The Healthy Plate: Pesto and Nut Butters

The Healthy Plate: Pesto and Nut Butters

This is a simple and delicious pesto with a grainy nutty crunch

and the cheesy taste from the nutritional yeast.

sea salt and pepper to taste

Process all the ingredients in a food processor till well combined.Almond Vanilla Butter:

1 tbsp oil (I used sunolive, which is a combo we get here)

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

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 brazil nuts (high in selenium)

or you can use 2 cups of cashews.

Use the same process as for the almond butter, adding the oil

I don''t add anything else to cashew butter at this stage, leaving it

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

- make instant cashew milk (like the almond milk above) for

- 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

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