A couple of weeks ago, Dayv and I bought and moved into our first house. We are basically settled in at this point, with only a couple things left to do on our list. Although I am feeling pretty darn good about what we've accomplished with everything in it's own place, I thought it wasn't a good idea to throw myself into an overly demanding Vegan Mofo theme.
After thinking things through, I decided to go into more detail about the day to day foods that Dayv and I eat. This isn't to say that I will be posting a daily journal of everything we consume. Rather, I will show (five) foods or meals that we eat within each week. Hopefully, this theme will help the readers out there that have emailed me in the past, asking for advice and help transitioning themselves and/or their loved one to a gluten-free vegan diet. I am definitely going to make an attempt to show more of the foods Dayv eats and how I alter recipes to help others that also have to please very picky taste buds.
But today, I will share a simple but important recipe to me- Raw Pecan Butter. I have been making my own nut butters for a little over a year now. There is no question that it's healthier, cheaper, and more delicious than store bought nut butters. Really, the taste is by far better, and is reason enough to give it a try.
I had been making this pecan butter for nearly a year, until I read Thrive. One of the biggest lessons I took away from the book was to incorporate more raw foods into my everyday life. I immediately decided to start making my nut butters raw, and haven't looked back ever since.
This recipe is incredibly simple. The one key here is to not give up. Seriously. It may feel like the nuts will never smooth into a butter, but trust me, it will. Just be prepared to stop the food processor every 10-30 seconds in the beginning to scrape down the sides. Once it gets into the groove, you can leave it alone, but not unattended, until a very smooth and delicious concoction is created. I will be sharing a recipe I use the pecan butter in later this month ;)
Raw Pecan Butter
16 oz raw pecans
pinch of sea salt(optional)
In a food processor, add raw pecans and sea salt(optional). Process until a smooth nut butter is created. Be prepared to scrape down the sides every 30 seconds in the beginning. Once pecan butter is created, pour into a 16 oz glass jar with lid. Store in refrigerator. Lick all remnants of the pecan butter off the food processor, then feel free to clean up. Enjoy!