Making my own nut butter is something I resisted for the longest time. I chalked it up to needing a high-speed blender. I settled on just buying peanut butter, free of any added oils or sugars. Then, Rachel proved me wrong and inspired me to give it a try. Then I put it off for two months, regardless of the fact that a month after reading her post, I did get a high-speed blender. Finally, I was out of excuses and tired of
my laziness resisting.
This started out with the intentions of being raw cashew butter. The cashews blended into butter so quickly and with such ease, however, I had to add more. So macadamia nuts went in. And hemp seeds. And then, because I figured that since hemp seeds were a super food, why not add another and make it extra super? So the maca powder went in.
I've discussed before why hemp seeds and maca powder are so good for you, so I was thrilled to combine their super-healthfulness with the super-creaminess of the cashews and the super-butteriness of the macadamia nuts. This nut butter is so rich and creamy, full of nuttiness with a slight trace of something sweet. I started using it for everything. Crackers, toast, spoonfuls straight to my mouth, and fruit- this nut butter just makes everything so much better.
My favorite way to use my new
BFF favorite butter is on my Super N(ut)B(utter)&J Toast. It combines the Cashew Maca-Maca Butter with Blackberry Chia Spread with a sprinkling of goji berries and hemp seeds. Since I am a grazer (I eat breakfast and dinner, but my lunch is actually about 2-4 different snacks spread throughout the day), this toast is usually my late morning snack. It is so simple, I can't justify an entire recipe, but I'll show you how via pictures!
SUPER NB&J TOAST
If you already make your own nut butter, I think you
are probably far less lazy than me should give this combo a try. If you don't, then you need to get on this. Don't resist it like I did. You're missing out. Make some nut butter now.
CASHEW MACA-MACA BUTTER
- In a high-powered blender, combine the cashews, macadamia nuts, and hemp seeds. Blend until creamy. You will likely need to scrape the sides occasionally. If you are using a Vitamix, you can use your tamper to assist with the blending.
- Once the nuts and seeds are creamy, add the maca powder and blend until incorporated. This will give it a slightly thicker, slightly drier texture, which I like, but if you want your nut butter to be extremely creamy, leave it out.
- Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. It does not need to be refrigerated. Enjoy!
All Photos taken by Chris Miller
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