Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Feeling Nutty?

I was in a bit of a nut butter mood today and was quite liking the idea of something flavoured after seeing several on the American blogs. I can't seem to get any here, so I thought I should have a go at making my own!

I did a bit of Googling and everything seemed to basically say, get some nuts, put in a food processor, be patient.

I'd bought a big bag of almonds at the weekend so put 200g into my food processor



Blended for a few minutes



And blended some more! I almost gave up after a while as nothing much happened for what seemed like ages!

Blended even more....



It stayed this way for quite some time so I went back to Google to make sure that I really just had to keep blending, apparently so.

Then, all of a sudden



Almond butter! I added some sea salt and gave it once last whirl



Yay! It is really, really easy! You don't have to do a lot, just need to keep going!

I then took a couple of spoonfuls and added some cacao and a little agave nectar



Yum! This is going in my porridge tomorrow morning, I can't wait!

After the success with the almonds I was really in the mood for making more! I've had a tub of maple spiced pecans I made at christmas time which has sat un-touched since the end of December. They were still fine and I was rather liking the thought of a maple spice pecan butter! The nuts were just mixed with maple syrup and cayenne pepper and warmed in a pot for 5 minutes or so.



Into the food processor they went and a few minutes later...



Spiced maple pecan butter! SO good! Much quicker to make thanks to the maple syrup. Obviously this is the less healthy option, but definitely worth it! (does look a little gross though!)

14 comments:

  1. What blender do you have? I find I have to stuff in large quantities and quite wet before it would blend but then it does it super fine. Mine is a magic bullet.

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  2. I never realised it was so simple to make! I'm having a baking sesh this afternoon so might give it a go :)

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  3. stelladoesblogging10 February 2010 at 13:42

    I use a Kenwood food processor, with flat blades attached. Took ages but di work on just plain, raw nuts! Apparently if you are adding salt it helps to add it at the beginning. Warming the nuts makes it easier too. I'm going to try toasting them lightly next time.
    I did have to keep stopping and starting the food processor - not sure how long it took tota but I was running it for a minute of so at a time then after a while giving it a break in between running while I prepared my lunch!

    Jo, all I'll say is, give it time! If yours is anything like mine =you really will think it's not going to work!

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  4. I got a large bag delivered last night will give it a whizz at the weekend. Will toast them first. cheers x

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  5. Oooh apparently the bullet makes it quite quickly!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTc26dqoaW0

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  6. I am using some Asda cashew nut butter at the moment but at the rate I'm going through it, it won't last long (er, it's a small jar, honest..) and I'm going to make some cashew nut butter. I'm probably also going to warm them up slightly because I've tried both ways in the past and the warmer ones do definitely release the oils quicker. Or if I'm really lazy I'll just blend them from raw and add some groundnut oil so that I can spread it on things easier..

    Asian grocery shops are fantastic for buying big bags of nuts.

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  7. all I have to say is "yum!"

    nut butters = heaven!

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  8. So glad to have finally found a food blogger in the UK!!!!

    Have added you to my google reader. Love your blog!!!

    x

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  9. Hello, fellow English blogger!! I just came across your site (after a recommendation on my own blog) and I love it! I especially love that you made your own almond butter..you've inspired me :D I know what I'll be doing this weekend :P
    Where abouts in England are you? I'm planning a blogger/reader meet up in London at The Vitality Show in March :)

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  10. stelladoesblogging16 February 2010 at 20:23

    deisegirl I have some groundnut oil so think I'll try adding some of that - it's definitely a little on the dry side without, will try roasting them a bit first as well. Think my food processor will appreciate it!
    Plenty of Chinese and Indian shops nearby, I hadn't thought to check them for plain nuts - thanks!

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  11. stelladoesblogging16 February 2010 at 20:26

    Oh yes! Can't believe it took me so long to discover them! I can't wait to experiment some more!

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  12. stelladoesblogging16 February 2010 at 20:26

    Wow! Magic Bullet does look amazing! I want to go make more after watching that!

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  13. stelladoesblogging16 February 2010 at 20:29

    Hey Chloe! Thanks for the comment - always good to find more UK food bloggers! I love all the American ones but end up drooling over so many foods I can't get hold of (and vita-mix's!)

    Will check out you blog this evening!

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  14. stelladoesblogging16 February 2010 at 20:34

    Hi Freya! Not quite London myself - I'm up in Aberdeen - so always happy with a weekend away! The Vitality Show sound interesting, must investigate!
    Will add your blog to my list of things to do tonight - I've already seen you mention kabocha squash and am insanely jealous - most exotic I've seen up here is a courgette!

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