again for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture becomes pale and smooth.
  7. Spoon into clean sterilised jars and seal.
Notes
  1. Makes two jars.
  2. Activating the almonds is not necessary, but it's said to make the nutrients more accessible.
  3. Keep in the fridge for a months and once opened consume within a week.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/

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      Choclette
      31st October 2016

      Thanks, sometimes it’s good when things don’t always go to plan. I’m really pleased with this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nayna Kanabar
    31st October 2016

    its always nice to turn what you think is a failure into a successful recipe. Well done. The new innovation sounds delicious.

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      Choclette
      31st October 2016

      Thanks Nayna. I was so happy when it unexpectedly turned into something delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Isabella
    31st October 2016

    Love it when you rescue something you thought was a failure, always feels so good! I would have danced a jig as well! What a fab idea, never would have thought of adding pear, it looks and sounds delicious!

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      Choclette
      2nd November 2016

      If I didn’t have a load of pears sitting in my fruit bowl, I’m not sure I would have thought of it either ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      2nd November 2016

      Thanks Becca. I’m not sure I’ll ever have the courage to make nut butter again, but if I do and it all goes wrong, I have a highly acceptable alternative ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      2nd November 2016

      Well indeed, it’s all about seasonal cooking at Tin and Thyme ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Charlie @ The Kitchen Shed
    2nd November 2016

    This looks yummy! I have had many failed recipes but a saved recipe is the best kind of recipe! You end up creating something you may have never otherwise tried before. It’s unexpected genius ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Choclette
      2nd November 2016

      Too true Charlie. I’d never have thought to make pear almond butter – it was a very happy accident ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tania Sheff
    2nd November 2016

    What an interesting and tasty idea! I am a big fan of nut butters, so I’m sure I’d love this. Saving the recipe for later. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Willow | Will Cook For Friends
    2nd November 2016

    Oh yum! What a creative solution! I never would have thought to add pears to nut butter, but it sounds like such a perfect combination. I’ll have to give this a try the next time I get almonds soaking!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      If I hadn’t had a load of pears in the house, I probably wouldn’t have thought of it either Willow. I’m so glad I did though.

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    Veena
    2nd November 2016

    I love it when a failed recipe turns into a sudden winner. So a cool save.

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Thanks Veena, I wasn’t going to throw all those nuts away, but what a relief!

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    Ali @ Home & Plate
    2nd November 2016

    I’ve never made my own almond butter but it looks like a recipe worth making. Such a great combination with the addition of pears. Yum.

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      It seems I haven’t made my own almond butter yet either Ali, but I can definitely recommend this pear version.

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    April J Harris
    2nd November 2016

    I love it when a failure turns into a success like this! Your Pear Almond Butter looks and sounds amazing, and I love all the great recipes you made with it – especially the Gingered Pear Almond Honey Cakes!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Thanks April. I haven’t used it as such, but I reckon it would make a fabulous cake filling / topping too.

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    Jenn
    2nd November 2016

    I love accidental deliciousness like this! The flavors of pears and almonds sound so yummy together. I’ve never tried to make my own almond butter, but I can assure you that cashew butter and especially pecan butter are so super easy!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      I’ve made lots of things with cashew and I know they’re easy to work with, so I think I might try cashew butter next ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ceri Jones
    2nd November 2016

    I love that successes can rise out of what feels like failures. Adding a pear sounds like a super idea, especially this time of year. Must try it soon!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Thanks Ceri, from frustration to elation in just a few seconds ๐Ÿ™‚

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    MD Smith
    3rd November 2016

    Ooooo! Thanks for this! I have a heavy cooking schedule coming up as we approach Thanksgiving in the US. Pear Almond Butter is the answer to so many questions!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Thank you. You’ve now got me wondering what sort of questions you had ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    4th November 2016

    The sign of a good cook – rescuing what could’ve been a disaster and turning it into something fabulous!

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Ah, thank you kind Chris. It was more luck than judgement, but hey, I’m happy to take a bit of praise ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    4th November 2016

    Brilliant! Don’t you love it when what starts as a complete disaster comes good? Some failures are just meant to be….. a step to creation! x

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      Choclette
      5th November 2016

      Yes, after getting really cross and harrumphing around the kitchen for a while, I suddenly got a very big smile on my face. I’m actually really pleased now the nut butter didn’t work.

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    6th November 2016

    I’ve made nut butters in the past but I’ve never tried using almonds and now I think I’ve had a lucky escape. But I love pears so much that this would be a far better result. Perfect for this time of year.

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      Choclette
      8th November 2016

      Thanks Phil. I think I need to try an easier nut butter to get my confidence, but I’m actually really pleased with my “failure”.

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      Choclette
      30th November 2016

      Well, I’ve been a bit put off trying nut butter again, but I might pluck up the courage one day. The blender is good on many fronts, but not as powerful as the 9200A.

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