What do you call nuts on the wall?
What do you call nuts on your chest?
What do you call a nut in a spacesuit?
Hmmmmmmmmm, okay, tough crowd. I’ll stop now.
Apart from the exquisite taste, nut butter (well, nuts themselves) has a tonne of health benefits. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, macadamia’s, pecans and cashews contain protein, healthy fats (omega’s), phytochemicals, fibre, and numerous vitamins and minerals.
According to reputable research and a multitude of studies, consuming nuts (in moderation) can help to lower cholesterol by providing the body with good fats.
There are so many ways to eat nuts. We enjoy spraying a small amount of coconut oil on various nuts, particularly macadamias, and almonds, and then sprinkling a little erythritol on them and sometimes some nutmeg and cinnamon and toasting them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
We also add nuts to our salads, eat a small handful by themselves with a cup of coffee for a 3pm energy boost but what we love the most is processing it until it becomes a delicious nut butter and eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon.
Well, I do that when people aren’t looking anyway.
Anyway, my favourite combination is this roasted almond and raw cashew butter. It has the toasted flavour of the almonds and the sweet creaminess of the raw cashews. It’s the perfect blend. Macadamia and almond butter is great too.
If you buy nut butter, be cautious as many brands like to add salt, sugars, unhealthy oils, and sometimes artificial flavours and sweeteners. Always read your ingredients.
If you make your own, it is okay to add a little salt to bring out the taste and as a preservative but don’t go adding a heap of it and make sure to use sea salt or Himalayan salt.
Cashew and Almond Nut Butter FPC Chart
NUTELLA!!! I love Nutella. It is so easy to make yourself and you do not need to add copious amounts of sugar to make it taste good. We add stevia drops and a little bit of powdered erythritol along with cacao or cocoa and a bunch of hazelnuts.
Occasionally, because I LOVE FERRERO ROCHERS, I like to use some chocolate instead of cocoa or cacao so that when it gets cold in the fridge I can roll it up into balls and roll it in more hazelnuts. Just as good as ferrero’s and almost guilt free. Not when you eat 10 at once though. So delicious.
Cashew and Almond Nut Butter
- 300 grams Roasted Almonds unsalted
- 300 grams Raw Cashews unsalted
- Put the almonds and cashews in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Make sure to stop every 3-5 minutes to push down the sides with a spatula. Be patient! This process may take up to 30 minutes.
CASHEW AND ALMOND NUT BUTTER
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What if I have a nut allergy?
These days we know that many people have nut allergies. Some, only peanuts are a problem but for others, even tree nuts are a major issue. Well, a great alternative is to use seeds instead. Seed butters taste amazing and also offer incredible health benefits.
You can use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sesame seed, hemp seeds, and the list goes on. I have a lot of fun making different seed butter and like to experiment with the tastes by adding more of one type of seed and less of another.