Flash in the Pan: Butterscotch Walco-Nut Butter*
* Or, CocoWal. Or, WalCoco. Or, Waco Nut**. Or, There is Really No Way to Combine “Walnut” and “Coconut” in a Cute and Catchy Contraction.
[Sometimes, you just want a dish that's quick and easy--no fuss. I've decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here's today's "Flash in the Pan." (For other FitP recipes, see "Categories" at right).]
[Here slathered on one of Shirley's Brazilian Un-Cheese Biscuits]
So I’m a little obsessed with nut butters these days. Ever since I started the anti-candida diet (ACD) back in March, 2009 (I know–*sigh*), I’ve grown more and more to love them. And I’m not the only one. Last week, I noticed two blogger buddies who also made nut butters: Cheryl mixed up some macadamia maple, while Alta enjoyed vanilla almond-walnut.
Maybe it’sthe fact that when you’re on a low-glycemic diet, healthy fats (such as in nuts) provide an alternative source of energy to the usual glucose from carbs; or maybe it’s the fact that the taste and many flavors of nut butter are luxuriously rich and sweet, and therefore appealing all on their own; or maybe it’s that nuts naturally contain incredibly good-for-you mono- and polyunsaturates (the paragons of fat, the apotheosis of oils, the quintessence of grease, the cream of–well, cream)–those ideals of all Fatty Acids, the Omegas–to support overall health. Or maybe it’s the fact that they are just an expression of my nutty side.
Whatever the reason, I seem to have cottoned on to nut butters and am never without a jar of homemade nut butter in the fridge. I’ve written about my beloved Walnut-Cacao Nib butter before, as well as my raw Chocolate Almond butter, my Antioxidant-Rich Chocolate Almond butter and referred in passing to the sassy, slightly spiced Almond-Goji butter. But today brings us to a new apex in the knolls of nut butter in my kitchen.
Along with my nut butter obsession, I also seem to have developed a little lucuma obsession; witness my recent Butterscotch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (plus the previous Raw Caramel Cookie Dough Truffles), not to mention the fact that I throw lucuma in every smoothie, shake, cereal, and pretty much anything else I can add it to lately. So, I decided, what the heck–why not add it to my nut butter as well?
[Freshly made Walconut flows freely!]
I’m sure we all know how divinely delicious–and yet how expensive–coconut butter is. If you have a VitaMix or any high-powered blender, I’m here to tell you that it is super-simple to make your own. Add soft, naturally Omega-3 rich walnuts to the mix and you get a carrier that blends up so smoothly and so quickly that those little coconut shreds feel obliged to comply and join the party. This is an incredibly fast and easy combination butter that is, quite frankly, irresistible (and which, in my opinion, bears more than a passing resemblance to macadamia butter–but oh so much less costly!).
So, this is what I’ve been slathering on buns, muffins, bread, crackers, apple slices, even collard leaves, lately. In fact, I’ve been slathering it all over the place (okay, well, not everywhere, silly!).
Even if you’re not as enamored of nut butters as I am, this spread is a great way to spruce up your breakfast, dessert, or snacks. Or, you could just eat it straight. Next thing you know, you’ll be dreaming up all kinds of nutty combinations, too.
**No relation to David Koresh, obviously.
[Fresh from the refrigerator, nice and firm for spreading.]
Butterscotch Walnut-Coconut Butter
Suitable for Anti Candida Diet (ACD) All Stages
The pairing of walnuts and coconut makes for a very indulgent-tasting spread that’s firm when refrigerated and softens as it stands at room temperature. Once liquid, it’s also a great ice cream topper.
2 cups (340 g or 12 oz) walnut halves, lightly toasted
2 cups (130 g or 4.5 oz) unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8-1/4 tsp (.5-1 ml) fine sea salt, to your taste
2 Tbsp (30 ml) lucuma powder
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
20-30 drops plain or vanilla liquid stevia, to your taste (I use NuNaturals)
Place the walnuts in the container of a high-speed blender and top with the coconut and salt. Blend, using the plunger as needed, until the mixture is liquefied (1-2 minutes). Add the lucuma, vanilla and stevia and blend again. Pour into a clean jar or container and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 2 cups. Will keep, covered in the refrigerator, up to 3 weeks.
“Mum, what’s the big deal with nut butter? I’d much rather be obsessed with my ball.”
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