Trail Mix Nut Butter

Some things start out as good ideas…but just don’t work.

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Wearing my black keds with hot pink shoelaces, green jeans, a blue sweatshirt, and purple socks. Not kidding one bit – this really happened, and there’s a picture of it.

That perm I got in college. The bad music I used to listen to. The punk phase I went through in high school – I literally only shopped at Hot Topic for months. Sorry mom and dad.  

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I’ve got a ton of examples, and I’m sure you have your own.

But this trail mix nut butter? It may be one of the best idea I’ve ever had. I love trail mix. I love nut butters. And I wanted to really break in my food processor after only using it to shred zucchini, make pesto, and puree hummus.

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And…one other bad idea?

Don’t put a wooden spoon down the shute of your food processor to press the sides of the nuts down. It won’t end well, and then you’ll spend 5 minutes picking shards of wood out of your nut butter base. Trust me.

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Spoon incident aside – this trail mix nut butter has everything I love in a trail mix, blended together to drizzle on oatmeal, spoon onto yogurt, or slather on bread for an even better pb&j sandwich.

My favorite trail mix has peanuts, sunflower seeds, currants, chocolate chips, and m&ms (which are required in trail mix, right?). The best part of making a trail mix nut butter is that you can make it with your favorite mix-ins!

Love butterscotch chips and dried cherries? Go for it. If you like cashews and almonds more, whip those up instead of the peanuts and sunflower seeds.

I’m pretty sure a chocolate raspberry one will be happening soon, too.

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Trail Mix Nut Butter

Makes: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp dried currants
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp mini m&m candies

Directions:

  1. Pour the peanuts and sunflower seeds into the bowl of a food processor. Turn it on a medium speed and let it run for 5-7 minutes until the mixture is broken down and beginning to look creamy.
  2. Taking breaks if the processor needs it, keep running the peanuts and sunflowers together until the mixture is as smooth as you want it.
  3. Add the currants, chocolate chips, and m&ms and let it spin together for another minute.
  4. Scoop into an air-tight jar.

16 Responses to “Trail Mix Nut Butter”

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    Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats — September 19, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Wow. Just wow. This looks amazing! Do the currants blend down all the way or do they add a chewy texture to the butter?

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — September 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

    YES YES YES!!!

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    Kathryn — September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Awesome idea, love how you can customise this however you like!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Oh this really is an amazing idea!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — September 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Oooh – I love this idea! :) Looks amazing!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Brilliant!! Love this!

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    Sa — September 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve never considered actually processing the mix-ins with the nuts, but now I can’t wait to try it!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — September 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    HOT TOPIC. Hahahaha, I’d *totally* repressed that from my memory…I definitely made a few ill-advised purchases there myself in high school. Ack.

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    Julie @Savvy Eats — September 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    What a GREAT idea!

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    Erin — September 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    What a fun nut butter flavor!

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — September 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I got a perm in college too, not the best Idea I’ve ever had either. I LOVE this idea, perfect to spread on just about everything on the planet.

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    emily — September 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    You’re a genius! I’ll see your “punk phase” and raise you an “obsessed with Fred Durst for 6 months” :)

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    Karen — September 20, 2012 at 4:44 am

    This is a genius idea, I would have never thought of it but it sounds so delicious!! (And I’ve also had to search for plastic spoon pieces in my food processor- lesson well learned that those blades are indeed sharp)

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — September 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    When I was younger all of my friends were getting their hair layered and I wanted in on the layering party. After much begging and pleading, my Mom finally gave in and I hated it! I still don’t know why thought that layers on my already curly, frizzy hair would look good! :-P
    This peanut butter looks great (unlike my hair post-layers!) I love playing around with different peanut butter flavors! :-D

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    Shannon — September 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    this is definitely a genius idea!!! hope you have another wooden spoon ;) and ah, hot topic… the memories, lol

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    natalie@thesweetslife — September 25, 2012 at 2:16 am

    so creative! i love this!

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