Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

 

Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a great holiday!  We had a really nice Christmas, it was low-key but filled with family, friends and great food, overall the perfect little break.  We came back from NH yesterday, walked in the door and realized that we could see our breath in the house (not a good sign).  After a few attempts to get the furnace working, we concluded that our boiler had shit the bed and our house was a balmy 42 degrees. Yay! Exactly what you want to come home to!  Nothing like coming home to a disaster :)

We’ve been huddled around some space heaters and snuggling up with our slippers and sweatshirts to stay warm.  Fortunately the space heaters have been doing a pretty good job and it’s not incredibly cold out so we’ve been managing just fine, I feel so bad for the people in NJ & NY who had to deal with this AND no power! It’s rough!

Anyhow, we’re waiting to see whether there is any way to fix it without replacing the whole thing so hopefully we’ll figure out the situation soon and we can get our warm cozy house back.

Ok, enough complaining.  Let’s talk about the fun part of our vacation.

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We woke up Christmas morning to big fluffy snowflakes falling and coating the trees.  It was absolutely perfect and so beautiful! We were grateful to have the White Christmas we were hoping for.

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Santa visited and he was extremely generous as always!

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Tom & Ian both got new guitars this year so they had fun learning their first few chords together, it was fun to watch (even if I got some pretty annoying songs stuck in my head for the rest of the day).

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There was lots of talking, laughing & great eats!

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It’s funny how our days always seem to revolve around the meals.  The second we’re done with one, we’re busy planning the next.  Holidays are fun that way :)

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I’m going to have to do a little detox and get back to my healthy eating soon, I’ve been a bad girl!!

Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

So let’s move on to this awesome Almond Cashew butter recipe.  If you don’t make your own nut butter and you own a food processor, I highly recommend you start doing so.  It tastes so amazing, you can control the ingredients, and I think it might actually be cheaper.

It’s really quite simple.

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I like to start by tossing the nuts in a little honey with some other good stuff like chia seeds or ground flax (and in this case some shredded coconut).

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Then lay them out on a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes.

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Blend in a food processor for about 15 minutes until you end up with a nice creamy butter.  BENEFIT: if you lick the bowl and the spoon, you will be so full you’ll be able to skip your next meal. Seriously, it’s so weird.

Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

I’m sad the holidays are over (especially sad about the Christmas music) but I’m looking forward to starting a new year fresh!  2013: LET’S DO THIS!!

If I don’t talk to you before then, Happy New Year!!

Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

Allergy Tree Nuts
Meal type Breakfast, Condiment, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • salt (to taste)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix the almonds, cashews, chia seeds, coconut & honey in a medium bowl. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes to keep them from burning or sticking.
4. Cool for 2-3 minutes and transfer the toasted nut mixture to the food processor.
5. Blend in food processor for about 15 minutes until creamy. You will have to stop and scrape the sides a few times while blending. Add salt to taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Responses to Toasted Coconut Almond Cashew Butter

  1. Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Mai-Lis. :) Sorry about your furnace. Hope you get it fixed soon.

  2. livliveslife says:

    Merry (belated) Christmas! I love all of your pictures…they’re so warm and fun! I’ve nominated you and your blog for a few awards. Click here for more info! http://livliveslife.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/two-more/

    • Mai-Lis says:

      AWE, thanks Olivia!! Merry Christmas to you too! I just got a new camera lens for Christmas so I had some fun playing around with it :)

  3. I love making my own nut butters. Never seen a recipe quite like this though! Will definitely have to give it a try :)

  4. Jesica Dolin says:

    Hi there!

    I am a midwife and am trying to get a nice collection of recipes on our website that are healthy and simple and appealing to families with small kids…like this recipe!

    I’d like to encourage you to submit it (and as many others as you like) to our recipe contest. If we post your recipe(s) on our site (which will if you submit them…your recipes are awesome), we will post not only your name as you enter it but also a link to your blog.

    Each recipe you enter earns you the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant of your choice. (Local = where you live, and locally owned, not some big chain) For full details on the contest, click here:

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    PS – Any readers of this blog are also encouraged to enter the contest!

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