Paleo Roasted Hazelnut Butter

8 May

Eating strict paleo for many means giving up a childhood staple: peanut butter.  It also means searching for nut butters (peanuts are not nuts, hence not strict paleo) that are creamy, delicious, and still about the same price as Jif/Skippy/Etc.  Trader Joe’s usually has one of the best prices on almond butter, but not every state has those stores (yet).  Nut butters can easily cost $10 a jar, and if you know some of the guys in my life who take a spoon to the jar, this can be expensive.  The best option, if you can find a good price on raw nuts, is to make your own.  It is actually really easy!  Below is my recipe for roasted hazelnut butter, but you can do this with any nut!

Roasted hazelnut butter

Ingredients:

2 cups raw shelled hazelnuts

1/4 tsp. kosher or sea sat

1-2 tbl. organic blue agave (OPTIONAL)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spread hazelnuts evenly in a single layer over a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.  After removing nuts from the oven rub them between a tea towel or paper towels (careful they are hot!) to remove as much as the skin as possible.  The sooner you do this upon removing the nuts from the oven the easier the skins will come off.  Transfer nuts to your food processor and process with salt until creamy, scraping down sides as needed.  If you are used to peanut butter, which contains sugar, you might want to blend in 1-2 tablespoons of agave to sweeten your hazelnut butter.

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