Almond Butter Energy Bites

Granola Bar BitesQuick post about a great quick snack! I love these granola bites to pop in for breakfast, or to take with me when I’m runnin around. They are so easy to make up and last a while. You can even throw them in the freezer to store them longer.Β Almond Butter RecipeI actually pressed them into this heart shaped ice-cube tray instead of rolling them into balls. It was much easier. Sometimes when I’m making cookies I get so bored rolling them…I should get a scoop. Do those work?Granola Bites

These are a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to turn on the oven and bake a whole batch of cookies. This recipe makes about 14 Tablespoon size bites. You can use a different kind of nut butter or omit the chocolate chips. I find they work best with no-sugar added natural nut butters. I love making my own, but Once Again Nut buttersΒ are also amazing. Their cashew butter would make amazing granola bites!GranolaBites

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Aw, Nuts!

This morning I set to work making nut butters. We accidentally bought whole raw almonds (instead of dry roasted) so the first task was to roast the almonds! I’m sure you can make almond butter from raw almonds but it wouldn’t have the same delicious flavor, it would be a bit bland.

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The whole house smells devine. While the almonds were roasting I whirled up some peanut butter in the ninja. Best to make all the nut butters at once so you don’t have to clean up the blender a 100 times.

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Yum!

It took much less than an hour for my almonds to cool. Just make sure they aren’t still hot in the middle, you don’t want to melt your food processor or blender. I threw the freshly roasted almonds in the ninja and whirled away. It only took a few minutes before I had creamy butter. I threw in some sea salt and mixed it for a few more seconds. This almond butter tasted spectacular! I don’t know if I just haven’t had almond butter in a while (since I have been obsessing over peanut butter) or maybe it was the oven roasting, either way, it tasted amazing.

P1090001 EditedNext I tried to find a recipe I could make with the leftover almond butter in the blender. I found a scrumptious smoothie recipe in Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles and adapted it to my liking. This is what I came up with, and let me tell ya, It was de-licious!

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This was a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, and it was surprisingly filling. It is great after a workout and has about 240 calories. I’m sure peanut butter, or really any kind of nut butter could be substituted for the almond butter in this smoothie. Let me know what you think!

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Peanut Butter!

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I’ve never thought that the peanut butter I have been buying, and eating my entire life had any strange ingredients in it. I mean how can you screw up peanut butter? It’s just peanuts right? Well…no, it’s usually not.

Many of the peanut butter options at the grocery store contain sugar, and some sort of oil. Personally, I think that peanuts are oily enough. You don’t need additional oil to make it creamy. The most disturbing ingredient to look out for in store bought peanut butters is hydrogenated oil. Hydrogenated is code for trans fat. Yes, trans fat, the freaky things that caused quite a bit of controversy over the past few years. Trans fat have been found linked to increased risk of heart disease, and some cancers.

According to the FDA, if a food includes less than half a gram of an ingredient it can be rounded down to 0. So on the nutrition label it will read 0g trans fat, but that is a lie!! Negative impacts from trans fats have been found by just eating 1 extra gram per day, or about 1/5 of a teaspoon. That is just two servings of peanut butter. Eeek!

But have no fear! Homemade peanut butter, or any nut butter for that matter is easy! By making it yourself you know there are no preservatives, extra sugar, or trans fats added. You can also control the level of sweetness, crunchiness, and saltiness. yum!

All you need is a food processor or blender.

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Ingredients:

Dry-roasted Peanuts
Salt
Natural Sweetener- honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar–this is completely optional, I don’t add any sweetener and I think the peanut butter is still scrumptious.

Add nuts to blender, and…blend!

That’s it, really.

Also, the price is pretty comprable to store bought “natural peanut butters”. I think it is cheapest to buy nuts in bulk. You can also experiment with almond, cashew, hazelnut, or sunflower butter, the possibilities are endless! Those are just a few of my favorites.

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What is your favorite nut butter?