Making your own nut butter is so simple and quick, and you can adapt the recipe to your own taste. Try toasting the nuts for a few minutes in a hot oven or leave them raw, or experiment with different nuts, in any combination. Cashew nut butter is my favourite, but almonds, hazelnuts and, of course, peanuts all work well.
Home-made nut butter is very good spread thickly on freshly baked bread and topped with your favourite jam. You could also spread it on oatcakes or digestives, or roll it into balls and dip them in melted dark chocolate for a deliciously indulgent treat. It plays a starring role in our favourite ‘late-for-school’ sandwich, too – thick sourdough bread, nut butter and sliced banana.