Blueberry Muffin Cashew Butter

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2017/01/13 by nikkiledford

Hey friends!

The recipes have been few and far between because I’ve been busy mom-ing and settling into the new year. I’ve been spending a lot of time getting some foodie inspiration and hoping to share lots of new recipes in 2017!

Truth be told, I hate to focus on my goals during January. I need a bit of downtime between the holidays and the new year to get my life back to normal and reassess my priorities and aspirations for the year. And while I’ve come to abhor the “resolution” culture in which we live, I am also a neurotic planner at heart. I love a clean slate. I love a brand spanking new journal. I LOVE my calendar. It’s in my nature to set goals, lay out plans, and monitor my progress.

Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s important for me to honor that part of my personality, but to steer clear of the “quick fix” mentality that January 1st resolutions bring. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the new year brings a lot of pressure to either do it all perfectly or just settle for mediocrity for another 365 days.

All that to say, January is a time for me to reflect, get organized and set up some realistic goals for me to move towards any old day of the year.

I like to start with purging my closets and generally evaluating the usefulness of many of my possessions. Next is getting clear on how I want to spend my time. This year, I’m really looking forward to giving more of my time to my relationships and being more intentional about quality time spent with friends and family. Another big intention of mine is to reevaluate the role of technology and social media in my day-to-day living.

On the health side of things,  my typical course of action is to implement a month of my Clean Slate program. It’s a really simple eating strategy that helps simplify what goes into my body and supporting my immune, digestive, and adrenal systems. I don’t consider this to be a diet or a quick fix. It’s a way for me to notice my habits around eating and drinking while simultaneously taking time to boost my overall health during the winter season.

While this recipe wouldn’t qualify for my “clean slate” program it is a fantastic example of how we can easily transform something sweet and delicious, like blueberry muffins, into a healthier snack.

Make this nut butter and enjoy with some banana, in chia pudding, or crumbled atop your smoothie or oatmeal! OR you could eat it straight out of the jar like my husband and I did.

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Blueberry Muffin Cashew Butter

2 c. cashews
1/2 c. dried blueberries
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. almond extract
big pinch of salt

  1. In a food processor, add cashews and salt and blend until dust, using a spatula to scrape down the sides occasionally.
  2. Add honey and extracts, continue processing until it gets sticky and balls up (this will take a while… be patient. .
  3. Using the spatula, smooth out the nut butter and add blueberries. Pulse to incorporate.

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1. It's generally cheaper.
2. It tastes way better.
3. Easy to do in a vitamix or food processor. Just have patience because you're not making a smoothie, you're grinding nuts until they release their oils and smooth out.
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4. Customization
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This batch had a touch of vanilla and cinnamon and I can easily control the amount of saltiness.
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