Homemade RAW Nut Butter

by HEAB on March 26, 2009

Well, after yesterday’s slow yoga class full of long holds, I should have known today would be more fast paced.  Flow after flow after flow.   Child’s Pose has never felt so good!  What an amazing way to start the day.  For those of you that have asked about the differences between Vinysasa Flow yoga and Bikram, I wanted to share with you a great post written on this very subject by Heather over at Hangry Pants. This month’s yoga workshop has consisted of Vinyasa Power yoga, but like the Bikram style, we practice in a heated studio.  Vinyasas and heat – two of my favorite things in life!

Under the tutelage of Polly, I made RAW almond pumpkin seed butter this morning. Polly, you were so right. No roasting or oil required! All it took was a little patience, and I ended up with a creamy mound of raw nut butter. Check it out:

Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter.  It's kind of green, just like my oats. :)

Raw Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter. The pumpkin seeds turned it slightly green...to match my oats. :)

If you think scraping the last bits out of the jar is good, you should try an entire food processor.  I felt a little guilty about all those mini-spoonfuls for about 2 seconds…and then slapped more of my homemade goodness on some fluffy Sun Warrior rice protein pancakes

My last Sun Warrior sample.  Tear. :(

My last Sun Warrior sample. Tear. :(

I then ate the rest of my banana with more of my delicious creation.  Seriously y’all, I could not stop.

img_1795Lunch wasn’t too shabby either.



I can take no credit for this concoction of goodness.  Inspired by both Polly and Sarah, I made a spelt wrap, but used ground flax seed (2 TBSP) in place of the oil. Great idea Sarah as it added a lovely a mild nutty flavor.  While trying to catch up on emails, I overcooked my wrap just a bit, but I actually enjoyed the extra crunch. It was like eating one gigantic tortilla chip. :)  Wrapped inside was Bender’s Humbecue Salmon Salad, 1/2 mashed avocado, wilted spinach, and a pickle.  Perfect.

Oh, and for those of you who voted for a fro-yo filled date night yesterday…your voice was heard. :)

Dairy free month?  Not last night!

Dairy free month? Not last night!

A while back the generous folks from POM Wonderful sent me some juice samples. You can read all about my POM challenge here.  Recently, I received the following gift from them as well:


Thanks POM!  Looks like an interesting read.

Thanks POM! Looks like an interesting read.

Other exciting news in the life of HEAB (Heather Eats Almond Butter):

sisterhood1I was given this thoughtful award from Jessie over at Graze With Me. :)  Thanks so much. Love Jessie! Any girl who thinks it’s wrong when almond butter is missing from breakfast holds a special place in my heart. :) Technically, I’m supposed to nominate other bloggers, but I can never pick and choose from all my favorites. There are too many great ones our there, and I consider all of you my sistahs! (Except for Matt and Zesty, my favorite running and cooking bros!) 

Almond Butter News: Naturally Nutty, the makers of my favorite flavored almond butter, now offers sampler packs, and they’re on sale!  Purchase soon my friends. Good stuff!

Last, but not least, Jenna, author of one of the first blogs I ever read, is training to participate in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Fransisco in October 2009 as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training.  If you’re interested in donating towards this wonderful cause, please visit Jenna’s donation page here.  Jenna, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to follow your Team In Training journey!