Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nut Butter Love.

Nut Butter + Photoshop fun. Valentines' Day 2013.

Every year I have the best intentions of doing something super cute for Valentines' Day. Decorating. Baking. You know, typical stuff. But all of a sudden the day is here and I've done nothing! With a broken washing machine and bags very slowly being unpacked and a clingy soon-to-be 11-month old, I just didn't seem to have the time. But I did make one thing!  Nothing says I love you like freshly made nut butter, right?!

You guys. This cashew + coconut butter might be the best yet. I made it two days ago and I've already eaten half of it. Okay. Actually I've eaten more than half. I go in for one bite and then, all of a sudden, I'm scooping up my fourth heaping spoonful. Here's what you'll need to make this decadent nut butter.

Cashew + Coconut Butter (modified from this recipe):

  • 2 cups unsalted, dry roasted cashews
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt     
Add all the ingredients to a food processor. Turn it on and let that blade work its magic for 6 to 10 minutes. But a warning! IT IS LOUD. Still freaks Alice out every single time.

Now this nut butter is significantly thicker than the almond butter version. But that could also be because I was impatient and didn't let it blend long enough. So when I made toast for Alice this morning, I gave a spoonful of it a quick zap in the microwave and it was instantly spreadable. And then after putting it on her toast, I licked the bowl clean, of course.

And, in the spirit of Valentines' Day, here is a fun little story on the history of the 144-year-old conversation hearts.

NECCO manufactures eight billion Sweethearts per year and approximately 100,000 pounds of candy hearts are sold each day (!!!) during the six-week period between January 1 and Valentine's Day.  

As a somewhat former self-professed candy addict, I bet that I've eaten a good portion of those eight billion conversation hearts!

And P.S... a look back on Valentines' Day 2011 & 2012.

1 comment:

  1. I've tried your recipe for Almond Nut Butter and it was really easy and delicious. I'll have to splurge and try the Cashew style nut butter. Glad Ms Alice likes it!

    Happy Valentines to my favorite valentine. xo


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