I was at a Masters CrossFit Competition this weekend. I finished last, thanks for asking.
When I had finished my fourth WOD I wandered outside to the parking lot to have my favorite Post-WOD meal, pulled pork and sweet potatoes.
While I was with Sweet Molly, we engaged in a long chat with Mr. Paleo Snack guy. I was raving about his Coffee Protein Bars, that I get at one of the local boxes. Then he went off on a tangent about other products. “Blah, blah, blah, Macadamia Nut Butter, blah, blah.”
Whoa!! Back up the truck pal. Did you say “Macadamia Nut Butter”. I had never heard of such a thing.
Molly gave me a look. It was like she was in my skull, reading every thought that flashed by. She knew a monster was about to be unleashed in my kitchen. Nut butters are my Kryptonite. I often make a pound or two of Almond Butter every week, and yes, I consume it all singlehandedly. But this was something new. A blank canvas of nutty goodness.
What drew our ancestors to nuts – the caloric density and the fat content – is what makes them “dangerous” to modern man.
Monday, I stopped by my local Trader Joe’s, which is conveniently located 800 meters from the Box. I know because it is the turnaround for one mile runs (I did it once, I hate cardio). I picked up a 10 ounce bag of roasted, unsalted Macadamia nuts, and I broke all the speed limits as I aimed my truck for home.
I tossed the nuts in my trusty food processor and hit the Launch Button.
Within two minutes there was a creamy, buttery, batter-like substance in the food processor bowl. It was actually watery, compared to almond butter, which is thick and somewhat sticky when freshly made. So I added coconut oil, so it would congeal when chilled. Then I added amber maple syrup.
Oh my goodness, this stuff is amazing. My challenge was to not just stand at the counter with a spatula and eat the whole batch. Remember, Kryptonite!
- 10 ounces of Macadamia Nuts
- 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
- 3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup (optional)
- A dash or two of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)
Toss nuts into the food processor for a couple minutes until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, blend another minute.
Transfer the finished product into small jelly jars and refrigerate. Be sure to lick the bowl.