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In need of a nut-free tigernut butter that can be whipped up in less than a minute with no prior prep or special equipment? Paleo, Whole30, and AIP friendly

a jar of tigernut butter

When nuts aren't an option, whether you have a nut allergy or are on an elimination diet like AIP, something like a simple nut butter becomes off-limits.

Even seed butter is out for the AIP diet.

Tigernut butter is a viable option though!

Tigernuts? Aren't they nuts?

Despite the super confusing name, tigernuts are not actually nuts.

They're small tubers, kind of like sweet potatoes, and therefore suitable for those of you on AIP.

You may find tigernuts called chufa or ground nuts in some countries.

They also have quite a few nutritional qualities, like that they're a great prebiotic fiber and help boost immune system function.

The difference from traditional tigernut butter

Traditional tigernut butter is made by soaking whole tigernuts in water for 24-48 hours and then draining and using a high-speed blender to mix the tigernuts with some oil to make a butter.

It's still a great option – if you have the time. And if you plan on using it all within a week or two.

But if you don't have time and just want a small amount, this 30-second option is much quicker and can be made in small batches.

30-Second Tigernut Butter

But if you don't have time and just want a small amount, this 30-second option is much quicker and can be made in small batches.


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All you need is some tigernut flour and an oil – preferably something liquid like avocado oil.

You CAN use coconut oil, however, it needs to be in liquid form (melted) and if you don't plan on using the tigernut butter right away it may harden.

You also may want a pinch of sea salt and/or some other flavor elements like cinnamon or maple syrup. (See more about that below).

How to make this quick tigernut butter

This tigernut butter is really easy to make. All you need to do is add some tigernut flour to a bowl (depending on how much you need to make), use a fork to remove any clumps, and then start to drizzle in your oil of choice.

Mixing the tigernut flour and avocado oil with a fork
Mixing the tigernut flour and avocado oil

Mix together until it forms a paste, then add a bit more oil and let it sit for a few seconds to let the oil absorb.

You may need to add a bit more oil at this point, depending on whether you want it to be thick or runny.

The consistency you go for often is dependent on the application you need it for – like in place of a nut-butter on a baked good with jam will probably be thicker and if you're using it for a sauce then you'll probably want it runnier.

Video Demo

More of a visual person? Watch the full-length video demo on YouTube.

Variations for this recipe

You can have it as is, but I do recommend adding a pinch of sea salt if you're having it plain.

I also like to “dress it up” a bit with a pinch of cinnamon, vanilla powder, sea salt, and a dash of honey or maple syrup.

This gives the butter a really delicious flavor and can be eaten straight off the spoon or stuffed inside of dates for a quick but delectable AIP-friendly dessert! See the Tigernut Butter Stuffed Dates Recipe

You can also go in more of a savory direction and use it as a satay sauce. See a quick recipe in this post for Pork Lettuce Wraps.

Uses for tigernut butter

Other than the uses I mentioned in the section above, you can also:

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Tigernut Butter Recipe

If you make this quick tigernut butter, I'd love to hear how it turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingautoimmune!

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30-Second Tigernut Butter (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Author: Michele
Servings: 2 tbsp
This nut-free tigernut butter that can be whipped up in less than a minute with no prior prep and can easily be made for just one person or many. Paleo, Whole30, and AIP)
The recipe below is to serve 1-2 people but multiply as needed!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute



  • Put the tigernut flour in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle in some of the avocado oil and mix well with a fork or spoon, making sure to break up any clumps of tigernut flour. Add more oil as needed to get to a consistency you desire, letting the mixture sit for a few seconds in between additions to let the flour absorb the oil.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt and any other variations you might like and use! 


Make it more flavorful with some additions like a pinch each of: Cinnamon, Vanilla Powder, and Honey or Maple Syrup
This keeps in the fridge for 1-2 weeks
Substitute melted coconut oil or another desired oil for the avocado oil
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: AIP, Autoimmune Paleo, easy, Paleo, quick, Vegan, Whole30
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