New Nut Butter Experiment

by HEAB on July 14, 2009

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Look, I used my homemade nut butter method to make raw Brazil Nut Butter:

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BrazIl Nut Butter Soup

Brazil Nut Butter Soup

It turned out soooo thin, but it was really yummy drizzled on Gena’s Lime-In-The-Coconut Smoothie:

Smoothie Fluff

Smoothie Fluff

My Smoothie in A Bowl contained the following:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 peeled lime
  • 1/2 packet stevia
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum (The gums really fluff up the mix.  Love them!!  Thanks again to reader Deb for sending them to me).
  • Handful of ice

Normally, I don’t keep my nut butters in the fridge as I like them a bit runny, but the Brazil Nut butter needed a little cold love.  After a couple of days in the fridge, it solidified into the most perfect spread for…

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Tropical Pancakes

In keeping with a South American theme, I topped my protein pancakes with a spoonful of Artisana’s raw coconut butter, 1 spoonful of Brazil Nut Butter, 1/2 a fried plantain, and 1 tsp of maple syrup. Katie, how’s that for some pancakes?!?

Don’t forget to enter my Almond Butter Giveaway.  You have until midnight tonight (Tuesday, July 14).

P.S. I finally got my haircut.  I’m a blond again…with a little pink, just for fun. :)

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{ 79 comments }

mariposagirl July 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

OH… I have to give the coconut smoothie a go! sounds perfect today

I am eating almond butter with my SALADS now….I’m a CONVERT Heather!

my oatgurt vs.2 bombed again. texture was right but too tangy and I think I over stirred it. it was getting that CRUST but then fell flat. I am keeping at it tho!

and I finally found that coconut BUTTER…. I put a dab of it on my grilled yams! it’s HEAVEN!!!!

you’re food pics look great today

and i have always wanted a PINK chunk in my hair! SASSY!
love it

sigh. I need a real hair cut. I’ve digressed to chopping it myself and it shows.

Happy TUESDAY

Cindy July 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

OH, forgot, do you add any sweetnener or anything else for to the oatgurt/oatbread??

I think mine just came out too tangy!
:)

polly July 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

love you, Pinky!! Yummy nut butter, girl!! I got your message today when running around town… so EXCITED about your new Bible. Hope you like that version as much as I do. So simple, and REAL, ya know?

XOXO peachy

ps… tell CD (if he is the almond butter winner picker) I am ready to bake muffins at the drop of a hat. I can send them tomorrow in the mail… just sayin. ;)

Maria July 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

Hehe love the funky pink and gorgeous blond hair Heather :D

Oooh, the new creation is fabulous. More nut butters to try, yay!

Tropical pancakes are always YUM-worthy!

Erica July 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

brazil nuts are delicious- I think I’d gobble down that nut butter way too quick :) I love your hair- looks gorgeous!! I wish I could wear some pink in my hair…my work would not be ok with that (lame)! Maybe you’ve noted this before, but where do you buy your bulk nuts?

Gena (Choosing Raw) July 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

You are glowing! Glad you tried the smoothie.

Rose July 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

Brazil nuts sound good!

I’m loving the pink stripe. Wish I was more courageous.

maddie July 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

I’ve commented a couple times before about how inspiring your blog is…and you never cease to amaze! LOVE the hair!

Sharon July 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

Your brazil nut butter looks so yummy!! I love brazil nuts!

BTW, love the pink hair! Did you know Julia Roberts has the same thing as well?

Scott in Ohio July 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

Awesome smoothie! No coconut?? (~:

Curious if just one gum would be good enough? Or is there a reason for the combination?

Those pancakes look fantastic, too,and my GGF (gorgeous gluten-free) wife could eat them!

Marta July 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

What a great idea to make brazil nut butter… I wonder why it went so thin and runny… maybe there’s just too much oil in those babies.
The pancake looks amazing. I could have me one right now! And it’s very south american to put avocado in smoothies, you were really sticking to this theme! Bravo!!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) July 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

YAy for keeping the pink. :) I am jealous of your pancakes! The tropical theme is most excellent.

Lara (Thinspired) July 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

Heather, your hair looks so cute! I love the blonde…and the pink ;)
I really want to try that smoothie of Gena’s. That girl has the best ideas, eh? Though I think it was extra genius of you to top it with nut butter ;)

the dainty pig July 14, 2009 at 11:03 am

cute hair!!!
and gorgeous pancakes!!!
have a truly wonderful day.
xoxo

psychoj1 July 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

Love the new hair! The pink is super cute. Love it!

Mmm, now THOSE are some pancakes :D
<3 jess

Katharina July 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

I love the new hair :)

I saw this recipe and thought of you!

Amaranth Sauté in Kabocha Squash
Serves 8

The porridge-like Amaranth mixture is seasoned with tamari and green onions, then spooned into a steamed whole kabocha squash. When the squash is cut lengthwise into half moons – and appropriate shape for this festive, autumnal side dish – the amaranth oozes over the sides. The dish can also be eaten the next day with a soup or a bread.

1 ( 2 pound ) Kabocha Squash
1 cup amaranth seeds
3 cups water
6 green onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons tamari
Using a sharp knife, carve out a circular opening in the top of the squash. Reserve the top. Scoop out the seeds and fibers and replace the top. Pour enough water into a large
pot to come 1 inch up the sides. Place the squash in the pot, cover the pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and steam the squash for 30
minutes, or until it is tender but still holds its shape.
Meanwhile, rinse the amaranth in a fine mesh strainer under cold running water and drain well. Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat, add the amaranth, and stir constantly for
5 minutes, or until the amaranth is toasted and fragrant. Transfer the toasted amaranth to a bowl. Bring the 3 cups of water to a boil in a heavy saucepan over high heat, then
add the amaranth. Decrease heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes, or until the amaranth is tender and thickens like porridge. Stir in the green onions and the
tamari.
Remove the top from the squash and spoon in the amaranth mixture. Cut the squash lengthwise into wedges and serve.

jacobc July 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

Tropical pancakes look awesome! I’ll have to try a “jacob version” soon..
Hair looks good!
I’m on a 3 week goatee now, first facial hair ever.. cant keep my hands off the face..
But i figured since you are cutting yours off, i would have to grow some- just so the fung shui would stay equalized in here ;-p
Cheers, J

brandi July 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

i love the return of the pink :)

okay, your pancakes look awesome! i love the plantain addition :)

I hope I win the almond butter! I’m in dire need.

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) July 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

LOVE the pink in the hair…you are too darn cute!!

Love you, H! You are such an inspiration.

Kristin July 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

Hair looks great!! I love hair cuts, makes me feel like a new person sometimes. Love the pink too, so fun!

I really, really hate brazil nuts. I don’t know why! Maybe I should give them another chance, though. I haven’t had one in forever.

coco July 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

like your new hair color! :)

Glidingcalm July 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

Aww, I agree with Gena! You really are glowing!!! I love the hair!! I’m still waiting to get my hair cut….though the split end-age is kinda freaking me out.

And WOW. Smoothie, pancakes. Everything looks insanely good. INSANELY good. Was the lime smoothie really tart though? Hmmm. I’m not a huge fan of tart things. But plantains on a protein pancake!! Whattttt. That’s just not right. That sounds way too delicious.

Okay, I’m off to my 10 hr school day! EWWWW
Love you HEAB!

VeggieGirl July 14, 2009 at 11:42 am

You look fabulous; the food is sensational; and everything is just perfect in this post :-D I mean it!!

Linda July 14, 2009 at 11:46 am

Hi there!

Just wanted to say that I love reading your blog! It’s wonderful! I actually went back and read from your very first blog…lol I’m new to blogging, just started last month but loving it.

Your hair looks very Le Chic ;)

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

Ah! So cute. I always love your pink streaks! :)

Courtney Craig July 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

Where’s the coconut in the smoothie, Heather?

gina (fitnessista) July 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

that brazil nut butter sounds GLORIOUS!
and you are so beautiful – love the hair! i’m feeling inspired to finally get my hair cut.. it’s looking a hot mess. wish i could get some pink in my hair too!!
have a wonderful day <3

veganfritz July 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm

the plantains sold me.

JB July 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm

can i come over for breakfast one day? pretty please with AB on top?! i want those pancakes! actually, can it be two days? because i would really like to try oatgurt as well.

great, i’ll be there tomorrow!

by the way, i love your hair! it looks so good! you’re so pretty, heather.

-JB
http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

amy (veganissexy) July 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I love brazil nuts! They are always the last ones picked in the nut mix in our house….people just don’t seem to like them, but they are my favorites! I need a better blender….my last homemade nut butter experiments were flops. Bummer, because I’d be all over the brazil nutter butter :) Loving the hair….you are a hottie :)

JENNA July 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I love your hair!! so festive you got pink!! cool!!

Whit July 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm

FUN hair! Love it, and your pancakes look super fantastic!

Simone July 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Question: I recently purchased some xanthum gum and I saw that you used it in your brazil nut butter and smoothie concoction and I was wondering what else you use it in (and do you always use it with guar gum). Last time I used xanthum gum in a smoothie I wasn’t crazy about the texture but maybe I added too much or needed the guar gum to go with it?! Your advice an input on xanthum gum would really help me out!

OH, and the pink hair looks awesome!

Justine July 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Yum!! I am so jealous of the pancakes!! I havent made any since I found out I was allergic to eggs and quit using protein powder :( . I am in need badly!!

~Justine

Run Sarah July 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Your pancakes look awesome…I’ve never tried brazilian nuts, they sound exotic though ;) Your new haircut looks great – I love the pink.

Anna July 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Neat! I’ve always wanted to make a homemade nut butter that included several different kinds of nuts, but I’m afraid it will come out tasting muddled. I like the idea of Brazil nuts. You know what else I like? Your hair! Supermodel-esque! I love it.

Jess July 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I love the hair!

Do you think it’s worth it to make your own nut butters? I was SO sad last night at Costco – our maranatha almond butter was all gone! :(

Thanks for posting the lime in the coconut smoothie – I’m going to have to try that next!

Abby July 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I think I would drink the runny nut butter with a straw…

Chocolate-Covered Katie July 14, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Heather, you are GORGEOUS! Not many people can pull off pink hair and still look classy. You definitely do!

And your pancakes look so yummy I could take them off the screen if it were possible. The fried plantain looks so caramelized and delicious!

Melanie July 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Oh yowza – that looks so good!

I finally made a real batch of homemade almond butter. It didn’t do so well in the vitamix, but when I put it in the small food processor container (the one that goes in the big one) it worked. I may have to leave it out on the counter. Its just ok cold, but I just read in this post (how timely) that you don’t refridgerate yours. I’m going to have to try that! Thanks for all the yummy inspiration!

Samantha July 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm

As always, great smile! I love your hair…looks wonderful!

I don’t think Ive spotted brazil nuts here but I have had them and love them. Might try this with another nut. The lime in the coconut smoothie is top of my list now. YUM! I could subsist on lime derived eats methinks.

Just out of curiosity, how much is maranatha almond butter there? At our little organic stop (the only place I can get MOST my healthier stuff that isn’t raw produce) charges $12.99 for the small jar and $21 for the large. *gulp* I can get one bag of groceries and pay anywhere from $75-$100 depending on whats in there!

homegirlcaneat July 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Yaaaay yo hair is so beautiful!!!!

Sarah July 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Ohh this looks super yum! I wish i could eat brazil nuts coz they taste soo good… but for some reason i get really short of breath after i eat them ( must be allergic ) its such an uncomfortable feeling.

ttfn300 July 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

ooh my, can you feed me? really, it would make my day :) love the pink!!

Shelby July 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I am posting about that smoothie right now! I just came here to link back to something else when I saw your new post =)

Mmm, brazil nut butter sounds fabulous! I must try.

And those pancakes, wow! Plantains here I come!

Horray for being a blonde again! ;)

Erin July 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Ohhh, I bet brazil nuts are really tasty as butter! I like mine runny too, but not too runny. I actually move them between the pantry and fridge depending on what type and how the consistency is getting. I’m very specific about it! My dad can never keep up with where the almond butter is :)
And yes, I should live near you and we could eat green fluff all the time! I often wonder why I have teeth.
Also, I love your hair. I miss the way long hair looks, but love the easiness of my short hair. Hooray for fun pink!

Marycela July 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Ooooooh I like the hair it looks really good. Like someone said above, it makes you glow and pink is always fun.

Dee July 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Heather,

Thanks for the Logout tip, and I LOVE your hair!

Adi (oatonomy.com) July 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

The pancakes look ALMOST as good as your hair! :) Love the colour.
I have a brand new food processor that I still haven’t used, but all your nut butter concoctions make me reeeeally want to get it out of the box.

Susan July 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Brazil nuts are the only nuts I don’t like… too bitter maybe? But that’s beyond the point, I’m really just commenting to say you are GORGEOUS!!! [insert loud whistle here]

livingfreeforever July 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Love the hair!:)

Do you ALWAYS make your own nut butters? Everything looks SO tasty! I may give that lime-coconut smoothie a try ASAP!
Have a great week!

homecookedem July 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Brazil nut butter?! Genious!!

Love the pink chunk! :)

charlotte July 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Love the haircut! And I LOVE the flash of pink!! So cute.

Nicole July 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I love the pink! How fun.

buffmuffy July 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Yummy pancakes!!!!!!

PS Your hair is Ah-MAZING! looks freaking amazing!

Alison July 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Brazil nut butter sounds fabulous! And I love the browned bananas too – and I don’t even like bananas.

lilveggiepatch July 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Oh, those plantains! I had a Jamaican babysitter growing up and used to eat them for breakfast all the time.

I love your hair!

Holly July 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I LOVE your hair! It’s so thick and gorgeous. :-)

My goodness, that nut butter is hard to look it, it looks so yummy. I didn’t realize you didn’t have to put nut butters in the fridge? I like mine runny, too. Maybe I will give that a shot?

Michal Mymo July 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Heather this looks super delish – you know its because of you that I bought some raw almonds today and am going to be attempting to make my own almond butter! Your tropical pancakes look mouth watering!

Michal

WholeBodyLove July 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The Brazil Nut butter is a neat idea. I really like the almost oaky flavor of them. The pink hair is great! It’s not too over the top…just a touch of fun for summer…I love it!

Melissa S. July 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm

rock’n new nut butter and pancakes!!!

and love the pink.

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Your hair looks great! And I think I’ll have to have some pancakes tomorrow after seeing yours! :)

Gaby July 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Hey Heather!
You’re so pretty! I love the pink :)
I just started digging around Gena’s blog yesterday and definitely need to try her recipes, they look amazing!

I’ve been curious about those gums actually, would it be worth buying some? I love using chia in my oats and smoothies but I think I’ve seen the gums in the whole foods bins too. Maybe next time I”ll pick some up to try.

I also tried oatgurt a few days ago! I made it with wheatberries because that’s what I had on hand. I think it turned out ok, at first it was kind of inedible though, really sour even though I only let it sit for a little less than a full day, then I ended up adding stevia and almond milk and cooking it and it was really good! So much for it being raw though :\ If you have any tips I really want to try it again.

And I have just one final tidbit to share with you (I haven’t mesaged you in a while!) I am just now trying these adzuki bean flakes I picked up in france and they are awesome! Sort of different, I was expecting them to cook into something more like oats but they rehydrate and end up with that more beany texture, but they’re still really good. I made mine like oats with sweet potato, raisins, pecans, maple syrup and almond milk, topped off with some granola. Hehe, I guess you can also tell I haven’t gotten away from my enormous nighttime snacking. My first step will be switching up my numerous bowls of oat concoctions for kabocha!

Hope you’re doing well!

xoxo

broccolihut July 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Hunh. I wonder what it is about Brazil nuts that made it so runny. Maybe they just have more moisture than other nuts. Anyway, I have some B-nuts chillin in my pantry that will be put to good use tomorrow:)

eatlivelovedream July 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Looks so yummy! I don’t like my nut butters in the fridge either! Just curious, since you can’t handle much fruit how much do you eat in a day or if any?????

bibixs July 15, 2009 at 12:18 am

so cute!!!
and yayy for brazil nut butter!! they have a ton of selennium and good stuff!

MizFit July 15, 2009 at 4:43 am

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.

you lost me at the hair.

you look fantastic.

I did black and purple once and loved it…until I sweat and it bled all over me :) )

Katrina (gluten free gidget) July 15, 2009 at 5:14 am

Awesome hair! I always wanted to put purple in mine, but was never brave enough. Way to take the plunge!

Jonna July 15, 2009 at 6:12 am

Hi Heather,

Love your site. I would absolutley be thrilled to have the opportunity to try this almond butter. The almonds look delicious as well. I would try the Cranberry Almond Salad and the Greek Spinach Salad and would love to make the oatmeal bars for my kids.

Thanks for your insights!
Jonna

Elizabeth July 15, 2009 at 6:30 am

Hey Heather! Where do you purchase your xanthan and guar gum?

Liz

fartygirl July 15, 2009 at 6:37 am

I really admire your adventurousness in taking on new nut butters. (That sounds really dorky, doesn’t it?!) But seriously, I am. Mainly because some, like walnuts and pecans, have a very sharp tinge to their flavor. I wonder how that would come across in a butter. :) What did the Brazil nut butter taste like? This makes me want to try to make macadamia. Hmmm… I’ll race ya! :) Unless of course, you already made it & I missed the blog. :)

hayleycepeda July 15, 2009 at 7:11 am

I just saw the first comment – almond butter on a salad…YUMM!!! You are so cool – I don’t think I could ever die a part of my hair pink, but it suits you and your personality. You’re very eclectic! :) I hope that’s the right word…

The brazil nut butter looks AWESOME!!

CaSaundra July 15, 2009 at 7:39 am

You always have the cutest hair colors! I love it =) Wish I was daring enough to sport the pink!

elise July 15, 2009 at 10:35 am

as always cute pink streak…

ok, so how do you freeze the avo? sliced up? already mashed? how does it not brown? also, did you fry up those frozen nanners? they look AWESOME! you are so crafty heather :)

holly July 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

I’d like to try to make my own almond milk from their recipe section!

RunToFinish July 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

still haven’t ventured in to making my own nut butter, but you make it sound very promising

roseyrebecca July 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I love the hair!!!

Nancy H January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

My Brazil nut butter turned out the same way. It is now chilling in the refrigerator.

HEAB January 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Nancy,
Yum – enjoy! It’s been a while since I made my own Brazil nut butter, and reading your comment reminded me of that fact. I’ll have to pick up some Brazil nuts at the store soon. I think it gets creamier faster than other homemade nut butters due to the higher fat content of Brazil nuts. GOOD STUFF!

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