Spiced Raw Pecan Butter

Confession Time: I pretty much despise most breakfast foods. You don't catch me craving waffles or pancakes, pressing to make breakfast for dinner, or trying my hardest to get a group of friends together for a sleepover and brunch. I'd so much rather grab leftover fajitas out of the fridge. You can get my heart on the subject of pastries or the perfect biscuit with salty Virginia ham, but those aren't foods it behooves me to choose very often. And yet, if I skip breakfast I am absolutely ravenous for the rest of the day and make worse choices because easy food is often slightly maniacal in what it does to your body. This is where quick, healthy, filling breakfast options come in. With a little prep-time, anything is possible and I leave for work feeling like I've got one on the day ahead. Protein is a must. Flavor, equally important. And one does get tired of an easy-over egg day after day after day. One of my favorite solutions is a yummy nut butter spread on toast or a banana: hassle-free, scrumptious tasty, and quick. What could be better? Below, I've shared my recipe for Spiced Raw Pecan Butter. Think peanut-butter, but ten times tastier. Vaguely sweet, mildly spicy. All you need are a few spices, a bag of raw pecans, and a pinch of salt. Oh yeah, and a blender. That's all. Mornings, I raise you a gauntlet. Get past that if you may.





Spiced Raw Pecan Butter
8 oz. raw pecans
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground mace

How To: Dump everything into the blender or food processor. It's a loud, longish process so be ready to stop the blender every thirty seconds and scrape down the sides with a spatula. You are essentially babysitting the nuts as they are spun from whole nuts to nut-meal to sticky powder to nut-butter. This process takes 6-10 minutes. If your nuts are not spectacularly oily or if you prefer a runnier nut-butter, feel free to add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the mixture. But don't give up! Your nuts will turn into butter. I promise.
Makes 1 cup

Happy weekend! I hope I've been able to help you up your toast game! Trader Joe's had bags of raw hazelnuts...I'm plotting a raw, clean version of Nutella. Mwahahah. Catch you kids later.

9 comments

  1. That looks GOOD! I know what you mean; skipping breakfast = not a good idea.

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    1. Especially not if you're planning to get to campus by 8:00 am and stay there till 4:00. Life of a college student :)

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  2. Oh, I do love a bit of pecan. In any form. Preferably with something sweet. Bookmarking recipe.

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    1. *clap clap* Pecans are amazing. Too bad they're expensive...

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  3. Oh, my gosh, I feel your pain. Breakfast is the worst, because it's so important, but I'm so uninspired in the mornings. I was at a boarding school over the summer where the only protein they had for breakfast was the greasiest scrambled eggs you can imagine... every day for six weeks. I'll definitely try this!

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    1. That....sounds hideous. Badly made scrambled eggs are....tragic.

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