Make your own nut & seed butters, to be free from palm-oil-laden store-bought versions (there are a few palm-oil-free versions listed below). Making your own nut & seed butters also means you can be free of having to look out for brands that use honey. Use them on toast, or drizzle on porridge and add to smoothies. Also see where to buy nut/seed butters with no palm oil.
Palm oil use is harming the habitats of orangutans and other endangered creatures (there is no such thing as sustainable palm oil). So why not make your own instead? Above is a simple recipe for Homemade Almond Butter (Full of Plants). This uses blanched slow-roasted Marcona almonds, with maple syrup and salt.
There is controversy at present over the providence of some almonds, due to migratory beekeeping (which lets bees starve, after the harvest). So always choose nuts and seeds from small-scale organic farmers, who do not use these methods to harvest or grow their crops.
Just like nuts and seeds, do not give nut/seed butters to young children (or anyone with swallowing difficulties like Parkinson’s), as they are also choking hazards. Many nuts (including macadamia and pecan nuts) are toxic to pets. Don’t give peanut butter to pets, it’s too rich, save for an organic dog biscuit.
Never give birds ‘fatty foods’ like sandwich leftovers with nut or other butters (nor crusty, dry, stale or mouldy bread). They can choke, and the fat/oils can affect the insulation/waterproofing of feathers.
Simple Nut & Seed Butter Recipes
Homemade Almond Butter (Simple Vegan Blog) is rich and creamy, and very easy to make. Enjoy it plain or serve with berry compote on warm toast, or with oatmeal. Only 1 ingredient needed!
Homemade Peanut Butter (Keeping it Vegan) is very easy to make, and only needs 3 ingredients, with a little optional natural sweetener, to balance the salt. All you need are roasted peanuts, a little peanut oil and maple syrup. You can make smooth or chunky, your choice.
Also try Alison’s Homemade Cashew Butter. All you need are cashew nuts and melted coconut oil. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s super-rich and creamy.
Super-Seedy Sunflower Butter (Minimalist Baker) is a less sweet version of commercial seed butters, and is ready in 20 minutes. Made with 6 ingredients including hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
Candied Pecans Salted Tahini Butter (Full of Plants) is a white chocolate butter with salted caramel, and candied cinnamon pecans. Very rich and creamy, you can eat this by the spoon.