So, I love delicious things.
This recipe is no exception from such things. And what I really love about this one is that yes, it tastes great, but I love suggesting nut butters like this to clients who are trying to curb their sugar cravings. With a nut butter you say?? I like chocolate cake, thank you very much!
Yes, and so do I, but the challenge many of us experience is when our bodies are craving a reset (hello out of whack energy, mood, cravings, + weight) sugar is a great place to start when bringing our bodies back in balance. And a great hack for curbing your sugar cravings?
Wholesome fat. You want to reset your body but you can't stop craving ice cream? Or cookies? Try a spoonful or two of this stuff. When sugar cravings hit, but your intuition is telling you its best not to indulge, try boosting your wholesome fat intake. Take a few bites of this stuff. It won't disappoint, especially when you start making a habit of it. What it will do? Satisfy your hunger hormones for a longer period of time, nourish your nervous system, and help balance your blood sugar.
And when your blood sugar is balanced? Oh. my. goodness. You will feel like a new person.
I'm never going to say you should give up sugar or cookies or cake (or that you should never enjoy this nut butter with jam because its delicious) .... but I am all about moderation and taking a break from things we all know we would benefit from stepping away from. And even when we do so, that doesn't mean our food has to taste crummy!
So, I give you my recipe. Happy blood sugar balancing, resetting your body, and welcoming spring. Xo
Vanilla Almond Walnut Butter
2 cups raw, whole almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
large pinch of salt
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the almonds and toss with vanilla extract. (The best secret to making delicious almond butter with a hint of sweetness and no added sugar is the vanilla roasted with the almonds!) Roast for 8 minutes. Add the walnuts to the baking sheet and roast for another 4-6 minutes, or until the almonds just start to crack and brown. Watch this step very carefully ... if the nuts burn your butter will be not so tasty.
Let cool completely.
For this step you may use either a food processor or a high speed blender. (i.e. Vitamix or Blentec) Add all of the nuts, sea salt, and coconut oil to the machine you are using. In a food processor the nuts will take about 10-15 minutes to break down into a creamy butter. Make sure you scrape the sides as you go. In a high speed blender, the process should take about 1 minute. Use a tamper or scrape down the sides of the blender as well.
And viola, beautifully delicious homemade nut butter. Don't you you just feel so special?
Are you looking to reset your body this spring? If so, what recipes do you have in your arsenal to help you in doing so?
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