Happy Anzac Day to my Aussie & New Zealander readers! How did you spend your day? Since I was 18, it's been somewhat of a tradition for me, along with my circle of friends to spend our Anzac day at our local pub. Tucking into pub food, having a few drinks and of course round upon round of two up. This year however I held zilch interest in partaking in these festivities. No, no, no... I selected to say home & go a little nutty instead.
Yes, It's duly time that I confess, I'm a total nut for nuts. I haven't always thought of nuts so fondly and yet I'm unsure of when this infatuation began. All I can say is that one day my brain twigged & nuts became my new thing. I quite fancy every nut I've tried, almonds, pecans, macadamias, brazil nuts, cashews, I could go on for days.
There is one nut nonetheless that takes the cake every single time, my beloved walnut. Which suits me perfectly given that it's the only recommended nut on the food regime I (kind of) follow for fertility. Flicking through magazine clippings, I discovered a recipe for almond butter. I tweaked the recipe to my own healthy standards, I omitted the sweetener & swapped the almonds for walnuts.
The result was a rich, buttery (slightly grainy) walnut spread which tastes absolutely lush!
♥Roughly three cups walnuts
♥One stevia (natvia) stick
♥ A touch of macrobiotic sea salt
♥One to two teaspoons of cinnamon
♥Chuck the walnuts in the food processor & pulse. Stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
♥Add stevia, salt & cinnamon & continue to process until desired consistency is achieved.
♥Spoon walnut butter into a glass jar (I recycle all my glass jars) & pop in the fridge or spoon it into your mouth & delight your tastebuds... I dare you!
A thought or two to play around with
♥I wanted to really taste the walnutty goodness in my butter so I kept the sweet & salty to a minimal. You may need to add more or less depending on your tastes.
♥You could also try adding vanilla essence or raw cacao for a chocolatey boost.
♥Substitute walnuts for almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts or macadamias if walnuts aren't your friend
♥You could spread your walnut butter on toast, dollop on stewed fruit, use it as an icing on brownies & cakes or eat spoonfuls from the jar for a healthy snack. Go nuts, literally!
Why you've just gotta love walnuts...
♥Rich source of omega 3 fatty acids
♥Very high in protein
♥Supports brain function
♥Hormonal balancing (good source of folic acid)
♥Heart disease fighting
♥Anti- inflammatory benefits
♥Satiating & utterly delicious!!
Have you ever made your own nut butter? What's your favourite?
Got a recipe to share? Share your comments below!!
Sunshine & Sweetness