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The Best Nut Butter

Now that we’ve entered the month of December, I do everything possible to make my life a little more festive. Here are some deliciously festive tips:

1. Add eggnog instead of milk or cream to your coffee (shout out to Emily!)
2. Add equal parts eggnog and water when making your morning oatmeal/kamut (or, for those who are really dedicated, all parts eggnog)
3. Have your favourite holiday music on repeat on your ipod
4. Use Christmas string lights in place of regular lights. The more you have the brighter it’ll be!
5. Christmas music. Everywhere. All the time.
6. Watch one (or two!) holiday movies every night, such as Love Actually or Home Alone (the best ones, if you ask me)
7. Add red and green sprinkles. To everything.
8. Flannel pajamas are your new best friend.
9. With that said, flannel bedsheets are also your new best friend.
10. An Office Secret Gift Exchange is the best way to show off your holiday enthusiasm
11. If you don’t have room for a Christmas tree in your house, decorate your house plants
12. Always listen to Martha Stewart.

And my latest vice is this drool-worthy nut butter. This is like Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter but healthier and homemade (note: if you’re Canadian and don’t know what that is, I forgive you. But no American on earth should be puzzled right now). Why is this recipe on my festive post, you ask? Because it is cinnamon-y, maple-y, toasty, and straight up delicious. That, plus the flavours shout “Christmas!” “Winter!” “Festive!”

This recipe is actually from the cookbook that came along with my Breville The Boss Blender. Breville shared their latest product with me and I can definitely understand their excitement: it is the most powerful non-commercial blender on the market right now. It not only looks super sleek and modern, but is so powerful that it puts my trusty food processor to shame. I can even make my own  flour with it!

This recipe is the best introduction to The Boss during the holiday season. Thanks to the cinnamon, it is a perfectly festive take on a classic!

 

The Best Nut Butter

Ingredients:

– 1 cup pecans (I used 1 cup cashews)
– 1/2 cup brazil nuts (I used 1/2 cup pecans)
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– a pinch of salt
– a dash of cinnamon
– 1 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other flavourless oil)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
2. In a large bowl toss the nuts with maple syrup.  Evenly distribute the nuts onto the prepared sheet and bake for about ten minutes or until fragrant. Allow them to cool.
4. Add the nuts, salt, and cinnamon to your Boss Blender, and whirl on high for about a minute to break up the pieces. Use the plunger to push the nuts into the blade. Drizzle in the oil and continue blending. Add more oil if required.
5. Blend until you reach the desired consistency.

Keeps in the fridge for a week or two.

Interested in some other holiday baking? Check out these links:

Choux Pastry with Eggnog White Chocolate Ganache
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2014/12/choux-pastry-with-eggnog-white.html

 

Chocolate Truffles                                                     
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2013/01/chocolate-truffles.html

 

Holiday Spice Nuts                                                     
Clementine Olive Oil Loaf
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2013/11/clementine-olive-oil-cake.html
 
Chocolate Biscotti Two Ways
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2013/07/chocolate-biscotti-x-2.html
Gingerbread Men   
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2012/12/gingerbread-men.html
                                                      
  Cranberry Upside Down Cake 
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2013/10/cranberry-spice-upside-down-cake.html
 Cranberry White-Chocolate Biscotti
http://www.cocoabeanthevegetable.com/2012/12/cranberry-white-chocolate-pistachio.html