I’m the biggest nut butter addict. I am really seriously obsessed – I get through a pot every 36 hours! It’s kind of ridiculous. I love every flavour – almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, pumpkin seed, just all of them! So considering how much I eat I decided it was really time to start making my own so that I could incorporate all my favourite flavours in one delicious bite!
My three favourite butters are almond, cashew & walnut so I thought mixed together they would be just heavenly, and guess what – they are! Really truly incredible, especially when they’re then combined with the caramel flavours of the dates, the sweetness of the cinnamon and the coconutty goodness of the oil! Wow, it just becomes unreal. So so good. Soft, spreadable, creamy and awesome! So much yummier than any store brought one too and so much cheaper. All these nuts cost under ten pounds and made mountains of butter, about six times more than a three pound jar of almond butter.
Nut butter is really an awesome snack to get into as not only is it absolutely delicious but it’s incredibly healthy and wonderfully filling too as it gives you such a wonderful burst of plant protein that will leave you bursting with cholesterol free energy! Everyone knows that almonds are a powerhouse of goodness, but did you know that walnuts are nutrition bombs too? I feel like they’re always an underrated nut but there’s really so much awesomeness in them, particularly in their incredibly high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3′s – did you know that 1/2 a cup will give you all of your daily need of omega-3? Cashews are also amazing, especially as they’re packed with oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil that promotes great cardiovascular health. So get spreading!
I use this nut butter with everything, but my favourite ways to enjoy it are melted into porridge, blended into smoothies (I do this every morning), slathered onto apple pieces and spread onto buckwheat bread with sliced banana – not forgetting eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon of course! It’s the best addition to any breakfast and the healthiest way to start your day.
Makes 4 jars
- 1 1/2 cups of almonds
- 1 cup of cashews
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 6 medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Start by roasting the almonds at 180C for five minutes, then add the cashews and walnuts and roast for a further ten minutes.
Leave the nuts to cool for a few minutes before adding them to your food processor with the coconut oil, cinnamon and pitted dates. It should take about twenty minutes to blend to smooth, although you will need to scrape the nuts off the side a few times during this time. Towards the end add the water to help it finally smooth out.
Then keep in an air tight container and enjoy!