Macadamia Nut Butter

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….

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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 😉

Nut butter craze

Nut butter craze

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.

Buying nuts

Buying nuts

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

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Directions

  1. 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!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Snacks of the Week

This week my dance schedule went topsy-turvy. We had a small emergency at home and I had to put my classes on hold. Everything’s better now though so no need to worry.

Monday I was in great need of fresh and vitamin-rich foods after my not so clean weekend eating (fun fair food included). I loaded up on plenty of fruits and veg and was planning on eating tofu before ballet. When that wasn’t possible, I ended up eating a massive plate of Delicorn “Geschnetzeltes” with a sweet and sour Greek yoghurt dip for a late dinner instead.

mhmmmm Greeky

mhmmmm Greeky

On Tuesday I still wasn’t sure about dance class (actually Tuesday I go to stretch), but noticed after a very late lunch that I had the time to go. My pre-stretching meal therefore ended up being my lunch consisting of green curry tofu with looooads of jasmine rice and a papaya salad. It definitely filled me up, but if it had been a regular dance class – jumps included – I don’t think my stomach would’ve coped! 😉

Som Tam

Som Tam

Wednesday my schedule was back to normal, and so were my snacks: creamy earl grey oats, too filling to finish, but prepped me for my lesson (I ate the rest after dinner as dessert ;))

look at them oats!

look at them oats!

Thursday, class was going to be less strenuous so I decided to tone down the carbs and chose a high protein snack; egg white omelette with tomatoes and onion. For breakfast I ate some Greek yoghurt and some quark and also devoured plenty of nectarines.

Quark and Greek yoghurt

Quark and Greek yoghurt

Egg white omelette

Egg white omelette

I also enjoyed a few indulgences this week…

caaaaaake

caaaaaake

chocooooolateeeee

chocooooolateeeee

truuuuuuuuffle :)

truuuuuuuuffle 🙂

yes that cake was AMAAAAAAHZING. I still have some more left over, as it is a very rich cake. I also mainly just eat the top part of it as I am more a filling over pastry fan (yes I would also be one of those people, picking the cookie dough out of ice cream and the chocolate chips out of cookies, leaving the rest to just sit there, unloved..;))

I have also found two nut butters I luuuuuuuurv and wish to recreate and healthify (they have unnecessary amounts of palm oil added in to them which is stupid because nuts have enough of their own oil…)

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I’ve so far found a recipe for the one on the left.

Those two indulgences started off a major indulgent weekend that I just got back from…stay tuned to find out why 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo