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DIY Nut Butters

Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00  by Charity B.

Whirl up some tasty nut butters in your own kitchen, with just a food processor, toasted nuts and a few other ingredients. You’ll make a treat worth spreading around.

To make homemade nut butters:

Spread nuts, seeds and/or coconut in a shallow baking dish. Toast at 350F until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Add any liquid ingredients, any spices and salt. Process, stopping to scrape down the sides (and give your food processor a little rest) as needed, until smooth and creamy, at least 5 minutes, and up to ten minutes.

Makes: 1 cup for 8 servings

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 1 month. Coconut oil is solid at temperatures below 76°F. To melt solidified coconut oil, remove the lid and place the container in a bowl of very hot water; stir frequently until melted. To melt chocolate, microwave in a bowl on Medium (50%) for 1 minute. Stir and then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate or chips, melted (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 200 calories; 15 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars; 8 g total sugars; 6 g protein; 2 g fiber; 76 mg sodium; 200 mg potassium.

Chai Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 188 calories; 16 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g total sugars; 8 g protein; 3 g fiber; 75 mg sodium; 212 mg potassium.

No-Nut Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed, preferably golden
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 219 calories; 20 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 75 mg sodium; 215 mg potassium.

Pecan-Almond Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 3/4 cup unsalted pecans
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 176 calories; 16 g fat (1 g sat, 9 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 73 mg sodium; 163 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (15% daily value)

Curry Cashew Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 188 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat, 9 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g total sugars; 5 g protein; 1 g fiber; 78 mg sodium; 171 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (20% daily value)

Coconut-Sesame Cashew Butter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted cashews
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or melted coconut oil (see Tip)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

NUTRITION

Per serving: 198 calories; 17 g fat (5 g sat, 9 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g total sugars; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 78 mg sodium; 174 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (19% daily value)

Last modified on Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:29

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