I started out making nut and seed butters to mix in with my baby’s cereal, fruit, purees and yogurt. Since whole nuts are a choking hazard I couldn’t give them to him until he turned 4! But I wanted him to benefit from the nutrition they have to offer. I like to call nuts and seeds nature’s multi-vitamin! Even though I was making them for my son, I soon became addicted to them myself! I’ve mostly done neutral or sweet flavours such as:
- Vanilla & Toasted Pecan
- Coconut Cashew
- Dark Chocolate Hazelnut (a healthier version of Nutella!)
- Sweet n Spicy Pumpkin Seed
- Lemon Pistachio
Then I came across an idea to make savoury nut butters and a whole new world was opened up to me! These are the first three I’ve come up with and I can’t wait to keep experimenting with other flavours!
Why It’s A Smart Choice
Think of nuts and seeds as nature’s multivitamin. These mighty little foods are filled with minerals, healthy fats, plant protein, anti-oxidants, and more. They’re the complete package. Observation studies show that people who consume nuts everyday are less likely to develop diabetes or heart disease, which are two of the leading causes of death and morbidity in North America.
To see health benefits, you only need to eat 1/4 cup of nuts/seeds or 2 tablespoons of nut/seed butter each day! Portion control is important because they are high in calories.
The recipes linked above taste great on toasted sourdough bread, spread on fresh naan, or used as a dip for veggies. Combining a high fat food, such as these nut butters, with a source of carbohydrates helps the body to absorb the carbohydrates more slowly. This results in better control of blood sugars!
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