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Cashew Coconut Macadamia Nut Butter (recipe)

from the 16 November 2014 newsletter (sign up for the email newsletter!)

An easy and luxurious nut butter: although making your own nut butters at home is possible, it's much easier to use the almond butter or peanut butter grinders at the co-op to make a nothing but nuts butter. Those high powered grinders are designed to turn harder nuts into a butter without any added oils, something a lot harder to do at home, even if you have a high-powered blender. 

Softer and naturally high in fat, cashews and macadamias can be ground in a regular household blender, as long as you are careful to stop frequently (it's very easy to burn out a blender doing this!). Coconut adds a nice nubbly texture and a hint of flavor to this blend. The natural flavors in this nut butter are mild and sweet, delicious spread on bananas and apples, or on toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

3/4 cup raw cashews (bulk nut bins)
3/4 cup raw macadamia nuts (bagged, in the refrigerator to the left of the soda cooler)
3/4 cup dried coconut flakes, unsweetened (bulk nut bins)
1/4 tsp. sea salt (bulk spices)

Combine the nuts and coconut flakes in a blender. Grind slowly, stopping every 10 seconds to push the nuts down the sides and keep the blender from burning out. Even with all the starting and stopping, this is usually done in just a few minutes! The nut butter will not be completely smooth. 

Remove from the blender and taste. Add salt a small pinch at a time, stirring in and tasting before adding more. 

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