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Dislike Oily Natural Nut Butters? I’m Testing Hacks to See What Works!

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Oily natural nut butter gotcha down?

I set out to solve that issue with a few clever natural nut butter hacks I discovered. I tried each of these hacks and rated them based on ease of use, outcome, and how long the nut butter remain mixed. Check out my winners (and losers)!

oily separated peanut butter

Let’s talk all-natural nut butter texture.

I’m not a fan. It’s kind of a hassle to stir with a knife or spoon, and it’s not appealing to look at all. Plus it’s messy and splatters down the sides. My kids are less likely to eat this style of peanut butter, so I’ve been thinking of solutions to combat this issue.

Plus, because high-quality natural nut butter can be spendy, I need to LOVE it!

Lina using an immersion blender in a jar of peanut butter

Let’s test some natural nut butter hacks!

I know that lots of keto households eat some kind of natural nut butter, so today I’m testing out a few common hacks from the internet to see which works to combat the oily separation at the top!


storing peanut butter upside down as a hack

1. Store the nut butter jars upside down.

A lot of folks swear by this hack online, and it makes sense. I turned a couple of my nut butter jars upside down to test. I came back the next day, and the oil was at the bottom as anticipated, but I still didn’t love the thick glob in the middle and overall consistency. It still felt and looked separated.

Result: FAIL.

The texture was still off, and there was still a glob of hard nut butter in the middle.


testing an old fashioned peanut butter mixer

2. Use a peanut butter lid mixer.

This old-fashioned peanut mixer from amazon.com is a lid assembly with a hole that fits the crank mixer. I bought one that fit a 16oz. wide mouth can. I don’t have the patience to sit there and stir for a long time, so for me, this wasn’t a great solution. It’s also a bummer you’d have to match a lid size to your nut butter – and nut butter container sizes vary so much.

Result: MEH.

Not as impressed as the reviews stated. It works about as well as stirring with a knife, but it’s not worth the money in my opinion.


using hand mixer to mix peanut butter

3. Use a hand mixer.

For this experiment, I transferred all of my nut butter into a separate small mixing bowl and whipped it up using one beater with my electric hand mixer. (I didn’t have a big enough nut butter jar on hand to fit my single beater, but you may be able to fit yours right inside the jar.) This clever trick worked instantly and brilliantly, and I was able to quickly whip up soft, spreadable almond butter perfection. I’m happy to say it surprisingly stays that way, too!

Result: PASS.

I LOVED this simple hack! Plus most people have a hand mixer on hand. It was well worth the minimal effort!


using an immersion blender to mix peanut butter

4. Use a hand immersion blender.

I was most excited to try this easy hack because I love my Cuisinart immersion blender. I placed it it right inside my jar of Laura Scudder’s brand natural peanut butter. I turned on the speed to low, and I moved it in a gentle, up and down motion. Guess what? It worked brilliantly! The peanut butter was smooth and delicious. Folks, this idea was a WINNER!

Result: PASS.

My immersion blender worked perfectly with no mess, and it took less than a minute. This was my favorite hack!


oily nut butter on the top of jar

5. Bonus Tip: Pour off some of the top oil (and save it)!

Sometimes natural nut butter is runny, even when stirred. When that happens, pour some of the oil into a small jar to keep. Then add it back in as needed.

mixed up natural peanut butter hack


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Lina (lina@hip2keto.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.

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Comments 6

  1. Bobbie-Jo Elwood

    Grind it at Whole Foods or Earth Fare and immediately stick it in the refrigerator or grind your own in a food processor. I love natural pb so I just deal with the mess but the lid thing from Amazon works good on the bigger jars.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip, Bobbie-Jo Elwood!

  2. Melissa

    Duh! Why didn’t I think of using my immersion blender?! Thank you so much for all of the tips!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Melissa!

  3. Kayleigh

    I’ve tried storing mine upside-down and the oil leaked out everywhere. Never doing that again! 🙁

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! Thanks for sharing, Kayleigh! Good to know that tip did not work out!

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