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Homemade Superfood Nut Butter

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I LOOOOOOVE peanut butter. I’m not sure I could live without it. From PB&j’s to bananas w/ peanut butter to a big dollop on my oats most mornings to baking with it and even sometimes eating by the spoon, I cannot get enough. But as much as I love peanut butter, I also enjoy switching up my nut butter palate, choosing almond butter many times or when I’m feeling fancy picking up a yummy jar of Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter or one of NuttZo’s mixed nuts and seeds butter. The problem with these “fancy” nut butter is they can be expensive and sometimes hard to find depending on where you live. So I decided to make my own mixed nut butter and the result was this SUPERFOOD NUT BUTTER, packed with 3 types of nuts, 2 types of seeds, plus a couple surprise ingredients gives this spread lots of nutrients and deliciousness!


A cancer-fighting, heart healthy snack

The combination of nuts and seeds gives this nut butter a variety of nutrients and flavor. If nuts and seeds are not part of your daily eats, consider adding them to your diet in the form of this nut butter or by the handful. Nuts are filled with healthy, unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent cell damage from free radicals (unstable molecules) and inflammation. Free radicals and oxidative stress in the body may lead to cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other inflammatory diseases. Eating a colorful diet can increase your intake of antioxidants, and free radical fighting abilities. This nut butter is packed with a variety of antioxidants in addition to other health benefits:

  • Almonds: A fan and health favorite! Contain protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats. High in vitamin E and cancer fighting antioxidants including tocopherol. They also contain significant amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin K, and zinc
  • Pistachios: The most consumed nut in the Schulte household, and for good reason! They contain protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats, and are the lowest calorie nut. Pistachios contain a significant amount of B-6 in addition phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium. They have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants including y-tocopherol, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids
  • Cashews: This soft and slightly sweet treenut gives the nut butter a creamy and delicious texture. They contain protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats. Cashews are rich in copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorous
  • Chia Seeds: They’ve received all the rage the last few years, though some communities have been eating them for decades. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, in addition to containing high amounts of fiber and omega-3’s. They are also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc
  • Flax Seeds: Not only a great vegan egg-replacement, flax seeds are rich in lignans, antioxidants, fiber, protein, and polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega-3’s.
  • Amla Powder: also known as dried Indian gooseberry fruit.  It is the most antioxidant packed uncommon spice and as such, is often used to prevent and treat cancer in Ayurvedic medicine.  In terms of its antioxidant score, 1 tsp measures at 753 units.  Compare those 753 units in 1 tsp to a bowl of corn flakes which has 25 units, a mango at 108, or a half cup of blueberries at 323.
  • Maca Powder: Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable that gives a deep, earthly flavor when added to smoothies, baked goods, and other dishes. It promotes natural antioxidants, may improve mood due to its flavonoids, and may increase energy. As an added bonus, it also increases libido

As you can see, this nut butter is packed with a variety of health promoting nutrients and antioxidants. This combination also tastes delicious blended all together. That being said, feel free to modify with your favorite nuts/seeds!


How to Make this SuperFood Nut Butter?

homemade nut butter in food processor

The hardest part about this nut butter: PATIENCE. Making homemade nut butter is easy-the food processor does all the work! But it does take time. After dry roasting the nuts, throw them into a food processor of high speed blender and let it go to town. You do not need to add any extra oil or water as the nuts will release their own oils and adding anything else may disrupt the texture. At first the nuts will become coarse, then similar to a flour consistency, then a dough like blob, and then finally, a creamy and delicious spread! All in all this process may take anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes, but it is well worth it! Be patient, throw on your favorite podcast or do some (very necessary) kitchen dancing, and wait for the nut butter to become creamy and spreadable.

How to eat this nut butter?

Is there a wrong way to eat nut butter? If you said yes, you should probably just unsubscribe to the blog (just kidding, we love your support!). I have nut butter practically with every meal, so the options are endless (hence why it won’t stick around too long). Try this SuperFood Nut Butter on toast or in your oats for breakfast, dip apple slices in it for a tasty snack, or stuff dates with them topped with some chocolate for an easy, healthier dessert! Or of course you can also just grab a spoon and dig right in:)

Superfood Nut butter stuffed dates
Pitted dates stuffed with nut butter topped with shredded coconut and a dark chocolate drizzle

What are you waiting for?! Pick up some nuts the next time you head to the grocery store, and make your own nutrient-packed, delicious nut butter! Happy Snacking!!

homemade nut butter in a jar in front of a tree

SuperFood Nut Butter

Becca Schulte
This homemade nut butter is packed with 3 types of nuts, 2 types of seeds, and a couple surpise ingredients giving this tasty nut butter lots of nutrients and deliciousness. Watch out fancy store bought nut butter, you've got competition!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Equipment

  • Food processor or high speed blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup pistachios shelled
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 tsp maca powder optional
  • 1 tsp amla powder optional
  • 1 tsp sea salt more or less to taste

Instructions
 

  • Put nuts on a baking pan and dry roast at 350 for 10 minutes, flipping half way. Let cool
  • Put cooled nuts into food processor and start to blend for 2-3 minutes until the nuts have become a crumbly texture.
    crumbled nuts in a food processor
  • Pause and add the seeds
  • Continue blending for 5 or more minutes, occasionally stopping to scrap down the sides, until a smooth, nut butter consistency forms. You want to it to be easily spreadable.
  • Add the Maca Powder and the Amla powder if desired and salt. Blend one more minute.
  • Transfer nut butter to an container with an airtight lid. Use right away on toast, with fruit, with oatmeal, or your favorite way. Store at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to a month (but it won't last that long!)
    homemade nut butter in food processor
Keyword antioxidants, healthy, healthy snacks, nut butter, snacks, superfood, vegan

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