Superfood Recipe: Homemade Nut Butter Recipe w/ Raw Almonds, Cacao Nibs and Chia Seeds
This creamy, delicious, nutritious Superfood recipe for homemade nut butter is a perfect example of Intelligent Indulgence, providing healthy fats and complete protein with no added sugars — all to provide long-lasting sustainable energy to fuel your active lifestyle.
A common misconception about fat in food is that it’s all bad for you. The low fat 80’s craze scared people away from foods naturally high in healthy fat, such as nuts. Although the field of nutrition now promotes the health benefits of nuts, the low-fat mentality still persists.
That’s a shame, because a diet rich in healthy fats is not only good for your body, but is also delicious! (It’s also a big part of low-carb or “ketogenic” diets that decrease hunger during dieting by training the body to burn fat more efficiently).
One of my favorite ways to enjoy healthy fats is in a creamy, satisfying nut butter. Almond butter is particularly good for your health — almonds may help to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease (thanks to the abundance of antioxidant Vitamin E), and they are packed with protein, magnesium, and potassium.
Making Your Own: Convenience vs Quality
Store-bought almond butter is all well and good, but making your own is easy, more cost-effective, and allows you to choose the highest quality almonds (such as Essential Living Foods’ organic, truly RAW unpasteurized almonds).
I like to combine the almonds with organic, hand-cracked cashews for a truly smooth & creamy nut butter (with the complete spectrum of essential amino acids found in cashews).
The flavor profile and add-in possibilities for homemade nut butter are endless. For this particular version, I tossed in a few additional superfoods: chia seeds and cacao nibs. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. They can help you to feel fuller longer, and they have a mild flavor.
Cacao nibs are pieces of cocoa beans that are in their most natural state: RAW and unsweetened. They are a great source of potassium and fiber, and can even help to boost your mood and energy level. They are crunchy and taste like unsweetened super-dark chocolate chips. The chia seeds and cacao nibs add a nice crunch to the otherwise smooth nut butter, and all of the ingredients together make for a truly supercharged superfood snack!
You can make nut butter using either roasted nuts or RAW, soaked and sprouted nuts. Both techniques (soaking or roasting) will help the nuts to break down faster and smoother in the food processor. Roasting your own nuts brings out that delicious roasted flavor, plus it gives you better control over temperatures and freshness (since the roasted nuts you buy in the store might have been over-heated and could have been sitting around for a long time, getting rancid). If you plan ahead, you can get the most out of your RAW nuts, seeds, and legumes by soaking and sprouting them, and then low-temp dehydrating them before making RAW nut butter.
Of course, if you don’t have the time and you still want the quality and purity of a RAW Nut Butter, you can always purchase Truly RAW Nut Butters from Essential Living Foods (there’s Wild Jungle Peanut Butter, as well as Unpasteurized RAW Almond Butter).
Homemade Nut Butter Recipe: Creamy Superfood Crunch
- 1 1/2 cups RAW almonds
- 1/2 cup RAW cashews
- 1/8 tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp RAW chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp RAW cacao nibs
SOAKING & SPROUTING (if you have time):
- Soak almonds at room temperature for 12 – 24 hours, changing the water every 6 – 8 hours.
ROASTING (optional step):
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Lay almonds and cashews out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast nuts for 15 minutes, or until fragrant and golden-brown, stirring a couple of times.
NUT BUTTER BLENDING:
- Place almonds and cashews into the bowl of a food processor.
- Process until the nuts break down into a smooth butter, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 10-15 minutes.
- Add in the sea salt, and process until incorporated.
- Stir in chia seeds and cacao nibs with a rubber spatula and scrape it into an airtight container.
- Grab a spoon and enjoy! Add to celery sticks, sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres, smoothies, ice cream and more!
I store my nut butters at room temperature. Some natural oil separation may occur; simply give the nut butter a good stir before eating.
This delicious superfood recipe and beautiful photos was created by the the talented Lauren Zembron