First, there was the nut cracking :) I am usually super lazy and buy the nuts already peeled, but it is the Christmas time tradition to have the whole nuts around the house. And I got some from the St. Nicolas on December 5th, so I decided it was logical to peel them rather to have them lying around. Since I don't really like eating hazelnuts as whole nuts, but I love them in nut butters, I knew what to do...
And I made the home made nut butter of them ... all the recipes are super simple. Nuts + powerful blender / food processor + patience = delicious nut butter. I kind of never got the perfect structure, usually cheated by adding little coconut or walnut oil to get the right consistency. I was enjoying the Secret of Raw Cookbook ("Tajemství syrové stravy") and read the tip that I should keep blending / mixing for up to 20 minutes, so the nuts really release the oils. So I decided to persist and I succeeded! The ultimate secret ingredient for succeeding home made nut butter truly is your own patience :)
Mixed nut butter (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts)
with touch of cocoa powder and salt :)
- Nuts of your choice
- Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
Put the nuts in your blender / food processor and start processing them, you will probably need to scrape off the nuts from the sides of the dish. Keep on going until you get the right consistency. It will be surprisingly creamy! As you can see on the photo above.
To make the nut butter taste more "nutella" like, you can add cocoa powder and I also add pinch of salt, that makes truly huge difference in giving a little punch to the natural flavours of the nuts. Another option is adding cinnamon and pinch of salt.
Voila, you have one of the best paleo / low carb friendly snacks ... the only trouble is, you need to hide it away, because it's so yummy, you could eat the whole jar at once :D
PS: I don't have food processor yet, I only have Catler blender, but it is really cool and powerful one, only trouble is scraping off the tiny remainings from the bottom when you empty the dish...