Roasted Nut & Chia Butter

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This recipe doesn’t need much of an introduction guys. As many of you know, I LOVE nut butter. I am a self-confessed nut butter addict. And dang proud of it! As you’ll see on my blog, I’ve been posting recipes for my homemade nut and seed butters for a while now – I’ve taken on cashew, almond, walnut and pecan butter, as well as pumpkin seed butter! I love to make my own because first of all, it’s an awesome feeling to be able to make something from scratch, and I get to share that creation with you guys! Secondly, I think a lot of quality (i.e. minimal ingredients except the nuts themselves) nut butters are over-priced, particularly anything that ISN’T peanut butter. Its a LOT cheaper to make your own at home, allowing for an investment in a decent food processor/blender (I own a Nutribullet and swear by it).

So! Let’s get onto the latest edition in The Irish Balance Nut Butter Range – this time I couldn’t decide which type I wanted to make, so I just went for a good old mix with the added punch of chia seeds!

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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 250gΒ Raw Unsalted Mixed Nuts (I bought mine in Super Value!)
  • 3 tbsp of Chia Seeds (I used a Lidl Brand)
  • Optional:Β I don’t usually add sweeteners to my nut/seed butters, but if you prefer a sweeter taste you could add 1 tbsp of honey/maple/agave/stevia, whatever you like!
  • Required:Β A Food Processor/Nutribullet/Power-blender

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Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C, and line a baking tray with tinfoil.
  2. When the oven is ready, spread the mixed nuts onto the tin foil, and roast in the oven for approximately ten minutes, checking at 5 minutes to make sure they’re not burning!
  3. When the nuts are done (should be medium browned), allow to cool for 5 minutes, and then tip them into your blender cup.
  4. Next heap in your chia seeds.
  5. Add the olive oil. Screw on the blender cap, give the cup a shake, and attach to the blender/processor.
  6. Time to blend! As with my other nut butter recipes, the time required for this will vary depending on the blender/processor you use, and how powerful it is. I used my Nutribullet as always, and it took about 5-7 minutes of blending to get to that creamy stage where the oils are released from the seeds.

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Enjoy guys! Another step in my journey to own my own nut butter range and shop…a girl can dream right? Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara πŸ™‚ x

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