Friday, May 23, 2014

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter
This is basically the same recipe as my chocolate walnut butter, but using creamy, buttery macadamia nuts instead. I honestly prefer the flavor of walnuts, but know that eating a variety of different protein sources is good and macadamia nuts are definitely one of a kind when it comes to flavor, texture and nutrient composition.  They contain high amounts of mono unsaturated fats, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium, as well as many important B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).  This recipe does contain a decent amount of maple syrup, so it isn't perfect, but I ate it mostly as a dessert and considering what I could have eaten instead, this is a much healthier, and ridiculously delicious, option.  I even mixed it into smoothies, oatmeal, and added it to peanut butter sandwiches for a little extra something.  I do plan on making some nut butters with considerably less sugar, so look out for those posts in the near future!!

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter

12 ounces (about 2 1/2 C.) raw macadamia nuts
1 C. virgin organic coconut oil
1 C. pure maple syrup
1 C. dark cocoa powder
1/4 C. organic half and half
4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Store in the refrigerator.

ready to process

ready to store (and give out a few samples!)

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