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A bowl of pistachio nut butter, complemented by some loose pistachio nuts, presented on a white wooden table.

The Best Pistachio Nut Butter Recipe

Pistachio butter might not be the most popular of all the nut butters but with its rich, slightly sweet flavor and vibrant green hue, we think it should be. If you've been on the lookout for a delightful twist to your usual spread, you're in for a treat! Whether spread on warm toast, drizzled over yogurt, or used as a dip, the homemade pistachio nut butter adds a gourmet touch to your culinary and baking creations, and you can easily make it at home with just one ingredient - pistachios! 

Health Benefits Of Pistachio Nut Butter

So why choose pistachios for nut butter? Besides their addictive flavor, pistachios bring a nutritional punch to the table. Packed with essential nutrients, they offer heart-healthy fats, protein, and a range of vitamins and minerals. Let's take a closer look at the nutrient profile of pistachio nut butter:

Nutrient Profile of Pistachio Nut Butter (per 2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 160
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fat: 14g (of which 1.5g is saturated fat)
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Vitamin E: 3mg (15% DV)
  • Phosphorus: 130mg (13% DV)
  • Potassium: 180mg (5% DV)

The Benefit Of Pistachios For Your Gut 

Did you know that pistachios are a gut-friendly choice, containing approximately three grams of insoluble fiber per one-ounce serving? This fiber is digested and fermented by gut bacteria, producing essential short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, which not only helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease but also provides colonic cells with vital energy, emphasizing pistachios as a particularly effective promoter of butyrate-producing gut bacteria. If you’re curious to read more about this, we have an entire article posted about this topic here.

Do Pistachios Really Help You Sleep?

Yes, you read that right! The surprising connection between pistachios and improved sleep lies in their natural melatonin content. Melatonin is a hormone crucial for regulating the sleep-wake cycle, and pistachios are an unexpected yet delicious source of this sleep-inducing compound. Including a handful of pistachios as a bedtime snack not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides a wholesome and natural way to promote a restful night's sleep, making them a delightful addition to your evening routine. So, the next time you're craving a bedtime treat, consider reaching for a handful of these green gems for a tasty and sleep-friendly option.

Benefits of Making Pistachio Nut Butter at Home

Now, let's talk about the benefits of making your pistachio nut butter at home. Not only does it allow you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking, but it's also a healthier alternative to many store-bought versions. Also, when pistachios are bought in bulk, it can definitely be a more budget-friendly option than most of the brands on the shelves out there!

  • No Additives or Preservatives: Homemade pistachio nut butter allows you to skip the additives and preservatives often found in store-bought options, ensuring a purer and more natural product.
  • Customization: Want a hint of sweetness or a touch of sea salt? When you make it at home, you're the boss. Customize your pistachio nut butter to suit your taste preferences.
  • Freshness Guarantee: Store-bought nut butters can linger on shelves for extended periods. By making it at home, you ensure the freshness of the pistachios and the resulting nut butter.

Pistachio Nut Butter Vs Pistachio Paste: What’s The Difference?

Pistachio butter and pistachio paste, both derived from pistachio nuts, differ in their composition and applications. Pistachio nut butter typically consists solely of ground pistachios, sometimes with added ingredients like oil, and is known for its thicker and more nutty texture. On the other hand, pistachio paste often includes a sweetener and possibly oil, resulting in a smoother, creamier pulp like consistency suitable for various culinary uses. While some pistachio paste variants are unsweetened, those intended for baking and confectionery purposes usually contain added sugar, offering a balanced flavor profile that compliments sweet dishes. The choice between the two depends on the desired texture and sweetness level in a particular recipe.

Making Pistachio Nut Butter: A Step By Step Guide

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Pistachio Nut Butter?

In Ayoub’s kitchen, we're all about keeping things natural and wholesome, and this pistachio nut butter embodies that philosophy as in our trusted all-natural pistachio nut butter all we need is, you guessed it, pistachios! However, we love to experiment so we’ve thrown in some optional add-ins for those who love experimenting with flavors. To embark on your pistachio nut butter journey, gather fresh and high-quality pistachios. It might be easier and more economic to buy your pistachios in bulk. 

What Equipment Do I Need To Make Pistachio Nut Butter?

We’ve found that in general food processors are best for grinding up nuts. Though if you’re looking for a super creamy nut butter, a regular high-power blender such as a Nutribullet will also do the job perfectly.

A close-up view of shelled pistachios ready for use in a pistachio nut butter recipe.

What Type Of Pistachios Do I Use To Make Pistachio Nut Butter?

What type of pistachios you should use depends on a few factors, but if possible, we want to start with raw pistachios. In saying this, you can definitely make pistachio nut butter from pre-roasted pistachios, it just won't taste as fresh. If you don’t want to deal with the time consuming & potentially thumb-numbing experience of shelling your pistachios, we advise you to buy them pre-shelled; however since the shell helps maintain freshness, we recommend that you choose a supplier with a freshness guarantee. Alternatively if you want to skip both the shelling and the blanching steps, you can buy your pistachios shelled, blanched and slivered. If you’ve got the time to shell your pistachios yourself, great! Grab a chair, stick on your fave playlist and enjoy the meditative process of cracking open these little gems one by one!

Step 1:  Blanching the Pistachios

Before we talk about blending, let's talk about blanching. Blanching involves briefly immersing the pistachios in boiling water, then transferring them to an ice bath to remove the skin. As mentioned above, you can purchase slivered pistachios which are already blanched and super easy to blend.

Why Do I Need To Blanch The Pistachios Before Making Nut Butter?

As we know from hazelnuts and almonds, the skin of most nuts can often be quite bitter. Removing the skin before roasting is recommended to bring out the natural sweetness of pistachios and contribute to a smoother, velvety nut butter. Also, if you’re picky on achieving that vibrant green color, this step is essential!

Step 2: Roasting The Pistachios

If you want that deep toasty flavor in your pistachio butter, you can’t miss out on this step. It’s quick and easy to do, and the resulting spread is absolutely divine! You can totally purchase them pre-roasted if you want to save some time in the kitchen, but make sure they are fresh! It’s quick and easy to do, and the resulting spread is absolutely divine!

Step 3: The Blending Process

The heart of the operation – achieving that creamy texture. It’s pretty self explanatory but the longer you blend the pistachios, the runnier in consistency your pistachio nut butter will be. We recommend that to save your blender from overheating, you should blend the nuts in intervals and wait until they have fully cooled after roasting. Scrape the sides down as needed and don’t forget that if you want a pistachio paste rather than a butter, stop blending when it has achieved a paste consistency.

Step 4: Optional Add Ins

If you prefer a sweetened pistachio butter, add honey maple syrup to taste. Start with 1 teaspoon and adjust according to your preference. Don’t forget to process until well combined. Same idea here for salt, start with a sprinkle and blitz in the blender until fully distributed.

My Nut Butter Is Too Thick, What Should I Do?

If you’ve blended your pistachios for the appropriate timing but haven’t received the consistency you desire for spreading you can always add a neutral oil such as avocado oil or peanut oil to smoothen it out a bit. Once the pistachios start clumping together, add 1 tablespoon of neutral oil. Continue processing. Add more oil if needed, depending on your desired consistency. The goal is to achieve a smooth and creamy texture.

A plate of toast spread with pistachio nut butter, next to a bowl full of pistachio nut butter.

What Are Some Uses For Pistachio Nut Butter?

Now that you have made a delicious batch of pistachio nut butter and haven’t devoured it all with a spoon yet (guilty), you might be wondering what creative ways you can use this decadent spread. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  • Spread for Sweet or Savory Crepes: Elevate your crepes by spreading a layer of pistachio nut butter for a delightful combination of creamy richness and nutty flavor.
  • Sicilian Style Pasta Sauce: Create a unique and flavorful pasta sauce by incorporating pistachio nut butter into a divinely creamy pasta dish. 
  • Salad Dressing: Mix pistachio nut butter with olive oil, basil, lemon juice, fresh garlic and chili powder to create a deliciously nutty, tangy salad dressing.
  • Topping for Crostini: Create sophisticated appetizers by using pistachio nut butter as a topping for crostini, adding a unique and luxurious touch to your hors d'oeuvres.
  • Flavoring for Ice Cream, Mousses, and Buttercreams: Enhance your desserts by incorporating pistachio nut butter/paste as a flavorful ingredient in ice cream, mousses, or buttercreams for a decadent and nutty twist. Learn how to make pistachio gelato here.
  • Croissant or Danish Filling: Elevate your breakfast pastries by using pistachio nut butter as a filling for croissants or Danishes, adding a luscious nutty layer to the flaky goodness.

How To Store Homemade Pistachio Butter

To store homemade pistachio nut butter, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate to maintain freshness. Be sure the container is dry to prevent moisture, and label it with the preparation date for tracking. It's normal for some oil separation to occur; simply stir before use. The refrigerated shelf life is approximately 2-3 months, and for longer storage, consider freezing in smaller portions. Thaw frozen nut butter in the refrigerator overnight. If the consistency thickens in the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature or add a small amount of oil and stir. Enjoy the unique flavor of your homemade pistachio nut butter!

To Wrap Up

Now that you are armed with the knowledge of crafting this delectable pistachio nut butter, go forth and let your culinary creativity flourish! Why not try adding distinctive flavors like white chocolate, caramel or vanilla? You can even make a nut butter blend by mixing it with another one of your favorite nuts such as almonds or cashews. Also, if you are interested in trying more nut butter recipes, check out these resources below. 

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