Spreadable Trail Mix

I think I have a problem…

Seriously…

I am hooked, totally addicted;

Infatuated, even…

It’s like, I just can’t get enough!

I’m in loooooove!

Who’s the lucky guy, you ask? :o

Well, sorry to disappoint, but, I’m not talking about a man, here. I’m talking about NUT BUTTER!

I think I might have a condition, really. Before I even have time to finish up a batch, I’m already thinking of the next one… it’s like an obsession! I need jars and jars and jars of the stuff!

And this last creation? I have a REAL hard time keeping my fingers out of the jar. Yes. You read that right. My fingers.

I might have called it Spreadable Trail Mix, but the truth is, I have yet to spread it onto something. I’ve been lovin’ on it with spoons and fingers and nothing else. It just tastes sooooo deliciously good!

But wait, it gets worse! As if the taste itself wasn’t enough, this one actually has a deadly secret weapon.

If you don’t go and wash your hands immediately after you’ve rendered yourself guilty of “finger dippin’”, then the subtle yet exhilarating aroma that’ll hit your nostrils every now and then will make it sound just like that butter is softlty calling your name from inside that cupboard:

Come, come to me honey, that’s it, get off that couch and come to me… you know you want it… I’m right here waiting for you… Come on now…

And with a voice so soft, so delicate, so fragrant, there’s no way you’ll ever be able to resist! So before you know it, you’ll be down half a jar and trying to convince yourself that there aren’t that many calories in nut butter.

Why, alright, maybe there are, but they’re good calories. Right?

Right!

I knew you’d agree. :D

SPREADABLE TRAIL MIX

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 2 cups raw peanuts, roasted
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 50g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 50g pumkin seeds
  • 50g dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  • First off, you will need coconut butter. Now, by all means, don’t go out and buy it ready made. Just buy a couple of bags of dried, unsweetened shredded coconut, about a pound’s worth, and throw that in your food processor. Hit the ON button and let her rip for about 20 minutes. You might have to scrape the sides once or twice, but that’s about it. With very minimal time and effort, you will be the proud new owner of this great big jar of coconut butter.
  • Now grab a cup of that coconut butter and set that aside. Transfer the rest of it to a clean jar and keep for further use (or more finger dippin’ love)
  • Now, add your roasted peanuts (see this post for instructions on how to roast peanuts) to the food processor and process until smooth and creamy. This should only take a few minutes.
  • Add coconut butter and flaxseed meal and process until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  • Add coconut shavings, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and pulse a few times just to blend.
  • Transfer to a clean jar, tighten the lid as tight as you possibly can, hide all your spoons and try to keep your fingers out!
  • Please, don’t ever blame me for this new addiction…

Can you smell this?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh, wow. I already have a finger-dipping problem when it comes to nut butter … you may just have escalated this to a full fledged obsession.

  2. says

    Mmmm, I love your take on this. Having recently bought a super posh powderful food processor, i’m having fun ‘testing it out’ with all sorts of fun things like this. may just have to give it a go!

    • says

      Oh, really? I can’t think of a better way to test a food processor than by making all kinds of nut butters, especially since they keep for such a long time! Which one did you get, if you don’t mind my asking?

  3. says

    Fantastic! To come up with something as good as this is a skill, not just a stroke of luck. Two thumbs up! I am getting hooked too just by reading your blog. Will have to try this real soon. Thanks for sharing this addictive trail mix…

    • says

      Oh, fingers work wonders, Jessica, but now that you mention it, I think that it would also make a brilliant match with apples. I’m thinking Granny Smith, here… Oh, me want some of this now. Better give it a try before that jar is completely empty (which it almost is…) :D

  4. says

    I have never tried making my own nut butter, but it sounds so interesting and I do love me some peanut butter. This recipe sounds so…I don’t know, interesting with all of those different flavors mixed into it.

    • says

      You should definitely give it a try Becca. Home made nut butter is just the best, plus, it’s super easy to make and much less expensive than the ready made stuff. All you need is a good food processor and you’re all set!

  5. says

    your #1 fan right here Sonia!!! This nut butter is FANTASTIC! I can smell it, taste it and want a huge spoonful…no a whole JARFUL now!!! I need to make a list of nut butters of yours that I must make asap – my next on my list…ahhh I don’t know which to choose – chocolate hazelnut, baklava style or trail mix?!?!? Your killin’ me! :)

    • says

      Wait ’til you see what my next inspiration is… I had a vision last night, right after I went to bed… Oh, it’s gonna be a beauty!
      And, erm… if I’m not mistaken, you were the one who got me started totally hooked on nut butter, so you’re sort of helpin’ me killing you. Or are we mutually killing each other? ;)

      • says

        Oh I can’t wait what you have dreamed up!!!!
        Haha well if uou put it that way,I think it is partly my fault I guess, whoops! But I’m totally ok with it since your brilliance has led to fabulous and super delicious creations!!!! :) no complaints at all!

  6. says

    I’m all about textures – a little bit of grittiness to something typically smooth can be a great thing. That’s why this sounds so wonderful to me!

    • says

      Oh, Cara, you will just love this nut butter then. This one is a patchwork of textures and flavors. I’ve never gone through a jar of nut butter quite as quickly as I have gone through that one. I’d say it’s almost dangerous to have around… ;)

    • says

      Roughly… I’d go with a quarter of a cup, but it’s not an exact science, really! You can use as little, or as much as you want! Hope you like it as much as I did! Mine was gone in no time at all! I think I’ll have to refrain from making another batch, looks like I have no control whatsoever! ;)

  7. Kate M says

    This. Was. Awesome. To die for even. I made it on Wednesday and it’s almost half gone already (it’s Friday night)! Soooo yummy! Same story as you, it hasn’t quite made it to bread or anything yet. Just fingers and spoons! Though I have had it with yoghurt and fresh fruit and it was fab!

    • says

      So glad you liked it as much as I did, Kate! Now you just made me want to have some. Strange how I just finished my last jar of nut butter today… Looks like I have to make more this week-end. What a lucky coincidence! Sounds absolutely fantastic with yogurt too! I think warm cereal would also be amazing.

      Thanks for your great feedback… and for the craving! ;)

  8. Marilyn says

    Oh dear! I just discovered your blog and my life may never be the same. Since my processor is my mother’s and over 20 years old, I’m also going to need ear plugs. I can’t wait to make all of these delicious nut butters.

    • says

      Oh my! Thank you so much Marilyn, you have so made my day! I say it’s time for a new food processor (besides, all that nut butter making might very well kill it… ;) )

      Glad you’re enjoying my blog and I hope you enjoy the recipes just as much! :)

  9. Cynthia Daniel says

    Hi Sonia, I have been looking at your nut butter recipes. They sound divine. I love to try new & different recipes. These sound like winners. I notice a “g” as measurement for the nuts & cranberries. How much is “g”? I am not familiar with this. Can you help a rookie out? Thanks Cynthia

    • says

      Hey Cynthia,

      The “g” stands for grams, they are a unit of weight. I guess you must use ounces where you are… There are tons of websites where you can easily convert measurements, but it always helps to know that there are about 28g to an ounce.

      Hope this helps!

      Oh, and thanks for your kind comment about my nut butters! Glad you like ‘em! :)

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