before the massive hummus recall that just happened), my own almond butter and my own peanut butter. They were all so delicious and just fresh and REAL tasting. When I first tried some of the peanut butter on a spoon, I was kind of taken aback. It didn't taste like what I was expecting... what was it that it tasted like?? Oh, peanuts. It just tastes like peanuts, because that's all that is in it (2 cups of plain peanuts and a dash of salt). And it is amazing. We've eaten it on toast and on graham crackers and it's just plain delicious. And the almond butter - I flavored it with maple and cinnamon, from this recipe on a favorite blog of mine and it is amazing. Lexi and I have been eating it on toast this week and we love it.
For the peanut butter and almond butter, I used my Vitamix. Did you know you can get a reconditioned Vitamix for a reduced price?? Yes, they still cost a pretty penny, but they are so worth it in my opinion. We use it almost daily for smoothies, and now I have also used it to make these two nut butters and I even used it to grind a bag of coffee beans that I purchased a while back to make my iced coffee when it was nearly 100 degrees here for a week.
The hummus was a recipe from a friend. I left out the tahini because I couldn't find it at the grocery store (after about 5 attempts). Side note, the very next time I went shopping after I made the hummus, I found tahini when I wasn't looking for it. The hummus I made was flavored with a bit of lemon, which I just happened to have in our CSA box of fruits and veggies last week, so that was fresh and organic too! The recipe is:
1 can rinsed garbanzos
2 Tbs. Tahini paste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/8 Cup EVOO plus more if needed for consistency
2 1/2 Tbs water
Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and mix.
This is just the basic recipe and you could obviously do all sorts of different mix-ins - roasted red peppers, jalapeno, garlic, or basically just about any spices. Yes, it's using canned garbanzos and obviously it would be better/less processed if I used non-canned, which I will try in the future, but this is still a step in the right direction.
The kids and I have been greatly enjoying experimenting with making our own foods. The girls love to help out by pouring ingredients in or pushing the buttons on the blender or processor. It's a great time to talk and experience life together. Then we have a yummy creation at the end.