Peanut and almond butter are staples in our house. We're an active bunch, to say the least, so good, nutrient packed food is essential to us. I was recently inspired to take our nut butters to a whole other level after watching an episode of one of our favorite shows, Shark Tank. If you are not familiar, entrepreneurs pitch their products to highly successful investors in the hopes of securing smart money. (BTW, if you have ever had an idea that you thought would make you a millionaire, this is a great place to come and sober up sista.)
Some folks had a brilliant idea to super-charge nut butter. The one down-side is it is, of course, expensive and without wide distribution (yet)...I (of course) say make your own!
It's not exactly cheap, but you will have the confidence of knowing exactly what you are putting into your body and maybe into those other bodies you love as well. As we all know, nuts are great for sustained energy, full of "good" fats and high in fiber. Now let's add some superfoods. Why? Because it's your ONE and ONLY body.
Here is the low-down:
cacao powder: rich in antioxidants, a great source of fiber and magnesium (if that's not enough, did I mention it's raw chocolate?)
flaxseed: more fiber, antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3s
coconut oil: weight balancing medium chain triglycerides; it's also great for sustained energy and a powerful antioxidant
and that's all before we get to the almonds...
I told a friend what I was tinkering with and she said she loves the idea but is afraid of "nut butt". I suppose it's a valid fear if you are planning on smearing this on a loaf of bread and sitting on yours all day. There is a fair amount of fat in all nuts BUT IT IS GOOD FAT from clean, plant based sources. Eat it in the morning to keep your blood sugar on an even keel for the day or as a pre-workout snack. Even try it in a smoothie with some frozen bananas and coconut milk. This is fuel for your body. Not gonna-let-me-down sugar crash food.
Oh, and before I forget, it's pretty delicious too.
cacao almond butter
1 lb raw almonds,preferably organic
1/4-1/3 c cacao powder (raw chocolate)
1/4 c flax seeds (coarsely ground)
coconut oil (in liquid form)
You will need a food processor or Vitamix to process the nuts to butter. If you are using a Vitamix, be aware that you may actually heat up the motor to the point where it auto-protects and shuts itself down. You will be able to (confidently, as described in the owner's manual) re-start the machine in about 10 minutes or so after this shut off. If this freaks you out, just take extra precaution and start out on variable speed, at about level 3 and work up from there. Use a small amount of coconut oil to get things going and increase the amount to your taste and preferred consistency.
If you are using a food processor, the key ingredient is patience. You will wonder about 15 minutes in if this is ever going to happen. Yes it is. Just when you are ready walk away and curse me out, things turn to butter.
Add the agave and sea salt to your taste. I store my butter in the fridge for longer shelf life.