Any kind of nut or seed butter purchased from a health store or general supermarket can be pricey and full of additional ingredients. I made the decision a few months back to make my own, purely to save money and cut back on waste, theres really no need to keep consuming jar after jar when just the one is enough when it takes 5mins to make your own.
So, what’s HEMP SEED?
Hemp is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally complete vegan foods sources in the world.
They truly are mineral powerhouses with a 1oz serving providing 45% Magnesium, 21% Zinc, 15% Iron and 10% Potassium.
But wait, there’s more……
They’re not only a complete source of plant based protein with all 20 amino acids, they’re also high in omega 3.
Then we have the mighty Almond. Almonds have the best sources of vitamin E, which help nourish the skin and supposedly reduce sign of ageing – I’ll let you be the judge of this. Almonds also contain an good source of Manganese, Magnesium and Copper. They are low carbs and have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
When mixing nuts and seeds to create spreads, there really is no wrong way to do it, whatever you like, you can experiment and combine or just have them individually.
I think these two flavours pair really well and together they make a really nutritious spread.
- 1 1/2 cups Roasted Almonds
- 1/2 cup of Toasted Hemp seeds
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
- Pinch of rock salt for a flavour kick
Makes around 250g of spread
You can toast raw nuts and seeds yourself on a low heat at 180c together in a tray for around 15minutes, be sure they become a golden brown when removed from the oven. Otherwise you can purchase both nuts and seeds pre roasted.
When cool, add both nuts and seeds plus 1 tbsp of the coconut oil to a food processor and blitz up on the highest setting. Add more coconut oil as you go to get the optimal consistency you desire. Blending time will take around 3-5mins, add additional roasted, chopped almonds or seeds toward the end if you want a smooth spread with a chunky, crunchy texture.
Spread and enjoy.