So this cinnamon spiced nut butter recipe is a whopper – toasty, nutty flavours mixed with little spicy hints of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. A little whiff of toasted coconut too. Mmmm mmm mmm! It’s mega!
So this is not a recipe that I can take any credit for really. It comes from Hero, one of the worlds greatest gals with perhaps the best name of all time! She is a really creative soul and loves to guzzle on natural ingredients that are packed with fun and flavour. The perfect approach I think.
This is such a quick recipe and it keeps really well in the fridge (though I am sure it will not last long). Hero suggested I mention that you can play around with the spices that you add. If you do not have any ground ginger, it will taste delicious without. You could also try adding nutmeg, a pinch of ground cloves, more cinnamon or cardamom – or you could even try adding something like allspice for an all round hit. Keep reading below for lots of ways to spread, spoon and just generally layer on the this naturally sweet little treat.
- 200g whole almonds
- 100g whole pecans
- 50g coconut chips (desiccated coconut will work too)
- 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
- Put the almonds and pecans into a baking tray and bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until just starting to split and turn golden brown.
- Evenly sprinkle the coconut chips over the top of the nuts and return the tray to the oven for a further 4 minutes. Be really careful not to let the coconut burn at this stage as it can catch very quickly. If you are using desiccated coconut, it should not need more than 2-3 minutes in the oven.
- Remove the tray from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes or so. Put the nuts and coconut chips into a food processor and blitz for 5 minutes until the nuts have completely broken down and a paste is beginning to form. By the end of 5 minutes in the food processor you should have a silky smooth 'butter'.
- Add the melted coconut oil, salt and spices to the food processor and blitz again until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer the 'butter' to a jar and store in the fridge for healthy snacks, porridges and all sorts.
Here is a little insight into Hero’s foodie ventures – I love a good foodie chat with friends like Hero as it always fills you with lots of exciting ideas for new inventions and tricks. If her nut butter recipe (see below) is anything to go by then we are in for a treat – I will keep pestering her for new ideas on your behalf, don’t worry!
A FEW QUESTIONS WITH HERO…
- You have an amazing job working in travel and have explored lots of areas in Latin America have you dissevered any super fun recipes on the way that you have recreated at home? Most require ingredients that are difficult to come by! I love the acai bowls in Brazil, but it’s not the same here when you’ve no beach to enjoy it on…
- When you are back in London and working at your desk, do you have any secret little gem recipes that you take in for breakfast or lunch? One of my go-to simple lunches is a bowl of slightly al dente puy lentils with lots of garlic, lime rind, lime juice, chilli, lots of coriander, salt, pepper and very good olive oil. I also love homemade guacamole on toast.
- This is just the best nut butter recipe of all time – what do you spread it on, blend it with, stir it through? I have a bad habit of dipping teaspoons of nut butter straight into a pot of creamy yoghurt! – that’s my favourite. It’s also delicious stuffed into a medjool date (with yoghurt on top), stirred into porridge, spread on rye bread toast or on to apple slices. You can also have it on top of a slab of dark chocolate…
- You come from one of the all time most wonderful families and I know all of them to be really creative souls – what is food like at home, are you a wholesome, healthy bunch? I know everyone says this, but my mum is a sensational cook and we grew up in Scotland eating delicious, experimental food with lots of flavours and spices: cumin, fennel, ginger, coriander and chilli amongst others. I’d say we are a healthy bunch, but we rarely go without pudding as we all have a sweet tooth. It’s usually chocolate based… my brother and sisters love Mackie’s ice cream with homemade dark chocolate sauce.
Give Hero a Follow on Instagram:
Hero documents all of her travels and family fun etc. As you will see her photographs are amazing! You will find her on @herodalrymple – I always get excited to see one of her pics come up on my feed so she is well worth a follow.