Friday, February 12, 2010

Photo Phriday (and a recipe!)

So the clean eating kick isn't quite at full force anymore. I still try to eat healthy, whole foods as much as possible (and really always have) but dessert and wine have won out in quite a few instances.

Fortunately, there's a nut butter (though, is cashew technically not a nut?) that I've whipped up that tastes almost like dessert to me: maple cashew butter. My sister first introduced me to cashew butter back when she was in grad school -- five or so years ago and I was immediately smitten. And as of late, I've been really loving Justin's Maple Almond Butter, but it's a bit too expensive to buy on a regular basis. So, I was recently at Harry & David and purchased a few bags of roasted cashews that were on sale, popped them into my trusty Vita-mix, added a little oil and maple syrup and viola! Maple Cashew Butter.

Maple Cashew Butter

1 1/2 cups of roasted cashews
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Put all ingredients in your blender or food-processor, and start on low, the increase speed to medium and blend until smooth. You might have to turn your blender off and scrape down the sides to make sure it's all getting blended smoothly, but it's not terribly labor intensive.

So far, it's been good on toast, in oatmeal and on bananas. Or, even by the spoonful when you need to feel like you're eating dessert.


Ricki said...

One of my fave combinations--nut butter and maple! MMMMM. It looks delish, too--but no Henry today? ;)

Liz said...

Henry's actually at daycare today! It's at a farm and he gets to roam the whole day with a pack of dogs -- pure heaven for Mr. High Energy!

The Chatty Housewife said...

That looks so yummy! I learnt a lot about the cashew today via Wikipedia because of your prompting. I had never heard any of it before, it is so interesting that the cashew forms on the end of a "false fruit" that is also edible, as are the leaves of the plant, but the shell of the cashew is poisonous.

glutenfreeforgood said...

Liz -- funny that you have cashew butter as a post. I just returned from Kripalu (Yoga & Health Center in MA) and they served the most wonderful cashew butter at lunch. I used it as a dip for sliced apples. They used cashews, honey, a little filtered water and a touch of cinnamon. It was divine. Yours is a prettier color, there's was kind of blah looking. Must be the maple syrup that gives the color more depth. I have never made it before but because of you and Kripalu, I'm definitely going to try it.

Love your roller derby look. But you look so sweet! Do you get tough when you get out there on the rink?!

Thanks for the recipe and give Henry a pat on the tummy for me.

Liz said...

I'm glad you checked it out, TCH. I had no idea the shell is poisonous -- so interesting!

Melissa! I've wanted to go to Kripalu for years! I think water instead of oil in my recipe might be a change I make. I hope you had a good time there. The whole place sounds fantastic.

Haha, I get a little tough, but still have to gain a bit more confidence out there. Will do :) Hope all is well in CO!