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Cinnamon Bun Cashew & Pecan Butter (GF, DF, V, VF)

October 16, 2016

Welcome back friends!  I hope the Autumn is treating you well (assuming you are celebrating this fine season).  Ever since I created my Cinnamon Roll Truffle Energy Bites, I’ve been a liiiiiiitle obsessed with all things cinnamon.  And by little, I mean a lot.  I’ve been adding it to smoothies, toast, basically anywhere that I can.  I’ve never tried my hand at making nut butters before and I knew this was the time, since I’ve been stock piling nuts like a squirrel and combined with running out of all my nut butters, it seemed like the logical thing to do.  Let me tell you, if you’ve never made your own before, I hope this recipe convinces you to do it.  It is CRAZY EASY, only requires a few ingredients, and the flavor possibilities are endless.  This one is warm and spicy, ultra creamy, and slightly sweet.  It only takes 10 minutes to whip up and you’ll be in dreamy nut butter heaven in no time.

*The first time I tried making a nut butter, I failed.  The problem was that I didn’t let it process enough and it was dry and crumbly.  I wondered, what went wrong? Am I the only person on earth unable to make nut butter? The key is to process it for at least 10 minutes and it will get very smooth and creamy.  So learn from my mistakes and definitely persevere with it!  The food processor will do the work for you, but you’ll need to step in every few minutes to scrape down the sides. Once the nuts have formed into a ball into the food processor, you are more than half way there. I’m cheering for you! Just keep going!


Ingredients (makes 1 cup of nut butter)

2 cups cashews

1/4 cup pecans

1 date

1 1/2 t cinnamon

2 T melted coconut oil (optional but makes it a little more creamy)

1 1/2 T coconut sugar

1/2 t salt

Lightly toast the nuts in a dry pan over low heat until fragrant.  About 2 minutes.Process the nuts only in a food processor until creamy.  About 8-10 minutes.  Scrape down the sides, every few minutes.  *See notes above.  Once the mixture is creamy, add the rest of the ingredients (cinnamon, date, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and salt). Serve on toast, on oatmeal, with fruit or just eat by the spoonfuls!