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Better Butters

Posted Mar 03 2014 12:00am
Isn't it great when you re-discover something you already have and fall in love all over again?  Well, that has happened to me recently...  with my food processor.  It had taken a bit of a backseat to the Vitamix, but lately has been churning out delicious goodies at least once a week!

nuts and seeds

It all started when I finally broke down and tried Nutzo .  As delicious as it might be, I needed to come up with my own nut and seed butter that I could afford.  You could certainly play around even more with the combinations of nuts and seeds, but you'll find my go-to recipe below.

The next treat I discovered was coconut butter.  Coconut, toasted until a nice golden brown, then whirred in your food processor until creamy.  I usually add a pinch of salt, and would say that you should, too!  One batch also got some dark chocolate tossed in...  oh my.  This could take the place of dessert for me any day of the week.  You can find step-by-step pictures  here .

Roasted Nut & Seed Butter
Yield ~2c

1c almonds
1/2c cashews
1/2c brazil nuts
1/4c pumpkin seeds
2T hazelnuts
2T ground flax seeds
2T chia seeds
1/2t fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 170deg.

Place almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and roast for ~5hrs.  If you want to remove hazelnut skins, you can do so easily after roasting, they slip right out.

While still warm, transfer nuts/seeds to the large bowl of a food processor.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.

If you're fortunate enough to have a food processor, what have you made in it lately??
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