Nut butter

A lot of people have misconceptions about what the paleo diet is, or what people on it believe it is. I'm pretty sure most of us know we aren't eating like the paleolithic man, and thank God we're not. I'm not all for eating insects and bark... I'm pretty sure they didn't eat paleo variations of moussaka either. Paleo is just a name, like all other diets, it needs a name. "Paleo" is supposed to reflect eating as clean as possible, and not eating things that are known to be hard to digest or cause gastrointestinal distress, which often are foods we have long cultivated and thereby changed their nature. This means laying off legumes, grains and dairy, and any processes foods.

Processed foods are really the main no-no on a paleo diet. They're usually full of things you can't pronounce, let alone know what are. The point is getting full control of what you are putting in your body. Almost all processed foods have sugar, salt, several additives and corn. And they're usually totally redundant ingredients, things you would never add to a dish if you were making it your self. Being on a paleo diet really has helped me and my body start talking better to each other. It's really lovely not having tummy aches after every meal. I generally have more energy and better skin, things just feel a little lighter.

But it does mean I make more or less everything we eat from scratch, which is a commitment. In the beginning this was daunting, but now that we have amassed a small arsenal of kitchen appliances, it's really much easier. Not that you need tons of appliances, it just makes it all a little less tedious. 

Nut butter is one of those things where an appliance goes a long way. Making nut butter is super easy, and it only contains nuts and salt. Imagine that. Have you ever had a look at what your peanut butter from the store contains? You can make it at home with literally just peanuts and salt! Now, peanuts are technically a legume, so we don't eat that on a paleo diet, but there are plenty of nuts in the.... trees? Any whoo... here follow the super easy steps to making Nut butter, exemplified by using almonds, which I usually do. (A combination of almonds and hazelnuts is also nommy).








Nut butter


Healthier home-made nut butter. Use any types of nuts or combinations to make the flavors you like. By
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Ingredients:
2 cups nuts
1/2 tsp salt
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Yield: 2 cups
Directions:
Add ingredients to a food processor.
Start the processor and let is continue untill the fine nuts grind sticks up the sides. Use a spatula and scrape down the sides. Continue to process the nuts. You will need to do this several times.
Don't be discouraged, this takes some time. The nuts will go from a fine grain, to a lumpy mass and after a while the fat in the nuts will release and create a nut paste. If you like chunks in your nut butter, add some extra nuts after the paste has apparead, and pulse untill the chunks are the size you like.
Place in a lidded jar and store in the refrigerator.

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