Saturday, 9 April 2011

Nut Dust

In my quest to live healthier I am always reading other 'healthy living' blogs.  Sometimes I can't believe what other people can and will do (sorry, as good for me as it might be, I'm not drinking my morning pee.....even if you know a guy who can put it in capsules for me....sorry I'll pass) And then there are the things that I wish I had the 'go how' to do like getting up and doing an hour of yoga with the sunrise.......I would like to think I could do this but I am WAY too lazy.

The stuff that I always start doing right away are the great recipes.  I LOVE to cook (oddly I don't like eating THAT much) but I love the chemistry of making food.....I love what food represents.....the social aspect of it....and I LOVE feeding my family healthy meals that they me that IS love!!

I have been trying to cut sugar out of our home lives.  I won't fight birthday cakes, party food and popsicles or ice cream when we are out but I can say no to crap in the house, crap for meals, crap for snacks.  I can and will say no.

So how do you sweeten stuff if you don't have sugar in your house you ask? Well, honey, blue agave nectar, brown rice syrup and lots of maple syrup (And I promise I'm not calling you 'honey'). I know there are other natural sources of sweet and I may learn about them as time goes by but at this point I can make almost anything well with these sweeteners. I have recently been reading about coconut sugar.....we'll see...

So one day I stumbled across this recipe for almond butter...and I was in fact looking for a recipe FOR almond in reality, which I rarely participate in, almond butter does not have to be sweetened but this is worth it
Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Boy oh boy is it good......I made a few alterations.
First off, when I make it, I make A LOT more at a time.  We are a family of four that eats almost every meal at home. I also switched up the nuts a bit. I also stop processing it at the 'dust' stage. And I always add a little bit of coconut oil in before the roasting stage.

Here is my recipe
6 cups of nuts total, my favourite combo is 4 cups of almonds, 2 cups of hazelnuts
1 cup maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil

I warm up the coconut oil in the maple syrup and stir in the salt and cinnamon then pour it over the nuts.  Then let them roast.  I don't process mine for as long and stop at the 'dirt' 'dust' 'powdery' stage.

There are a million different ways to eat this stuff.  On top of oatmeal, top muffins before baking, in yogurt, in apple sauce, in cereal, but I love knowing that the amount of 'sugar', even healthier maple syrup based sugar is a minimum when using this and it has food value.  You can keep processing it and make almond butter which I do occasionally with a small amount of it.  It is very good as a dessert with apples dipped in it.

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