I spend a lot of time wandering around health food shops and markets and I am always tempted by new products I find. I always look at the ingredients on packaging and quite often think how hard can that be to make?! Not only does it save money making it yourself, but you know exactly whats gone into it.
One thing I always have in my fridge (as of a few months ago) is nut butter. But it never lasts long, I end up spooning straight into my mouth from the jar every time I’m near the fridge. So when I recently saw a brand making different flavours of nut butter I thought I would try it out….the result, the most delicious nut butter that is so simple to make.
1 cup raw almonds (with skins on not blanched)
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
(optional 1 tsp maple syrup)
What to do…
Heat your oven to 170 degrees. Spread out the almonds on a baking tray, once the oven is up to temperature, put the tray in the oven and bake the nuts for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow the nuts to cool on the tray. Once cooled add to your food processor. For this you need a really powerful processor, I have a kitchen aid one and use the small bowl attachment. Blend the nuts on a high speed for 5/10 minutes. You may want to do this in stages and keep turning your machine off if it starts to get too hot.
To begin with the nuts will just crumble and gradually they will start to come together and begin to release their natural oils. This takes time so be patient. After 5 minutes add the coconut (and maple syrup if using) to the processor and continue to blend.
The butter is done when it becomes smoother and runny.
Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
The number of ways I use this are endless…other than straight from a spoon, it tastes great dolloped on porridge, spread on toast with jam (healthy butter and jelly!) or on rice cakes topped with banana.
Plenty more variations of nut butters to come on my blog soon!