You’ve probably heard about the many health benefits nuts offer, such as being high in fibre, healthy fats and having anti-inflammatory properties. But we don’t just ‘eat’ nuts. We transform them into creative and ‘mouthwatering’ recipes such as this Super Nut Butter.
We can process nuts and make them into nut butter, which can be a great addition improve flavor and consistency of traditional recipes.
You can use any type of nuts to make nut butter, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and my personal favourite macadamias and hazelnuts. You can get real creative with nut butters. Check out my ‘Rawtella’ (aka Homemade Nutella) recipe here.
If you are looking weight , almonds can make a great snack, because almonds have the least amounts of calories per serving. They are not called the ‘king of all nuts’ for no reason.
They a great source of protein and fiber. According to the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism adding almonds your breakfast may help to stabilise your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Steady blood sugar levels make you more energetic and have less food cravings.
Nut butter served with fresh apple slices dusted with cinnamon powder makes a delicious snack too.
In addition to almonds, this super nut butter recipe also contains walnuts, which are packed with omega-3 fats (EFAs). EFAs healthy hormone function; particularly on the hormone leptin, that tells our body to stop eating when you are full. Furthermore, the Omega-3 fats in walnuts play key role in balancing the amount of Omega-6 fats in your typical diet, to help prevent inflammation, which can cause illness and weight gain.
Last but not least, the Pistachios in this nut butter recipe help combat bad cholesterol.
If you don’t want bad cholesterol to invade your body, become a ‘health nut’.
Makes 1 jar (1.5 cups)
1 cup of almonds
1/2 a cup of walnuts
1/2 a cup of pistachios
10 drops of stevia
1.5 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tbsp of cinnamon & Turmeric, OR Cacao if you prefer chocolate flavour
Pinch of salt
- Place all the nuts into your food processor, blend for about 5 minutes, by which time they should be broken down and nearly a liquid.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for a further 10-15 minutes scraping the nuts off the side every now and then.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.