Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Almond and Cashew Nut Butter

I have been a little absent from the blog for a few days, but never fear - I have still been creating in the kitchen. As if there was any doubt! If there is one thing I will always do it is spend time in the kitchen. It is therapy after a long day, relaxation on a quiet day, and the one place I go where I feel confident in my abilities. Some days it does not always go to plan, but that is half the fun!

Todays post is for a yummy almond and cashew nut butter. Continuing with my theme of making eating real food cost effective, I decided to make my own nut butter. While good quality peanut butter is a little pricey, but not totally crazy (we buy the 100% Nuts brand), good quality almond butter is around $10 a jar, at least! The kids love almond butter, and enjoy snacking on almond butter on rice crackers, almond butter on celery, or apple 'donuts' with almond butter (remove the core from a whole apple then slice it across ways to create 'donuts' then spread with almond butter - delicious!!)

I was going to make just plain almond butter, but looking in the pantry I had loads of cashew nuts too so decided to make a blend. So delicious! Needless to say it didn't last long, but to be fair I didn't make a huge amount as it was an experiment and I didn't want to waste the nuts if it didn't work out. But work out it did, so next time it'll be double the quantity!


 Golden roasted....mmmmmm

Little pot of golden goodness - still warm, and totally irresistible!


Almond and Cashew Nut Butter

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashew nuts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. On a lined baking tray place the almonds and cashews
3. Roast the nuts for around 10-15 minutes, checking often as they can burn quickly, and you may need to give them a mix every now and then just to keep them get them evenly roasted. 
4. Once the nuts are golden roasted, remove from the oven and allow to cool. They can still be a little warm when you blend them, but not piping hot - it may damage your blender!
5. In a high speed blender or food processor, place the roasted nuts. 
6. Blend for somewhere between 5-10 minutes depending on your blender. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender every now and then to ensure it is all incorporated and evenly blended.
7. You will end up with a smooth, creamy delicious spreadable nut butter. This is delicious as is, and there is no need to add any oil as the natural oils of the nuts will be enough. Some people may like to add a pinch of salt just to enhance the flavours, but it is delicious without too. 
8. Enjoy on toast for breakfast, on fruit for a snack, in baking, in curries or just as is on a spoon. A great way to get in some quick protein and an energy boost. 


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