Homemade Pistachio Butter has taken our house by storm! It is extremely easy to make and looks just as great as it tastes!
Alternative nut butters are the rage (ok, so I knew that….just missed the pistachio butter memo!) right now, giving our good ol’ peanut butter a run for the money. Making your own nut butter is so simple that it is hard to go back to a traditional jarred version. The taste of natural nut butters will have you never tasting Skippy again…sorry Skip.
Pistachio Butter is made by removing the outer shell of the pistachio to reveal the green nut center. Blending or grinding it releases the oils to make it super creamy. The best part of making your own Pistachio Butter is that you can add a touch of salt or a little sweetener, all to your own liking. You know exactly what went into it and you don’t have to worry about the health impacts of any mystery ingredients.
What does Pistachio Butter Taste Like?
Pistachio Butter is an extremely mild nut butter. My whole family agreed that it has a mild earthy flavor to it. I think the green color may turn some people off, but I thought it was fun!
How to Use Pistachio Butter?
Pistachio Butter is used for so many things other than a direct replacement of peanut butter. Pistachio Butter is found in many desserts like crepes, truffles, cookies and even ice cream. Don’t forget to spread it on baked goods for a flavorful treat or as a protein boost in overnight oats.
How Long Does Pistachio Butter Last?
Pistachio Butter can last indefinitely in the refrigerator according to the American Pistachio Growers. You also have the option to not refrigerate it and it will last for a couple weeks.
Why Are Pistachios So Expensive?
According to the Western Nut Company:
- It takes pistachio trees 15-20 years to become ready to become a nut producer.
- Once the tree is fully grown, it only produces 50 pounds of nuts per year compared to brazilan nuts that produce 250 pounds in the same amount of time.
- The pistachio trees need a very specific climate that has cool winters and long, hot summers.
- Pistachio trees are grown only in California, Turkey and Iran.
If you take all of that into account, it quickly adds up why the nuts are so expensive.
Are Pistachios Good for You?
Absolutely! Pistachios help reduce bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol which helps fight against heart disease. There is also research stating that it helps reduce inflammation and helps diabetes.
Make Homemade Pistachio Butter in a Food Processor
If your pistachios are not roasted, take a few minutes to roast them now. While the shells are still on, place the pistachios on a sheet pan and set the oven temperature to 350 degrees and roast for six minutes. Allow the nuts to come back to room temperature.
Remove the shells from the nuts. This will take a bit of time, so share the task with your better half. Your fingers will probably get a little sore by the end!
Place the nuts, salt and melted coconut butter in a food processor and turn on to start to blend. This process will take 6-8 minutes. From time to time, take the lid off the food processor and scrape down the nut butter. Keep checking and scraping it as needed. In a food processor, I assure you, it will take the full 6-8 minutes before the nuts are processed into a smooth and creamy consistency. It is really fascinating to watch the oils release and turn this into a creamy butter.
Make Pistachio Butter in a Vitamix
Place the roasted/shelled nuts in the Vitamix along with the salt and coconut oil and turn it to a medium speed. You will need to tamp it often to keep it moving around but it will be done in under two minutes. The only drawback to making Pistachio Butter in the Vitamix for me is that it is hard to get every last bit out from under the blade. Given how expensive those nuts are, I opt for the food processor as I can scrape every last bit out.
Should You Blanch the Nuts?
To get the brightest green pistachio nut butter, you can blanch the shelled nuts by adding them to a pot of boiling water for a few seconds. The hot water will loosen the skin of the nut. After removing them from the water, briskly rub them between two thick paper towels to loosen the skin.
The benefit of this is that it will result in a nut butter that is even more bright green; however, the skins contain valuable nutrients and antioxidants.
Can You Meal Prep Homemade Pistachio Butter?
Absolutely! There are two steps that are perfect for prepping.
- Roast the pistachios and allow to cool.
- Start shelling as this is the most time consuming task.
If you complete these two tasks, you will cut down the amount of time to make pistachio butter!
If you like making your own nut butters, make sure to check out our Almond Butter recipe made in the same way!
Homemade Pistachio Butter
- 16 oz roasted, unsalted pistachios
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- Place all of the ingredients into a sturdy food processor. Put lid on and start to blend.
- Keep blending. If the food processor seems to need to have the butter sticking to the sides, open up the lid and scrape down from time to time.
- Keep blending for 6-8 minutes. As you watch the sides, you will see the butter change many times until it becomes smooth like a peanut butter appears.
- Remove and place in jar.