Monday, March 3, 2014

Better Butters

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??


Jen said...

This looks great. I just got a big food processor and have been looking for fun ways to use it. This looks great.

We Are Not Martha said...

This nut butter sounds amazing, but I NEED to make coconut butter ASAP. What a great idea!


Erica said...

I still haven't tried Nuttzo! It sounds awesome, but the price tag! Love the at home version.

Michelle Lahey said...

We just got a new food processor that is worlds better than our old one. We've been making a lot of homemade pasta dough in it, but I never even thought of nut butter! I will definitely have to try this recipe.

Joanne said...

I've avoided trying Nutzo because HOLY EXPENSIVE. But I love this homemade version! And if i hit up the bulk bin, I might even be able to afford it. :P

Delicious Dishings said...

Such a nice mixture of nuts and seeds. Must taste wonderful! I just used my food processor to make passion fruit curd and my stuffed mushroom filling.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I don't have a food processor but really should buy one! This sounds delicious.

vanillasugarblog said...

Shan is back!
Salted hazelnut is like food porn to me.

Food and Fitness Friend said...

This sounds awesome! Definitely need to make it.

Hannah said...

Yum! I've gotten pretty lazy and rarely make my own nut butters these days, but you've just reminded me why I should get back into the habit. Such a unique blend is way more exciting than a solo nut butter!

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