I have a confession. Secretly, I gave up sugar.
I know. Me! The cookie monster!
And not just sugar – that’s not that unusual – but also dried fruit, maple syrup, agave, honey, stevia, concentrated fruit juice…. You get the idea. It’s all out for 30 days while I let my tastebuds do a reset.
Did I mention it’s been 18 days?
The truffles and cookies are long-gone. But, that nutella? There’s still some in the jar in my fridge and every time I open the fridge, there it is. Staring at me.
Last night, I’d had enough. And, with my already re-calibrating tastebuds, I determined to make my own version of nutella.
Except without the hazelnuts. Or chocolate.
It IS dark and creamy and goes really, really well on apples. Or bananas. And probably on pancakes. But, I’m not really eating those either….
(They’re just not worth it without maple syrup.)
Cashew Carob Coconut Butter (vegan, high-raw, grain-free, sugar-free)
1 cup (58 g) unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1/4 cup (26 g) carob powder *
1 1/2 cups (240 g) raw cashews
1/4 t. sea salt
1/2 t. vanilla extract *
Place coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Process until coconut breaks down enough to stick to the sides of the bowl. Add carob powder and continue to process until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients. Process until very smooth. This takes quite a while. Note that it will clump up into a ball and roll around. Don’t fret! Just stop, break it up, and continue to process. You’re almost there. When it’s done, you should have a very smooth and creamy spreadable butter – like commercial natural peanut butter. Transfer to a jar with a lid.
If you use stevia, I’m fairly sure this would be awesome with some NuNaturals Chocolate Stevia extract.
* Note: My carob powder is probably the roasted variety. If you want to be totally raw, look for raw carob powder and raw vanilla extract, or use a small piece (1/2 inch) of vanilla bean and process that with a coffee grinder first.
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