Let’s get crazy with the cheez whiz
I first came across nut butter combinations from my Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook (remember my cookbook challenge) and am in love. I knew you could make straight almond butter or cashew butter, but never thought to get crazy and make Pecash (pecans & cashews) butter or Walcan (walnuts & pecans) butter, but I like changing it up a bit.
All you need is some of your favorite, preferably raw, nuts to get you going-you don’t want salted or roasted (you can do that yourself). I usually get mine from Natural Grocers but have found them in places like Target and Market Street. It’s been fun to consume, and fight Josh over, some good ole raw Texas pecans, so I know they do exist in certain places.
Nuts are also a great snack when you’re in a pinch…just don’t get too carried away with how many you eat. See what Dr. Mercola says about the benefits of raw nuts and which ones are the healthiest:
- Almonds: One of the healthiest aspects of almonds appears to be their skins, as they are rich in antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits. As the Almond Board of California reported, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even revealed that a one-ounce serving of almonds has a similar amount of total polyphenols as a cup of steamed broccoli or green tea.
- Walnuts: Walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, natural phytosterols and antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them “remarkable.” Plus, walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well.
- Pecans: Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and research has shown they may help lower LDL cholesterol and promote healthy arteries.
- Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts are an excellent source of organic selenium, a powerful antioxidant-boosting mineral that may help prevent cancer. EAT 3/DAY!
To make nut butters, I would invest in a food processor if you don’t already have one. You could get a big one like this or even a smaller one like this, if it’s not in your budget. Also, scour places like Ross, HomeGoods, Marshalls, etc., to find some for super cheap.
Homemade Nut Butter
From Paleo Comfort Foods
- 4-5 cups (600-700 g) almonds
- 3 cups (450 g) raw cashews
- 2 cups (200 g) pecan halves
- 2 cups (200 g) walnuts
- 3 cups (300 g) pecans
1. Make sure you have the chopping blade in your food processor. Pour all the nuts in the bowl of the processor and turn on.
2. Allow the processor to run for 8 to 10 or until you have nice creamy butter.
3. If you simply can’t stand it, about 5 minutes in stop the motor and scrape all the nut fragments off the walls of the processor bowl. From there, just let it keep working.
Variations—Consider adding ½ teaspoon of your favorite spice or taste. Examples include espresso, cinnamon, chipotle powder, nutmeg, vanilla, or citrus zest. You can also roast your nuts to bring a different flavor to your butter. If you prefer a chunky nut butter, add in some whole nuts for the last minute or two until the desired texture is reached.
These nut butters would be great to take on the go and especially dip carrots and celery sticks into. You could also substitute them in your Paleo recipes instead of using the ole stand-by almond butter.
Have you thought about doing this, or do you do it already? It can save you come dough cuz those nut butters are not cheap! Give it a shot and let me know what fun combination(s) you come up with.