Posts tagged ‘almonds’

July 17, 2011

chunky + creamy

There’s no better way to spend a Sunday than at home making homemade nut butters.  Especially because doing so will save quite a bit of money (especially with the coconut butter).  To be completely honest, I have never bought or tasted the coconut butter that you can buy in the stores, but all I know is that the recipe below is so simple and delicious there is no reason to spend more than a couple of dollars to enjoy it.

And all you need for either of these recipes is a food processer – couldn’t be much easier than that, right?

Chunky Almond Butter

  • 10 oz raw almonds
  • 1/4t salt

1. Preheat oven to 325*.

2. Roast the almonds for 15-18 minutes, until slightly toasted.

3. Let cook on the pan for 5 minutes.

4. Place 8 oz of the almonds in a food processor and process for 6-10 minutes or until it has reached a butter consistency.  Add in the salt and mix it a couple more times.  Pour into a mixing bowl.

5. Chop up the remaining 2 oz almonds into small to medium size chunks (whatever size you like the most).

6. Add the chopped almonds in with the almond butter and stir to combine.

7. Place in a mason jar and enjoy!  You can leave your almond butter at room temp for a couple of weeks, or put in the fridge to last longer (although it probably won’t last that long, especially in this house!).

Chunky perfection.

Coconut Butter

  • shredded coconut

1. In a food processor, place as much coconut as you’d like.  I normally stick to half of a 12oz bag for this which makes 6-7 fluid ounces of coconut butter.

2. Process until creamy.  It will take between 6 and 10 minutes, just scrape down the sides of the processor if needed.

Mmm creamy.

I wish I could say that I didn’t just make these both last weekend and had to make them again today.  Although most of the consumption happened before Kinley’s 1/2 marathon on our delicious pancakes.

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July 2, 2011

red, white & blue breakfast

If you’ve read my blog before, I think you’ve noticed I have a thing for muffins.  So when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, I just had to create a recipe that utilized the colors of the American Flag.  I knew berries would give me the colors I was looking for but didn’t want to use them for the blue and red, so I used cherries and poppyseeds.  You may not think of poppyseeds as blue, but I think they have a blue tint and they definitely worked in the recipe!  To finish the trio, the millet was added as the ‘white’.  Although none of my baked goods are white anymore, I think the millet stood out enough to count ;).

Cherries

Millet (use your imagination and pretend this is white)

Poppyseeds

Works for me.  And with this recipe being gluten free and vegan, no one will be left out.

Red, White & Blue Muffins makes 12

  • 1/2 c oat flour
  • 1/2 c millet flour
  • 1/2 c oat bran
  • 1/4 c ground flaxseed (grind 1/4 c whole flax seeds, which will be enough for this + the flax egg)
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 3/4t xanthan gum (you could leave out, but the muffins would be a bit crumbly)
  • 1/4 c poppyseeds
  • 1/4c millet
  • 1 flax egg (1T ground flax +2T warm water, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/4c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T maple syrup
  • 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/2t almond extract
  • 1c cherries, pitted and cut in quarters

1. Toast the millet in a pan on the stovetop.  Heat over medium heat and stir frequently until you start to smell the millet toasting and hear it pop.  Allow to cool.

2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients from the oat flour to the millet and whisk together.

3. Whisk the remaining ingredients (except for the cherries) and add to the dry ingredients.

4. Mix the dry + wet ingredients until fully incorporated and then mix in the cherries.

5. Bake in a 375* oven for about 20 minutes or until set.

When the muffins first come out of the oven, you will taste quite a bit of almond from the extract, but it will decrease once the muffins have cooled so don’t be alarmed!

Garnish with cherries and these make a delightful and healthy addition to your menu :).

Happy 4th!

June 22, 2011

just a touch of sweetness

I think I have said it in just about every post the past few days but weather this week has been AWFUL!  Fog, rain, more fog, thunderstorm, power outage, another thunderstorm, power outage…  Luckily the sun has finally made an appearance today (although not without a few scattered rain showers).  I did find one thing that makes even the darkest and stormiest days a little sweeter.  Although I would not attempt making this if you’re without power… I would imagine it would be quite time consuming ;).

We had some almonds sitting around and are currently out of almond butter, so of course I knew what I had to do.  It took me a few minutes to decide what flavor I wanted to add along with the almonds… I considered the Vanilla Maple + Cinnamon Almond Butter that was oh-so-tasty, but wanted to try something new.  This combination is just the perfect amount of sweetness to add to any day.  Or any AB&J sandwich.

Honey Almond Butter

  • 8 oz raw almonds
  • 1T honey
  • large pinch of salt
  • 2-3T grapeseed oil

1.  Bake the almonds at 325* for 15-18 minutes, stirring about 3-4 times throughout.  Let cool for 5 minutes.

2. Put almonds in a food processer and blend for 6-10 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary until the almonds start to butterize.

3.  Add in the honey and salt, mix well.  It will most likely turn thick at this point, so add as much oil as necessary (I used 2T).

It really was just that easy!  The flavor is amazing and I am making myself hungry just writing about it!