Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Pesto and Nut Butters


This is a simple and delicious pesto with a grainy nutty crunch
and the cheesy taste from the nutritional yeast.

2 cups fresh basil
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup almonds
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
sea salt and pepper to taste

Process all the ingredients in a food processor till well combined.

Almond Vanilla Butter:

2 cups of almonds
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 tbsp oil (I used sunolive, which is a combo we get here)
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of sea salt

Process the almonds in a food processor for 10 to 12 minutes,
pausing to scrape the sides. The nuts will first become powder,
then they will clump together like a dough, then split and become
smoother and smoother and you will see the fats/oil
ooze out and glisten. Then add the salt, vanilla and the tbsp of oil
cinnamon and process for another minute.
Scrape the sides and spoon the butter into jars.
I got a jar and a half with this quantity of almonds.

You can make instant almond milk by using a tbsp of butter
and a glass of chilled water, adding a mild sweetener or
blueberries and viola - you have a lovely
almond milk drink :-)
I use almond butter with rice crackers or even better, slices of apple
for a healthy snack or in cookies and cakes too.....
Just be careful as this is so yummy, you could get carried away,
so measure out a serving and stick to your quota for the day ;-)

 Cashew Brazil nut Butter:

1 cup cashews
1 cup brazil nuts (high in selenium)
or you can use 2 cups of cashews.
1 tbsp oil
a pinch of sea salt

Use the same process as for the almond butter, adding the oil
towards the end.
I don't add anything else to cashew butter at this stage, leaving it
simple and basic.

I use the cashew butter in the following ways:

- adding a little water, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and
lemon juice will give you a cheesy sauce to go over your
pasta or veggies.Thin it out with more water and you get
a dressing for a salad. Add any herbs, spices or flavors to this
sauce or dressing, yummy!!!
- make instant cashew milk (like the almond milk above) for
your smoothies and shakes.
- blend a couple of tbsp with mangoes or blueberries, add
a sweetener of choice and some nutritional yeast, a little lemon
juice and you have a filling for a raw fruit and cheesecake pie

See my earlier post of recipes for raw mango cheesecake pie and
raw avocado lime pie :-)


kelli said...

yum yum YUM! xo

anubhavati said...

Yummy...I love butters made with nuts. I made almond butter the other day and was carried away by the creaminess. I add them to my gravies and sides! Adds a nutty yet creamy texture to the dish!!!


Neeta said...

Thanks kelli, wish you lived this side of the ocean :-) xoxox

Thanks anubhavati, great idea to add nut butters to Indian curries, I've done it too with yummy succes!!! Look forward to visiting your blog....

ą„Rachel said...

I can vouch for these - they are absolutely delicious ♥

Neeta said...

Thank you so much darling Rachel, so glad you enjoyed them :-))) Look forward to seeing you next week xox

cinnamonquill said...

Almond vanilla butter?! Ohhhhh, I must try. I've never even tried vanilla peanut butter. Mmmm. Gorgeous photo, too!

And thanks for submitting Gluten Free Feed! :)

Neeta said...

cinnamonquill - I hadn't even realized you were the brain behind Gluten free feed - Duhhh!!!
I love your blog so much and now I love what you've created to share gluten free with everyone, what a great job :-))))

Girl on Raw said...

Oh yum Neeta! Thanks so much for sharing this with me!!!! Bookmarking now!

Neeta said...

welcome Robyn :-) Do try and enjoy...

Girl on Raw said...

Neeta, I'm going to share this recipe for the almond nut butter on my blog today, and link back here, I hope that is ok with you?

Neeta said...

Robyn you're welcome and thank you....I got the idea for the butters after a lot of google searches, experimentations, hits and misses - so glad the almond butter worked for you, cinnamon goes very well in it too :-) xox

Jillian said...


I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?