Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas. When you’re not eating sugar or sugar substitutes in your diet anymore, these holidays can ambush you in the grocery store with shelves of rich chocolates wrapped in bright colors and enticing packages. And then there’s the aroma — I don’t know about you, but I can smell the chocolate wafting from Hershey, PA. And I live in Michigan!
So for those times when you have a craving for chocolate — even if there’s no holiday in sight — here’s a simple, healthier way to get it without consuming enough sugar to give you a week’s worth of 3 o’clock slumps.
9 to 10 oz. raw macadamia nuts (or whatever nuts you want, just be sure they’re raw so you can avoid extra salt or roasting oils that aren’t good for you, like peanut or soybean oil)
3 to 4 Tbs. plain old everyday, seen-one-seen-’em-all cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. Saigon Cinnamon (also called Vietnamese Cinnamon, it’s pungent, very sweet, and worth the trip to the store)
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until the mix is the consistency you want. If you like your nut butter chunky, process it just a short time (though that may mean the cocoa powder stays a little “sandy.”) If you like it smooth, process it longer. You’ll have to scrape the sides of the container often if you’re going for really smooth butter. And keep in mind that the longer you process the mix, the more runny it will become.
- Taste it to make sure it’s the flavor you want. If you want more chocolate or cinnamon, add more, process it and taste again.
- Pour the nut butter into a clean glass container that has a screw-on top or some other secure lid.
- That’s it! It takes less than 10 minutes. Your family will love you for making this stuff. It’s great on celery or apple slices. Or nuke some diced apple until it’s soft, add a dab of ghee, and stir in a couple tablespoons of the nut butter. Then eat it with a spoon while it’s still warm. A great taste treat for cold winter evenings.
NOTE: This Macadamia Nut Butter doesn’t need refrigeration, but if it’s too runny, a stint in the fridge will help thicken it a bit.