The nut butter craze continues. And after successfully polishing off yet another jar of nutty goodness within 3 short days, I have begun to see my problem. Nut butter, without all the additives and palm oil, is not cheap. My craze is a pricey one, that could easily be budgeted lower….
By making my own!
And I’m not talking about peanut or almond butter. No, I am talking about the more decadent butters with added cocoa named ‘creams’. So smooth, so melt-in-your-mouth delish that they are worth every penny; until you don’t have that penny to spend 😉
Over the years I’ve warmed up to many different variations of these creams. The organic store only ever sold one made with almonds, but it wasn’t vegan. That affair was very short-lived. New butters popped up on the market, with a cashew, macadamia or even a hazelnut base; all had to be tested, all are passionately loved, with my current favorite being a mixture of almond, vanilla and tonka bean. Divine!
Recently though, I realized they are not very clean-eating. Organic, yes, but still full of palm oil and dark brown sugar…
I haven’t given up on my bought almond tonka cream yet (I can’t find a tonka bean anywhere…), but the others I am trying to replace with a more budget friendly home-made variety.
Basing my recipe on the one I found on 84th and 3rd, I decided to try to make a macadamia cocoa butter without using any oil. The macadamia flavor in my homemade nut butter is quite profound and powerful, and wasn’t quite the same as the slightly unhealthy version I bought at the store, but the butter is still a good, healthy alternative for when you don’t feel like the usual almond or peanut!
Macadamia Cocoa Butter
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- Place ingredients in a blender and blend for a long time until smooth
Be patient! It takes a long time to create nut butter. Do not be tempted into adding oil!
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo
Of possible interest:
- Health Post | Nut Butter (insidetoout.wordpress.com)
- Move over Peanut Butter, there are some new nuts in town! (hllawson.wordpress.com)