I just love making nut butters, of all kinds. It is definitely one of my favorite things to make. There is such a huge difference in flavor between eating raw nuts, and eating raw nut butters. I think it has to do with braking down the fats and natural oils in the process. I would say cashew butter is my go-to nut butter to make. I usually buy raw almond butter at Trader Joes, just because I love theirs so much. Walnut butter is not my favorite-I would rather eat raw soaked walnuts. But this pecan butter was exceptional.
Spiced Pecan Butter
2+ cups of raw pecans
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract (or a vanilla bean to be extra flavorful)
1/2 tsp of organic cinnamon-or to taste
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Combine in vitamix on high, using your tamper constantly pressing the ground nuts into the blade at all times. You may need to add more pecans if there is not enough to reach the tamper to push the grounds into the blade. It will become pecan flour, then the oils will release and turn into a butter the more you blend and the vitamix heats up more. No oil is necessary. This is delicious to eat on a banana, apple, whole grain muffins or breads, in oatmeal, on banana ice cream, or just eating a spoonful plain like I love to do. You could even freeze by spoonfulls on wax paper and have on hand as a great snack.
Pecans are rich in oleic acid-a monounsaturated fat, that lowers LDL cholesterol. They also have a polyphenolic antioxidant called ellagic acid, along with vitamin E that lowers free radicals protecting your body from disease and cancer.
These Adagio Tea samplers I bought online on cyber Monday. I got free shipping! You can go online and customize any way you like! You can mix chai with coconut, vanilla, chestnut, sweet potato, or whatever you like. They are mostly all loose leaf teas. The only downfall is that they are not organic or fair trade. But still a pretty cool tea company.