Tasty Tuesday Plant Based Preparations: Nut (and seed!) Butter

Homemade nut and/or seed butter is a great addition to any plant based kitchen.  It’s simple to make, nutrient dense, and delicious.  Best of all, you can cycle through different nuts and seeds and have fun with flavorings.  This not only allows you to flex your creative muscles, but also varies the nutrients you get in each jar.  Whether you make nut or seed butter, the process is the same.  I often combine the two for enhanced digestibility (also, seeds tend to be cheaper so combining is more economical when you are using relatively expensive nuts like almonds).  In keeping with yesterday’s dopamine theme I’ve created a dopamine butter.  What makes it dopamine butter?  Almonds and pumpkin seeds are high in tyrosine, an amino acid that is involved in the creation of dopamine.  Since low dopamine levels are thought to contribute to fatigue and mood swings I often give T a spoonful of this when he is starting to get a little cranky.

-Pour 1.5 cups raw almonds and 1.5 cups raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) into good quality food processor, turn on

-It will become a powder

-It will stick together, stir a bit

-It will become a ball, stir a bit

-It will separate, at this point you can add your desired spices.  In this batch I used 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, and organic powdered stevia leaf (the sweetness equivalent of 1 tsp sugar)

-Keep blending until creamy

-Store in airtight jar in fridge