Homemade Creamy Nut Butter
You've never had nut butter like this...
A batch of freshly shelled nuts, a little grapeseed oil, sea salt and some delicious, raw honey. Whiz together in a Vitamix (or other heavy duty blender)
A protein rich treat your kids (& you) will adore licked directly off the big spoon,
smeared on crisp apple slices,
or combined with your favorite jam and soft bread for a phenomenal NB&J sammie.
Fresh-as-can-be. And easily customizable! Add as much or as little sea salt as you prefer. Throw in some pecans, almonds or pistachios... add a little extra honey and some cocoa for a Reeses-Pieces affect. The possibilities are endless and always delightful. I suppose the only downside to this wonderful treat is that it doesn't last long!
Homemade Creamy Nut Butter
- raw, organic nuts such as almonds or cashews** (I usually use about 4 cups)
- grapeseed oil to taste (Plus or minus 3 tablespoons per 4 cups nuts. Add as much or little to achieve your preferred level of creaminess. I err on the side of creamy as the butter will firm up in the fridge.)
- himalayen salt to taste (I generally use 1/2 teaspoon per 4 cups of nuts- start with less & taste as you go- you can always add more)
- raw honey to taste (I like a nice dallop per 4 cups nuts)
- Add all four ingredients to your Vitamix or other heavy duty blender and blend until thoroughly combined and creamy.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge to prevent separation of the oil from the nuts.
- **BONUS! Clean out blender by adding a bit of chocolate milk & 1/2 a banana. Whiz to combine. Chef's treat bonus smoothie! ok, these bonus smoothies are always happily devoured by my husband:)
**Update I now substitute raw, soaked & sprouted almonds, pecans, pistachios, cashews, sesame etc in place of peanuts in my nut butter because even raw, organic peanuts are highly allergenic, susceptible to molds, salmonella and toxins such as aflatoxin, which creates congestion in the liver, associated with liver cancer and is shown to stunt growth in children. As if this were not enough reason to avoid them, peanuts are also pro-inflammatory, pesticide laden and contain anti-nutrients known as lectins. I know, it's a food we associated with fond childhood memories, however I encourage you to do your own research on peanuts.
PS. Contrary to their name, peanuts are not true nuts, but a member of the legume family related to lentils, peas and other beans. As opposed to nuts like walnuts & almonds which grow on trees, peanuts actually grow underground which is one of the reasons they're so susceptible to molds. Their thin skins, unlike those of the hard shells on nuts, are highly permeable in the moist underground environment.
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