Fresh Macadamia Nut Butter with Chocolate and Cinnamon

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.

Ingredients

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)

This is one brand of Macadamia Nuts I use, but there are lots of different brands, including organic, that are on the market.

This is one brand of Macadamia Nuts I use, but there are lots of different brands, including organic, that are on the market.

Process:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.
    This is what I used -- a brand name spice and a local Michigan company's cocoa.

    This is what I used — a brand name spice and a local Michigan company’s cocoa.

    This looks kinda yucky, but it smells like chocolate.

    This looks kinda yucky, but it smells like chocolate.

  3. Pour the nut butter into a clean glass container that has a screw-on top or some other secure lid.

    This stuff is a little bit of heaven and really satisfies that chocolate craving.

    This stuff is a little bit of heaven and really satisfies that chocolate craving.

  4. 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.

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8 thoughts on “Fresh Macadamia Nut Butter with Chocolate and Cinnamon

  1. Andrea says:

    This brand of Saigon and also Roasted Saigon is on sale at Meijers right now. I couldn’t find macadamia nuts or almond butter or canned coconut milk…didn’t see rutabaga either. An unsuccessful shopping trip trying to find ingredients for these recipes I’m eager to try! 😦 where do you shop?

    • Hi Andrea. So sorry about your trip. Are you in Michigan? Is there a Meijer in Florida? I’m so confused! Rutabaga is sometimes hard to find in the produce section because there are usually not a lot of them. They’re usually near the turnips and the parsnips, and quite often purple and always waxy. Try Family Fare, they might have them. Also the coconut milk is at Meijer and a good price there. But it’s in the international foods section (Asian) with the Indian food. It comes in a can. Almond butter is near the peanut butter, but read your ingredients — no sugar. I get my macadamia nuts at either Walgreens or Walmart (Walgreens Nice brand is cheaper). Walmart also has coconut milk in the can. I also shop at Nourish on Wealthy St. or sometimes Harvest Health. I hope that helps! Don’t get discouraged. You’ll figure it out.

      • Andrea says:

        Yes we just moved back to Michigan 🙂
        I didn’t check the intl aisle – I was by the containers of milk (rice, almond, etc) thinking the cans would be there too. Thanks for the tips!
        I was scouring the peanut butter area not finding almond butter, but maybe I’ll try that, making my own. And I’ll check those other stores too, go on a day when I have plenty of time to peruse the aisles.
        Looking forward to trying some of these recipes – your pictures and descriptions sure do look and sound appealing.

  2. Oops, forgot to say that it’s nearly as easy and sometimes cheaper to use raw almonds and make your own almond butter. Just put in food processor and process until they are the consistency you want. Simple. Takes about 3 minutes.

  3. leah says:

    the recipe calls for “raw” nuts, but the nuts pictured were “dry roasted with sea salt”, can you use either? and are the Walgreens macadamia nuts “raw”?

    • Choice Fare - AnnaLee says:

      Hi Leah! The raw nuts are the best for you, but you can use either to make butter. You are right, roasted is not raw. The thing to look for if you do get roasted nuts is that they are “dry roasted”, meaning no additional oils are used. I believe the ingredients on these are salt and macadamia nuts (I have found these at Costco). I did a quick search of the Walgreens nuts and it looks like they are roasted.

    • Hi Leah, the Walgreens Macadamia nuts are raw. I’m not sure if they are the “Nice!” brand or if they are another brand. I can’t recall right now and I’m nowhere near a Walgreens to go look, LOL. But I know they are raw.

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